“I like to play with paint, ink, paper and stitch to make awesome things. I experiment with shapes, ideas, products and techniques. I’m on an ongoing art adventure.”
-Julie Fei-Fan Balzer
Julie Fei-Fan Balzer is a mixed-media painter, author, blogger, TV personality, and teacher. As a part of her art practise, Julie uses the displine of art journalling to express herself and experiment with new techniques.
Art Journaling is a process that combines art and words to express yourself. There are no mistakes and no rules for art journaling. Art journaling has had a long standing artistic tradition. Throughout the centuries artists have kept notebooks in which they sketched, practiced, experimented and recorded themselves. Vincent Van Gogh kept notebooks using moleskin. Pablo Picasso and Leonardo Da Vinci were also prolific sketchbook keepers.
Students used collage materials, chalk pastels, paint, stamping and a final quote to express themselves.
“The painter doesn’t try to reproduce the scene before him… he simplifies and eliminates until he knows exactly what stirred him, sets this down in color and line as simply and as powerfully as possible and so translates his impression into an aesthetic emotion”
Canadian artist, David Milne inspired our fall foliage creations. Milne had a distinct style and way of capturing the Canadian landscape throughout his long career.
Students used a tape resist to create their trees in the middle of a background of brightly coloured leaves. The trees were painted with brown and black to give texture and depth to the bark. We had a very colourful classroom!
Students were inspired by Charles Tunnicliffe, an artist from England who was born in 1901. Through the course of his career he was an illustrator, freelance commercial artist and painter. His favourite subjects were inspired by the beauty of the nature surrounding his rural upbringing.
We used warm and cool coloured chalk pastels to create our background. Students did a fantastic job blending their colours and adding waves to the water. To create the cattails we used old gift cards and used a stamping technique to make the stems and a scraping technique for the tops.