“We were told, quite seriously, that there never would be a Canadian artist because we had no art tradition.”
Lawren Harris was born in Brantford, Ontario on October 23, 1885. He is best known as a member of the Group of Seven who pioneered a distinctly Canadian painting style. His landscape paintings were rich in the colour of Toronto, Georgian Bay and Algoma. He also painted the Canadian Rockies. During the 1920’s his work became more abstract, especially his stark landscapes of the Canadian Arctic. He became so popular that he stopped signing and dating his work so that people would judge his works on their own merit and not by the artist.
“I got serious about painting at 12, when most people give up.” – Robert Bateman
Canadian painter, Robert Bateman was born in Toronto in 1930. He was a high school teacher for 20 years and always painted on the side. As one of the most famous living artists in Canada we were inspired to create our winter snow scene featuring a cardinal on a pine tree.
Students used many techniques to create their pieces. Old gift cards were used to scrape the acrylic paint across their backgrounds. The cardinal was created with oil pastels and branches and a stamping technique was used for the pine needles. Brrrr…you can almost feel the chill of a snowy day!
“Are we to paint what’s on the face, what’s inside the face, or what’s behind it?”
– Pablo Picasso
Our lesson today was inspired by the line drawing by Pablo Picasso of Francoise Gilot, the mother of two of his children. We focussed on the simplicity of line that was used to capture her portrait.
For the background we used acrylic paint and plastic cards to scrape the paint across the paper. The students really enjoyed moving the paint around without a brush. We used plastic page protectors to trace the basic lines of magazine faces.
“I want to make paintings full of colour, laughter, compassion and love. I want to make paintings that will make people happy.”
We started off our new winter session at Humbercrest Public School with a Polar Bear project. We were inspired by the great Canadian Artist, Norval Morrisseau to make a ‘spirit bear’. The icy landscape reminded us of the cold outside our windows as we kept warm making art inside.
This project was inspired by a polar bear project on a very inspiring blog by That Artist Woman.
The penguin’s joined in to celebrate at a birthday party this past weekend. We got busy with liquid watercolours and plastic wrap to make our icy background. We then used sponges and acrylic paint to make our icebergs and finished with potato stamps to make our penguin’s. We had a lot of fun. Take a look:
“Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.”
– John W. Gardiner
Zentangles filled our classroom and inspired our Grade 4 – 6 group to create abstract landscapes.
The term zentangle is used to describe a way of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns.
For this project we used permanent pens and reassured our students that there was no need for an eraser.
I love this time of year. To me – this is the real new year, back to school and straight into fall. The leaves are starting to change, the weather is getting chillier and the pumpkins are ready to pick.
At Art in Action we are very excited to introduce two new art programs to Humbercrest Public School this fall. For our grade 1 – 3 program we will be working on projects inspired by Picasso, Emily Carr, Georgia O’Keefe and many others. And for our grade 4 – 6 program we will introduce a zentangle landscape, gelatin printing and op-art inspired by Bridget Riley as well as many other projects. We can’t wait to get started on October 1st! Look for many updates to come…