The Ming Dynasty existed from 1368 – 1644 and during this time the Imperial porcelain factory was established in Jingdezhen, China. Dishes were manufactured for use in the imperial court and were marked by the reign mark of the emperor himself.
During this time special decorative innovations were made and the famous blue underglaze was used. The Ming period exported porcelain around the world on an unprecedented scale. Aside from supplying porcelain for domestic use, the kilns at Jingdezhen became the main production centre for large-scale porcelain exports to Europe.
The style of Ming Dynasty vases remains popular throughout the world today.
We were inspired by fall gardens and included the plant, Chinese Lanterns in our still life. Students were very creative when decorating their Ming Vases.
Our first class for the Fall session travelled back in time to the Lascaux caves in France. They are famous for the Palaeolithic cave paintings found in a complex of caves in the Dordogne region of southwestern France. The exceptional quality, size, and sophistication of the paintings has given them the rightful designation as a Unesco World Heritage Site.
Estimated to be up to 20,000 years old, the paintings are primarily of large animals that were once native to the region. The cave contains nearly 2,000 figures, which can be grouped into three main categories: animals, human figures, and abstract signs. Most of the major images have been painted onto the walls using red, yellow, and black colours from a complex mix of minerals and pigments.
Students used a variety of chalk pastels to create their own rock walls. Next we used a printing technique to apply our Mammoths. We finished everything off with paint!