We really enjoy reading together and I love doing all kinds of crafty arty stuff (especially learning new things) and the boys most enjoy it when I set myself up ‘doing’ something but well prepared for company. They’ll pop by to see what I’m doing ask a few questions and sometimes potter off for a bit, then someone will ask if they can have a go or could I show them or simply set themselves up alongside me. It’s something I want to do more of but also an exercise in helping a little but stepping back too.
We really enjoyed sharing Katie’s Picture show and have a few more Katie art books around and as we were chatting and watching TV this afternoon I was mulling over some of the things we could do….I thought I’d get them down before the ideas skipped off!
In this book Katie goes into 5 pictures:
So, painting or drawing in the style of an artist is actually hard and can be pretty demoralising if you don’t match up….also there are a lot of skills that you need to be able to paint/reproduce the style etc. plus it’s soooo obvious and it’s good to explore skills and media and things that are a bit more than just paint a picture like….
My Brain dump of ideas
The Hay Wain
white puffy clouds on a blue sky using watercolours, lifting using kitchen roll, adding grey shadows underneath
storm clouds-wet in wet, mixing grey adding yellow ochre the art of stopping!
Different cloud types (geog/weather link?)
drawing/painting trees (we have done this recently using water colours, inks and oil pastels.
Some basic landscape vocab like horizon, perspective, splitting into 1/3s, foreground/background
Making apple pie (yummy!)
I have a tapestry upstairs from yonks ago that I never did that is very similar in style
Weaving on a card loom to create a ‘landscape’ reflecting the colours of the picture.
Take a print out, cut into small pieces, mix shades/tints to match the colours used by constable-this could be water colours, acrylics, oils, water colour pencils.
A study of wheels-like the wheel on the wagon but go out and ‘spot wheels, photograph (visit Blists hill etc.) find lots. Choose some interesting wheels to draw, work in pencil/charcoal.
Why does the horses saddle stand out? Look at colours opposite on the colour wheel (redo colour wheel for OT/Ben). Reinforce primary/secondary. Mix hues of red/green alternating circles.
What part of the river’s course are they on, what would have gone before/after link to sticks in the water or the little boat moored up
How does Constable create the feeling of depth-look at comparative size of trees in distance, level of detail, less intense colours
Reproduce small squares of picture, these could be the same size as the cut up original then be inserted instead of the print out so we’d still have a whole picture without having to do every square.
Look at flower pattern and create own
Draw self portrait in a mirror
Study of hands and wrists
Mixing flesh colours-take range of different photos/pictures/prints/catalogue pagers etc. and mix flesh tones using watercolour/acrylics
We could look at portraiture, face and body proportions, using viewers, transparent grids, seeing the lines/contours
Make beaded bracelets
Eating cream cakes (maybe making and drawing some too!)
Colour mixing shades/hues/tints of blues
Look at contrasting colour on colour wheel
Who is the woman without the umbrella?
What’s in the basket?
Surprised/Tiger in a Storm
Greens-colour mixing in different media
Photo different greens, collect examples and mix paints/inks etc. to match
Look at how the artist created effect of wind/storm
Depth in painting what happens to objects further away?
Look at the different leaf shapes-create print block and take prints
Draw tiger and take prints-using glue/foil/ink brayer etc.
Cutting/collage geometric straight edged shapes/symbols
Look at how to balance, use of overlapping, colours
try drawing or stitching/applique a picture in similar style
Introduce idea of non-representational art-link to math shape and space and have a series of ‘rules’ of what to include (parallel lines, intersecting, bisecting at right angles, acute, obtuse, etc.)
How to use a compass to draw circles
Look at other examples by these artists, sort into similar groups, ID paintings by these artist, visit the Nat Gallery and see these piccies (and the Tate)
Well at least that’s some of the ideas!