First Year Self-Portraits from The First Sign-Up
Looking at the First-Year self-portraits, I recall all the challenges, creative problem solving and moments of inspiration as the children worked through the various processes. I see the uniqueness of each child reflected in these pieces; the wide variety of brushstrokes, choices of art elements and even scale of this art tells a story about each artist. The second years will also create self-portraits this Sign-Up, but the media and techniques presented will be very different.
Second Years Explore the Outdoor Studio
The Second-Year artists are completing pieces which began in our outdoor studio. We took our drawing boards down to the creek by Tire Mountain; there are lots of great "sit spots" there on large rocks, logs and stumps. Each artist chose a view and sketched in their preliminary composition. During subsequent classes we worked from photographs we took while working outside. Using choices of pencils, various sharpies and Prismacolors, we added definition and detail to our pieces. Later, we worked with tubes of watercolor. There were many conversations regarding the many layers and varieties of colors, textures and shapes of the trees, rocks and creek. Observational, technical and aesthetic skills were emphasized as we rendered and painted. Our sense of wonder was ignited as we discovered the richness of nature.