This year for Pentecost in the foyer of the church we set up a display of doves flying in a tree with green leaves and a banner of flames in the back. Buoyant, alive, playful… I felt the arrangement reflected the spirit of the day. The shadows added another dimension to the grouping.
How do you teach colour theory to 3 to 4 year olds? This was a recent challenge of mine and I came up with the idea of a 6 segmented caterpillar. First the students traced an oval shape 6 times and then painted in the primary colours. Colour, then skip a shape, colour, skip… For the secondary colours they put two primaries on a piece of sponge and then twirled the sponge inside the shape to make the secondary colour; Y+B=G, Y+R=O, and B+R=P. They loved it! This image is a montage of the works into one.
Banners are filling up at Place des Arts! Each person creates their own tag (ink and stick, print, or collage) and then they are added to the community banners. It’s a way to put into visual form Place des Art’s belief that we inspire the artist in everyone! The closeup is a work of art by a preschool student. the artworks created by the youngest students are so full of energy and vitality.
Back to drawing with ink and stick. Have been teaching this technique to my students lately and it’s always freeing and intriguing. So simple but unpredictable. Have to always remember that picking up more ink means that the next mark you make will be darker than those to follow. Instead of drawing the shape in a linear fashion you need to jump from area to area, working from the dark to the light. Colour is put on lightly with chalk pastel. The contrast between the ink and the chalk enhances the image.
Only a few weeks to finish preparations for an upcoming community Art Show, Tag – You’re It! at Place des Arts. There will be empty banners that will fill up with individually designed Tags (drawing, printing, and/or collage). Will also be working with schools, preschool, and teens to fill up the banners. One of them will become a permanent display in the atrium at Place des Arts.