What a great experience my students and I had during last week's two February school vacation workshops! The teen group on Tuesday illustrated their fashion ideas with inspiration from the past, using colored pencils and watercolor outlined with micron pens. Then the children's group on Thursday made 3 projects in response to photos of their pets, with colored pencils, colored markers, and collage. Here are some views of the two workshops:
We are excited about our two new workshops, coming up next week for February school vacation! We're offering a Fashion Design Workshop for ages 12 to 17 and a Pet Portrait Workshop for ages 9 to 14, both meeting for one day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Below are examples of the projects we're planning. For fashion design, we'll update looks from the past to contemporary styles using a comic-style grid to display the full garment and an assortment of related accessories. Our sample shows Folkwear Patterns' Poet Blouse, inspired by Romantic era poets like Keats and Byron, transformed to today, belted with layered midi-skirts and laceup boots. The Pet Portrait workshop will offer a variety of materials for students to reinterpret their favorite animal or pet; our example here shows a colored pencil drawing of a white German shepherd. Looking forward to seeing what our students come up with!
Our teen class has done a lot of acrylic painting this session, and their latest project was a reflection of their interest in music. The two examples here illustrate the viola, an instrument which both students play. With the subjects surrounded by abstract patterns, you can almost hear the music in the air!
I love doing mixed media projects in my children's art classes! They give students a chance to learn about multiple materials at a time, and what each one does best. We will be creating a sea turtle project, shown here, this week. The turtle himself is made with markers and colored pencils, which allow for layering and details. After being drawn, the creature is cut out and glued to a page of watercolor paper covered with multi-colored washes. The watercolor gives practice in a flowing, soft way of working. I can't wait to do this with my students, and post what they come up with ... stay tuned!
Our of our guiding principles as an art school is to honor each student's individual creative voice. While we all start with the same project, each young artist is encouraged to approach the assignment in their own way. This week, we created collages of doughnuts on a checkered tablecloth. Our students went in different directions in their selection of flavors for the doughnuts, colors for the tablecloth, and arrangements for the artworks. Each one has a unique "flavor," doesn't it?
Our first session of the new year is underway! Our children's class began with parrot drawings (see previous blog post); our student Dominic Navin is shown here working on his. And our teen group created colored pencil drawings of sliced citrus fruits; shown is work by Venna Botelho. We're off to a terrific start!
More new projects in the works! We never repeat a project, so if your child has taken classes with us before, they will always have a new experience. This wildly hued parrot, rendered with graphite and marker, is perfect for younger students who respond to strong colors and bold shapes. We'll be trying him out during Session 1.
Another highlight from 2023: We were so lucky to have Ariana Medeiros as our teaching assistant during our summer art camp! Ari has been taking classes with us since 2019, and she is currently attending high school with plans for a career in costume design. She was a great help and inspiration to the students in our classes, who admired her beautiful drawings (colored pencils are her favorite) and appreciated her friendly and gentle manner. We hope to have her back in the New Year!