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Andy Goldsworthy – Leaf Inspiration


“I enjoy the freedom of just using my hands and “found” tools – a sharp stone, the quill of a feather, thorns.  I take the opportunities each day offers: if it is snowing, I work with snow, at leaf-fall it will be leaves.”

-Andy Goldsworthy

Abstract leaves filled our desks this week. The bright colours of fall were first scraped across our paper mixing bright yellow, rich orange and crimson making a stunning background for our pieces. Next we painted in the negative spaces surrounding our leaves with black acrylic paint and finished with a few colourful details.

Andy Goldsworthy inspired our art, he  is a British sculptor, photographer and environmentalist producing site-specific sculpture and land art situated in natural and urban settings.

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Exploring Emily Carr

“Trees love to toss and sway; they make such happy noises.”

– Emily Carr

This week our grade 1 – 3 group tried our Emily Carr landscape project. The students enjoyed learning about her love for the outdoors and admired the way she captured the beauty of Canada.

We started with sponges and blue paint and created movement across the sky with our paint strokes. Our inspiration for this project was her painting, Blue Sky. Have a look at their versions: 


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Georgia O’Keefe Flowers

“I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale, you could not ignore its beauty.”

Georgia O’Keefe

The work of Georgia O’Keefe was the inspiration for our large, abstract flowers. It was a great way to distract us from the wet, chilly, soggy day outside our window.

Our students jumped in with both feet and let go of any preconceived notions of what a ‘flower’ had to look like. Take a peek…

I am almost certain Georgia O’Keefe would have given a thumbs up. Happy creating…

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