Monday, March 30, 2015

How Can We See All Sides Of An Object When In Life It Is Impossible?

In art there are ways to make things look real...remember our lesson on perspective? 

Sometimes an artist doesn't want it to look real. They want it to look different or unexpected.


Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso wanted a person to see more than one side of an object at one time.

He became very famous for this thinking and it started an art movement  called Cubism.

French artist, Marcel Duchamp was interested in showing movement with Cubism. 



One More Artist...MC Escher...very cool art!



 When you do your art you can experiment in different ways to make your work look unexpected. Just because it doesn't look real doesn't mean that it is not important art!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Spreading Joy Around The World...Scale In Art

Florentijn Hofman is a Dutch artist. He wants people to remember happy times from childhood. He created a yellow, inflatable duck! His duck has been to the US, China, Japan, Australia, Canada, South Korea, Taiwan, Brazil, and France.

the size of an object compared to another object...we like to compare things to the size of a human being.
What would you say about the "scale" or size of this duck?

Here is another example of a large scale piece of art...


And another...

Here is a question for a doll house a large or small scale object?
Another a match car a large or small scale object?

I am going to show you how to create a small scale human figure out of tin foil, then I will show you how the scale can change! 


We will create a base using a piece of cardboard, tape and wire

Insert the wire into the center and tape it on the back

Turn it right side up

 Get a piece of foil about the size of a piece of writing paper and cut on the lines like you see below.

Crunch up the foil at the "waist"...crunch the legs and the arms and head.

Cover the little guy with tape

Attach him to the base...wire goes up the can add a little glue from the glue gun if he wiggles. This is called an armature. Now it is ready to embellish...add details and cool stuff. 

 You can use papers or fabric. You can use the glue gun or tacky glue.


Now...let's think about scale....


Can you think about scale or size when you work in your studios? Can scale be funny, scarey or just interesting???

When you are home, look at this website to see other fun examples of scale in art!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Sometimes An Artist Wants To Make Things Look Real... Perspective In Art

 Key  Stage 1

There are many ways to look at objects.

You can look from the top
You can look from the bottom
You can look from the side
You can look close up
You can look from far away

Things look different depending on your perspective...where you are looking from.

Let's say I want to draw a picture of the grass and some sky, I am going to draw a line across my page. Where is the grass and where is the sky...hummmmmm. We look up at the sky, and all that "sky air" goes all the way down to the grass or ground. It is called the horizon line. The sun first comes up on the horizon and goes down in the evening on the horizon.

So I want to make a little road. What do we know about things that are far away??? YES...they appear smaller. Hold your hand in front of your face...seems pretty big, but keep moving it away from your face, it gets smaller.

I am going to make a point on my  paper, where my road will vanish into. I will make it wider as I draw towards the bottom of my paper because I know that when things are closer they look bigger.

 I can add things like houses and trees. What do you notice? 

Key Stage 2

Sometimes An Artist Wants To Make Things Look Real...Perspective in Art

This is a lesson for the drawing studio. 

I would like to make a landscape with a house and do I begin??

You know what a horizon line is...



  Next, I will place my vanishing point on the horizon line. The vanishing point is a point in space where something disappears. I will draw two parallel lines that converge.

 I might add trees. I know that the one in the back will be smaller because things look smaller as they recede.

 I might add a building...but it doesn't look very real in this picture...why?

I can make marks going from the corners of my building all the way to the vanishing point and then make parallel lines to show how deep my building is.

If you want to make a long row of trees...start by making one at the bottom of your paper. Mark with a ruler from the tree to the vanishing point. Make each tree to fit onto that line. It will get smaller, as it approaches the vanishing point.

You can use your skill of using perspective in any studio. You might make a print, a drawing or painting. You could collage a scene or make a scene in the fiber arts studio.

You might want to practice by making vanishing points and boxes just for fun!

What happens if you use this skill with other shapes, letters or numbers??

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Architecture Studio...Strange And Interesting Buildings

Our Newest Studio is the architecture studio! 

Architecture is the art or science of making buildings

An Architect is an artist who designs buildings


We use KEVA planks to create structures.

What is a structure? 

It is something that is built or constructed
It is a body or arrangement of parts in space that will hold loads (weight)
It is a three dimensional has height, width, and depth

Here are some very exciting, creative buildings for you to see!

Click the link!

35 Buildings Link

You are the architect/artist/designer at Captain School


In this new studio 

 Be calm, patient and precise when working
You can start with a sketch
Do not drawn on planks or glue them
Planks stay in the architecture studio
A photo can be taken of your completed work
It is a whisper studio

Something cool to do at home on your computer!

Building Big... The Challenges