Last week the Picassos looked at the struggles of Horace Pippin and his determination to get back to painting after injuring his arm. (He took 3 years to complete his first painting after his injury!) They created pictures of themselves sitting at their easels and imagined what they would be painting and conjured up their fantasy bedrooms/art studios! See the first part of this lesson here.
This week they painted them and they are just dreamy!
The Picassos were introduced to the artist Horace Pippin and I used the book A Splash of Red to tell the story of his life and give them an idea of the man and his art. Horace overcame his poor upbringing and even survived a war albeit with an injured arm but none of that could keep him away from his love of art! He found a way to prop his injured arm so he could still draw and he worked and worked until it got stronger and he was brave enough to exhibit his paintings even though he had no formal art training and his work eventually made him famous!
This story is meant to highlight that everyone's journey is different and really gives the children a chance to be quiet and imagine. (Something that can get lost in a world full of distractions!)
They looked at some pictures of his art and then they started drawing from their imaginations... which is what Horace did! They all started off with the shape of an easel on their paper and they were tasked to imagine the rest of the art piece. What would they be painting on their easel? What would their room look like? Take a look at the start of their imagination pieces... Next week they'll complete them with paint!
This is such a ridiculously fun little book that it is hard to imagine it getting any better, but when it's put to song and you throw in a few big dinosaur toys in the mix for props... then you get a class that is truly a riot!
The Doodlebugs were dancing and jumping but they all took a good look at the different dinosaurs, especially my resident dinosaur expert! Then we got down to painting a scene from the Dinosaur Stomp!
Take a look at our adorable dancing dinos! I'll say... that was a nice way to spend a Saturday morning :)
As turtle nesting season approaches I thought we could use our art to draw attention to the plight of the amazing leatherback turtles that grace our shores each year. The Picassos took in this video and we talked a bit about
While you're here be sure to check out what we're up to for Easter Art Camp!
The Picassos finished their watercolour President's Houses and I have to say they took great pride in the process. I was happy to hear questions throughout like "should I use the wet-on-wet technique for the sky?" and "hmm... how would I get a creamy colour for the walls?"... experiment my little Picassos experiment. And that's just what they did!
My Thursday afternoon Picassos finished their President's House paintings today! They really took their time and they buddied up to mix different tints and shades of green :)
The Doodlebugs drew and painted an under water seascape today! They got to put in whatever they could think of that would belong under water today and boy were they happy about that :) They looked at the little video to get some ideas and also to expand their view of what fish can look like and then talked about what they would put in their picture.
The shapes of some of these fish are just wondrous... lol and I just let them have fun because let's face it there are some pretty funky looking fish out there anyway!
They drew first in oil pastels and then painted in watercolours.
I personally love to paint buildings (especially old houses and buildings with lots of character), so in honour of Republic Day we're turning our attention to President's House.
Of course we touched on what it means to be a republic and why this is different from being independent. A lot of my Picassos got the connection between becoming a republic state and the significance of the President as our Head of State instead of the Queen and they were very happy to show off their knowledge from school today at art class :)
So anyway... onto our art for today! They followed a directed line drawing of President's House (after looking at pictures of the real thing). I banned rulers today... I wanted the drawing to be free flowing and loose and didn't want them to get too caught up in struggling with lines, and of course developing those fine motor skills and steadying the hand is a nifty side-effect of that. They were also forced to focus on scale and proportion today.
Next week we'll paint and really bring this piece to life!
Thursday Picassos take on our President's House drawing!
Today the Doodlebugs got introduced to the artist Claude Monet. We took a look at this cute little story about Monet's garden and then we looked at 2 pictures for a little compare and contrast fun!
I asked the Doodlebugs what they noticed about these 2 paintings and guided them along to discover that one painting was clear while the other was all blurry. A very basic first step towards appreciating art periods but they were keen to shout out the things they saw and what they liked!
Then we went about trying to recreate the blurry effect in our own little Monet-inspired painting! Take a look at our stunning watercolour creations!
Last week the Picassos drew Boissiere House (see them in action here). So this week of course they are going to trace their beautiful drawings using Black Sharpie and paint them in using watercolours.
This was a challenging drawing but I have to say all my Picassos did a stellar job! These paintings are definitely frame-worthy parents!
Thursday Picassos take their turn at painting their Boissierre House drawings! More gorgeous paintings waiting for a frame!
Boissiere House is a gorgoeus part of our Trinidadian architectural history. This painted lady as she is fondly called got lots of attention in class today. The Picassos were a little taken aback when they saw the detail involved but everyone just loved the overall look of the old house.
Of course we talked a little about it's history as well as a bit of it's present. Preservation works done on the property recently earned the Sammy family a historic restoration award! Thanks Sammy family :)
Then we got down to drawing this beauty. We started off with the roof lines and the put in major walls. Once these were in they got down to drawing in the basic shapes, putting in details in windows, doors and bushes. Of course this took up our class time so they'll be painted next week!
Thursday afternoon Picassos got started drawing Boissiere House today!
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 :)