Monday, 25 February 2013

China's Invisible Man of Art


I recently came across this video on Chinese artist Liu Bolin.  Liu is known as "The Invisible Man" due to the artworks he creates, where he questions ideas of (artistic) identity, and the relationship people have with their physical surroundings, by painting himself into different settings.








Friday, 22 February 2013

Art Fun For Fridays - Create an Henri Matisse Painting with Scissors Collage


For this week's dose of art fun, head over to abrakadoodle to create an artwork inspired by Henri Matisse's gouaches découpés (cut paper collages) using an online version of Matisse's 'painting with scissors' technique.


Henri Matisse, La Gerbe, 1953



Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Claude Monet Inspired Caricatures



Last week I was substitute teaching at a middle school.  Part of the assignment was to teach French to three classes, which is by no means my forte.  I did manage to come up with this awesome lesson that of course included a little bit of art. 

After doing a lesson on describing what someone looks like-are they petite/small, grand/tall, beau/handsome, etc.  I decided to teach the students about the famous French artist Claude Monet and how he drew caricatures to describe someone's personality or physical appearance.

I started by telling the students how Claude Monet became well known for drawing caricatures when he was just a teenager.  The word caricature means a "loaded portrait" and involves exaggerating or simplifying the features of the person.  For this lesson we specifically looked at Monet's caricature of Jules Didier, where he exaggerates Didier's portrait by portraying him as a butterfly man.  The class then discussed how you could use an animal to describe a person's personality traits, i.e. a sloth for someone who is lazy.


Claude Monet, Caricature of Jules Didier, c.1860



I had the students create their own caricatures, combining someone they know with an animal that reflected an aspect of that person's personality.  After drawing their caricatures, one student would offer to have the rest of the class guess what animal they used, by giving us clues.  Students who wanted to guess had to say the animal in French, and then the entire class would repeat to practise this new vocabulary.  The students really got into the drawing and the guessing game.  Most of the students wanted to keep their drawings, but below are a couple of examples of caricatures that students let me keep.


Art Intertwine - Monet Caricatures 



Art Intertwine - Monet Caricatures




Here is the list of animals that I gave the students to choose from:


Insects and Other Creepy Crawlies

  • Butterfly - le papillon (luh pah-pee-yohn)
  • Cockroach - le cafard (luh cah-fahr)
  • Snail - l'escargot (les-car-go)
  • Spider - l'araignée (lah-rayn-yay)
  • Ant - la fourmi (lah foor-mee)
  • Bee - l'abeille (lah-bay-uh)

Reptiles

  • Alligator - l'alligator (lah-lee-gah-tohr)
  • Crocodile - le crocodile (luh kroe-koe-deel)
  • Frog - la grenouille (lah grun-wee-yuh)
  • Lizard - le lézard (luh lay-sahr)
  • Snake - le serpent (luh sair-pont)
  • Toad - le crapaud (luh crah-poe)
Turtle - la tortue (lah tor-too)


At the Zoo

  • Anteater - le fourmilier (lu-foor-mee-lee-ay)
  • Baboon - le babouin (luh bah-bwehn)
  • Buffalo - le buffle (luh boo-fluh)
  • Camel - le chameau (luh shah-moe)
  • Cheetah - le guépard (luh gay-par)
  • Coyote - le coyote (le ki-yoht) *Note the 'i' is long as in 'kite.'
  • Elephant - l'éléphant (lay-lay-fohn)
  • Gazelle - la gazelle (lah-gah-zell)
  • Giraffe - la girafe (lah-gee-rahff) *Note the 'g' is soft as in the second 'g' in 'garage.'
  • Gorilla - la gorille (luh gour-ee)

At the Zoo

  • Leopard - le léopard (luh lay-oh-par)
  • Lion - le lion (luh lee-ohn)
  • Monkey - le singe (le sange)
  • Ostrich - l'autruche (lo-troosh)
  • Panda - le panda (luh pahn-dah)
  • Panther - le panthère (lah pahn-tair)
  • Rhinoceros - le rhinocéros (luh-ree-no-sair-os) *Note the 'o' is long as in 'cope.'
  • Tiger - le tigre (luh tee-gruh)
  • Zebra - le zèbre (luh-zeh-bruh)
  • Hippopotamus - l'hippopotame (lee-po-po-tahm) *Note the 'o' is long as in 'cope.'
  • Jaguar - le jaguar (luh jhah-gwar)
  • Kangaroo - le kangourou (kahn-goo-roo)

Pets

  • Cat - le chat (luh shah)
  • Dog - le chien (luh shee-ehn)
  • Ferret - le furet (luh fyoo-ray)
  • Goldfish - le poisson rouge (luh pwah-ssohn-rooge) **The 'g' is soft as in the second 'g' in garage.
  • Gerbil - la gerbille (lah jhair-bee-yuh)
  • Hamster - le hamster (luh am-stair)
  • Llama - le lama (luh lah-mah)
  • Parrot - le perroquet (luh pair-rho-kay)

