Monthly Archives: April 2013

Grant Wood and an Abstract Landscape

   “All the good ideas I ever had came to me while milking a cow.”

– Grant Wood

Today we looked at the artist, Grant Wood, an American painter born in 1891 in Anamosa, Iowa. We learned about his life and career and based our own art project on one of his famous landscapes, Young Corn. Wood’s painted many of his landscapes with ordered fields and lush trees which was a complete contrast to the time in which he lived during the Great Depression.

We used black Sharpies to divide our landscape into different sections and then used repeated patterns, similar to Zentangles to give texture and details.

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* This project was inspired by Project Articulate

I love the way these turned out, so individual and striking.

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Gustav Klimt Birch Trees

  “Art is a line around your thoughts.”

– Gustav Klimt

Farmhouse with Birch Trees - Gustav Klimt

Gustav Klimt and his masterpiece, Farmhouse with Birch Trees served as the inspiration for our tape resist watercolour project. The students learned how to create a foreground, middleground and background and how it impacts composition. I love the vibrant colours that were inspired by the warm spring sunshine.


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Cypress Tree Landscape inspired by Van Gogh

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”

– Vincent Van Gogh

Road with Cypress and Star by Van Gogh inspired our project today.

Road with Cypress and Star

We started our session learning about the fascinating life of Vincent Van Gogh, one of the most famous painters in modern art.

Van Gogh’s bold brush strokes and vibrant colours make his paintings appear to have movement and capture the vibrant spirit of his subject.

We used a lot of paint and brush strokes to capture movement in our own works, take a look:

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Peacock’s Inspired by Audubon

“The woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those who sang the best.”

– John James Audubon

We started off our Spring Session at Humbercrest Public School with a colourful peacock drawing inspired by the artist, John James Audubon.

The students really enjoyed creating the colourful feathers with oil pastels.

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This project was inspired by a project posted to Balmac Art Gallery.

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