Thursday, October 30, 2014

Elizabeth's tribute to the Music she loves.

Elizabeth has been working hard on this wonderful artwork of her's. This is the first of her tributes to the music she enjoys - Pink Floyd. Elizabeth gathered a number of different record covers from this band and put them together in her own way. Painting them on old records glued together. Looks terrific.
Elizabeth is 13

Paul's Characters Head


Paul's character made from Polystyrene and Plasticine. He has done a great job of this liitle character. 
Paul is 11.

Sarah's Fantasy Garden

 Sarah's Fantasy garden all lit up with some wonderful shadows happening
 Her Fantasy garden during the day
A detail of her Fantasy Garden. Well done Sarah, very fine and delicate.

Sam's Fantasy Garden

 Sam's Fantasy Garden in a jar
 Detail of Sam's Fantasy Garden. A peak into a different world. A world of Mushrooms and frogs
 Sam's Fantasy Garden lit up
A detail or peak inside his Fantasy Garden

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Alyssa's Fantasy Garden



Alyssa took one look at a white Lilly flower and went to work, first drawing the Lilly and then turning it into a dress and a Lilly Princess with wings. She wanted the light to be inside the dress so it would light up and cast shadows, which it did.
This work reminds me of the Hunger Games Movie character with her dress which lights up with a fake fire as she spins.
Alyssa was very innovative with this work utilizing the glue from the hot glue gun and allowing it to drip and create a lace like pattern. She used Plasticine and wire to construct the frame of the figure and dress and clear acetate and glue for the wings.
She also had fun creating small flowers out of Pistachio nut cases and wire.
She has thoughts of becoming an Art Teacher, so she is well on her way to her goal.

Well done Alyssa
She is 11

Sahil's Fantasy Garden








Sahil went for the desert look for his Fantasy garden and created a Cacti character, Working on a Charcoal drawing and then into creating his garden in a jar with a wee light added.

Looks terrific Sahil
Sahil is 9

Rubens Fantasy Garden



Ruben's Fantasy Garden project.
We began with drawing fantasy plants and added a few wee characters. Then Ruben finished a terrific charcoal drawing of fantasy plants and characters. And finally he worked on his sculpture, creating a garden in a jar with a wee light inside.
Well done Ruben
Ruden is 9

Grayce's Alpaca drawing

We are now going onto looking at parts of animals and joining them together in different ways to make a new kind of animal. Grayce has drawn this cute Alpaca with a lot of attitude. I can see this drawing on a T Shirt quite easily.
Grayce is 10

Grayce's Fantasy Garden


This is Grayce's Fantasy Garden. I can see it must be from a strange new land.

This project was terrific for problem solving as they had to fit it into a certain size, they had to add and hide the switch for the light. They had to choose materials they may not have worked with before, use different tools to cut, bend and glue things and they had to wire up their wee light blob.
Well done Grayce
Grayce is 10

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Grayce's Fantasy Garden drawings


Students began this Fantasy Garden Project first by doing a few plant studies and then because we were going to make a Fantasy garden in a jar, using plastic found objects and a few extra bits and bobs. They were then asked to do a charcoal drawing using a jar template I made for them and masking off with low tack tape. These drawings helped them think about what they wanted inside the jar before they started to make them.
Grayce is 10 and has produced some terrific drawings.

Josh's Fantasy Garden


Josh had a fantastic time making his Fantasy garden. He really got into it and came up with a terrific result. He loved painting and glueing the polystyrene balls together with a glue gun and making a grape tree (is what I think he called it) with the other forms.
Well done Josh
Josh is 6

Josh's Plant Studies for his Fantasy Garden.


Plant studies for the Fantasy Garden Project.
Nice strong confident line.
Josh is 6

Jonty's Fantasy Garden


Students have been enjoying making Fantasy Gardens. They began by drawing plant and a charcoal drawing to begin thinking about what they would place in their Fantasy Garden.
We also added a small light and switch to it so it would light up at night.

Jonty is 8 and was really enjoying experimenting with different materials and problem solving to see how to put it all together.
Well done.

