Monthly Archives: February 2016

Perspective Paintings Inspired by Christopher Pratt

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“My hope is that the objects I paint have the kind of intensity about them that incites the viewer to introspection.”

-Christopher Pratt

Christopher Pratt was born on December 9th, 1935.  He is a Canadian painter and printmaker. Christopher Pratt currently lives and works in St. Mary’s Bay, Newfoundland along the Salmonier River.  His identity as a Newfoundlander has a strong impact on his work.  His works are “filled with memories of people, places and events that have been filtered and clarified through his search for order and simplicity.”  His paintings have a timeless idealized quality to them.

Students used liquid watercolours to paint their night sky’s and followed the rules of a vanishing point to give their pieces perspective.

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Birch Trees Inspired by Lisa Congdon

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“Art-making is a process of experimentation.”

-Lisa Congdon

Lisa Congdon is an American illustrator and fine artist.  She was raised in New York and California.   Lisa Congdon is a self-taught artist who did not begin her artistic career until she was 33 years old. She is best known for her colourful vibrant paintings, collages and illustration work.  Her work is most often themed around her passion for nature, geometrics and folk pattern.

Students were inspired by her success and it was enlightening to see the different career opportunities available to artists at this time. We used soft pastels to create our winter wonderlands….

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Guitars Inspired by Renoir

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“Art is about emotion; if art needs to be explained it is no longer art.”

-Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Pierre-Auguste Renoir was born on February 25, 1841 as the son of a tailor and seamstress.  He was the youngest of six children.  The family moved to Paris when he was three years old, living near the Louvre.  Renoir would study and copy some of the great works hanging there. Renoir made several thousand paintings and changed his style a few times during his lifetime.  Toward the end of his career, he made another shift, using thick brush strokes and bold colors, often reds and oranges.

Students practised blending techniques with acrylic paint as they created their colourful guitars.

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