do it. create. walk and see. cut and paste. scratch and sniff.
do whatever you have to do to feed your soul.
this is my commitment.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

the art of rabbits

We started class by observing Tucker and attempting to look at him as certain shapes.  The children were able to identify ellipses, half circles, circles and rectangles.  After taking a bit of time to stroke our live model and feel his soft fur, we set to work practicing putting shapes together to create a whole.  The children practiced drawing several rabbits on a large piece of paper using this method.

We used charcoal and paper to practice proportional drawing.  I had the children fold their paper reserving the smaller portion for where they would draw the head (allowing enough room for the ears) and the larger part for the body (allowing enough room for the tail).  The children practiced this method twice, each time changing the direction of their paper from portrait to landscape (or vice versa).  There is one example of this on the top left of the photo collage above.

The children also cut out felt shapes, creating their own rabbits!

At this point we also viewed a variety of rabbits in art.  We referenced work from Albrecht Durer, Lucian Freud, Jeff Koons and Marc Chagall.

After applying a base color to our canvases, we took a break for snack and read both The Velveteen Rabbit and Peter Rabbit.

The children decided what would influence their rabbit paintings. Some were inspired by the artists we had viewed while others were inspired by the stories we had read.  They used soft pastels to sketch out their ideas on their canvas before applying paint and texture.

We practiced a few other activities with rabbits as subject.  The children carved their own rabbit stamps and used them to make prints (on black paper).  They also used the tip of a protea plant (similar to a large pussy willow) to print a texture on paper, representing fur.  They applied white paint to the negative space, revealing a rabbit shape (see an example on middle left in first photo collage above).

Thankfully, parents sent me these images of their children's paintings on canvas.

Peter Rabbit escaping under the fence

It was Picasso's birthday on Sunday!  Here are a few examples of the children's work over the past year when Picasso was our inspiration.

I have one more seat available in the "Light of the Night" Sunday, November 8 class.  Beginning in November, classes will begin at 1:30 and end at 4:30 to accommodate the time change.  View more November class dates here.

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