This week in our home-school art class we explored the idea of circles in art in a similar fashion to the artist Wassily Kandinsky.

Wassily Kandinsky’s color study, Squares with Concentric Circles.

Wassily Wassilyevich Kandinsky (16 December 1866 – 13 December 1944) was an influential Russian painter and art theorist. He is credited with painting the first purely abstract works. Born in Moscow, Kandinsky spent his childhood in Odessa. He enrolled at the University of Moscow, studying law and economics. Successful in his profession—he was offered a professorship (chair of Roman Law) at the University of Dorpat—he began painting studies (life-drawing, sketching and anatomy) at the age of 30.

The students had a lot of fun folding paper, drawing circles and mixing colors of watercolor paint.

Learning to control the brush in a circular motion is a very difficult task.

This project required a lot of focus and concentration.

Everyone had fun as they explored color through creating concentric circular shapes.

Everyone was surprised at how quickly the time flew by as the creative process was in full swing.

Exploring the Spring Show

After viewing the Willard High School Spring Exhibit, the home-school art students created images based on what they viewed.

Everyone viewed the show in a different manner.

Every student had a different favorite image in the exhibit.

Their task was to create a quick drawing based on their favorite image in the show.

Then they translated their idea into a tempera painting.

Every student approached their interpretation in a unique way.

Students had the choice of using various primary and secondary colors in creating their paintings.

Everyone excitedly jumped into the painting process.

It’s interesting to see a student’s idea develop from a sketch to a painting.

The fun part of working in community is how the creative process flows throughout the studio space.

Each artistic vision is expressed in a unique method.

Everyone has an opportunity to learn their own creative language.

If you have not had the opportunity to see this show this is the last week to stop by and see a great creative effort by the Willard High School Art students.

Drawing with triangles!

The home-school art class explored drawing and creating with a triangle this week.

With this week’s drawing lesson I broke the drawing down to it’s simplest components—squares, circles and triangles.

Today we focused on the triangle and how to add other shapes to the triangle.

Every young artists can draw a circle, a square or a triangle. And that’s all they need to know to be able to draw…anything!

Beginning with a simple shape the kids added shapes step by step to create several lively drawings.

I think the kids were amazed at what they could draw.

One moment you have a triangle—something anyone can draw—and the next, look what happened! It’s turned into a fantastic piece of art.

As you can see, the kids did an outstanding job in their drawing using a basic shape like the triangle. Where can they go from there? Wherever their artistic imagination will take them!

Exploring clay

For the last class of the winter session, the home-school art students explored using oil-based clay.

Oil-based clays are made from various combinations of oils, waxes, and clay minerals. Because the oils do not evaporate as does water, oil-based clays remain malleable even when left for long periods in dry environments.

Oil-based clay is not soluble in water. It can be re-used and so is a popular material for animation artists who need to rework their models. It is available in a multitude of colors and is non-toxic. Oil-based clays are referred to by a number of genericized trademarks.

Oil-based clays are also suitable for the creation of detailed sculptures from which a mold can be made. Castings and reproductions in a much more durable material can then be produced. Items made from oil-based clays are not fired, and therefore are not ceramics. Because the viscosity of oils are inversely related to temperature, the malleability can be influenced by heating or cooling the clay.

Students learned about building with clay through various methods of slab, coil and pinching the clay.

Students explored hand-building traditional three dimensional shapes.

Students learned to roll coils, spheres and cylinders.

Part of the fun was exploring all of the many things your hands can do to turn clay into many exciting and wonderful three-dimensional objects.


Face to face

The home-school art class at The Art Junction explored creating  self-portraits.

The students explored using many different mediums as they built skills in creating a self-portrait.

Students also used tempera and brushes as well as pencil and marker to draw themselves using basic shapes  for the human form.

A self-portrait is a representation of an artist, drawn, painted, photographed, or sculpted by the artist.

Although self-portraits have been made by artists since the earliest times, it is not until the Early Renaissance in the mid 15th century that artists can be frequently identified depicting themselves as either the main subject, or as important characters in their work. With better and cheaper mirrors, and the advent of the panel portrait, many painters, sculptors and printmakers tried some form of self-portraiture.