Express Yourself (ism)

Expressionism was the name of the game for this unit. It was an exciting week, because it was time to paint bold bright colorful paintings. Below are some of our experiments with expressionistic themes.

First we looked at Kandinsky:

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20140721_110622We then moved on to August Macke, my favorite German expressionist.

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Then, we were on to our own expressionist paintings. This was especially inspirational because my teenage student’s enthusiasm for expressing themselves and exploring emotions added energy to this assignment. Can you tell what kind of feelings they were trying to express, what mood they were trying to capture?

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Spring Retreat

Two weekends ago, when we had our first taste of Spring, I had the honor of attending our Junior Retreat. Even though I do not teach many juniors I knew a few through various school activities, and social action days. I can’t say much about the retreat, because it is meant to be a very sacred journey for the girls. However I did get to take an early morning walk before anyone else was up so that I could watch the sunrise on the Potomac. The Loyola Retreat Center in Faulkner Maryland was gorgeous. Here are the photos:

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Figure Drawing: Process

So here are some action shots of my students working on their gesture drawings. These drawings were done using two of the elements of art, line and shape, to build a figure that was proportionate and captured the figure’s pose. Students started (last week) with pencil drawings of small mannequins in their sketchbooks. Next, each student moved on to drawing figures with charcoal on large sheets of paper. These larger drawings were done while we stood and worked on boards set on easels. Each student did many gesture drawings of each member of their class in turn. Each of these drawings took a very short amount of time ranging from thirty seconds to two minutes. The final drawing was an observational drawing of a figure that took ten to fifteen minutes total, and I will follow up with a post showcasing those later.

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