As we delve into color for the month of November, we continue to use a variety of materials and techniques within all of our classes. In our 4-6yo painting and drawing classes, students were introduced to a painting knife technique to create vibrant cityscape paintings. Each child chose his or her color of paper to paint on and was given primaries and white. They learned to mix tints of colors and apply their paint with their tool. The results are simply stunning!
We transitioned our art making from lines to shapes in many of our classes. In our 4-6yo classes, students have created still life paintings of a piece of fruit and a vessel, using contrasting colors and white. (click on all images for more pics)
Students in this class then went on to creating a variety of free-form, organic shapes, exploring the properties of color.
In our 7-10yo, 11-13 yo, teen and adult classes, students are also looking at shapes and drawing from observation. (all works below are works in progress)
Every September, all students (regardless of age) use line as the thread in their work. We've made some pretty incredible art in the past few weeks, and it's hard to choose a favorite! A recent crowd pleaser was our Jean Dubuffet-inspired lesson in our 4-6 year old classes. Leading up to this project, we repeatedly discussed and incorporated various types of lines in our artwork. Students were ready to do all kinds of mark making and line drawing!
Using black marker, students drew a variety of line types: horizontal, vertical, diagonal, dashed/broken, zig zag, curvy/squiggly.
Next students added blue and red oil pastel, again thinking about line. They enjoyed and explored using the tips and the sides of the material to create different textural effects. They opted to color areas in, or leave other parts white.
Students then applied pan watercolors in blue, red, and black, and discovered what happens when one applies watercolor over pastels.
A couple of the finished works!
We have been super busy in the studio over the past couple of months. So busy, in fact, we missed a blog post! Oops! So we shall bring you up to speed on what we’ve done. Over the years, we have found that students of all ages love working in clay. There’s something so therapeutic about the feeling of clay in our hands. So we tabled all work in progress to allow all of our students the opportunity to work in clay that will be fired in a kiln and glazed later on.
We outsource our firing to a wonderful ceramics studio in North Hollywood. Our clay work encompassed the pattern and texture work we’d taken a break from, making various slab and coil pieces. Since we do not fire the pieces in our studio, the firing does take some serious time and planning. Eventually, our pieces came back to us after the initial bisque fire and then again after the glaze fire, and we couldn’t have been more pleased.
Because our curriculum is carefully planned, we are able to scaffold much of the lessons and incorporate it into future pieces. We did just that by revisiting and continuing on with pattern an texture after our clay work. Students worked in paint, charcoal, pencil, and ink to create a multitude of artwork.We focused on symmetrical and radial designs in our 7-9, 8-10, and 11-13 year old classes. We created relief prints in our 4-6 year old classes, complete with personalized washi tape frames. Students worked with chalk pastels to create patterned 2-D design work, and again in paint to do the same. Students created cityscapes, thinking about overall scale, design, and use of color and pattern. We looked at the patterns on animals and varied our brushstrokes to emphasize texture. Our work with animals will continued in the studio throughout classes using other forms of media.