On the Farm

  • Chicken - le poulet (luh poo-lay)
  • Cow - la vache (lah vahsh)
  • Donkey - l'âne (lahn)
  • Duck - le canard (luh cah-nar)
  • Goat - la chèvre lah sheh-vruh)
  • Goose - l'oie (lwah)
  • Horse - le cheval (luh shuh-vall)
  • Mouse - la souris (lah soo-ree)
  • Mule - la mule (lah mool)
  • Pig - le cochon (luh coo-shohn)
  • Sheep - le mouton (luh moo-tohn)

Woodland Animals

  • Antelope - l'antilope (lahn-tee-lohp)
  • Badger - le blaireau (luh blair-o)
  • Bat - la chauve-souris (lah shove-soo-ree)
  • Bear - l'ours (loors)
  • Bird - l'oiseau (lwah-so)
  • Deer - le cerf (luh sairf)
  • Fox - le renard (luh ruh-nahrd)
  • Otter - la loutre lah loo-truh)
  • Owl - le hibou (luh ee-boo)
  • Porcupine - le porc-épic (luh pork-ay-peek)
  • Rabbit - le lapin (luh lah-pahn)
  • Raccoon - le raton-laveur (luh rah-tohn-lah-vuhr)
  • Ram - le bélier (luh bay-lee-ay)
  • Squirrel - l'écureil (lay-cure-i) *Note - the 'i' is pronounced long
  • Wolf - le loup (luh loo)

Ocean Animals

  • Crab - le crabe (luh crahb)
  • Dolphin - le dauphin (luh do-fahn)
  • Eel - l'anguille (lohn-gee-uh) *Note the 'g' is hard as in the first 'g' in 'garage.'
  • Jellyfish - la méduse (lah-may-dooz)
  • Lobster - le homard (luh-oh-mar)
  • Manatee - le lamantin (luh-lah-mah-tahn)
  • Pelican - le pélican (luh-pay-lee-kahn)
  • Sea Lion - l'otarie (loh-tah-ree)
  • Shark - le requin (luh-ri-kahn)
  • Walrus - le morse (luh-mohrs)
  • Whale - la baleine (lah-bell-ehn)



Quick Tip:

Make sure to present this lesson with the caveat that if a student wants to draw a caricature of someone else in the class they need permission from that person.



Tuesday, 12 February 2013

3D Cardboard Art


While looking for some old photos this weekend, I found these pictures of artworks made from cardboard that I had taken awhile ago.  The sculptures are from a student teacher class, where the assignment was to create a relief sculpture from layering pieces of cardboard.  You could also choose to create two pieces that interacted with each other



Art Intertwine - Cardboard Art



Instead of having their artwork flat against the wall, this artist attached a small piece of cardboard at the flamingo's neck to add depth.


Art Intertwine - Cardboard Art




Art Intertwine - Cardboard Art




Art Intertwine - Cardboard Art



I love how this person used the texture of the cardboard to mimic the owl's feathers.


Art Intertwine - Cardboard Art




Art Intertwine - Cardboard Art



The hair in this one is just fantastic!


Art Intertwine - Cardboard Art




Art Intertwine - Cardboard Art





Saturday, 9 February 2013

Online Only Art Part 2


In a previous post I wrote about GIF-iti, street art that could only be viewed online.  I just found this video by PBS Idea Channel that poses the question of whether or not the Internet has replaced the art gallery, and perhaps more importantly, will it make new cutting edge art a part of every day life?






Sunday, 3 February 2013

Art Activity - Watercolour Animals a la Picasso



In a previous post I wrote about creating a doodle giraffe, where I tested homemade watercolours
I decided that I wanted to create a simpler version of that activity, which still combined animal drawings with the watercolour paints.

My inspiration for this activity are the animal drawings of Pablo Picasso.


"Picasso and his children celebrating the completion of a collaborative drawing, 1953."


I started by making a few drawings after Picasso's simple animal sketches.


Art Intertwine - Watercolour Animals a la Picasso



Art Intertwine - Watercolour Animals a la Picasso



Art Intertwine - Watercolour Animals a la Picasso



Art Intertwine - Watercolour Animals a la Picasso




I then found a few similar animal line drawings such as this elephant and giraffe:


Art Intertwine - Watercolour Animals a la Picasso




Art Intertwine - Watercolour Animals a la Picasso



I liked the loopy lines in many of the drawings and thought that with the addition of colour it would be fun to play with positive and negative space.  Rather than draw patterns as I did with my doodle giraffe, I decided to create patterns on the animals by only using the watercolours.


The finished drawings:


Art Intertwine - Watercolour Animals a la Picasso




Art Intertwine - Watercolour Animals a la Picasso



Art Intertwine - Watercolour Animals a la Picasso



Art Intertwine - Watercolour Animals a la Picasso



Art Intertwine - Watercolour Animals a la Picasso



Art Intertwine - Watercolour Animals a la Picasso





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