“Art Idol” Wrap Up

Last art class of the Winter session finished with our final project today.

Things Covered In The Project:

  • identify the horizon line
  • background vs. foreground
  • layering
  • colour theory
  • highlights and shadow
  • working with medium
  • wash technique

The experiment may need some tweaking if I try it again…like fewer options…but overall I think it worked out okay. We did end up with a winner for our final project.

Norther Lights (Nikki Page)

Northern Lights VIII

original artist      Nikki Page

 

Win16 final poster

 

To read more on the background of this “experiment” check out the Student Choices? post.

Student Choices?

CreativityIt may be a bit unorthodoxed but this session I decided to try letting my students pick the final project!

Okay, honestly…yes I’m perhaps a little stumped for ideas. Or at least maybe ideas that would excite them. I mean the things I paint are the things I choose – the things that draw and excite me. Of course it’s my hope that they will speak to someone else as well but generally that is not my first consideration in selecting the subject of my own creations.

Complete free reign for/with some students does have the risk of establishing chaos or inactivity so in the end we will all be painting the same thing with the usual coaching. This time though I’m running a contest. Our own little “Art Idol” and the kids, for lack of a better description, are the judges!

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Small Things Are Big

Don’t underestimate the small things.

My daughter got a hair cut last week. She had a lot of hair… It crossed my mind to look into donating it. We discussed it and she liked the idea so after the cut we sent in her14 inch-long ponytail to Beautiful Length. For her, what she did wasn’t a big deal. I mean the hair would have fallen on the salon floor, been swept up and disposed of…probably to the garbage. But for someone who receives the real-hair wig that this ponytail went in (it takes 8 to 15 of them to make one wig) it is likely a huge deal.

Big Cut

You know though, a lot of things in life are like that!

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Art Can Heal You

They are out there! I know they are…but there are moments that it seems I’m the only one who is overly passionate about the power of art, the arts and creativity.  I nearly stood up and cheered when I read Heidi Easley’s newsletter that showed up in my inbox this morning. My heart is full. ❤   🙂

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Thank you for making 2015 so great!   I have meet many of you in person and have connected with tons of you via email, FB, etc.   I am so glad that our paths have crossed and am excited about 2016.

I wanted to take a minute and reflect on what I learned this year and how it can help you.

At each event I meet new people and learn new things.   The common thread among every event is the healing power of art.     click to read more

dusty soul

The Science Behind It

  Have you tried colouring?

Yeah, sure, maybe when you were a kid…but I mean lately. Or perhaps you ARE one of those hip and trendy people with your favourite colouring book(s), pencils, markers, etc. and partake often.

Simple Blessings colouringI confess, I haven’t done it much until recently. And I even got a colouring book to do it in. I wasn’t that surprised but I found what has been said about it to be true…it was relaxing. In some respects it was even more relaxing than my own painting.

If you’re not sure and don’t want to invest in a colouring book you can search online for colouring pages and even download many of them for free. Give it a try!  It comes with benefits…  🙂

book by Karla Dornacher

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