Monthly Archives: February 2013

Hundertwasser Collage

“We are in need of magic. I fill a picture until it is full with magic, as one fills up a glass with water.”


The artist known as Hundertwasser was born in Austria in 1928. He is one of the most important artists and architects of the 20th century. One of his main beliefs was that people could not be happy when they have lost their connection with nature.

We created a multi media piece inspired by his painting, Blobs Grow in Beloved Gardens, and using elements of collage, painting and chalk pastel we made our own.

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Frank Lloyd Wright Windows

 “People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”

– Frank Lloyd Wright

We brightened up the classroom today with stained glass windows in the style of Frank Lloyd Wright. I love the way the colours really sparkle.

Frank Lloyd Wright is known as the greatest architect of all time for his innovative and creative work. The students had a chance to learn about his life and see examples of some of his most famous buildings. During his career he created many stained glass windows which he described as light screens.

We focussed on his stained glass windows as inspiration for today’s session and made our own ‘masterpieces in glass’.

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This project was inspired by The Green Bay Art Room.

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Valentine’s Day Love Birds

“For this was on St. Valentine’s Day…. When every fowl cometh there to choose his mate.

–Geoffrey Chaucer

This  Valentine’s day we were inspired by love birds. Our students really got a kick out of using old gift cards to scrape acrylic paint across their paper for the background. I love the way the paints mixed together, it is such a fun technique.

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Georgia O’Keeffe – Ladder to the Moon

“I found I could say things with colour and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.”

– Georgia O’Keeffe

We were inspired by the great American artist, Georgia O’Keeffe and her painting, Ladder to the Moon. It is one of her later works, painted in 1958 when she was seventy-one. The students liked the dream-like quality of the piece and learned about oil pastel resists and watercolour washes. The gold paint really sparkles.


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Charcoal Trees – A Different Take on Van Gogh

 “What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?”

– Vincent Van Gogh

Today we introduced a new drawing medium to our class; charcoal. Vincent Van Gogh was our inspiration as he used charcoal for many of his preliminary sketches for paintings as well as using charcoal as the primary medium in many of his drawings.

We also introduced the terms: foreground, middle ground and background and explained how objects appear depending on where they are placed on the picture plane.




This project was inspired by Evergreens in Charcoal at the Bees Knees Cousin.

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Inspired by Picasso – Line Drawings

“Are we to paint what’s on the face, what’s inside the face, or what’s behind it?”

Pablo Picasso

Our lesson today was inspired by the line drawing by Pablo Picasso of Francoise Gilot, the mother of two of his children. We focussed on the simplicity of line that was used to capture her portrait.

For the background we used acrylic paint and plastic cards to scrape the paint across the paper. The students really enjoyed moving the paint around without a brush. We used plastic page protectors to trace the basic lines of magazine faces.





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A Canadian Landscape – Ted Harrison

“One curator said he didn’t want my work in his gallery because it was so simple even children understood it. I thought, what a wonderful tribute!”

-Ted Harrison

Ted Harrison is a Canadian artist who is famous for his unique paintings of Northern Canadian landscapes.  He has the ability to make simple landscapes captivating by dividing the canvas in horizontal sections.  He chooses brilliant colours that are not always realistic and uses lines to give contrast to the colours.

We looked at many examples of his art in the beautiful book, Painting Paradise, by Katherine Gibson.







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