We divided into 2 groups
This group was inspired by Louise McClary’s Up the Creek
After looking around the exhibition we asked the children to focus on the two paintings that we had selected to stimulate their creativity and asked them to choose the one they found the most inspiring.
Henry, Amalie, Dylan, Thomas and Alfie decided that they would like to work with Louise McClary’s ‘Up the Creek’ because they liked the forms and the colours.
We discussed primary colours and the colours that could be made from mixing them.
They considered bridges and viaducts they had seen and why the artist had wanted to depict a dismembered head.
We looked at wooden African heads to make a comparison.
This group was inspired by Alan Lowndes Fishing Boat
What can you see?
Chloe, Tai Lea, Taryn, Julia and Chris who led the workshop talked about
- the simple shapes of boat and pier
- their dark outline and how other famous artists like Van Gough have used bold flat shapes separated by dark outlines (cloisonnism)
- mixed colours both light, medium and dark
- we looked at how much sea and sky there was and where the most important bits of the picture were placed (the golden composition)
How can this help us with our own painting?
- We used viewfinders and looked at the sea from the café to select simple shapes
- We thought about thirds (golden composition) when determining the horizon and main shapes
- We used oil pastels for outlining shapes, some lights and darks
- We looked at Lowndes fishing boat, a model and photos to see the curves and how the boat seemed to be moving through the water
- Finally we wet the paper and used watercolour to mix pale and darker colours
Didn’t they do well!