Monday, February 27, 2017

Say It With Feeling!

This project is very personal to the artist. It's also super fun because you just layer colors and shapes and collage elements until you like it, then add your quote and WA - LA! 

Amazing Art!

We have a another Mixed Media session scheduled for Saturday, March 18 from 1-4 pm. 

You can see all of the details on our website at

Tuscan Colors - Like the Impressionists

The impressionists painted their 'impression' of a place instead of attempting a photographic, detailed rendering. 

Once cameras were being used to record landscapes in detail, artists gave themselves permission to use their artistic 'license' to interpret a scene more creatively or artistically. (This 'new age' art was not entirely appreciated by the art world at the time)

Impressionists began utilizing a variety of new painting methods. One method used tiny dabs of paint color that, when viewed as a whole, created a lovely combination of color and form to indicate an 'impression' of a place or scene. 

We decided to try this ourselves to create a Tuscan scene of a field of flowers with cypress trees and shrubs along the horizon. 

The results were quite stunning!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

ART Hearts!

We had so much fun creating our Jim Dine style ART Hearts mixed media paintings! We used this unusual heart art by Jim Dine as our model:  

The Handkerchief, 1993
(woodcut and etching, hand-colored) 

The heart on the right was my interpretation of the project using our media:

bleeding art tissue paper

red acrylic paint

black and white pastels

This piece is the demonstration that I did in class. Can you see the differences?

The students loved this project because it involved an unusual combination of media to create a truly mixed media piece! Also it was kind of messy and you didn't really have to plan much - just let the media do its thing. We liked how we could make it a little funky or grungy - it has sort of a graffiti look.

This great art project idea came from Edna Lemm at Do Art! Thanks for sharing, Edna!