Well for our final Carnival piece for the term we turned our attention to the big stage! The Warhols looked at how light influenced how a subject is perceived. They composed their piece and executed it moving from back to front and layering different elements to create a finished product that they were all proud of in the end!
Have a great Carnival!
Haring (1958 - 1990) attracted public attention with his bold graffiti-inspired street style art. Drawing inspiration from the break-dancing culture of the times, Haring's action figures were characterized by bright colours and bold black lines.
He often used his work to make a statement about different issues and he was well-known for his social activism.
Today we are using Keith Haring as our master artist to create another piece on Carnival. We are imagining our Haring action figures are at a Carnival event jumping and dancing to the beats! Check out my Picassos as they use what they have learned about this artist to create their own artwork!
This week the Doodlebugs learnt all about the Fancy Sailor and we all tried to do their signature dance!
This piece involved really working on their fine motor skills and coordination! They were picking up tiny gems and pasting glue and also making accordion pleats!
So so much skill and lots of fun!
I hope everyone has a safe and happy Carnival!
The Warhols got into the spirit of Carnival in our last class... translating the movement and rythmn of the pan into a charcoal piece!
This is the first time they have used charcoal in class and I think the results are really good. Of course Aunty Ariel (who sidenote plays pan for Skiffel Bunch and placed third in Semis) was only too happy to help them get the gestural movements of the pannist!
One of the most known and beloved of the Traditional Carnival Characters, the Sailor Mas was introduced in the 1880s when British, French and American naval ships came to Trinidad. The costume, which is relatively lightweight and inexpensive when compared to other traditional Carnival costumes, typically consists of a beret with the name of the ship on the rim of the beret, a tight-fitting short sleeve bow-necked striped jersey, bell-bottomed Melton pants, and black or white shoes.
There are several dances to go along with the Sailor Mas portrayal, such as the Crab, Marrico, Pachanga, Rock de Boat, Skip Jack and the Camel Walk.
The Fancy Sailor was an off-shoot of the King Sailor. The fancy sailor costume consists of papier-mâché headpieces, decorated and painted to look like birds, animals or plants. The sailor outfit is decorated with ribbons, medals, braiding, swans down and other embellishments to match the headpieces.
The Picassos had such a great time today piecing together their very own sailor mas designs using a range of materials! Watching them work was pure joy! 😍😍
This week I thought we would shake things up a bit and paint a landscape that was totally unfamiliar! We talked about our weather and our seasons and the fact that at this very moment on the other side of the globe our friends and family might be bundled up under layers and layers of clothes and have to trudge out to work or school in heavy snow!
Of course our art isn’t going to be dreary at all... the book Slush Mountain has some gorgeous illustrations that we took our inspiration from and the Picassos had such a great time creating a wintry scene!
I also drew their attention to the difference between the trees we painted last week for our Poui Tree piece and these trees. So we discussed deciduous trees and evergreen trees and got a little science in the mix as well! In addition we got to talk about ATMOSPHERIC PERSPECTIVE, which is simply the use of colour to depict distance or space. So you'll notice that the trees that are in the distance are white, the ones in the middle ground are green and the ones closest to the viewer are the darkest!
It can be tough being the only funny-looking Monster in Cutesville, but this Monster is not one to hang around and feel sorry for himself, so he’s off – out into the big wide world to look for someone to love him.
He looks high, he looks low and he looks everywhere in-between, but it’s only when he’s just about to give up that he finally finds what he is looking for… a friend to LOVE! This adorable monster teaches a big lesson... that even those who don't look like everyone else deserve to be loved and our monster friend had such a great attitude! He didn't get all mopey... no... he set out to find a friend to appreciate him the way he was!
Take a look as the Doodlebugs draw and paint Monster.
Cat does NOT like Valentine's Day. It's much too mushy, and no way is he making anyone a valentine—especially not his new neighbor, Dog. Dog refuses to respect the fence. He keeps tossing over old bones and hitting Cat in the head! But just as Cat’s about to send Dog an angry "valentine" telling him exactly what he can do with his bones, Dog throws a ball over the fence.
I know my Picassos enjoyed this simple picture book and it's partly because cat is so darn snarky, but it's also because of the great job the illustrator did! Cat's facial expressions are the greatest! So I tasked the Picassos to create a drawing of cat using their favourite expression from the book, or maybe even to make one up... then write a short poem on the card in his hands! This was sooooo much fun but they really had to focus on using simple lines purposefully!
Chacachacare Island received its name by the Amerindians who populated the area. In 1498 Christopher Columbus named it El Caracol (the Snail). Presently it is part of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, and it lies in the Bocas del Dragon (Dragon’s Mouth), only seven miles from the coast of Venezuela. It encompasses approximately 900 acres. Between the period of 1777 and 1794, Spaniards established cotton plantations on the island, as well as whaling stations. By 1797, Chacachacare came under the control of the British. During the French revolution émigrés or Creoles from Santo Domingo and the surrounding islands settled here. Coconut, cocoa and sugar were also grown, with the biggest sugar mills in the British Empire being located on the island.
The last remaining structure on the island is the ruins of the house pictured above and it has a varied and very interesting past! The Warhols heard about its history as a whaling station and even a hospital for POS's growing leper colony!
I came across this lovely painting by a little known artist and I just loved the viewpoint. Every Trini can tell exactly the spot this painting is done from. This is what good art does, it connects the viewer to a time or place and evokes feeling.
The Warhols painted a different view of the savannah but the inspiration piece gave us a good starting point. They are also using acrylics with this piece so they get to use a different texture paint and see how that affects their painting. Of course we also get to immerse ourselves in the wonderful feeling of painting nature.
Take a look as they each try to bring the Savannah to our studio!
Be a fly on the wall in our art room! Take a look at what we do, how we do it and the smiles that I get to see week after week :)