Monday, February 12, 2018

Artists That Inspire Me...


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Richard Pousette Dart

Dart has to be my favorite artist of all time. The first time I saw his work I cried. I actually cried. It was the first time I had ever had that feeling. I have loved other works of art of course but it was the first time that I had that "I understand this, it speaks to me" feeling. It made since to me. It also profoundly changed the way I create my own art. His work also shaped the way I teach. I want my kids to understand the importance of art not just as a tool towards a better career or part of an integration of arts program but to be able to see art for art's sake. Don't get me wrong I love STEAM based projects but I love just creating  pure art more. Richard Pousette Dart inspires me to do that.

  Richard Pousette Dart
Desert
1940
You can view 9 of Dart's works on-line at the MOMA

Richard Pousette Dart
Blood Wedding
77 x 112 3/4 in
 1958

Blood Wedding was the first painting I saw of Dart's. Look at it... it is the most amazing thing I have every seen. It just glows. I never get tired of seeing it. It just makes since to me. This painting recently sold at Christie's Auction House for USD $2,629,000. To me it is priceless, I hope the new owner appreciates it as much as I do.

Richard Pousette-Dart 
Dart was an American artist most recognized as a founder of the New York School of painting. His artistic output also includes drawing, sculpture, and fine-art photography. 
In January 1951, he was included in Nina Leen’s “The Irascibles,” published in Life magazine. This now-iconic photograph has largely come to define the core group of Abstract Expressionists. Dart is on the second row, far left.

Richard Pousette-Dart
Illuminaten Gothic
1958

This website has good information and photos of Dart's work along with many other artists.

My kiddos are starting their Dart inspired art this week...
Using a circle tracer, Sharpie and a rule students are creating an abstract work of art in the style of Richard Pousette-Dart

This is our inspiration piece by Dart...
Christmas Tree
Richard Pousette-Dart
1955

Friedensreich Hundertwasser
The I Still Do Not Know
Hundertwasser
1960

I can not say enough about how much I love Hundertwasser's work. I speaks to my just like Dart's work does. It's bright and oh so colorful. I could stare at it all day and be filled with joy. It seems to make my brain work better just by looking at it. 

Mourning Schiele
Hundertwasser
1965

Cathedral I
Hundertwasser
1951

Singing Steamer in Ultramarine III
Hundertwasser
1959

Click HERE for the official Hundertwasser web site.

Since I teach elementary school you just know the kiddos love his work, all the bright primary colors are just perfect for my age group. They are fascinated by it, as am I.

We are creating a work of art in the style of Hundertwasser

This is our inspiration piece...
Green Town
Hundertwasser
1975-78

El Anatsui
I think only Richard Pousette Dart's and my mother's work has hit me as hard as El Anatsui. He works with old bottle caps and reclaimed items. His work brings tears to my eyes every time I see it. Again it just makes since, it is perfection, it is how art should make everyone feel.




Chick HERE to see El work on 


A few other artists that inspire me...

Daryl Howard
Wood block print
Daryl is in Austin, Texas. I just love her prints.

Why yes, that is me with Daryl Howard!

Martin Cervantez
Martin is a retired artist for the ARMY and how works out of his studio in
Northern Virginia. I am proud to say that hubby and I collect his work.

Cindy Thornton
I just love Cindy's style. She is an illustrator and has several children's book out now, which are fabulous by the way.
Click HERE for my lesson we do based on Cindy's work and style.


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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Artsy Things My Students Wear...

Do they make this in adult sizes?

Project Runway Season 16...

I am a huge Project Runway Fan...
I got to go to NYC last year and all I wanted to do was go to Mood and by fabric. While I was there I got to meet Swatch. He was right there at the front door waiting for me. He loved me!!!
I can sew but I hardly ever do. I am in a Facebook group were we try to draw our the challenges along with the contestants each week. I would love to be on the show one day but it takes me about a month and a half to sew one outfit! Here are my sketchers for my outfits from Season 16.
The challenge was 3 looks in the same collections

Runway ready 1st challenge Season 16

The twin 1 hour challenge. In season 16 there were twins competing against each other but they were also helping each other. So Heidi have them a one hour challenge to see which one was actually doing all the work. I did not even finish sketching this dress our before one twin had a breakdown and   told the other twin to stay on the show. It was kind of hard to watch.

The Dixie cup challenge. The winner got to have there design on a Dixie cup.

From the Shopkin Doll challenge. I had a boy...who is now a grown man so I did not even know these dolls existed! The challenge was to design a dress for the doll. The winner actually get to have their design make into a dress for the Shopkin dolls.
Mine was Rosie Bloom

The unconventional challenge. If you do not watch the show there is one challenge where the contestants have to use things other than material to make and outfit. 
The orange mesh is construction site plastic fencing, the center is a fire hose and bottom is heavy plastic sheeting. 

