Wednesday, February 24, 2010
I just finished teaching a two-part clay class to middle and high school students at the new Albert Wisner Library in Warwick, NY. What a great adventure!
The first day we molded wet clay balls into slabs and created cylinders. Some students added handles to make mugs and others left them as is to create a more utilitarian piece of art.
The vessels were created to be functional works of art. Each one tells its own story. We used themes such as "Alice in Wonderland," "Mary Poppins," and "Beauty and the Beast" just to name a few.
The second day the students glazed their bisque fired vessels using layers of wonderful underglazes with color and texture. I delivered the finished pieces to the library for the students to bring home and enjoy on a daily basis as they are fully functional and can be used works of art!
The results were whimsical and had a lot to say. It was a great class and I am grateful to have taught such a fun class.
Thank you to the Albert Wisner Library for having me. I look forward to returning to teach another class on batik in June!
A big thank you to the young artists who made such great art! You are all wonderfully talented!
Be Well and Enjoy!
Sunday, February 7, 2010
My second grade artists have created stellar sights through the use of both warm and cool colors. They learned about the parts of landscapes including the background, middle ground and foreground.
We talked about landscapes around the world and looked at a series of different artists who use color in various ways to show depth and perspective. We looked at artists past to present and found that we were inspired to create these lovely landscapes.
We also learned important color concepts including how the color wheel is broken up into warm and cool colors.
Take a look at the landscape in your own backyard and be inspired to create your own colorful creation!
Be Well and Enjoy!