This summer these students took their art to the Next Level! And they fell in love with their paintings! They already knew how to draw, so they went on to tackle the beast of mixing colors. We first began the course by creating a color wheel so they could see how colors were made. Then, really observing their animal, they had to decide where to place the shades first. By understanding your darkest darks on your object you can gauge the lights and mediums. Once that is in place, the artist looks at the highlight areas: areas where the sun is hitting their object. We first started with a still life so by using simple shapes we could understand darks do not have to be black! After that exercise, we moved on to animals of their choices. Here are their results. . . they were pleasantly surprised even if they felt it might be too hard. SECRET: To tackle the fur and the palm tree fronds we used a special brush so you don't have to paint every hair or leaf.
It always feels like Christmas when you open the kiln after a glaze firing, so much anticipation and sparkle from the colors. You never know exactly how the pieces will look, if the student added enough glaze coats, or if they added something you didn't quite see them do.
Working with clay is very therapeutic as well as something that is rarely taught anymore because of the "mess". Most children and adults like to create in 3D, they just need some help to get their imagination come to reality. I am fortunate to have a large kiln at Mesa Union School to help students create whimsical owls, pinch pot flower bowls, slab dogs, handprints for Kindergarteners, pinch pot sea turtles, and of course I had to make a test coil plaque for my mother for Mother's Day!
This summer I will be teaching a clay class with a friend Terry who has also worked with clay for a number of years. We have a variety of projects in mind including the crazy boxes that come out unique to each child. And of course, you need to at least try your hand at coils. These take some time to get even pressure on the clay snake.
The summer clay class is June 25 - 29th 9:30 am - NOON $185 includes all supplies and you won't have to worry about the mess!
Not only do art camps expose students to art in general, they also allow the students to hone their artistic talent: whether it be in drawing, architecture, fashion design, painting, or fantasy art.
Lorrie Milton taught an Animal Adventure class where they drew a variety of animals, Ashley Goodman-Konzmann taught a small group how to paint and see value in their work, and I taught Fashion Design and Fantasy art. Next week we will cover a variety of media including sculpting.
Each day, these art students learned how to draw fantasy art and then they chose how they wanted to complete their pieces. Students were able to choose between watercolors, markers, colored pencils, art Stix, or chalk pastels. Andrea, the youngest, brought in glitter and it added a sparkle to our unicorns! Never would have thought of that! I love their creative touches — loved this week! ☺