Monday, February 27, 2012

Master Painters Class

My Master Painters class Winter 2012 is focusing on a different artist each week. We study the lives and work of a famous painter and paint our own paintings utilizing different techniques inspired by each artist. Here is the collection of work that my students have done based on the work of the following artists: 

 Frida Kahlo 1907-1954
 Self Portrait with Monkey 1938
 Photo of myself taken Fall, 2011 at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Frida's painting made me teary eyed! 

 Self-portraits inspired by the work of Frida Kahlo

Vincent Van Gogh 1853-1890

  Painting, Oil on Canvas
Saint-Rémy, France: June, 1889
Students working on group painting inspired by Van Gogh

Finished work of Van Gogh inspired painting

Georges Seurat 1859-1891

Georges Seurat,  The Bathers at Asnières, 1884

 Students paintings inspired by Georges Seurat

Georgia O Keeffe 1887-1986

 Georgia O'Keeffe, Ram's Head White Hollyhock and Little Hills, 1935

Pablo Picasso 1881-1973

Pablo Picasso. Girl on a Pillow. 1936. Oil on canvas.

 Student work inspired by Picasso (many were inspired by Picasso's blue period)

Salvador Dali 1904-1989
 Salvador Dali, 1931, The Persistence of Memory, Oil on canvas, 9 1/2 x 13"
 (My all time favorite artist!!)
 Artworks inspired by Salvador Dali

Jackson Pollock 1912-1956
 Jackson Pollock, One: Number 31, 1950, 1950
Oil and enamel on unprimed canvas, 8' 10" x 17' 5 5/8" 

(Photo of myself taken in fall of 2011 at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The scale of his work is truly remarkable!)

Splatter Painting inspired by Pollock!!

 Fun times!


Monday, February 20, 2012

Philomath Elementary Teaching Residency 2012

In Feb 2012, I was an artist in residence at Philomath Elementary school working with grades 2nd-5th. I led a self-portrait project inspired by the work of Andy Warhol.

Andy Warhol- Self Portrait 1966, Silkscreen ink on synthetic polymer paint on nine canvases, each 22 1/2 x 22 1/2. The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Philomath Elementary Self-Portrait Slideshow!!
 Students were taught techniques to sketch their self portrait. The following is a slide show of their work prior to decorating:

Students were then given 4 copies of their self portrait to design using different colors and mediums. We used tempera paint, colored pencils, markers and oil pastels to decorate each portrait differently. Students displayed their work on a black backing and finished pieces were displayed in the halls of the school for all classrooms to see.

Finished Art fills the halls of the school!

 Each set of portraits reflected the many unique styles and personalities of the students! Thank you Philomath Elementary for supporting this fantastic project and keeping art in schools!