For our general weekly art lessons, I love to discover a new contemporary artist each month.
Studying their art, techniques, mediums and their personal artistic approaches inspires us to create too!
This week we looked at Jane Davenport and her “Beautiful Faces”
We watched her video tutorial and came away utterly inspired!
Jane uses a face stencil to create an outline and then created a double-spread art journal page using a picture collage that she incorporated into her lady’s hair. She uses her own range of art markers and paint pens. She demonstrates and explains several techniques which include pencils, paints, overlaying pencil, face proportions, making an eye “sparkle” and her journaling experiences. She made it seem to easy and creative!
Here are our “Beautiful Faces”
Kate created her collage background with stuff from her stash of pressed flowers, pictures and a handwritten poem that she tore into bits. She was completely focused and motivated!
Kate’s “Beautiful Face”
Lara started her collage with a burnt paper and created a lady with flaming hair. She really enjoyed creating all the flowing bright colors and layers in the hair. Then she wrote out 2 poems that she felt expressed something of her painting. A few splatters of paint and she was happy!
Lara’s “Beautiful Face”
I found a magazine picture that inspired me. I loved the purple color and the rose in the sleeping lady’s hair. I layered old sewing pattern paper on my background. I realized that the pattern paper spoke of my constant “measuring up” and trying too hard … and it seemed perfectly natural to surrender to the Lord and find peace … wonderful how art speaks to our souls … I wrote in a scripture that come to mind and finished my painting with some lace.
Nad’s “Beautiful Face”
Despite living on an extremely remote farm, high up in the mountains, we are so grateful for our WiFi and our Internet connection to the world’s great artists and creative inspiration!
Why don’t you give this tutorial a try?
Here are our Sketch Tuesday sketches for this week’s theme ~
Sketch “something that begins with A”
See you at the slide show!
Sketch Tuesday is back!
This week’s theme is ~ Sketch something from your kitchen drawer.
Because we recently had such fun with wet-on-wet water paints, I suggested we experiment with water-color & salt on our paper to create an interesting background. We taped our page on our boards, used big sponges to wet the entire page and then painted colors which we merged and blended together.
For fun, I suggested that we sprinkle some salt here and there and create interesting patterns and texture. (Salt placed on wet water paints “draws” some of the color onto the grain, creating tiny areas of intense color and areas of white around it.)
Then I showed the girls some examples of contour drawing on Pinterest. Contour drawing is basically drawing a continuous line without lifting your pencil and following the shapes and lines of the object without looking at your paper. Scary for some, but I wanted the art to look loose and free.
Next, we painted the object. Loose and free, with a little blending, drying and adding details.
Finally we outlined with black pen, adding details and shading. (I must add that I had my “artistic crisis” when I realized that my contour drawing was completely wonky and my corkscrew was very skew! I chatted to the girls to discuss how I could “fix” it. We came up with some ideas, but in the end the only thing that felt “right” for me was to chop up my painting so that it clearly didn’t align perfectly. I’m okay with my final art piece!)
Sketch Tuesday is the perfect place to try different techniques, art mediums or even copy the style of other artists.
See you at the slide show!
For this week’s Fine Arts Friday art lesson, I used a simple wet-on-wet waterpaint tutorial I found on YouTube.
The artist’s wet-on-wet painting technique really inspired me because he demonstrated several “new” things I hadn’t ever tried with water paints, such as ~
- If your paper is wet, the added wet paint flows out and spreads beautifully. You can paint large areas this way without the dried ‘edges’ showing.
- Wet paint of different colors can be blended together seamlessly on the paper.
- Wet paint can be ‘lifted‘ off the paper with a clean wet brush if it is too dark or the wrong color effect.
- Once dried (he uses a hairdryer) you can paint new water and/ or new paint over the dried paints and paint over them again and again, laying down new layers of color. This helps sharpen and deepen your painting. You can keep re-painting, drying and then adding more detail and colors. This is especially good when doing shadows or creating depth.
- When you want to add deep color and fine details, you can paint denser paint on dry paper or dry paint.