Alex's Fantasy Garden


We started a Fantasy Garden project using found objects and all sorts of bits and pieces plus adding a light and a switch and placing it all inside a large preserving jar.
Students drew first to work out what they would want to attempt to make. Then began to make a garden which can be lit up at night. A lot of problem solving went on in the making of the work as well as fun and laughter.
Alex is 8

Alex's Electric Man

Alex worked on this for home practice and came up with this great character.
Alex is 8

Friday, August 22, 2014

Aryan's Godzilla painting


Aryan has produced a great Godzilla painting. He used pencil, watercolour pencils, masking fluid and Gouache. Great job Aryan.
Aryan is 12.

Sarah's Doggy Painting


Sarah has been working on her dog painting for some weeks and managed to produce a really beautiful painting. She experimented before she began with different methods to apply the paint and decided on a smooth application for everything except the dog. With the dog she wanted to loosen up the brush strokes and add a few colours instead of just grey and white. Well done Sarah.
Acrylic on board.
Sarah is 10

Friday, August 15, 2014

Clarita's flower study


Clarita's beautiful flower study.
Pencil on paper
Clarita is an adult student.

Clarita's flower drawing 4



Another of Clarita's beautiful flower drawings. She is loving the details and figuring out different compositions.
Pencil on paper
Clarita is an adult student.

Clarita's flower drawing 3


Clarita's beautiful flower drawing.
Pencil on paper
Clarita is an adult student.

Clarita's Flower Drawing 2


Clarita's beautiful flower composition. Clarita is an adult student, loving the detail of flowers.
Pencil on paper.

Clarita's flower study 1


Clarita is an adult student who is loving the details of beautiful flowers. She is experimenting with different compositions.

Rachel's head sculpture


Josh's mum Rachel, also had a go at making a wee plasticine head ... not sure who had the most fun!



Josh's Mr Blob.


Josh had a terrific time making this wee face, which he called Mr Blob. Josh is six.
Polystyrene, plasticine, paint, plastic eyes.


Tutors example of the plasticine heads


My mad wee example for the students to see the process of making. A Polystyrene egg for the head and half a polystyrene ball for shoulders and a small wooden Dowling stick between for the neck, plasticine over that, modelling compound over the plasticine, and one plastic eye was used in this one, then painted. Can add all sorts of other materials to it also.
Students have had great fun making these. You could keep going and going with the detail, plasticine is very easy to work with and the modelling compound gives it a harder coating to take the paint.
Tip - don't put it in front of a heater or leave a blow dryer on it to long as it tends the soften the plasticine underneath the modelling compound and makes it go rather gooey. We found out the hard way.
We then took photos of them and placed them into a frame and added wallpaper to the background all on Photoshop. This project is well worth doing.
Megan Murphy - Tutor

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Grayce's portrait of her sculpture lady

Grayce's wee face sculpture turned out really expressive. The way she has used the paint has made this face have so much expression. The materials used for the face sculpture was - Polystyrene, Plasticine, Modelling Compound, paint, plastic eyes and hair. We then photographed it and placed it into a frame using Photoshop, Grayce is 10.

Alex's portrait of his Plasticine man

Alex's portrait of his Plasticine man. Alex was having great fun styling this wee man's hair.- very cool. It was made from Polystyrene, Plasticine, modelling compound and painted. Some plastic strands for hair and some eyes were added. Then we placed the image of the sculpture into a frame using Photoshop.  Alex is eight.

Jonty's portrait of his Plasticine man


Jonty has had fun making a Polystyrene and Plasticine face. Then we have placed it into a frame using Photoshop. Jonty is eight.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Sarah's cute dog


This is such a cute drawing Sarah has done of a dressed dog. We were looking at the work of NZ artist Joanna Braithwaite. Sarah is now doing some paintings of these dogs. Fantastic job Sarah. She is 10.


Sarah's dog drawing

Sarah is only 10 and she loves dogs so she had to do a study of a cute wee one. She used charcoal sticks for this drawing and pencil. Amazing job Sarah.

Wintao's Women's Head Study

Wintao is only 10 and has done an amazing job on this women's head study. Fantastic Wintao. Lovely subtle use of shading.

Wintao's Manga Drawing

Wintao's Manga drawing is very cute. She was experimenting with using Gouache for the first time. Great drawing Wintao. She is 10.