Value study for oil painting class.
How to create Observational Charcoal Drawings.
After practicing charcoal drawing with the teen class when they drew paper bags, they were ready to move on to something more challenging: self portraits. Personally, I have never enjoyed drawing myself. I think it is extremely difficult because beyond drawing faces, you are representing yourself. However, the teens did such a great job and … Continue reading Charcoal Self Portraits
A few weeks ago the teen class drew paper lunch bags using charcoal to practice value. We really wanted them to be able to look at their bags, find where the darkest areas and lightest areas were and use charcoal to express these values. Many of the students had never used charcoal before and we … Continue reading Exploring Charcoal: Paper Bags
Today was the beginning of our three day mini photo 101 camp. As we are learning to take our camera's off auto, we focused on Aperture Today. The photos in this post were taken by students during the workshop today. APERTURE: The aperture of a lens is how wide the lenses opens when you take … Continue reading Aperture – Day 1 Photo Camp
The teens completed their landscape watercolor paintings. There were a lot of lessons wrapped up into this project. We started with an introduction to watercolor painting and all of the different types of marks you can make with watercolor. We learned about color mixing and painted our own colorwheels. We also had an in depth … Continue reading Teen Landscape Watercolors
This week the teens learned about value and made value driven ornaments. Value Lesson Value: Value is the amount of light reflected from the surface. Value creates depth in a picture making the object look 3 D. We started by sketching a basic sphere and a five-value scale. We talked about the different kinds of … Continue reading Teen Value Ornaments
As I explained to my students, I don't have a great appreciation for modern art. A lot of the time I just really don't get it. But I do have an appreciation for expressive art - art that tells a story, makes you feel something, shares someone's unique view of the world. I have had … Continue reading Acrylic Pour Painting
For our last project of the year, the Wednesday night teen class created Sumi-e Ink Paintings. Sumi-e is a Japanese word that literally means “Ink Picture.” “Sumi” is the ink. Adding “e” makes it “ink picture.” The art of Sumi-e originated in China about 6000 years ago as Calligraphy. Calligraphy led to painting pictures. We … Continue reading Sumi-e Ink Paintings
It was so nice to be back in class this week and working with the Teens on creating Observational Value Drawings. We practiced observational still life drawing - drawing from real life set ups using measuring techniques. I started by letting the students pick the objects they wanted to draw and setting up their own … Continue reading Observational Value Drawings