We set up our own little rusty cup with a (struggling little) fern and painted our own rusty cups using these new wet-on-wet paint techniques.
We used ~
- 300gsm water-color paper
- water paints (We used water paints in tubes which have the ‘proper’ color names used by professional artists. May I suggest that it is worth investing in quality products for art and train your children to work with them correctly and carefully. We always share our art materials and they have lasted for years!)
- Quality paint brushes. (Again, see #2 and invest in good brushes!)
- Boards and masking tape. Tape your paper to the board to keep your sheet of paper flat.
- Hair dryer. (Use a low air speed so that you don’t blow your wet paint around on your painting.)
- Jars of clean water and clean cloths or tissues to clean off brushes and spills.
As a mom, the tutorial gave me the confidence to try my hand at the new wet-on-wet painting techniques while ‘helping’ and encouraging my kids with their discoveries. We all thoroughly enjoyed our art lesson!
Miss.L12 (She used a sponge with water to wet the large background areas)
My rusty cup
You can find the “Watercolor demo painting a rusty jug” tutorials here on YouTube ~
Give this lesson a try!
instead of Sketch Tuesday.
Barb of Harmony Fine Arts has focused a summer art study of Pablo Picasso. This week her theme is “Picasso’s 3 Musicians“.
Pop over to her post to follow all her Picasso guitar links and instructions.
Miss.L12 and I fondly remembered our study of Picasso’s three “Musicians with Masks“, and we recalled Miss.L12 Picasso-inspired cubist guitar collage that became a famous poster and program cover!
This week we really enjoyed the “Partition, Bottle of Port, Guitar, Playing Cards” and I tweaked our art lesson using this painting as our main inspiration.
- Draw a guitar outline on an A4 page so that it almost touches all the sides.
- Place the guitar outline page inside a large A3 page and fold the pages in half and then continue to fold the pages randomly, creating creases through both pages.
- Unfold and flatten the pages. These creases will form lines which we will use to change colors.
- Cut out the guitar shape and glue it onto the large page.
- Draw the objects and background shapes.
- Paint the background and objects, the guitar and details in Picasso-style.
There’s still time to do art this weekend and send it in for the slide show … or just for fun! Thanks, Barb, for your amazing art inspiration!
See you at the slide show!
instead of Sketch Tuesday.
Barb of Harmony Fine Arts has launched a July study of Pablo Picasso with “Summer Art – Picasso Profile”. Pop over to her website to follow all her links and instructions.
We watched the video lesson and viewed some of Picasso’s portraits, looking especially for his profiles placed in full face portraits.
For our art assignment, we drew a life-sized oval and drew around each other’s profiles on the paper, which did tickle! We took out our paints and went all-out colorful! Such fun!
Here are our Picasso Profile Portraits ~
There’s still time to do art this weekend and send it in for the slide show … or just for fun!
See you at the slide show!
This past week we have thoroughly enjoyed more art fun with our
Usborne Activities 365 Things to Draw and Paint by Fiona Watt.
The art ideas in this book are pretty fool-proof, so diverting slightly from the lesson is not that risky. I tell my children to feel free to tweak the ideas in each activity.
Last week we all did “Decorated Elephants“. Each of us produced a slight variation on the art activity in the book. I love this kind of originality!
My 14-year-old daughter did “Mixing Paints” lessons with her water colors and enjoyed the art activity so much that she prepared some planks of wood and created 2 versions with acrylic paints. They came out so well! Such happy-looking poppies! She hammered picture hanging hooks to the back of each plank and has dedicated the one as a wonderful gift!
Mid-week, my youngest and I did “Patterned Park” with pastel pencils on colored sugar paper. When one works with patterns, it becomes such a relaxing, right-brain activity. I also was determined to stay away from real, representational colors and enjoyed playing with colors that ‘pop’ and contrast. Fun and simple!
This weekend my 12-year-old and I had fun working through the “Simple Faces” lesson. Here is Miss. L12’s painting. She is happy with her painting and I love the bright clear colors!
Waking from an inspirational dream, I wanted to work with masking fluid and represent one of my favorite photos in this simplified, stylized manner.
