Part of how I've been describing myself as a teacher is being an educator with a teaching philosophy based on STEM / STEAM curricula, Universal Design for Learning, Emergent Curricula, and Maker-oriented education systems. If I had to say what theories/methods I use the most, I would be taking about aspects of Reggio-Emilia, Montessori, Waldorf, … Continue reading Why a Certification as a Home Educator?
I really needed to dive into this one this morning and the only thing I knew was that I needed to start blending lighter colour onto the backgrounds to add volume to the composition. Oddly, I started with some light colours (yellow) on the face vase and then added green to the flower stocks, followed … Continue reading Warped Two – Taking a Step Back to Consider…
I'm approaching this one very differently. I've been wanting to paint with a pallet knife, so that's the first change. I also wanted to paint directly onto the canvas, without drawing first, so that's the second change. The big change is that I will be painting very thick layers of paint, from the background forward... … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – The Big Still-Life (a.k.a. 5th Still-life Project) – A New Approach
Every new painting finds me daydreaming about the next. I am very much enjoying this process and I think my subconscious mind is finding ways to continue painting... You see, I get a little sad when I finish a painting and don't like to start thinking of something else to do. I'm riding this train … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – 5th Still-life Project – ReConsidering My Composition
Here are some of the early yellows: Turmeric.
First, I'm thinking I still need to play with these shadows. They need to be longer. This shiny contrast between the items in the still life and the shadow is entirely what I see and is due to the pro-photo lighting I have about two feel from the model. It casts solid and crisp shadows... … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – 5th Still-life Project – Bolder Brushstrokes
I think my usual approach is to put in strong outlines first, then smooth them out with various brushstrokes. This time I wanted a more watercolour feel and tried watering down the Mars Black to give the subtle shadows I saw... or think I saw. I get impatient when I have to stare at the … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – 5th Still-life Project – Subtle Additions
Following a very light and loose line drawing on the watercolour paper, I pick my large surface colours. It occurs to me that I've forgotten how I pick them and why I choose one over another... is it to approximate the colours of the model? Is it for some deeper aesthetic reason? I've stopped reflecting … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – 5th Still-life Project – First Brushstrokes
In normal times, we allow a good fifteen minutes of each class for the students to have some engineering play with various building materials. We launch amazing team and group challenges at them, such as, build us a bridge 30cm high out of Kiva Blocks (or Legos, etc…). Or, make a tower as tall as … Continue reading Implementing STEAM/STEM Curricula in Covid Times – A Call For Community Help – MegaBlocks Needed
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