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Nefertiti Inspired Silhouettes

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Nefertiti was an Egyptian queen and the Great Royal Wife of Akhenaten and Egyptian Pharaoh. With her husband she reigned at what was arguably the wealthiest period of Ancient Egyptian history.

We were inspired by the bust of Nefertiti, presently exhibited at the Neues Museum in Berlin, Germany.

Students used a combination of chalk and oil pastels to draw and decorate their Queens. A bit of gold paper was added at the end to add sparkle and a few hieroglyphs.

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Fall Silhouettes

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Our focus for this class was on silhouettes. We learned that a silhouette is the image of a person, animal, object or scene represented as a solid shape of a single color, usually black, its edges matching the outline of the subject.

I love how the sunset background for our fall landscapes turned out. Students learned how to create an even watercolor wash for their sunsets and practised their tree painting skills with a variety of brushes. Lastly we added fall foliage to the piece with a fan brush.


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Cattail Silhouettes – Charles Tunnicliffe

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Students were inspired by Charles Tunnicliffe, an artist from England who was born in 1901. Through the course of his career he was an illustrator, freelance commercial artist and painter. His favourite subjects were inspired by the beauty of the nature surrounding his rural upbringing.

We used warm and cool coloured chalk pastels to create our background. Students did a fantastic job blending their colours and adding waves to the water. To create the cattails we used old gift cards and used a stamping technique to make the stems and a scraping technique for the tops.

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