Grade Sixes Draw Eyes

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This will be an interesting display!  Our first class of Grade Sixes in Artists at School have finished their drawing lesson.  Looking good!

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Grade Four Draws People

When Grade Fours sat down, they were asked to draw the best person they could draw – whatever that meant to them.  In less than five minutes, here is what they came up with:IMG_1492.JPG

Then, the artists were asked to observe a real person in a photo and to draw the person, perfectly in proportion and with foreshortening where appropriate.  They had more like 45 minutes to do that.

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Of course, these nine and ten year-olds didn’t just go from cartoons to realism just like that.  There was a lot of instruction, and a lot of work!  Each artist was quite amazed to see how their drawing improved.

Grade Five Thumbnails

The Artists at School program is in full swing again.  Grade fives were assigned some research drawing: they were given certain elements to form a scene and given free reign to create their own compositions, including figuring out foreground, mid ground and back ground as well as values.  Some of them were really good at scribble sketching!  There were about 50 kids, so here are just some of the results of their explorations.  Next time we’ll make these into paintings.

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Acrylics Right and Wrong

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Our adult art classes were exploring the proper approach to acrylic painting.  The one on the right was a demonstration of a quick, one shot painting.  The canvas was not prepared beforehand and the paint was not dry between layers.  You can probably tell that the colours don’t cover bare canvas very well, and they leave very prominent brush strokes.  The colours in the roses are weak and almost transparent.  You might also be able to see some streaks across the painting that were on the canvas and not sanded out prior to painting.  Only on the right side, where an extra layer of greens was added later, is the look of depth and saturation of colour beginning to grow.

The one on the left was done in class, after several layers of gesso were applied and sanded to prepare the board for paint.  Three or four layers of paint were built up to make a vivid, realistic image.  Finally, a coat of gloss was applied to settle in the colours and make the painting look finished (but also a bit matte for the camera).

This was a great learning lesson which extended over three weeks, beginning with a value sketch and ending with a finished piece.  Check back tomorrow to see the class results.