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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.

Art Camp Jr.


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Art Camp Jr. was held this past week, and all of the kids enjoyed our theme of bugs.

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On the first day of camp everyone explored building their own imaginary bug out of found objects in the Art Junction.  The second day, campers worked on painting and designing their bugs.

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Campers also created chalk art bugs using many new techniques.

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Campers also used watercolor paint to begin a bug painting.

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Adding marker to the watercolor design, campers defined their images with strong lines.

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Examples of some wonderfully fun bugs.

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Picasso said that “every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once they grow up.”  I think I know the answer: continue to make art with kids.

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Finally we explored mixing primary and secondary colors with paint scrapers.

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Everyone enjoyed the action and texture created with scrapers and paints.

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Art Camp Jr. was a wonderful time of exploration, creativity and plain old fun!

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Drawing Lab -Week 6


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In the final session of the winter drawing lab participants were exploring traditional images such as The Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci and creating quick sketches of the shape and model presented in a black and white copy of the image.

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Using various mediums and exploring the image through the eyes of cubism gave participants a new view the image, simplifying everything into basic shapes.

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Looking at the human eye and exploring how to draw it using basic shapes is a fun exercise.

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Learning to be free in drawing with many new mediums is a fun challenge for all.

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Quick, 1 minute ink washes of Mona Lisa.

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Looking at Picasso through cubist eyes is an interesting exercise for artists in the 21st century.

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If what you see has sparked your interest, sign up for a spring class or workshop at the Art Junction beginning soon!

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

Week 4 -Exploring acrylic painting


It’s week 4 and the students jumped right into the painting process after a brief critique of their work and suggestions on which direction they may journey into with their painting.

Exploration and adventure into vastness of acrylic painting is on the pallet of tonight’s class.

Pushing the boundaries of what one is comfortable with can open new paths of exploration in painting.

I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them. -Pablo Picasso

The journey into the studio can open up new understanding with just one brushstroke.

Check back next week to view the students’ progress in their journey.