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Valentine’s Love Inspired by Jim Dine

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“For me, drawing is everything.. “

Jim Dine

Jim Dine was born  in Cincinnati, Ohio on June 16th,  1935. His real name is James and growing up was nicknamed “Jimmy.”  He began creating art at a very young age and liked to go to art museums.  He was Dyslexic and didn’t learn to read very well until he was 22.  Dine states that as a child the only thing he could read was poetry.  His Mother died when he was just 12 years old.

Dine studied at the Cincinnati Arts Academy during the early 1950s. He also received his education from the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School. In 1957, Dine graduated from Ohio University.

Dine incorporates images of everyday objects in his art that fuse personal passions and everyday experiences. His repeated use of familiar and personally significant objects, such as a robe, hands, tools, and hearts, is a signature of his art.

Artists in our class used oil pastels, liquid watercolours and grape seed oil to create their Valentine’s Day masterpieces.

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Valentine’s Day Inspiration – All You Need Is Love

“All you need is love
All you need is love
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need”

– Paul McCartney and John Lennon

Valentine’s Day inspired our heart focussed multi-media pieces. There was a lot of humming and singing in our classrooms as we used liquid watercolours, oil pastels, acrylic paint and stamping techniques to create our art.

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Valentine’s Day Love Birds

“For this was on St. Valentine’s Day…. When every fowl cometh there to choose his mate.

–Geoffrey Chaucer

This  Valentine’s day we were inspired by love birds. Our students really got a kick out of using old gift cards to scrape acrylic paint across their paper for the background. I love the way the paints mixed together, it is such a fun technique.

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