Learn to paint the landscape loosely - it is the last Landscape class and I wanted to really shake the stiffness out of my students. I decided to have them do timed paintings of no more than 20 minutes. I used bright photos of landscapes and instructed them to paint only large masses of color and value. No detail or drawing was allowed. These are the photos I chose.
These are the results of the students' paintings.
Observations: I was amazed at how good these paintings were. By painting the shapes and values only, a much more exciting expressive painting becomes possible.
found on the internet. I started with good drawing. The eyes and the nose were hard to see, so I got some clear photos of horse's eyes and nose from the internet and practiced drawing and painting until I understood the anatomy better. Below is a sample of my practice.
Next I practiced the mane to see how I would handle the soft wavy fur. I used a lot of water on a tilt to accomplish the look. One of my students filmed me while I painted (see below).
Once I had the problems resolved I started to paint. I start mostly wet on wet working the background and foreground at the same time allowing the two to be married. I try to work the whole picture, not completing one area more than another. The detail should be reserved for the face only in order to draw the eye there. See video for live demonstration.
Practice 10 minute paintings - This week my students painted 10 minute watercolors at the Vero Beach Museum. Each student was given a colorful photo of a bird with a brief time to sketch onto the watercolor paper and mix colors. When ready, I set the timer for 10 minutes and said “Go!”. Paint brushes were frantically swashing to cover the stark white bumpy paper before the bell rang. Losing edges and getting the paint dark enough were common frustrations. Working within such a short time constraint, the students were able to resist overworking the painting. With no time for fussing, the result was a more expressive and fresh painting. Below are some examples of bird perfection. Do try this at home.
Painting cabbage in watercolor - I have always wanted to teach my students how to paint cabbage. Cabbage is very challenging because it requires knowledge of values. Values are the darks and lights which form the object the artist wishes to paint. If the values on the cabbage are executed properly, the artist will not need to rely on line to define this lovely vegetable. Since this particular watercolor class is called “Loose and Free", I had the students spray their paper with water first and then paint. Below is the reaction of one of my students after I gave the instruction to wet the paper first.
Make Horse Sculptures from Wire - We are having an exhibit at the Vero Beach Museum of Art on Deborah Butterfield. It is a fantastic display of horses, larger than life made with metal scrap pieces and some bronze that resembles found wood pieces. The students were amazed at the way she assembled these pieces to make such beautiful sculptures.
Needle Nose Pliers with Cutter
Horse Skeleton Template
Block of wood 10" x 4"
Cut 3 lengths of wire 24" long
Place one of the wires over the skeleton of the horse and form the head.
Twist wire to close head
Form torso and bend tail
Bend second wire in half and attach to torso where back legs attach
Make a loop at each joint in horse leg (refer often to template)You should have two legs using the one wire.
Attach third wire to front of torso where front legs begin on template.
Magritte was a surrealist who was best known for his witty and thought-provoking images and his use of simple graphics and everyday imagery.This project is perfect for kids and teens. It did not go well with people with Alzheimer's, I think they are kind of living in a surreal world and this confusing to them. I used the artist Magritte as my muse. His paintings are very intriguing and spark some interesting discussion. I got this lesson off of Pinterest. This is a great site for ideas.
2 Sheets of watercolor paper on the vertical
tempura paint (white sky blue, black)
wet paper towel roll for clouds (Viva Towels are the best).
My good friend Carla came to my Intergenerational class to teach the art of Calligraphy. The seniors and teens loved it and did such a fantastic job. I decided to post this lesson so that I wouldn't forget how it was done.
Two pencils taped together
Black fine permanent marker
Black Medium nib permanent marker
Template of letters
Examples of Calligraphy
Practice copying a letter with the pencils
Keep the heel of your hand on the table at all times while resting the pencil in the cradle of your hand between your thumb and index finger.
Once you are confident, make a bigger letter of your choosing.
Make a border on your bristol paper with tape.
Draw letter inside border.
Design the letter making improvements and decorative flourishes.
I love this project. This is a fun colorful project to do at the beginning of spring.It is a great one to do with people that have limited mobility or Alzheimer's. Color has a miraculous cheering ability. Dick Blick's Liquid watercolors are so bright and pretty, a joy to work with. Be prepared for a lot of ooooh's, and ahhhhh's. .
Andy Warhol was a pop artist. He came up with the concept of using mass-produced commercial goods in his art. He called it Pop Art. Pop art is art based on modern popular culture and the mass media, especially as a critical or ironic comment on traditional fine art values.He would use commercial images and reproduce them over and over. One early example of this was a series on Campbell's Soup cans. In one painting he had two hundred Campbell's soup cans repeated over and over. Andy often used silkscreen and lithography to create his pictures.
Famous People Andy also used pictures of famous people. He would repeat the same portrait over and over, but use different colors and effects in each picture. Some of the celebrities he had as subjects include Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor.
Andy soon became a very famous celebrity himself. He opened a new studio called "The Factory". He not only worked on his art there, but had large parties with wealt...