Wednesday, March 30, 2011
I introduced my 8th grade students to the work of Eric Sloane. His barns are just stunning.
We discussed how relevant his work is to us in Warwick, NY as there are many barns all around us in our own backyard landscapes.
We also discussed perspective, a very important principle of art that many people struggle with accomplishing in their work. They understand the idea but actually translating that onto the paper is a whole different "view." The students learned all about the horizon line, vanishing point and creating depth in their drawings.
We used pen and ink to create stippling, shading and crosshatching within the drawings to create value. The black and white create contrast that really draws your eye into the drawings. These important drawing methods can now be translated into their sketchbooks as well which is ideal!
The barns came out great and I do recognize some local barns as well as students' unique and creative ideas!
I am very pleased with the results and these fun barnscapes are adorning our halls now.
Be Well and Enjoy!
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
I love doing mural work especially for kids. Children of all ages are so appreciative of art. It's so great when they see the empty wall metamorphosis into a final work of art.
This mural was one of my personal favorites because it featured my favorite flower, daisies. I like daisies so much we named our white cat with yellow eyes, Daisy. Eh, I will throw in a picture of her, she deserves the publicity... wink... wink! This is her doing what she does best, sleeping.
But back to the mural. This piece is done in a middle school-aged girl's room who is transitioning her style from "little girl" into "cool chic teenager hood." I first saw the space on Saturday and then today on our snow day off from school I went to her space and transformed this bright wall into a canvas of flowers.
This pre-teen picked yellow and gray as her signature colors. I do love this color combination and love to fashion a great yellow top with gray skirt, with a touch of contrasting black accessories so my interest was peaked.
She had a single yellow Gerber daisy in a vase in her room and that was the inspiration. We both love daisies, it was a perfect match! Her new mural features daisies falling from her ceiling as per her request.
As I painted, one of her younger brothers sat on the floor quietly and intrigued behind me. With each brush stroke the wall changed and he took note. Then as typical young boys do, he went to play some games and when he returned and walked through the door he said, "WOOOOOAHHH!!!!" I think it is safe to say that I have his seal of approval too and I appreciated all the excitement from the entire family!
The flowers are punchy and exciting just as we all imagined! I am very pleased with the daisies and know this is a great piece that will "grow" with her.
Be Well and Enjoy!
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
My 7th grade artists have finished great value drawings. After our value scales we were inspired by Dutch artist M.C. Escher and surreal artists such as Frida Kahlo, Salvador Dali, and Rene Magritte to create hand drawings holding spheres with surreal enviornments within the spheres.
Surrealism is quite a genre to handle and some students were surprised and unsure about this style at first but they jumped right into their own surreal subject matter. Some students came back to class after my introduction the next day and said they had a dream they wanted to draw while others created conglomerates of things that were really fun and surreal in their own way.
The hands were first and I gave my students balloons to hold and observe so they could accurately draw their hands holding spheres. The hands came out great and the balloon worked great as a stand in for what was to come.
They then tackled the surreal world or enviornment that would be kept within these mighty spheres. There were so many diverse results and I am intriuged by them all.
Each sphere is very unique and holds a world all of its own so take a look and see what you might see in your own surreal sphere.
Be Well and Enjoy!