Monthly Archives: January 2015

Forest Energy

“Art-making is a process of experimentation.”

-Lisa Congdon

Oakland, California based artist, Lisa Congdon inspired our energetic forest scenes. Lisa Congdon is a self-taught artist who began her artistic career when she was 33 years old. Lisa Congdon is best known for her colourful vibrant paintings and collages.  Her work is most often themed around her passion for nature, geometrics and folk pattern.

We used a tape resist and a scraping technique to fill our paper with forest energy…

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Red Balloons Inspired by Paul Klee

“A line is a dot that went for a walk.” – Paul Klee

Paul Klee was born in Switzerland in 1879.  Klee expressed himself in different styles. His art is a blend of surrealism, cubism and expressionism. He admired the drawings of children and tried to incorporate that energy and simplicity into his work. We were inspired by his iconic painting, “Red Balloon”.

We filled our classroom with colour and energy creating our own dynamic scenes.

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A Dark Winter Night

“The one common element that I have discovered when studying master painters is that they were all students…”

-Stephen Quiller

A dark winter night inspired our winter landscapes. We spent the first part of our session learning about the American artist, Stephen Quiller. We used black paper and chalk pastels to really set the scene. Next we learned how to use fan brushes to create our snow covered trees and lastly dipped our brushes in water and used a splattering technique to create the snow.

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