hearts

Stencil hearts


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Students at the Willard Hope Center began adding hearts to their paintings recently.

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Everyone worked on adding various colors of hearts to their images.

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The theme of the paintings this year is love, and we began with some symbols of the word.

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Everyone enjoyed the process of adding this third layer to their canvases.

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This session found all of the students very active and engaged in the art-making process.

Stencil heart art


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Wednesday afternoon art classes explored creating stencils for their art studio time this past week.

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Everyone cut out many sizes of hearts.

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Next they traced and outlined their hearts with crayons.

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The final step was to use paint and paint daubers with their stencils to create their heart design.

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Everyone had a unique take on their design.

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The students were very focused on their work.

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All the students were part of the creative process.

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Everyone enjoyed the stencil art heart project.

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Here are some examples of the students’ work.

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Hearts


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Students in the Wednesday afternoon art class learned about the artist Jim Dine and his series on hearts.

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Students began their own heart image and the first step was to divide the paper into quarters and create four heart drawings.

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Students began to repeat the heart shape with various colors of watercolor paints.

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Jim Dine loves things. Influenced as a young artist in the 1960s by pop art, he turns objects and images, like hearts, from our everyday lives into the subjects of his work.

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Students continued to build up more layers of color around their hearts.

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For Jim Dine the hearts function as a “sign that one can care, that there is a constant presence of feeling.”

Four Hearts 1969 by Jim Dine born 1935

The heart is also significant in the larger context of Dine’s work—he has returned to this image time and time again throughout his career, using it as a space on which to project his thoughts and emotions.

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The final step was to outline the hearts with various color of marker to high light the heart shape.

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It was interesting to see the many layers of color.

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Everyone enjoyed the process of creating and learning to add color with this project.  Painting is fun!