Thursday, February 23, 2012

Look at the story book Where the Wild Things Are
What shapes do you see
What shapes are spikes and horns made from?
What Lines do you see?
Do you see organic shapes?
Artist:Maurice Bernard Sendak (born June 10, 1928) 
American writer and illustrator of children's literature.  
He is best known for his book, Where the Wild Things Are, published in 1963.
One of his first professional commissions was to create window displays for the toy store 
F.A.O. Schwarz. 
His illustrations were first published in 1947 in a textbook titled Atomics for the Millions by Dr. Maxwell Leigh Eidinoff. 
He spent much of the 1950s illustrating children's books written by others before beginning to write his own stories.
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Step1: Using your piece of yarn, lay out and organic shape on your page to begin
Step2: Using Oil Pastels trace the outside of your organic shape. This makes your monsters head
Step3: add 2 geometric shapes for eyes
Step3: add one organic shape for a nose
Step4: add a line for a mouth. WAIT! How does your monster feel? Happy or sad, Angray or confused? This could help make your decision. 
Step5: add two organic shapes for ears
Step4: add 5 geometric shapes for hair
Step5: add spikes, gils, teeth, horns, feathers or any other things you can think of with your black 
Step6: Fill in your geometric/organic monster with colors. 
White paper
Black sharpies or oil pastels
Piece of string
All colors of oil pastels

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Discussion: Monochromatic? What does this big word mean?
It means one color, That seems boring? 
What would a one color painting look like? 
Show examples, Show Matisse’s Red Studio
How would this room feel to be inside? 
What would you touch if you were there?
Would the room feel BIG or small? 
What does the color red make us feel? 
Would you feel like that if you were there?
Does Matisse have any items in color here? Why? 
ARTIST: Henri Matisse 1869-1954
French Painter,
Studied law until he was 21
His Mother gave him a paint box after surgery and he discovered painting
He attended drawing classes before work; at lunch he would paint. After work he would paint till night fell. 
In 1891 set off for Paris to study
Matisse’s studies ultimately lead him to his love of line, shape and color. 
Matisse’s greatest influence had been the work of the artist Cezanne (1839 – 1906, French). 
In the 1950‘s, Matisse began creating paintings using paint and paper cut outs. 
Matisse continued to paint even after he was ill, this time on the walls of his room, using a piece of charcoal attached to the end of a bamboo pole. 
He painted until his death in 1954. 
Matisse had strong feelings about only one thing, the act of painting. 
The purpose of these pictures, he always asserted, was to give pleasure. 
For Matisse, painting was the rhythmic arrangement of line and color on a flat plane. 
He had created the technique of striking contrasts, unmixed hues, flat planes of color (similar to Gauguin, 1848 – 1903, French) 
Expressive brush strokes (similar to Van Gogh, 1853 – 1890, Dutch). 
Light was expressed, not in the method of the Impressionists, but with a harmony of intensely covered surfaces. 
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PROJECT: Create your favorite room in monochromatic
Step1: Pick a room in your house that is your favorite
Step2: use a white oil pastel and draw several items from your fav. Room
Step3: if one or more items in your room have an important color, fill it in
Step4: Paint your whole paper with red paint to reveal your room
Oil pastels 
red liquid water color
watercolor paper

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Texture Tide Pools with Ted Lawson

Van Gogh: Warm Colors
Victor Vasarely: Line
Form: Claes Oldenburg
Fawazo:  Tint
Andy Warhol: pattern
Discussion: Texture 
Texture? What is it?
What does your hair feel like?  What does the bottom of your shoe feel like?
What do your pants feel like?  What does tree bark feel like?
Some things are rough like tree bark and the bottom of our shoes
Some things are soft like kittens and our hair
Can we see texture?   Can you smell texture?
Visual Texture, tactile texture. 
Look and talk about Ted Lawson’s Tide pool work. 
Ted Lawson
Ted’s initial art training came during high school in Phoenix, Arizona. 
Ted always remained interested in art but a tour in the US Navy and a career in engineering 
delayed his early progress. 
Ted has since studied with nationally known instructors Gerald Brommer, Tony Couch and Fred Graff and continues training and development in watercolor composition and design.
Ted works in watercolors and acrylics primarily in a representational style 
He experiments with non objective and abstract styles. 
He leaves it up to the viewer to use his or her own intellect and experiences to find the underlying meanings. 
Ted likes to create art using "the things that people see and use everyday" as his inspiration. 
His ideas involving common everyday scenes or objects spring from his extensive foreign and domestic travels as well as glimpses of New York City. 
Ted continuously strives to accomplish the goal of creating something that is entertaining and thought provoking for other people to look at and enjoy.
Ted resides in Canton, Ohio with his wife Patricia, a high school Spanish teacher. 
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WEEK !: PROJECT: Create water and texture rubbing rocks
PREPARATION: set up the room in stations Watercolor station, salt station and texture stations
Step1: Using a new piece of construction paper for each rock. Walk around each rubbing station, hold construction paper over texture mat and color with a grey, black or white crayon. Leave your rock at each station
Step2: at water color station, spray watercolor paper with water, use large brush to add in blue water
Step3: take watercolor paper to salt station and add salt on top of your water

Liquid watercolors
Texture rubbings of all sorts (Sand Paper, etc.)
Construction paper

WEEK 2: Texture creatures
Step1: Glue Texture rocks around your tide pools
Step2: Cut rubber bands and glue (elmers)  them to the paper around the shape of a sea urchin
Step3: Cut a oval out of laminate or smooth plastic (Plastic plate in white) and draw lines around him like a muscle
Step4: cut and color with oil pastels a bright star fish out of sand paper

Sand Paper cut into star shape
Rocks from week 1
pastic in clear or white
black sharpies
Oil pastels
Glue sticks
Elmers glue