Our warm up exercise involved a study of the living artist from Japan, Miroco Machiko. The children used charcoal to draw their animals (we started by drawing, Tucker, the dwarf rabbit). They painted with acrylic paint, used tools to scratch patterns or designs into the paint and then finished the piece with a watercolor wash.
Our primary artist of study was the well known children's book author and illustrator, Ezra Jack Keats. With the recent snowfall, it was especially appropriate to read his first book, The Snowy Day. We discussed Keats' collage technique and then sat down to get to work.
The children learned how to create more dimension by using colored paper that they would eventually paint white to use as their snow.
They added other forms to their collages to create a winter scene of their own.
I think Tucker enjoyed this special attention too.
Thanks to all who were able to attend (especially at such late notice).
I think our next class will focus on sculpture and creating 3 dimensional art.
Stay tuned for more information.
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