Abstract Exercise

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Abstract art is a form of modern and postmodern art that focuses on the power of each individual work to express compositions in a new way. Creative work in this style is usually non-representational, the artist’s forms may vary from a small degree of inaccurate representation of images to total abstraction.

Our classrooms were filled with paint and abstraction this past week as we were inspired to create our own non-representational art. Students started with an underpainting using different colours of red and orange to fill their page. Next we created texture by applying a scrap piece of paper over the wet paint and pressing down to remove and mix the colours. We then created a composition with white, yellow and black and a small pop of blue.

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The Legend of St. George and the Dragon




We travelled back in time to the Middle ages and learned about the Legend of St. George and the Dragon. Students drew their own dragons and then used balloon pumps to create the fire that spreads across the castle. Laughter filled our classrooms during this class…

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The Group of Seven

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It’s probably hard for anyone looking at my landscapes today to realize that I was once regarded as a rebel, a dangerous influence; that I’ve been told I was on the verge of insanity, that my painting was nothing but meaningless daubs. Lawren Harris, the man most responsible for drawing the Group of Seven together, was accused of something perilously close to treason – his paintings, said his severest critics, were discouraging immigration.” – A.Y. Jackson

Recently we joined a group of mature adults and spent the afternoon creating our own fall landscapes inspired by the the work of the Group of Seven.

The Group of Seven believed that a distinct style of Canadian art should be developed through direct contact with Canada’s rugged wilderness.  This style would break from European traditions and reflect an increasingly nationalistic sentiment for its paintings that were inspired by the Canadian landscape.  The group of Seven was the first major Canadian art movement.

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Gothic Window Halloween Scene

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Gothic Art is concerned with the painting, sculpture and architecture  that flourished in western and central Europe during the Middle Ages.  In the years between 1100 and 1600, architecture was the most important and original art form.

We framed our artwork with a Gothic window frame and made a spooky scene filled with ghosts and a creepy tree.

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Ming Vases

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The Ming Dynasty existed from 1368 – 1644 and during this time the Imperial porcelain factory was established in Jingdezhen, China. Dishes were manufactured for use in the imperial court and were marked by the reign mark of the emperor himself.

During this time special decorative innovations were made and the famous blue underglaze was used. The Ming period exported porcelain around the world on an unprecedented scale. Aside from supplying porcelain for domestic use, the kilns at Jingdezhen became the main production centre for large-scale porcelain exports to Europe.

The style of Ming Dynasty vases remains popular throughout the world today.

We were inspired by fall gardens and included the plant, Chinese Lanterns in our still life. Students were very creative when decorating their Ming Vases.

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Wooly Mammoths

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Our first class for the Fall session travelled back in time to the Lascaux caves in France. They are famous for the Palaeolithic cave paintings found in a complex of caves in the Dordogne region of southwestern France. The exceptional quality, size, and sophistication of the paintings has given them the rightful designation as a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Estimated to be up to 20,000 years old, the paintings are primarily of large animals that were once native to the region. The cave contains nearly 2,000 figures, which can be grouped into three main categories: animals, human figures, and abstract signs. Most of the major images have been painted onto the walls using red, yellow, and black colours from a complex mix of minerals and pigments.

Students used a variety of chalk pastels to create their own rock walls. Next we used a printing technique to apply our Mammoths. We finished everything off with paint!

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KCS Welcome Back BBQ

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Art in Action had a lot of fun at the Welcome Back BBQ at Kingsway College this past weekend. Students were inspired by the season and I love the colours they mixed for the background. We used tape to make off our trees and sponges and acrylic paint to fill in the fall colours. After peeling off the tape they added colour and texture to the tree trunks and branches with oil pastels.

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