Take your kids someplace and make stuff. They need to learn how to work with different materials. They need to understand that reality is what happens between the planning and the making. Flexibility means to work around the mistakes. Experimentation is what we call "work". Experience means you are better at working with your mistakes, and care less about them. Art is a perfect medium to explore all of the above. Creating something of emotional value is a skill we need to grow in our children.
Spending Saturday making a sculpture. Using materials that really allow experimentation and exploration. Making something of emotional and personal value. Telling a story with each decision. Ethan and Natalie did a great job and had a lot of fun.....
He started with a sketch. He is detail focused and was able to put it into 3D. Next steps will be color and glazing!
I go into 2nd grade tomorrow for a quick and final update on the project I introduced last October. The book is done but still needs some revisions. One issue was not having a clear enough voice for each character. I now realize how much farther I could have taken the writing before the sketching....sounds obvious I suppose until you go throught the process for yourself. Little things like different line weights and a more relaxed drawing style started to become more obvious on the later pages. Again something to watch for next time...wish me luck tomorrow...
Went to visit the third grade and fifth grade classrooms. We drew cars, pickle cars, rocket cars, ketchup cars and future cars! I did feel challenged presenting because the students just wanting to ask questions constantly. My kids mentioned that I talked a little to much, more drawing please. I was happy using the computer and a projector in third grade class. It worked out pretty good. This was the last visit of the year and probably the last one for my oldest son who's in fifth grade. I'm going to miss this.
Last Friday night in Plymouth drawn to the night five modeling sketches. The model was doing yoga poses. This created some challenging views but it was a lot of fun.
Went to the Plymouth Arts Council for live model drawing last night. Small turn out last night, hope to see more people next month. Very fun.
Another good event in Plymouth hosted by
Live drawing session with local artist. The Atomic Age theme ...If you don't come for the drawing, come for the Food. A great spread of sweets and wine! Even the Evil
(John Martin) was there. Very kid friendly and fun.
June's life drawing in plymouth at the Arts Council
Went out last weekend to watch baseball at Greenfield Village near Detroit. Perfect day, great weather and good game! Got a few sketches in and photoshop'ed them together
His notebooks are fun and got me trying different things with my sketching.
They don't play with baseball gloves...bare hands! You sit in the grass close to all the action.
The rules and uniforms are from 1867! Very fun! HUZZAH!!!
The went to the monthly life drawing class at the Art Council down the street.. .this is a great chance to draw with others and get a sense of community. They recently opened it up to kids. . . a lot of fun! These are quick studies about 15 min to 30 min sessions. Models are in costume based on the theme of the night.