Monthly Archives: February 2014

Dina Wakley and an Art Journal Page

American artist, Dina Wakley inspired our art project this week. Dina is an art journaler and mixed-media artist who teaches her techniques all over the world.  She lives in Arizona with her husband and three boys. She is the author of Art Journal Freedom: How to Journal Creatively with Color and Composition.

Our students really enjoyed the different multi-media techniques that we used to make our Valentine’s Day inspired journal pages. We used spray inks and stencils and made our own collage paper to add to our pieces.

Happy Valentine’s day everyone!

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Lois Mailou Jones and a Mask Project

“”Mine is a quiet exploration—a quest for new meanings in color, texture and design. Even though I sometimes portray scenes of poor and struggling people, it is a great joy to paint.” — Lois Mailou Jones 

Lois Mailou Jones was  born in 1905, and had a successful career as a painter, teacher, book illustrator and textile designer for over 50 years. She was born in Boston and became interested in art very early in her life.  Her art spans three continents: North America, Europe, and Africa and has participated in many group and solo shows of her work.

We were inspired by her iconic work: Les Fetiches which is an African inspired painting owned by the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

The students learned how to make their very own scratch boards and used them to create their masks.

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Raphael Inspired Dragons

Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino , commonly known as Raphael, was born in the year 1483. He was an Italian painter and architect of the High Renaissance. During our class we introduced our students to the life and times of Raphael and focussed our study on his painting, Saint George Struggling with the Dragon.

Our students got creative with their own dragons and added fire using straws to blow the paint across the page. Everyone had a lot fun making them and loved how they turned out!


* This project was inspired by Mrs Maynard’s project as shown on her blog.

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Robert Bateman and a Silhouette

“I can’t conceive of anything being more varied and rich and handsome than the planet Earth. And its crowning beauty is the natural world. I want to soak it up, to understand it as well as I can, and to absorb it. And then I’d like to put it together and express it in my paintings. This is the way I want to dedicate my work.” – Robert Bateman

Robert Bateman is an acclaimed Canadian wildlife painter who is dedicated to the environment and conservation causes. As a child he was fascinated by the natural world and has been inspired by nature throughout his career.

For our project we were inspired by the falling snow outside our class window and used liquid watercolour and spray bottles filled with water to make our snowy background. Next the students added pine boughs and created their own silhouette of a bird perched in the tree.


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