Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Art Ideas for self isolation

The studio has been closed for a few weeks now and I am missing all the creative energy my students bring. I'll be checking in towards the end of April and hope to have an opening date then. Until then #stayhome and get creative. Draw anything. Start in the kitchen and pick a few things and draw (paint, collage, sculpt) the same thing 3 different ways. Don't forget to have something in the background and some space in the foreground.

With my private students we had just finished up a few weeks of still life studies.

We started with continuous contour line drawings (no lifting your pencil from the paper) of the pear and limes. Draw slowly, pay close attention to all the details, more time should be spent observing the subject than the actual drawing.



Students then used a "sketched line" to draw the same still life and added shadows.


...and then we did our watercolor studies. Start with a limited palette of colors and learn the full range of of what they can do!




My 9th grade student.


My 4th grade student.


Our models.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Register for Spring Kids Art Classes

Spring Classes start  after spring break and are now registering. Still a couple open spots in the grade 4-6 class. All the details are on the classes page.


We drew my little moka pot in the private sessions, drawing for accuracy and value studies.


9th grade student

4th grade student


Monday, February 10, 2020

Acrylic Painting lessons with kids

The winter session is in full swing! 

This session the 1-3 grade students will be learning all about color. We started with a quick look at color wheel and talked about warm and cool colors. We got into the project quickly using a limited pallet of cool blue, black and white.   



 Students did a quick sketch with colored pencils to establish the composition. Next they blocked in the background starting with a dark strip of blue across the top and then blue with lots of white. Students used horizontal brush strokes to emphasis the landscape. 



Paintings are by 1-3 grade students. Acrylic on canvas board, 9"x11".



We discussed shadows and light sources to make our snowmen look more 3 dimensional. Brushstrokes for the snowman would go in  a circle, thi time to emphasize its round shape.  Last step was the snow. I think they are pretty awesome!

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Portrait Drawing

I had an amazing week long Portrait Drawing workshop last week with Anthony Ryder at Gage Academy. Each day started with a 2 hour demo followed by 4 hours of drawing time with a model.



Day 1, I was pretty happy with the results and so excited to see where I would be by the end of the week.


Day 2, different model and I am drawing slower. It's been many years since I spent 4 hours on just one portrait. 

Day 3,4, and 5 were to be an extended pose. Since I had a profile I found by day 3  I felt finished and moved on to start another drawing. The model takes a short break every 20 minutes. I took a quick photo at each break. Here's 6 shots from beginning to end showing my progress. The photos don't capture all the details of the drawing. I was taking quick shots during the week and enjoying the time I had to draw.








I am looking forward to sharing some new ideas with my students as we work through self portraits during the winter session.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Winter Kids art classes now enrolling!

Winter Art classes start January 27 and are now enrolling! Details are all on the classes page.


Had all the students making collagraph prints, this time self portraits.
Our collagraph plates were made out of matt board. Students used heavy paper (70lb) collaged in layers to create their portraits. A final coat of matte medium was applied to seal it all in place.

Printmaking is about the process as much as the end result.
Students print an edition of original prints. These are not reproduction, posters or fine art prints which is a fancy name for a high quality mechanically reproduced image. These are original prints.



 A finished collagraph plate, ready for inking.


 Tools of the trade. 


I have a  sweet "Daniel Smith Baby Press" I scored at an artist garage sale a few years ago!


Finished results, the first print on the left, last on the right, total edition of 6. 


One more round of printing to go.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

RIP Poofy, Speedy, Big Mama and Blank



We lost the girls last week to the neighborhood racoons. They had lived a fabulous 7 years roaming the yard and side yard on a daily basis. Poofy modeled for so many students. We will miss them dearly. 


Poofy, Ruby, Speedy, Big Mama and Blank


Poofy...


Speedy and Big Mama checking out the studio


Life drawing with Poofy.









Poofy always posed perfectly for pastel portraits.







Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Block printing with Kids

Printmaking is my favorite subject with the kids. We started this project with small quick sketches of ideas for small blocks (or stamps) before moving on to a larger project. The kids quickly understand the possibilities and limitations once they started carving their small blocks. 


Students made their own sketchbooks. The covers are recycled grocery bags that they decorated with their hand carved blocks. Books are bound using a traditional Japanese 3 hole stab binding stitch.


For my younger students, we did a simpler 2 hole binding.


5-7th grade students explored radial symmetry, tile patterns using a reduction method of carving.


It's harder than you think to remember to rotate the block to print it. I love how this student just repeated whenever she remembered and filled the page.


Can you see the dragon tail?


Black and silver, once again the radial symmetry isn't all there but the finished result is quite fabulous!


If it isn't obvious, I love tiles.




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