This week the Warhols practiced drawing from observation. They looked at proportion and scale as well as how to use their lines to effectively portray the subject matter.
We painted using watercolours for additional practice manipulating this medium to achieve depth while still also giving a feeling of lightness and fluidity.
To commemorate Indian Arrival Day this year my Warhols are taking a look at the living conditions of those who came to work the sugarcane fields.
They are supposed to gather a bit of info on this topic but I furnished them with a few pics so they could get a visual on where the inspiration for our piece was derived.
They are using on acrylics on paper. Take a look at our process and how they’ve turned out.
This term all my classes are starting off looking at Things that Go! So I thought it would be cool to give this group a bit of a history lesson and let them see what the first air craft looked like!
I love the story of the Wright brothers and how their curiosity, grit and experimenting led them to fly the very first airplane in 1903. The world would never be the same!
This lesson features a beautiful watercolor scene and delicate line drawing of the Wright brothers 1903 “Flyer.” The use of loose watercolor techniques captures the windy day of the first flight over the sandy dunes near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Salt added to the wet watercolor “sand” gives a sandy texture to the watercolor piece.
ABOUT THE WRIGHT BROTHERS
Orville and Wilber Wright are the inventors and pilots of the world’s first successful airplane, built and flown in 1903. As young men, the brothers operated a printing press business and then a bicycle repair shop. Their knowledge of bicycles became a foundation for their experiments in designing a powered aircraft.
My Warhols spent our last few classes working on an acrylic piece in canvas board. The process of drawing and paying attention to detail and then of course adding colour and texture was enjoyable from start to finish. They took their time and it shows!
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!
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!
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!
The Warhols are starting off the term with a little history... Art history and local Trini history.
They learnt about Impressionism today. Claude Monet was the first painter in the Impressionist movement. The word IMPRESSIONISM comes from one of Monet’s first paintings called Impression: Sunrise. Because sunlight is always shifting, Monet decided to paint the same scenes over and over to show how the color changes as the light moved. He was pretty determined, too. He painted over 30 paintings of a cathedral on France. Each painting shows how the light effects not only the cathedral’s color but also how light affects the details in the architecture. He set up a series of easels and used different paint colors to paint the cathedral at dawn, mid-day and a sunset. Art critics labelled the painting, impressionism, in order to mock it but the term stuck. It now means painting with light. Monet and other Impressionist had many things in common: they all painted outdoors, used photography to influence their art, wrote about their ideas and used color in a new and different way.
Unfortunately we aren't able to paint outdoors, but we can mimic the characteristic elements of Impressionist work by focusing on the use of light as well as the quick gestural brushstrokes of Impressionist painters.
As for our local history... well! Chacachacare which is an island off the coast of Trinidad (actually it's only 7 miles from Venezuela but it is T&T territory.) is only about 900 acres of hilly and thickly forested terrain. All that's left of the few structures now are the remains of the house pictured above.
During the course of it's history it has served as a cotton plantation, a whaling station and a hospital for a small leper colony. There was once a small convent and cemetery close by that is now almost completely overrun.
This is the subject of our piece. The children will draw and paint this fascinating place in the Impressionist style.
This lesson was inspired by artist Sandra Silberzweig. That's her piece in the picture.
The main focus of this lesson is to teach children how to create tints and shades using tempera paint.
But creating the tints and shades is quite easy, what is more difficult is establishing a prominent positive space with the fish. Especially when colours are everywhere... it's easy for a piece of art to get hard to look at it seems unsettling.
To avoid this Silberzweig uses mostly cool colours on the fish and warm colours in the background. She also emphases unity and balance in the art piece by enforcing the RULE OF THREE... so there are 3 large fish and 3 smaller ones. Also the fishes are tied together using colour, whereas the background is multicoloured.
Watch as the Warhols explore, line, shape, colour, movement and balance! A whole heap of Elements and Principles of Art to create some beautiful masterpieces.
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 :)