Term 3 looks set to be busy, but loads of fun. Highschoolers will continue looking at famous artists in history; the start of next term we will learn about the fascinating, iconic artist Picasso. Primary groups will also have artists’ of focus- In our first activity we will use the bold designs of American artist Georgia O’Keefe as the inspiration for a paper mâché’ activity. We are also gearing up for an exhibition at the Darius Wells library in Kwinana. It will be wonderful for students to experience presenting their work for display and curating an exhibition. Any questions, please contact me personally on 0409497739, or msg me on Facebook. Have a restful holiday and I will see everyone next term!
Art class details
Cost: $96 per term (8weeks), or $15 casual
Dates and times are as follows:
Primary homeschool groups
Tuesday 19th July -6th September
10:30 a.m-12:00 p.m & 3:00 p.m-4:30 p.m
Wednesday 20th July-7th September
After School group:
Wednesday 20th July-7th September
3:30 p.m-5:00 p.m
Last week we made egg tempera paint using a recipe I found in several places after trolling the Internet. The directions were, use egg yolk, anything that would make a pigment (we tried crushed dry pastels and food dye), a bit of water and vinegar. The idea was to make mini plaster ‘frescoes’, inspired by the beautiful Italian frescoes found in churches in the early Renaissance. We used meat trays for our plaster mixture and happily worked away with our glossy transparent homemade egg tempera paint. The following week, I pulled them out for the kids to finish-but we found they had gone a bit mouldy (one of my students looked mortified; his carefully painted Jesus looked like he had green chicken pox). We google searched our concerns ‘why does egg tempera go mouldy?’ with no joy. Apparently no one else in cyberspace has had this happen. The weather has been a bit on the wet side, and maybe our yolk ratios were too generous. Still, I love the learning that happens through mistakes. There is a lot of science in art. We are continuing our look into Renaissance art-I will keep posting!
This year is flying by and I am pleased to offer the following classes for term 2. Classes run for 8 weeks at $96 per child or $15 per child as a casual rate (payable each week). This term we will be looking at artists from the Renaissance period, starting with making our own egg tempera paint.
Primary Homeschool art group:
Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m-12:00p.m
Starts: 26/4/16 -15/6/2016
Highschool art group:
Wednesday mornings at 10:30-12:00
After School art groups (all ages from grade 1 up)
Tuesday afternoons at 3:30-5:00
Starts: Tuesday 26/4/16-15/6/16
Wednesday afternoons at 3:30-5:00
Starts: Wednesday 27/4/16-16/6/16
Enquiries/ bookings : msg me on Facebook or text 0409497739
I have been mad keen on the ‘fairytales and fables’ theme with all of my students. For older artists, I like to keep things a little open ended, so their brief was: “an image inspired by a fairytale”….very broad, I know. We have already had conversations about the ins and outs of fairytale lore…it’s not just the realm of little children, some of them give a great insight into the history of the day…(Did you know that in the timeframe of the Grimm brothers, it was not uncommon for women to die in childbirth…..so, the cliche of the ‘evil stepmother’ found in the most popular fairy tales has some roots in real life situations).
Anyway, I’m really pleased with their efforts; they researched and chose images that had some meaning for them, and learnt the subtleties of using watercolour to boot.
Pre-primary artists used corrugated papers and paint to make fairytale castles. This is a great activity to teach shape and texture. We achieved this in two 50 minute sessions, the first session we looked at the shapes found in old castles, and I demonstrated how to cut out shapes and assemble them onto the paper……so very important to demonstrate, I always have to remind myself that children are not mind readers!!! After doing some drawings of castle shapes, they cut out their shapes (some needed a little help- cutting castle turrets is hard work!), then glued them down onto black paper (we used pva glue). I was a bit torn between painting them the following week or using them to make prints….but I think the greater learning was achieved through just painting them. Young kids looooove colour mixing. I think the more of this they can do, the better. I love hearing shrieks of “oh wow I made gold/purple/green”….messy but worth it! I think these young artists should be very happy with what they have achieved.
Today was my first adult workshop I have facilitated in a very long time, and it was such a joy. My initial undergraduate degree, before teaching, was in counselling, and I have had a huge interest in art therapy. That said, I wanted to create a space that allowed for healing or growth through art, but as a by-product of the art exploration process itself -rather than being the main focus. I don’t want to go into a recount of our artistic musings today, rather, I just want to reflect some thoughts I am left with….
We need to be gentle with ourselves, our unique viewpoints and experiences. Everyone has creative inklings and expressions that are precious. The world needs to hear or see them.
Our inner critic needs to go on holiday sometimes.
Clarity is found sometimes in the most mundane pockets of our lives.
Our subconscious or dream life is not shy, sometimes the things we need to know are right in front of us.
There is a collective subconscious when we share dreams.
Finally….I’m just blown away by how amazing and intricate we all are, and what a privilege it is to watch creativity unfold.
My senior homeschool group have been working (meticulously!) on creating fairytale inspired silhouettes. We had a look at some artwork by Czech artist Divica Landrova (1908- 1982), noting the repetitive shapes and stylised images.
Students then researched some fairytale silhouettes using whatever device they had on hand (phones, iPad, laptops). They sketched their designs onto black paper, then cut out their image using a scalpel or Stanley knife. Some of their designs were very intricate! They then glued their composition on to white paper. These pictures show some of their work in progress!