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Abstract Art


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Wednesday afternoon art students explored the abstract art of Ad Reinhardt this past week.

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Students began with the idea of repeating the rectangle shape.

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Students used collage as their medium for this project.

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Everyone chose related colors from the color wheel.

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Everyone enjoyed the process of creating  their abstract image.

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Here are some examples of the students’ work.

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Winter landscapes


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The Wednesday afternoon art classes created mixed-medium landscapes this week.

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We began with creating a horizon line and using watercolors for our sky.

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The next step was cutting out trees with scissors and construction paper.

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This required a lot of focus as the scissors became a tool for drawing the trees through the cutting process.

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Next was gluing the trees to the landscape.

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The final step was to add shadow to the trees with watercolor paint.

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Everyone enjoyed learning to mix mediums to create a wonderful winter landscape.

Cat Collage


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Wednesday Afternoon Art students explored collage with non-traditional materials this autumn.

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Students began with a drawing of a cat using basic shapes. They then transferred their idea into paper shapes which they cut out.

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The next step was to cut out and glue all of the body shapes using newsprint.

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This required a lot of focus as students referred back to their initial drawing during the creative process.

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Students enjoyed the process which was much like creating a puzzle as they made parts and put them together.

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The scrap paper box was very handy in adding details to the cats with many different colors.

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Here are some examples of the students’ collages.

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Maybe you can join us for our winter classes beginning in January?

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Hare-raising Art!


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The Wednesday afternoon art class created some wonderful rabbit images this spring.

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The first step was to create the background as the girls added stripes of various tints to their images.

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While waiting for the background to dry, students drew their rabbits with pencil using basic shapes  and then outlined with a marker.

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It was a lot of fun creating the rabbit and exaggerating many different features on the drawing.

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The next step was to cut out the rabbit.

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The final step was to put together the image and the background by gluing them.

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Everyone had fun and enjoyed their creation!

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Picasso portriats


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Wednesday afternoon art students recently learned about the artist Pablo Picasso.

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Students explored the ideas of figures and shapes and how Picasso placed facial features in non-traditional places to show the human form in new ways.

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Students began by cutting out the outline of a figure.

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Students had to imagine looking at the side view of themselves as they cut out the figure.

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This required a lot of concentration as students thought through all of the shapes needed for their portrait.

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Students used a wide variety of colors, shapes and papers to create their Picasso portrait.

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Students evoked similar ideas of shape and color as they had fun with changing the location of facial features on their portraits.

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Everyone enjoyed stretching their creative ideas while learning about Pablo Picasso and creating a non-traditional collage portrait.

Drawing Lab -Week 3


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Week 3 found the participants exploring drawing and collage as they combined these two elements together.

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Participants began with a small image to glue to their drawing, and they used it as a starting point for their exploration in drawing.

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Beginning with a drawing prompt is a great way to start a creative investigation which can be a fun method to jump-start the drawing process.

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All of the participants enjoyed this new exercise in creativity.

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Maybe you can join us in a future creative expedition at the Art Junction.

The shape of flowers


The home-school art class explored creating flowers beginning with the circle shape.

Starting with a circle the students begin to transform the shape into a flower with scissors, removing various shapes to imitate a flower design.

Next the students add various layers of shapes to their flower to create a layered flower design.

With many colors, shapes and sizes to employ into their image students have many choices to make in creating their flower design.

It’s really fun to watch the creative process bloom in these kids as they immerse themselves in making art.

As the flower project continues to grow, so does the students’ confidence in their artistic achievements.

Every child is an artist.  The problem is staying an artist when you grow up.  -Pablo Picasso