Journaling & Emotional Times
- Look for little things that make you smile.
- Draw a silly character and write out their story.
- Just sit and draw or play with a material.
- Go on a walk. What did you find/see?
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Journaling & Emotional Times
The last few weeks have been exceptionally difficult for me and I'm sure all of you are living through struggles. However, it is important to see positive points in the day. Our thoughts control our mood. Yesterday was really rough for me and my thoughts and mood affected my family. So, my family told me to go run. "Just run 1 mile"! Well, that is all it took to pull me from my funk. How can you change your mood?
Journaling is one way to find beauty in all parts of your day.
What you might see at DMS:
To help my emotional state, I decided to leave you all a note when you pick up your items from school. I hope you enjoy Flat Mrs. C and my message.
You can even come show 'flat' me what you are working on. Be sure to take a picture with me and send me a email. Love and miss you all!
Stuck at Home #10 - Color Theory: Warm/Cool Colors & Blending
Hi there to everyone at home!
This challenge is a look back at Foil Art with a little pattern and warm/cool challenge. I was able to pick up some of my examples from school and so this newest video has my examples displayed which may give you some new ideas. Let's face it, foil art does not get old. Am I right? Also, if you don't have sharpies or foil. This warm/cool challenge can do done with paper and any media (materials you have).
As always, have fun and get creative!
1. Gather Materials: What do you have to work with?
Choose A - Foil Art (cardboard, sharpies, foil)
or B - Paper and what ever materials you have. -Listed below.
Paper and Whatever Materials You Have.
1. Find an image to draw. Search for outlines. They are much easier to draw.
2. Draw an animal on paper.
3. Begin with warm or cool colors.
4. What media are you using? Make a choice.
5. Complete the assignment on Canvas to share your art.
Stuck at Home: Skill Challenge #2 - Color Theory
Color Theory is the concept of how color works together. That understanding might be how to colors can be blended or layer together to make new colors. It also might a way to show colors that can be used side by side to show contrast (things that pop out) or movement through value.
Vocabulary: Primary, Secondary, Intermediate
Today I want to you experiment with color and materials. What do you have at home? Crayons, great! Maybe you have colored pencils or chalk. You might have paint or markers. What ever you select to use be sure you ask a parent if it is ok to experiment.
1. Choose your media: What material do you like to work with?
2. Gather your materials: You will need yellow, red, and blue.
My favorite brands are Prismacolor & Sharpie but you can use anything.
3. Watch the tutorial on how to draw out a color wheel. video
4. Watch the videos for your selected media. I have watercolor and colored pencil below. You can try any material after you understand how colors are mixed together. Have fun!
5. Share your color experiment with me!
Art History Challenge #2: Ancient Art
What is this art history challenge? Click here!
Last Wednesday I created the first art history challenge and it was on 'The Stone Age' (the beginning of art). If you missed last week's blog, here it is: Art History Challenge #1. Maybe your are wondering what is this whole art history challenge thing? Click here!
This week we are venturing in to ancient art. There is a whole realm of ancient cultures and I can not begin to cover them all. So, I will be focusing on just a few this week. Feel free to explore different ancient art beyond this post.
Ancient art begins in Mesopotamia (2400bc) and the Egypt 'Old Kingdom' (2686bc). Egyptian rule lasted 3000 years until a Greek king, Alexander the Great, displaced the civilization. Egypt is divided into three kingdoms (old, middle, and new) and within that time, visions from India, Rome, Greece, and Celtic civilizations came to light. Early Christian art also began to emerge. Ancient art could not be classified without the Chinese Dynasty, and the Aztec, Inca, and Mayan civilizations. This is a very short list of cultures that have developed our way of life and how we view the world.
A. Learn about Ancient Art
B. My Example: Ancient Art Recreation
I've clearly recreated the mask of King Tut! Egyptian culture is a favorite of our family and I created this with a skirt, shirt, and a small toy animal (pictured below). Also below, you can see how the way you take the picture changes the space.
Use one of these images or find your own Ancient Art piece to recreate.
C. Contemporary Art Connection
What does history have to do with art today?
Stuck at Home: Creative Art #9
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Once you have mastered shading you can move on to drawing objects. If you don't feel confident, watch the Part 1 - Video below. Building the values up with layers creates contrast and gives the object form. If done correct, you can make the viewer believe it is a 3-D object. It does take practice and mistakes are ok. Just keep trying!
Below are several videos on drawing forms. Feel free to practice one or all of them. The three small videos are quick videos you could replay several times.
How to Draw a Cone
How to Draw a Cylinder
How to draw a Sphere
Tips and Tricks
Shading is the process of adding value to create the illusion of form, space, and most importantly - light in a drawing.
Value is the lightness or darkness of a color.
Contrast refers to the arrangement of opposite elements and effects. For example, light and dark colors, smooth and rough textures, large and small shapes. Contrast can be used to create variety, visual interest, and drama in an artwork.Value is experimenting with line, layers, and materials to create contrast.
Texture (even and smooth values)
Examples you could recreate or find your own!
So, I hope you will join this challenge! The first 'Art History Challenge' is to recreate a Stone Age work. I think this is going to be really fun and informative.
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This particular exhibition from 2013 is called Soul.
Rondinone's series of sculptures is made out a material called bluestone. Each piece was rough-cut and then stacked on top of each other to create the form of a human figure.
What I see and think:
Works such as these depict a natural connection to the Stone Age and I can't help but feel a sense of simplicity and calm when viewing the works. The rough and natural material makes me think about a crude and difficult way to live as well.
Questions I ponder:
How tall are these sculptures? What process did the artist go through to cut each piece?
Seven Magic Mountains is an outdoor installation on public land in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The exhibition opened in 2016 and was to be on view for only two years. However, the success of the work pushed the producers of the installation to extend the plan to enable it to be on view until 2021.
The current state of Covid-19 has issued all areas of our lives to be interrupted included art. Artist and commissioners are cautioning against visitation in the hopes social distancing can be practiced.
What I see and think:
At first glance, I see bright colors and impeccable balance. I wonder how small I would look next to this installation. The bright colors are a magnificent contrast to the desert terrain and natural colors.
Questions I ponder:
How did this artist arrange these stones? Did they fall over when stacking? How tall are they? What do the colors represent? Does the order matter?
Art teacher and mommy to 3 kiddos.
“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” Scott Adams