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Ben and Trey

It’s always so good to see these young men  in the studio. We started with an Art History lesson – Early Italian Renaissance – “Madonna of the Book”, Botticelli, 1480-83. Note AH category. The boys worked on their designed animals. They are getting close to finishing. These animals are taking awhile because they are very detailed. When done, we will cut the animals out and adhere it to a background. For the last 10 minutes of class the artists worked on their Pop Art self portraits. I reviewed the ideas behind the Pop Art movement. I showed Trey and Ben how to start outlining the highlighted areas on their faces. I love the photo we took of their b/w faces:) The top animal is Trey’s and the bottom one is Ben’s.

Ciera

I want to apologize for not getting a picture of Ciera working. We got so busy I forgot to pick up my phone for a photo. That’s a good thing in a way though:) I did get a picture of her project – the symmetrical fairy. We started class with an Art History lesson – Early Italian Renaissance – “The Madonna of the Book”, Botticelli. Note AH category. Ciera was amazed at the beauty of this painting. She worked on her symmetrical fairy. Ciera wanted to add glitter to her fairy. Of course! Her fairy looks dazzling! Next week we will cut the fairy out and glue it down to the green background that Ciera painted. Next week we sill start an acrylic painting.

Reese, Kylie, Olivia and Libby

We started class Tuesday with an Art History lesson – Early Italian Renaissance, Botticelli, “Madonna of the Book.” Note the AH category. After AH the artists started working on their projects. Reese worked on his ink drawing of his coati. He worked on the front paws. After the coati, Reese worked on his Pop Art Self portrait. He started the painting process. Kylie worked on her Pop Art self portrait the whole time. She decided which color to paint in each section. Kylie then started painting her background. The artists will add some sort of pattern to their self portraits. Olivia worked on her palette knife painting of a duck for a few minutes. She had to let the paint dry before continuing. Olivia then started working on her kodra – the paper cut project from Poland. She is really enjoying that project. Libby , my older teen, worked  on her painting of a horse. She added texture to the mane and worked on the front of the horse’s head. Enjoy the pics:)

Breagan, Lauren and Taylor

We started class this week with an Art History lesson – Early Italian Renaissance, “Madonna of the Book”, Botticelli. Note the Art History category. After AH, I had the artists draw a still life. I discussed “space” as an Element of Art. I emphasized “negative space.” We also discussed “proportion.” I asked the girls not to talk while they drew so they could really concentrate. They did a great job drawing and not talking:) After drawing the objects, I instructed the girls to divide the negative space into sections. The artists then colored the sections in a variety of colors. This is a great activity  to learn about positive and negative space. Before we knew it the class time was over. That hour flies by! Next week the artists will continue to work on their studio projects.

Sadler

Sadler and I started class with an Art History lesson – Early Italian Renaissance – Botticelli: in Art History category. We haven’t drawn in quite awhile so Sadler and I drew a still life. I was emphasizing negative space while drawing. After completion of the still life, I told Sadler to divide the negative space into different sections then color all the negative space in a variety of colors. The drawing pretty much took up the whole class time consider Sadler is a very meticulous “drawer”. Next week he will continue to work on his pop Art self portrait.

Ben and Trey

Better late than never getting this class summary posted:) In class Thursday, Ben and Trey started with a still life drawing. I discussed “space” and “proportion” as Elements and Principles of Art. The artists drew the still life without talking as by my suggestion. They really concentrated:) After the still life, the young artists worked on their animal designs. We will cut the animals and add them to a background the boys will create. I haven’t decided what kind of background yet. As you can see in the pics the animals are very colorful. The guys are doing an awesome job. Ben’s is the first animal and Trey’s the second.

Vivi and Lizzy

Better late than never getting this class summary out! To start class last Friday Lizzy and Vivi worked on a still life. We discussed “negative space” as an Element of Art. The artists drew the still life then filled in the negative space with crayon designs. This is a good activity to make the artist aware of the negative space instead of the positive space. Vivi and Lizzy worked on their nonobjective abstracts. They added black paint to create details in the paintings. After Thanksgiving we will cut the paintings up and glue them back together in a different order. I love these 2 little artists! And they love my cinnamon toast!