Monthly Archives: February 2017

Lighthouses Inspired by Andrew Wyeth

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“I don’t really have studios. I wander around people’s attics, out in fields, in cellars, anyplace I find that invites me. ”

 -Andrew Wyeth

Andrew Wyeth was born on July 12, 1917.  As a young child he was home-tutored by his father, the illustrator N.C. Wyeth.  

At a time when many painters were looking for new directions to explore in abstract art, the realistic painter Andrew Wyeth became one of America’s most widely acclaimed artists. In his art, Wyeth’s favorite subjects were the land and people around him, both in his hometown of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, and at his summer home in Cushing, Maine. Wyeth often noted: “I paint my life.”

One of the best-known images in 20th-century American art is his painting Christina’s World, currently in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. This tempera was painted in 1948, when Wyeth was 31 years old.

Students were inspired by the painting, Snowy Morning and used watercolours, acrylics and many different techniques to create their dark and stormy lighthouses.

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Valentine’s Love Inspired by Jim Dine

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“For me, drawing is everything.. “

Jim Dine

Jim Dine was born  in Cincinnati, Ohio on June 16th,  1935. His real name is James and growing up was nicknamed “Jimmy.”  He began creating art at a very young age and liked to go to art museums.  He was Dyslexic and didn’t learn to read very well until he was 22.  Dine states that as a child the only thing he could read was poetry.  His Mother died when he was just 12 years old.

Dine studied at the Cincinnati Arts Academy during the early 1950s. He also received his education from the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School. In 1957, Dine graduated from Ohio University.

Dine incorporates images of everyday objects in his art that fuse personal passions and everyday experiences. His repeated use of familiar and personally significant objects, such as a robe, hands, tools, and hearts, is a signature of his art.

Artists in our class used oil pastels, liquid watercolours and grape seed oil to create their Valentine’s Day masterpieces.

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Sunrise Impressions – Inspired by Claude Monet

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“My only merit lies in having painted directly in front of nature, seeking to render my impressions of the most fleeting effects.”

Claude Monet 

Claude Monet was born in Paris, France in 1840. When he was young he did not like being confined to a classroom and was more interested in being outside.  He filled his school books with sketches of people, including caricatures of his teachers.

Monet loved to set up his easel outside and paint his pictures en plein air.  He even had a small houseboat and would paint the scenes he saw from that view.

Monet was a founder of Impressionist Painting.  Monet would use strong colours and bold short brushstrokes.  Turning away from the blended colours and evenness of classical art, he placed colours side by side to create a division of colours.  The term Impressionism comes from the title of his painting: Impression, Sunrise.

Students created their own sunrise paintings using liquid watercolours and acrylic paints.

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