Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Brain teaser

This a puzzle that a friend shared with me recently.  Here's a hint: it's a good example of 'visual' problem solving.  I'll post the answer in a few days - good luck!

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Mixed Media Mystery Art Activity

I found this activity on The Blooming Palette and thought I'd give it a try.  I really liked the freedom involved and the end result of my efforts.  I also think that this would be a great activity not only for use in the art classroom but for engaging those who think they don't have artistic talent.


The key to this activity is to allow students the freedom to interpret each step.

Step 1:
Start by taping around the edges of your paper to create a clean border at the end.  Then spill any liquid.  This could be paint, watercolour, even juice.  If you're doing this with students its important not to tell them what to pour or how to do it.  Let your page dry.

Step 2:
Add 3 pieces of masking tape in a linear pattern of your choice.

Step 3:
Find an organic object - in my case a banana-and use india ink to create a quick gesture  drawing.  This should take no more than 5 minutes.  The only restriction is that your drawing cannot be in the centre of the page. 

Step 4:
Now turn your page and create another gesture drawing of your object.  If you wish your second drawing can overlap the first one.

Step 5:
Once your second drawing is dry choose 3 different coloured oil pastels.  Next put one back and trade one with someone else/trade it for a new colour.  Use the oil pastels to create bold marks that define positive and negative space.

Step 6:
Use india ink again to create large areas of black that direct the viewer's eye to a focal point.

Step 7:
Remove the 3 pieces of tape but not the border pieces.  You now have 30 minutes to refine your piece with any of the materials you've used so far as well as white conte to correct areas that may be overly blackened.

Step 8:
Remove the tape on the edges and share the results as a class.

Art Intertwine-Mystery Art Activity
My Final Artwork!

Friday, 22 June 2012

Art Event - Fernwood Art Stroll

This weekend is the art stroll in Fernwood, Victoria.  The stroll runs from 11am-4pm on June 23 and 24. 
 I'll be showing some art works along with the Open Art Surge and PACS group show at the Little Fernwood Gallery.  The Gallery is opposite the Belfry theatre and the main Fernwood square.  As part of the show we are inviting people to participate in creating a community mural.  For more information visit the University of Victoria Art Education Student Association website to download the Fernwood Art Stroll Brochure and Map.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Art News - Emily Carr

Emily Carr, Odds and Ends 1939
Seven works by Emily Carr will be showcased in Germany as part of the upcoming art show Documenta.  While Emily Carr is well known here on the west coast this show could help Carr's work achieve international recognition.

For the full story, click here.
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