We start Art Lessons on
Monday 4th February 2013.
We started with Picasso this year. We looked at his expressive paintings of the weeping women to create self portraits. We used his series of paintings called “Las Meninas”as inspiration to create acrylic paintings on canvas. Everybody dressed up in costumes as princesses, princes and the artist himself and posed in groups to draw and paint each other.
In the second term we painted a still life composition and did timber constructions, that when finished, were used by the students to create compositions on their tables to draw and paint surreal landscapes on canvas. We also did printmaking using foam as a printing block.
Our third term was inspired on my trip to South America, the drive this term was textiles and yarns. Students had the opportunity to engage in stitching, textile collage, weaving and batik. Students created beautiful dolls made with coffee bags, yarns and decorated with small woven pieces that they created using 100% wool yarns dyed in bright colours.
Our last term, involved an “Altered Book”. To develop the “Altered Book”, students choose an issue to work with. After several discussions we concluded that “an Issue” was a problem affecting people, communities, countries and the whole world. Students choose their issues selecting from news papers and current affairs. We had issues like hunger, water, fire, sports doping, poverty, mining, global warming and others to deal with.
To create the “Altered Book”, students did illustrations, prints with wooden letters, small paintings, small drawings, an exlibris card, a book mark and a concertina snake book. They also had the opportunity to design using type face, letter blocks and wooden letters.
Our last project for this year was to create a mixed media painting on canvas of a magical garden, using collage of different materials, gesso and acrylics.
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Thank you to everybody for another wonderful and rewarding year of teaching and learning about art.