Last term my art group looked at the 6 elements of art, how they are used and how they work together in art, we all took different motifs to illustrate them, some good learning to think about when making art.
Back at art class and this term we are exploring pathways, started by looking at how line and colour create depth in pictures.
A few artist to look at and draw inspiration Philip Hughes, Karrie Kilpatrick, Hundertwasser, Grant Haffner and others.
A template to think about how line works in a picture and a attempt with some of our own.
Dropped into a preview exhibition of portraits by Eleanor Johnson at a local gallery, some wonderful paintings made with such a carefree approach big wide brushes and running paint scratches and squeegee type strokes, I was well impressed and inspired.
not really having room for a 6 foot square canvas and a place to throw paint around I put my brushes down and pushed the paint around with my credit card.
definitely need to think about how to work with more freedom and mess.
So after a week of scratching and cutting we get to do some printing.
I was surprised by the amount of effort that goes into making a print., inking your plate and scrubbing the ink into your design, then cleaning your plate, soaking your paper and laying it all out on the bed of the press covering it in blankets and finally running it through.
it was great to get to the big reveal at the end.
I was pleased with the results and can see how artist are captivated by the process of print making.
Back at art-class for the second half of the term and we are painting on canvas, I have tried acrylic paper and canvas boards but actual canvas is yet another level. I am learning the surface you paint on is as important as the paint and the brushes you choose to use.
Open subject, so I selected a self-portrait and the style of Peter Howson one of my favourite artists.
This weeks art class we looked at blue and white china, the Willow pattern and the work of Grayson Perry. we started just painting from the Willow pattern with the aim to develop a twist on the theme, I don’t think my head was in the right place for this and It didn’t really go anywhere, later I worked on a few ideas and considered making a twist on the Japanese wave.
I put it all down and started to look a bit deeper at Grayson Perry s work, I liked his twist on blue and white using yellow and I liked how he uses text in his work, so one thing followed another and I made a portrait of him.
This week we looked at body adornments and jewellery, working from the art work of artist Azza al qubaisi .
I started with a piece of jewellery and ended up with a piece of baroque design not sure its a finished piece, but it was fun and interesting to do.
I learnt something too if you are using water colours and charcoal don’t use any fixative until you have finished.
Good to be back at art-class this terms class is about adornments and we have started with Angie Lewin as inspiration for natures adornment.a few ideas l have been working on.