“I see art as collaboration with nature… providing a return from hectic and stress, from consumption and chaos, to meditative simplicity.”
Susan Gosevitz is a living artist whose original paintings in oils and acrylics are inspired by the beauty and serenity of Muskoka. She is an award-winning artist and an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists. She is a graduate of the Toronto School of Arts and has studied at the Haliburton School of Arts. She is also a former student of Robert Bateman.
To make our fall landscapes we used wide painters tape to create a resist for our birch trees. Oil pastels helped create texture and colour for our background. Permanent markers were used for the branches in the background and we finished off with a blue watercolour wash for the sky and black watercolour along the forest floor. The students really used their individual creativity to interpret this project and make it their own.
“I seek a fundamental universal pattern in all art and nature.”
For this project we learned about the Canadian artist, Kazuo Nakamura and his commitment to abstraction and modernism. Nakamura used simple structures and monochromatic colours.
We completed our entire project without using a traditional paint brush. Our students learned how to create their own scraped backgrounds using old gift cards and then used cardboard for their abstract lines. It was interesting to see how different everyone’s creations turned out…
“Take everything as it comes; the wave passes, deal with the next one.”
We kicked off our Canadian artist fall session with the great Tom Thomson. The students enjoyed hearing about his love of Algonquin Park and his dedication to painting the vast wild forests and rugged terrain that make up so much of our Canadian experience.
For our art project we used maple and oak leaves to make our leaf prints, they really pop on the black background. The students then used a sponge with yellow, orange and red paint to fill in the background and give it a fall feeling. You can almost smell the forest in the air…