Monday, January 31, 2011

Notan or "Expanding the Box"

Notan or 'expanding the box' is a lesson on organic and geometric shapes and positive and negative space. This is a very cool concept using black and white paper that emphasizes drawing and cutting skills. Each composition is unique to each artist and is trickier than it looks. The result is a beautiful work of art!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Emily Carr

How amazing are your children? They surprise me every week with their developing talents. This last week we did a lesson inspired by a well known Canadian artist, Emily Carr. She painted her whole life and was famous for her landscapes of British Columbia.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

The walking Man- Giacometti $104 MILLION

I wish I got more pictures of everyone's amazing sculptures! We had a dog, a cat, a giraffe, cheetah, horse, duck, platapus, and a moose-to name a few!

Giacometti inspired sculptures

Alberto Giacometti

Wow! What a cool week. It was summed up with Peyton Brown saying "I never thought it was possible for me to like sculpture as much as painting!"
Alberto's sculptures are famous for their elongated figures and his "L'homme qui Marche", or Walking Man sold for $104 million dollars last February. All the sculptors alive are excited that finally their craft is competing with painters for the big$$$.
The kids picked an animal to 'sculpt' using 14 gauge wire and more delicate 24 gauge to do details. We then nailed them to a block of wood that they carefully sanded, then we spray painted it a color of their choice to give it a metal finish.
Good job everybody! Except for the copper spray paint mishap at the very end Thursday, it was a total success!(Sorry Kerryne)

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Still Life Drawing

Happy New Year!

We had a rewarding lesson this week sketching a 'still life'. We learned about contour drawing and different values when shading. The students did a fine job- this isn't the easiest lesson for most! This is as much a lesson on patience as it is drawing. Great job everyone!