Marc Chagall Stained Glass Project - This week I went to SRA, the Senior Resource Assoc. in Vero Beach. SRA provides services designed to promote an active, healthy, independent lifestyle for older adults. One a week I provide a fun art project for them to do. This week was Marc Chagall stained glass windows. Marc Chagall was a Russian jew, who used memories from his childhood for imagery in his paintings. Much of his inspiration was from his religious upbringing. His stained glass windows are displayed all over the world.
For me a stained glass window is a transparent partition between my heart and the heart of the world. Stained glass has to be serious and passionate. It is something elevating and exhilarating. It has to live through the perception of light. To read the Bible is to perceive a certain light, and the window has to make this obvious through its simplicity and grace... The thoughts have nested in me for many years, since the time when my feet walked on the Holy Lan...
The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being.
8" x 8" white card stock
super fine black sharpie
good music for focus (classical Spanish guitar)
10" x 10" black card stock for mounting (optional)
clip board, paper and pencil
A small lesson on pattern before starting is good.
Very lightly with a pencil, draw a ¼ border around the white card stock.
Very Lightly draw a haphazard line starting from one end inside the border across the paper to the other end. Do not exceed the border.
Uncap your sharpie and start making patterns and shapes. Remember to fill in black in some spots for contrast.
I made these lanterns at the request of Mary from the Senior Resource Association in Vero Beach, Florida. It is the new year after all and it motivated me to research how the Chinese celebrate their New Years Lantern Festival. I was surprised to see that they have some curious traditions. They are a superstitious people and believe the color red means good luck. Needless to say, a lot of red underwear is sold during the New Years Lantern Festival.
Here is a list of supplies and instruction on how to make these beautiful lanterns.