This is the Breast Cancer Warrior challenge.
My mother died of breast cancer that spread all over her body. I was only 13 when she passed away. She was very sick for 5 years prior to her death. From what I remember of her she was an amazing person. I would have loved the opportunity to know her, she was a fantastic artist, she was a modern dancer and taught dance, she worked with clay, sewed and painted. She helped a friend write a book title "To Dance is Human". What I remember most was how she would always ask me what words meant. I usually had no idea but she would say "it's okay, what to you think it means". Then I would give it my best shot and she would always say "very good" even when I was wrong. Then she would go on to tell me the correct meaning. I miss having a mother to grow up with.

Winter wear challenge

My final 10 runway pieces....



My final 10 for Fashion Week 


This is a 3 piece collection that has to work together from Season 15



Inspired from the movie Leap starring Maddie Ziegler
Nightware...although I am not sure why I thought have NYC buildings on nightware would be restful!

Inspired by the Descendants 2 movie 


Daily street wear the models would wear to have selfies taken in.

Women's wear inspired by men's ware.

Something from Season 15...


Acrylic Pour Painting...

So we tried Acrylic Paint Pouring in advanced art club....
They loved it, everyone had a lot of fun.

1. You will need a drip pan and something to keep the canvas up off the pan.
I got these at the Dollar Tree. The pans come in a set of 2 for $1 and the grills are also in a set of 2 for $1. Can't beat the price and they are reusable. You can order from Dollar Tree and they will send it to your house or school. However on-line you have to order in bulk. If you want just a few you will need to go into the store.
Click HERE for the racks at Dollar Tree
Click HERE for the pans at Dollar Tree
I also use these trays to do shaving cream prints in.
I ordered 2 cases of these trays last year and I still have most of them.  

I am allergic to Acrylic paint so I keep gloves for the kids to wear if they want to use them.

I use canvas art boards because they come in bulk and are much cheeper then regular canvas. I do this project with art club, students pay $50 to be in art club all year so that covers a lot of fun things we art able to create. We are not allowed to use school supplies for art club so I have to charge a supply fee. The $50 also covers a club tee-shirt.


I use Floetrol to thin the acrylic paint. You can get this at Lowes or on Amazon.

You will also need little plastic shot cups to mix paint in.
I get these on Amazon. I like to use the clear cups so I can see the colors better.

You will need some type of Silicon lubricant. I use Treadmill oil, which you can get on Amazon or
 WD-40 Silicone, which I get at the Ace Hardware Store.

Since I am working in bulk with 30 kids at a time I got these great 8oz bottles on Amazon.
My paint formula is:
1/2 liquid Acrylic paint. I use Golden but it can be any kind you like.
1/4 water and 1/4 Flotrole 
This formula is a guesstament because it will depend on the type of acrylic paint you use. 
You want the end result to pour a little heavier than milk. 

So now we are ready to start...

I usually start with a little white in the bottom and then add a few drops of silicone.

Then start adding colors in layers...

I put a couple more drops of silicone in the middle...



A couple more drops of silicone on the top and....

then using a popsicle stick cut though the paint a couple of times. You do not want to stir up the paint, you are just cutting through it to move the silicone around.

Now you are ready to have some fun. Make sure the canvas is over the drip tray.

Place the canvas on top of the cup and then flip it over.

Do not lift the cup! 

Simply slide the cup around the canvas until there is a thin layer or paint covering the board.
Then move the cup to the center and pop it up quickly. I could not pop the cup up quickly and take a photo at the same time so you are going to have to take my word on this one!
This is called a Dirty Flip. There are names for all the different type pours.

Allow the colors to settle for a moment then slowly tilt the canvas to cover any unpainted spaces.
Do not wait too long or the paint will dry. Do not tilt too fast or you will lose your beautiful cells.
"Cells" is the term for the bubble spaces in your pour. Yes Acrylic pour painting has it's own language just like Zentangle.



You can also use a straw or canned air to blow out some additional cells.

You can also use a blow torch to bring out more cells. Do not hold the flame in one place to long. Hit it and move,  hit it and move people. You do not have to use the torch or the canned air, that is just a suggestion. 

I have a jewelry torch I got at a workshop at Donna Downey Studios. If you have
never taken a class there it is awesome. Her studio is in North Carolina and Donna and her husband are just wonderful? Click HERE for Donna's Website


And this is what your sink area will look like when you are trying to teach yourself how to do acrylic pour painting! Well that is what mine looked like anyway. If you follow my steps you will not have to bother with all that mess. I did the mess for you...Your welcome. 
Have fun!