January 30, 2012

Graduate school assignments

For homework this week in my History of Art Education course (online through Boston University), I had to recreate these cast drawings.  In the art schools that started to develop after the Renaissance, it was not uncommon for art students to draw from plaster casts or sculptures.  This activity was meant to show me how precise professors expected their students to be when drawing.

January 27, 2012

January 26, 2012

2012 Sketchbook

I finished the book!
It's being sent to the Brookyln Art Museum today!

January 17, 2012

Colored Pencil Objects

The Studio Art students have been working on drawing these objects the past couple days.  They have only been learning about representational drawing since the beginning of January; for some, this was their first attempt at drawing from life using color.

My Apple

My example drawing. Colored pencil on beige paper.

Sea Shell Colors

Yesterday the Studio Art kids drew objects wig colored pencils. I love the juxtaposition of the object next to it's colors.

January 15, 2012

This weekend, while on duty, Soo and I did Mehndi on many of the girls'.  Also known as "henna", a natural paste of crushed henna leaves and oils is applied to the skin. The henna soaks into the skin and stains it for 1-2 weeks, leaving a beautiful brown design.... a temporary tattoo.

"It has been used since the 12th century. Many historical documents outline earlier use; for example, it is the Arabic Muslims who brought henna to India, where it has blossomed into its own unique art style. In Indian mehndi, a person applies designs traditionally to a woman's hands and feet.  For particularly auspicious occasions, men apply mehndi as well. The most auspicious occasion warranting mehndi artwork is the Indian wedding, where both bride and bridegroom apply henna, as well as several members of the bridal party. Henna on any occasion symbolizes fertility. At the wedding, henna artwork additionally symbolizes the love between husband and wife, and the stain's long-lasting nature symbolizes the enduring nature of their love." (http://www.rupalpinto.com/mehndi/one.html)
In honor of WMA's Multi-Cultural week, put on by the Rise and Soar Club (coming up this week), the students loved this exotic weekend event!

Studio Art Creates Abstractions

After creating abstract art from their emotions, students looked and found interesting elements in their pieces.  Using this self inspiration, the Studio Art students created 16 x 24 inch abstract paintings on canvas boards.

 For many, this was their first time using acrylic paint.  They experimented with opaque and transparent paint application and learned about color mixing.