“I want to make paintings full of colour, laughter, compassion and love. I want to make paintings that will make people happy.”
We started off our new winter session at Humbercrest Public School with a Polar Bear project. We were inspired by the great Canadian Artist, Norval Morrisseau to make a ‘spirit bear’. The icy landscape reminded us of the cold outside our windows as we kept warm making art inside.
This project was inspired by a polar bear project on a very inspiring blog by That Artist Woman.
The penguin’s joined in to celebrate at a birthday party this past weekend. We got busy with liquid watercolours and plastic wrap to make our icy background. We then used sponges and acrylic paint to make our icebergs and finished with potato stamps to make our penguin’s. We had a lot of fun. Take a look:
“Simple, I don’t like the word simple. I like easy better. I want to forget about the technique. I sweat and worry but I don’t want it look like that; but you can’t separate the artist and his technique.“
– Ellsworth Kelly
The American painter, Ellsworth Kelly was the inspiration for our grid creations. He was very well-known for his colour-grid paintings and abstract work.
We also had a look through the book, “A Book About Design: Complicated Doesn’t Make it Good”, by Mark Gonyea. The author uses a really creative approach to explain design concepts. I would highly recommend this book to students of any age.
“Everything starts from a dot.”
– Wassily Kandinsky
Kandinsky was one of the first artists to create completely abstract (non-representational) art. Due to his special ability to hear colours (called synaesthesia cognate) his pieces made no reference to the natural world. We were inspired by his piece Several Circles to create our own abstract piece.
Our classroom was very quiet while the students were creating these. Perhaps they could hear the music Kandinsky could see?
“I work with nature, although in completely new terms.”
– Bridget Riley
Optical art is a style of visual art that makes use of optical illusions. The artist, Bridget Riley was our inspiration today. We had fun looking at her op art creations and seeing the movement and illusion contained within. Then it was our turn to create an optical illusion with lines and curves.
“Trees love to toss and sway; they make such happy noises.”
– Emily Carr
This week our grade 1 – 3 group tried our Emily Carr landscape project. The students enjoyed learning about her love for the outdoors and admired the way she captured the beauty of Canada.
We started with sponges and blue paint and created movement across the sky with our paint strokes. Our inspiration for this project was her painting, Blue Sky. Have a look at their versions:
“There is no must in art because art if free.”
– Wassily Kandinsky
The inspiration for our piece today was the artist, Wassily Kandinsky. We spent some time looking through his work and were inspired by his art that focussed on circles. Our inspiration was Several Circles.We created our very own art journal pages using the circle as our framework.
“A line is a dot that went for a walk.”
– Paul Klee
Our grade 1 – 3 class became the architect’s of their own castles this week. We spoke about the Swiss artist, Paul Klee and studied his many paintings. A few favourites included: Red Balloon 1922, Individualized Altimetry of Stripes 1930 and The Goldfish.
I love their creativity and free-form style.
It is Halloween today and our grade 4 – 6 class celebrated by making their own oil pastel pumpkin patches. We began with stories and legends about the beginnings of Halloween. Our story about jack-o-lanterns really fired up their imaginations.
“I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.”
– Vincent Van Gogh
It was a wet and windy day today but we brightened up the classroom with sunny still-life paintings in the style of Vincent Van Gogh. We looked at examples of his work from his self-portraits to his landscapes to his famous sunflower paintings. Then it was our students turn to take up a paintbrush and have a try.
And here are a few more examples from our class the next day: