The refrain is often "but I can't draw". In the book "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain", Betty Edwards opens the doors to the secret of being able to draw. These are secrets that come naturally to some people – the people whose right brain is dominant, but even for a "very left brained" person, drawing skills can be improved upon in a phenomenal way.Very few people are overwhelmingly right or left brained and usually one side of the brain is dominant.Right brained people are more intuitive and creative, but often forget things and lose track of time; typically musicians and artists. Left brained people are good at numbers and recalling facts but are less creative than their right … [Read more...] about If you can do calligraphy you can draw!
Towards the end of his life, Matisse used letters in his wonderful cut-paper art. We will examine the context of his use of words and see how we can create something with a similar moodBottom centre and bottom right: Matisse's workMaggie felt that Matisse was best expressed in primary colours. It was incredible seeing how studying Matisse’s cutouts inspired such a variety of work. We began by anyalysing his work and looking at photos of him working. We considered his enormous scissors, the idea of painting the coloured paper to use for cutting, his colour schemes (or not) and his ideas of design and pattern creation. We used acrylics on paper which was great for paper coverage, colour and … [Read more...] about The Words of Matisse
Adolf Berndt combined crisp modern letter forms with decorative elements from illuminated initials. Using masking fluid and water colours the outcome was a fresh, very individualised result.We will study his artwork and techniques and work out a way of producing something inspired by this great artist and include touches of gold!The workshop began with analysing some of Bernd's magnificent decorated capital letters, his colour schemes and his techniques. Everyone began by doing two capital letters, using masking fluid for one letter and no masking fluid for the other to see which method they preferred. Working with degraded complementaries and doing a series of colour swatches, everyone had … [Read more...] about The Art of Adolf Bernd
This is an enormous mural which can be viewed from the mezzanine floor of the children's wing of the John Radcliffe Hospital. It took me a little while to see the lettering. As this photo has been pieced together from about twenty photos which I took from different angles there is some distortion. But you can get the general idea of what an amazing artwork this is. So many of the hospitals have inspiring art on the walls and in the hospital grounds these days. It is such a tribute to the recognition of the importance of art in the community. Lin … [Read more...] about KIDS