Here’s a simple tutorial:
- I used water-color paper, art masking fluid and on old, but very thin paintbrush. Masking fluid can ruin paintbrushes if it dries in the bristles, so wash the brush in warm soapy water as soon as you are done.
- After I penciled in the outlines, I painted the designs in masking fluid. This stuff is creamy white and dries to become fairly transparent and yellowish.
- With fairly wet paints I washed my background with a broad brush. The paint will not penetrate the masking design and those areas will remain white.
- Next I painted in the details and left the page to dry well.
- The next stage was such fun! I gently pulled off the masking fluid which pulls off easily in long sticky strings. You can rub it off too, It rolls into balls which you can pull off and throw away.
- Finally I added silver and black outlines. Lovely finished product and such an enjoyable activity.
Go ahead and have some art fun this week!
This past week’s Sketch Tuesday theme ~
Here, during our chilly South African winters, we enjoy all the heat and warmth we can find … hot chocolate, warm, fluffy slippers and cuddly blankets … and a fire burning in the living room.
And in my farm kitchen, I love my AGA stove which burns day and night, always ready, with its ovens cooking slow soups and stews, its heat generating hot water in our geyser, and we keep the kettle just off simmer, ready for some hot tea!
Strangely, there has been no snow on our mountains yet, despite several bitter cold fronts. Gale force winds have blown for days and our sheds and our roofs have taken a pounding.
It is good to sit indoors and keep ourselves warm. And we do our art together. Lovely!
See you at the slide show!
For a while my 12-year-old has
avoided been reluctant about her art. So sad. Somehow, her perfectionism got in the way of her creativity. And, perhaps I focused too seriously on Charlotte Mason art appreciation lessons rather than presenting her simple art fun.
I was delighted when I came across this book at our local library ~
A Usborne Activities 365 Things to Draw and Paint by Fiona Watt
According to the title, this book offers amazing art activities for every day for a whole year! Actually, each double page layout presents several interconnected ideas, and so you have about 126 lessons here instead of 365.
Much to my delight, Miss.L12 immediately tagged about 30 pages and we decided to try to do one a day!
Here is how fabulous Miss.L12 felt about her first art lesson!
And I’m smiling too!
What I like about these art activities is the simplicity of the lesson combined with an exploration of different creative techniques such as printing, rubbings, splatters, cutting out, doodles … superb creative fun!
Here is our “Laboratory Experiments” activity with blowing, splatter and print art elements ~
And here is our “Printed Fruit & Vegetables” with finger painting, print techniques and rubbings for the fruit crates. Again, huge success!
I’m doing these art activities along with my daughter and we are having such a lovely creative time!
I guess that I am going to renew this library book several times! [smiles]
This week we decided to do a pastel landscape. Using my old, old art book Painting the Four Seasons by Carl Stricker that I bought at a 2nd bookshop years ago, we selected 2 landscapes.
Miss. T18 and I did this lovely rural farm scene:
And Miss.K14 chose the stormy, rainy landscape.
We all loved using our chalk pastels. Despite “loosing” colour or details now and then as we worked, and having to layer the colours back over again, we all thoroughly enjoyed our art lesson …
All except Miss.L11 who wanted to paint her landscape and couldn’t mix the ‘right’ colours and disliked her painting … leaving the room upset when she was finished. I love her painting!
I realized that 2 factors are contributing to her unhappiness:
- She’s finding the reality and accuracy she wants to create versus her artistic ability frustrating which is quite common in children between 9 and 11 years old …
- I am too involved with everyone else and my own work to help her before her frustration kicks in.
- Note to self: Select an “easier” topic and a manageable medium and focus on helping and being available to her.
Simple tutorials are so easy to follow. If you find some on the internet I suggest that you print out nice clear prints and hang them up or prop the images up on an easel nearby to copy. The final picture is very important, so make a larger colour copy. Also, most paint tutorials can easily be done with chalk pastels, so select one with broad features rather than a picture with intricate details.
Go ahead and try a pastel landscape!