Thursday, December 30, 2010

Winter Birds ages 9 to 12

Can you believe how awesome these images are?
Oil pastel on 18 x 24 Canson paper.






Thursday, December 9, 2010

Poinsettia, ages 9 to 12

I do a poinsettia class with my adult students every year. As I was teaching them, I thought, my student class could to this too.  So we talked about point of view. Instead of drawing the plant from the side with the pot, like most of us would, we looked at it from the top, bottom... and chose to try from the top. Now this is a tough thing to do because you really have to look and separate the layers so that you can paint with a plan. We also talked about painting in the negative areas of the petals to show the lighter colored lines. Nice Job!





Slate Paintings ages 9 to 12

I had some slate and thought it would make a great holiday project. The students picked a subject and painted with acrylic and then sealed the slate. I will update this post as they finish more. They have some great ideas to try.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Tromp l'oeil envelopes, age 12

We set up some envelopes and trinkets and then copied them as realistically as possible using colored pencils on illustration board. I smeared out the addresses for this post, but you can still see what a great job they did.



Tea and Lemons, Ages 9 and 10

We set up a still life and the students took their time with their thumbnail drawings. 
Then they painted with acrylic on canvas board. 
We talked about the shapes of the objects, 
overlapping, shadows and highlights. 
It is great when they take their time to observe and paint what they see.