When we are between projects and the kids are in a bit of a lull, I like to introduce new techniques or skills to inspire, or add to their stockpile of internal resources.
And this leads me to Amy and how much I really appreciate her approach to art. Her focus on process and technique over result is just what I need in guiding these kiddos of mine to grow their skill set, and continue to create art uniquely their own.
I was excited when she asked me to take a peek at her new e-zine, Art Together - named after her wonderful series on art with children, because I am always game for new art inspiration in the form of technique, philosophy and skills!
This week we have spent time with some of the exercises and suggestions made by Amy in Art Together. It has been wonderful to see some of those lightbulb moments that come with not only learning something new, but applying it in new and creative aways.
A color mixing review, and talk about tone, brought on new inspiration to not only make a color, but play with the tone and the exact match to what was in the minds eye.
Which, in turn, resulted in just the right green for the top of the pond!
Continuing with the theme of color in this issue, we used the color wheels we created to paint with color schemes in mind, combining this with the suggested activity of using black outlines with color. For our black outlines we used india ink with a stick as our drawing utensil, filling in with watercolor.
The results were stunning. It was so neat to see how the colors complement each other and how the different schemes work together to make a visually pleasing piece.
Along the way Amy shares links and visuals of famous artists, with a splash of history to add to the understanding of a philosophy or technique. She also shows examples of art from her own children, which my kids loved to see.
We still have more to do and lots of resource suggestions to check out. This issue will keep us busy for quite some time.
In the meantime click on over to check out Art Together and all of the other wonderful posts and resources Amy has over on her blog!
And the winner is Kim!