First Year Self-Portraits
Using self-portrait mirrors, First Year artists studied their faces and drew from observation. Our drawings progressed over a few classes; we talked about the shapes and proportions of our features and began to add color, using choices of materials. Our study included looking at various self-portraits, from Rembrandt to contemporary artists. As we investigated and discussed these artworks, we talked about the artists' uses of the elements and principles of design. Thinking about creating contrast and harmony, each artist chose media to create their face and background. I love the ways these portraits reflect each child's uniqueness.
Our Paper Zoo
Our Drawing from Life class visited the zoo last month. Drawing the animals in motion was challenging, but our experience was filled with wonderfully focused, keenly observant and fun moments. Thanks to the families who joined us, and to Leslie and my daughter Emma for helping out on our trip. We created backgrounds using watercolors before our trip to the zoo. Using the sketches we crated at the zoo, we drew our animals with Prismacolors. Here are a few:
Second Year Landscapes
Each Second Year group of children voted on their favorite Roeper place, and every group overwhelmingly chose our woods and creek! Fortunately, we had some beautiful autumn days to work in our outdoor studio. Sheets of balsa wood provided an interesting surface on which to draw. We talked about the attributes of various media, and each artist chose among pencils, charcoal, pastels and watercolors. We discussed various artistic approaches to creating landscapes, from The Hudson Valley School to the imaginary landscapes of Takashi Murakami. We also had conversations about arranging art elements and building compositions. The art principles of contrast, texture and unity were stressed throughout the process. These pieces reflect the children's love of our outdoor spaces.