“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 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.
“It’s probably hard for anyone looking at my landscapes today to realize that I was once regarded as a rebel, a dangerous influence; that I’ve been told I was on the verge of insanity, that my painting was nothing but meaningless daubs. Lawren Harris, the man most responsible for drawing the Group of Seven together, was accused of something perilously close to treason – his paintings, said his severest critics, were discouraging immigration.” – A.Y. Jackson
Recently we joined a group of mature adults and spent the afternoon creating our own fall landscapes inspired by the the work of the Group of Seven.
The Group of Seven believed that a distinct style of Canadian art should be developed through direct contact with Canada’s rugged wilderness. This style would break from European traditions and reflect an increasingly nationalistic sentiment for its paintings that were inspired by the Canadian landscape. The group of Seven was the first major Canadian art movement.
Gothic Art is concerned with the painting, sculpture and architecture that flourished in western and central Europe during the Middle Ages. In the years between 1100 and 1600, architecture was the most important and original art form.
We framed our artwork with a Gothic window frame and made a spooky scene filled with ghosts and a creepy tree.
“A lot of times, I don’t make what is in my head because, as I go along, it even gets better. Maybe a lot of the artists are like me. They get stuck, and as they go along, it just comes.”
A short time ago we were invited by a local Brownie group to come in and talk about a legend in Canadian art, Kenojuak Ashevak.
Kenojuak Ashevak was born in an igloo in 1927 in Ikerrasak, which is located on Southern Baffin Island. She began her career in Cape Dorset, Nunavut. She worked in graphite, coloured pencils and felt-tip pens, and occasionally used poster paints, watercolours and acrylics.
She created many carvings from soapstone and thousands of drawings, etching, stonecut prints — all sought after by museums and collectors.She designed several drawings for Canadian stamps and coins.
During our session, the Brownie’s worked with liquid watercolour paint to create the background of their piece. Next, we used foam plates to create our own owls in the style of Ashevak.
*Sources: the Canada Council for the Arts and Wikipedia.
“A drawing is simply a line going for a walk.”
– Paul Klee
Paul Klee was born in Switzerland in 1879. He was a trained violinist and studied music in Germany. He decided to devote himself to art rather than music when he was a young adult.
Klee expressed himself in different styles. His art is a blend of surrealism, cubism and expressionism. He admired the drawings of children and tried to incorporate that energy and simplicity into his work.
He taught at the German Bauhaus School of Art with Wassily Kandinsky. Klee studied and wrote extensively on colour theory and we used this for the inspiration for our pieces.
“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?”
– Vincent Van Gogh
Today we introduced a new drawing medium to our class; charcoal. Vincent Van Gogh was our inspiration as he used charcoal for many of his preliminary sketches for paintings as well as using charcoal as the primary medium in many of his drawings.
We also introduced the terms: foreground, middle ground and background and explained how objects appear depending on where they are placed on the picture plane.
This project was inspired by Evergreens in Charcoal at the Bees Knees Cousin.
“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.