“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.
“Art is a line around your thoughts.”
We turned our classroom into a printing shop on Monday. We used brayers and printing ink on carved foam and worked on our ‘own’ Tree of Life masterpieces inspired by Gustav Klimt.
The students experimented with their prints before making their master print:
They learned how much ink to use and that rolling your brayer in many different directions ensures that the ink is evenly distributed.
Let’s take a look at a few of their finished pieces:
The students applied finishing touches to their pieces with gold and silver pens.
I am always inspired by the variety of final images the students create…great job by all!
“I have been in love with painting ever since I became conscious of it at the age of six.”
Today we were very busy creating our own renditions of the famous woodblock print, The Great Wave, by Hokusai. Salt and watercolours were used for the background and then the students carved their very own waves and printed them over the background. Take a look:
You can almost feel the salt spray on your face as the waves crash down.
We had a great time…