Spring How-To!

Hooray for spring, warmer weather and FLOWERS! As a Florida native, experiencing my first PNW spring has been quite the experience. By far, the prettiest sight was when the cherry blossom trees bloomed. It seemed like it happened over night! Seeing the streets lined in beautiful bright pink trees was an inspiration.

It inspired me to paint!

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So, that is what 4 years of art school will get ya.. But for the beginner, I have a simple step by step How-To.

  • Step 1: Paint the background, I took light blue and dark blue and painted the center the lightest and got darker as I went to the edges.IMG_8736
  • Step 2: Using a white dry pastel, draw the outlines of the flowers, leaves and branches. IMG_8738
  • Step 3: Paint over the branches with dark brown.IMG_8739.JPG
  • Step 4: Using light brown, paint half of each branch. IMG_8740
  • Step 5: Paint all the leaves in half dark green, half light green. (each leaf)IMG_8742.JPG
  • Step 6: Paint all of the flowers in pink. We will add more details next.IMG_8743.JPG
  • Step 7: Add dark pink. Paint each individual flower petal half dark pink. IMG_8745.JPG
  • Step 8: Add very light and very dark pink stripes to each petal. Also, add a very light brown highlight to the bottom of each branch, and a very dark green line down the center of each leaf. IMG_8757.JPG

VOILA! CHERRY BLOSSOMS! SPRING!

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Silhouette Art – What & Why?

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At the studio, we use silhouettes as a teaching tool for a variety of skills. Not only is this task simple enough for ages 5+, it is beautiful and teaches a lot. I’m going to give you the steps to make your own silhouette art and below I’ve outlined the skills you will acquire along the way!

Skill number 1: Simplifying an object. This sounds easy but it really can be difficult. You want to focus on the bare basics of your subject. Start by analyzing what are the most important and identifiable details about the subject. Once you have recognized those, you can start there. Not focusing on too much small detail. See the big picture.

Skill number 2: Drawing what you actually see. Most people have a set image in their head when they think of the item they are drawing. The key to a successful silhouette is erasing all preconceived notions of the object you are portraying. You need to be able to draw what you are actually seeing in front of your eyes. This way, your drawing will be easily identified after you have turned it into a silhouette.

Skill number 3: Lighting. Learning how to paint a silhouette and about the illusion you are creating can give insight into how you can use lighting to create a realistic work of art. By painting your image in complete black with an illuminated background this will give you a clue about where your light source is located and how that relates to shadows and colors.

Now you know the why, here is the what —->

STEP ONE: Think about your silhouette and come up with a sketch. Maybe it is something you can see in the room or something you have designed yourself. Sketch Sketch Sketch

STEP TWO: After you have your sketch complete you need to create a colorful background. Think about the silhouette you are making. What type of background would make sense? It is important that you pick a color scheme that makes sense and is appealing. *Use acrylic or watercolor paints for the background* LET DRY

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Above: Gracie being awesome 🙂

STEP THREE: Lightly sketch your silhouette over your dried background. Begin to use the black paint to color the silhouette image. Be sure to paint a ground and don’t be afraid of creative flare!

Your finished product should be colorful and make a cool illusion, just like Gracie’s.

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Cats Rule!

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Camara Obscura: A Drawing Technique

I use a Renaissance era technique, referred as ‘Camera Obscura’ at my studio. This techniques helps my students to identify lines and shadows. By looking into camera, they can easily sketch an image of the scene onto a piece of paper to create a realistic drawing. The idea behind this exercise is not to copy an image but to learn how to see an object and recognize outlines and shadows which will eventually help them build perspective and to create a realistic, detailed drawing in their artwork.

My students love this process of learning. In picture below, a girl is drawing a pear and a cube by looking into a camera.

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Empty Space

“Drawing Empty Space”

Level:  All ages

Description: In the visual world, there are two aspects of any object. One is the form or figure and the other is space or non figure. It’s very interesting to know that when it comes to drawing visual objects with space, most people focus on drawing outlines and completely overlook empty space within and around the object.

To demonstrate, show an empty glass. Help children appreciate the fact that without the empty space inside and outside the glass, we would have no glass. Empty space is as important as the form of glass. You can not pour water into the glass if there is no space to contain it.

Materials: Pencils, Drawing Papers, Eraser, Ruler

Objects: Glass, Open Box, Bottles etc.

Activity:

Step 1. Display all objects.

Step 2. Ask kids to focus and study one of the objects carefully.

Step 3. Give average time for observation.

Step 4. Give drawing paper and pencil.

Step 5. Ask students to draw the outlines of the empty space, instead of drawing the outline of the form.

Step 6. Color empty space.

Step 7. Now ask students to draw only outlines of object on another drawing paper.

Step 8. Finally, ask them to merge empty space drawing and outlines of object on a separate drawing paper.

Creative Questions: Discuss this with the student.

1- Why are empty spaces important?

2- Name objects with empty spaces inside. For example, space between legs and arms. Space between tree limbs. Shapes between side facial features, such as the space between the nose and lips.

3- What is the difference between outer form and empty spaces?

Closing comments: By drawing these spaces, students will learn, how to draw what they see as they appreciate both the outline and the space.

Animated version of Allama Iqbal ‘s beautiful poem “Hamdardi” (Sympathy)

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Frame animated story for kids based on Sir Muhammad Iqbal’s urdu poetry “Hamdardi” means Sympathy. Adapted for Children from William Cowper.

Narrated in Urdu with English annotation.

English Translation:
Perched on the branch of a tree
Was a nightingale sad and lonely

“The night has drawn near”, He was thinking
“I passed the day in flying around and feeding

How can I reach up to the nest
Darkness has enveloped everything”?

Hearing the nightingale wailing thus
A glow‐worm lurking nearby spoke thus

“With my heart and soul ready to help I am
Though only an insignificant insect I am

Never mind if the night is dark
I shall shed light if the way is dark

God has bestowed a torch on me
He has given a shining lamp to me

The good in the world only those are
Ready to be useful to others who are