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:
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.
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.
This is our tenth year with the Banners Program in Fairview, Alberta. For 20 years or more, every grade three student in Fairview has painted a banner to be hung on a streetlamp in town. There is always a theme: something to do with how great the Community of Fairview is. This year, at last, we celebrated The Arts in Fairview. Check out the these images of the process behind the vibrant banners for this season, going up soon.
With four drawing classes in one week and piles of students, Judy and Carolyn can amass quite a lot of drawings! Once the students have gone on Thursday night, this is how the work area looks. It’s great to see all those art supplies used for creating art and a feeling of having produced something creative. We usually leave it like this for the weekend, just in case someone wants to come back down to make art!
What to draw with a class of boys… dinosaurs, of course! Here is our deinonychus, sketched and shaded. The students traced their drawing and had a go at watercolour pencils as well. These kids are 5 to 9 years old. We think they are excellent artists!
Just checking in to say we are still here! We’ve had some busy days with local craft sales and the Mystery Lottery at the Dawson Creek Gallery, and now we look into the near future with Members’ Christmas shows in three galleries. So we are busy making art, but the art isn’t quite making it to the blog…
The Mystery Lottery was great fun. Those who had tickets to draw names had a lot of fun guessing which painting they might get based on the clever poetry printed on each mystery package. Art that was left after all the tickets had been drawn was auctioned in a silent auction, again hidden in brown paper with a clue-poem for each one. It was tastefully done: it can be very awkward for artists and bidders to see work go for far less than it is worth, especially at a fundraiser. But in Dawson Creek there was an art community spirit infused into the evening, as well as some fantastic artwork from local artists.
As for our own work, Judy finished quite a few crochet or fibre arts projects in time for the big craft sale. Unfortunately we didn’t get pictures of most of the hats before she sold them. Carolyn made a few books for the sale, and got a great idea for a new one for 2018. You’ll see it here soon.
We had a great evening at a private group art class painting poured northern lights. The ladies should be proud of what they did! We were very impressed.
Our home art classes start next week. We have exciting projects for kids and adults coming up. It is fun to work with all age groups and see the different perspectives on art. We are always happy to see that kids are interested in creating things, although often it is more remarkable to find adults who are brave enough to show their work in a group setting. We learn something from each person and look forward to seeing everyone.
Just letting you know we’re still here! It was a busy summer. Carolyn got married (to JK) and Judy made the dress and the cake so we were all very occupied. Since then, Judy and Carolyn have been getting ready for their two-woman show in Dawson Creek, opening October 5th. On the side, JK has his work in the school gallery and Evelyn’s in the hospital art gallery where a portion of sales goes to Palliative Care. That comes to a lot of framing, advertising, painting and packing. We hope to be back to regular blogging soon!