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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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.

Jump start Animation Camps for Kids

Hello, This year I am again working on putting together summer camp in community art studios. I am planning to bring more exciting theme for kids. Program includes Clay Animation, Scribe Animation, Digital Drawing and Cartoon Animation.

These camps is for kids who are interested in making movies but don’t know how or where to begin. They will all about selected animation programs. These program will help them jump start their creativity. End of the program they will know which tools use and how to make movies. After the camp they can continue their journey from home computer. 

Clay Animations:

Combine the power of clay sculpting and magic of green screen with stop animation in most exciting way. This camp is for kids who are interested in making movies but don’t know how or where to begin.

Let’s join us to create your first stop animation movie.

In this camp students will learn:

  1. How to develop 3D character / model using Clay.
  2. How to use “Green Screen”.
  3. How to Draw and import shapes for background and masking
  4. What is voiceover and how to records and add in movie
  5. How to add titles
  6. Exporting movies and make it available to view.

Scribe Animation:

Fun way to learn and create stop animation using power of digital whiteboard. In this fun activity students will design and create digital story board and short commercials for TV. Join us in this exciting camp today.

In this camp students will learn:

  1. How to draw and create character.
  2. Converting characters in to clipart using Illustrator and Inkscape
  3. Learn how to design movies based on bast seller children books.
  4. How to use digital white board
  5. How to record and synchronize voice
  6. Importing back ground and music
  7. Exporting movies

Cartoon Animation: 

This camp is ideal for Elementry and Middle High School students( Ages 7 and up). In this course, they will see their drawings come to life, as they learn the basic fundamentals of 2D and 3D animation. By learning the basics of animation, one develops an understanding of motion, weight, balance, texture, colour, and design. This will also promote the discipline and intensity required for studio work as one takes animated short films from concept to completion. Student will get access to Apple Mac Computer with all required tools and easy to follow application guided by professional artists. We will teach you how to draw and animate – easy and fun way ! also you will learn lots of short cuts and explore many ways to create and control animation. First week: Student will learn how to draw character on paper and directly on Computer using digital pen and pad. Through out week they will learn and develop skills of Digital Drawing for character building. Second Week: Students will learn and explore classical animation concept. While learning basics of animation they will develop short movies of walk cycle , jumped and anticipation. Third week: During this week student will work on special project and develop short movies based on technique they learned in last two weeks.

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Stolen paintings

Over the years most valuable paintings that have been stolen and gained publicity. on March 18, 1990 thieves stole 13 art pieces from Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Among the pieces, one of most valuable painting was of Johannes Vermeer’s “The concert”. this painting considered to be the most valuable stolen painting in the world. A reward of $5,000,000 is still offered for information leading to their return.

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Stolen painting “The concert”. Artist: Johannes Vermeer