Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Matisse Inspired Collage



We are starting the year off with artist inspired projects. We read Drawing with Scissors and learned about Henri Matisse. Students created paper collages with their names.


Step one: breaking the background out into large shapes.


Step two: Medium shapes in the form of the students name. After moving around their shapes and trying out a few different compositions, students glued down their backgrounds and names.


Step three: Deciding on a "Matisse" inspired small shape and cutting out at least 8 of them to create pattern and repetition. Students also needed to include both positive and negative cutouts.


We had an extra 1/2 hour on the second day. To continue the lesson students worked on positive and negative cut outs. We started with simple geometric patterns in colors of their choice.



...and finished with more complex designs in black and white.


Thursday, January 4, 2018

Kids drawing and painting lessons

Happy New Year from Studio-kids! With the group classes over, here's what we were up to in December with one of my private students.

A before and after drawing from a one hour private session. Todays lesson, round forms and shading. We never had time to draw the rolling pin, but we came a long way with the vase.



I had a snowman painting planned but at the last minute decided to spend the hour doing an abstract painting. With a limited palette of primary colours and white, this lesson was about mixing colours, but not over mixing them and letting the brush strokes show. 


Now we were ready to paint a snowman! Continuing to work on round forms and shading, a snowman would be the perfect subject. A quick first coat of blue sky with some white mixed in focusing on interesting brush strokes. The snowman is blocked in and simple shadows added.


I always like to 2 coats of paint to get the colours nice and rich. I love all the different tints of blue and the expressive brush strokes. We added some more depth to the snow and just a touch more shadow.



Monday, December 11, 2017

Kids Art Classes

Give the gift of art! Check out the classes page for the winter session. Class sizes are small and fill up quickly.

Here's some shots of the finished guitar and keyboard paintings.


Students started by doing 4 quick sketches of different composition ideas.


Using colored pencils, students sketched their drawing onto the canvas.


Students were limited to a color palette of complimentary colors for this project.


By the end of the first class all students had a base coat completed.


Day 2, students completed their paintings. The second layer of acrylic paint is nice and thick, brush strokes are visible and the paint has a nice satiny finish. I think they all turned out fabulous! The paintings are a  11x14.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Drawing lessons

A few shots from the last few weeks with one of my private students. So much growth happens during private lessons, each lesson directs what we will do next. A spontaneous portrait in a printmaking project  a few weeks ago turned into a few weeks of observational drawing. Instead of tackling the whole portrait we focused on the individual features.




Week 1, the top left eye was the first attempt with no instruction, a 5 minute drawing. The larger eye took 45 minutes of very careful observation. The nose sketches were done the following week.


My 9 year old student did such an awesome job on his eye I decided we should turn it into a collage piece. We assembled a variety of elements and then edited to make the final composition.


This is the completed project as a collage. We considered composition, color palette, texture but making sure that the focus of the finished project was always  the drawing of the eye. Its really easy to get lost in all the pretty papers and possibilities.


Here's a shot of the engraving that started the whole project. I love the spontaneity of the drawing. It was also a good reminder to do a lesson on portraits.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Paul Cezanne Apples

I love to have the students work from real life. For this lesson I set up a still life of apples on a plate with a colorful table cloth. We talked about Paul Cezanne and looked at photos of his apple paintings and then got started on our own apple still life paintings.


Week one, we penciled in our whole picture, painted the apples and outlines with a combination of tempera and acrylic paints so that they would be very rich color.


Week 2, students added some oil pastel pattern to the backgrounds and then painted with water color inks for a really saturated, vibrant finish.


I used 11x 14 multi media paper thats holds up nicely to the paint.


Students were encouraged to draw big and cover the entire page so that there was very little white paper showing.




Monday, November 13, 2017

Fall Colors

We started this lesson looking out the window and observing all the beautiful fall colors. Students painted gloss acrylic medium onto heavy mattboard and then painted on the tissue paper. 



Week 2, we again started our session looking outside, this time observing and describing the shapes of tree trunks. Students then painted their tree silhouettes.


Our artwork is never complete without a signature!


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Drawing lessons


Bicycle studies to kick off the fall session. This lesson is all about composition, different types of lines, creating value with charcoal, and getting messy. Once they have their 3 boxes drawn, i take away the erasers! Mistakes are opportunities to continue your drawing.


Students start by doing 3, 5 minute studies in pencil.


The first study is a contour line drawing of the entire bicycle.


The second study, I ask students to do a close up of one part of the bicycle.


Often, students do not zoom in very close, the 3rd study is another close up of a different part of the bicycle. A second chance to zoom in on details.


Students then have about 1/2 hour to do a detailed charcoal study of the bicycle on the rest of the page.
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