October 24, 2016

Waldorf School art project ...continued...

Today we are continuing work on our copies because tomorrow we are going on a field trip to see the new collection on exhibit at the Glenbow Museum. I have included a shot of the awesome art room (sans students) as well as some of my demo notes from the chalk board. Their teacher gave me wonderful coloured chalk to write with.

Also some of their original transfer drawings because they are beautiful on their own, without colour.

Here are some of the paintings as finished as they could get before the end of todays session. Some have agreed to continue to work at lunch time.

I am awfully proud of how well these students have done on their projects and with everything i've been teaching them this month! I can't wait to see how they turn out, and of course, for tomorrows early morning field trip!!!

October 23, 2016

Waldorf School Art project

I was lucky to be invited to instruct for a few sessions at the Waldorf school near COP. I began with drawing basics, shading, value and tone and had them do realistic self portraits. The students then chose a modern artwork to study and recreate. First they draw a scaled up cartoon o sketch paper. This drawing is to be transferred to a painting support.  They lock in the charcoal transfer with thinned burnt sienna and add in the darker values.

In the next sessions the students learn colour mixing and apply colour overtop their locked in and transferred drawings.

They use a big brush and block in the largest coloured shapes keeping in mind the values.

still life with comparative measured proportions

I taught a class Saturday morning on training the eye to see and the hand for drawing a still life by measuring proportions.

October 15, 2016

Skulls on toned paper

Today in drawing class we worked on one of my favourite techniques for creating representational form and dimensionality using tonal values.  The assignment was given after a demo on how to squint and see the darks apply them, then erase out the lights and to go back building up the forms with adding or taking away material but not relying on line to draw what they see. In no particular order are some of the images I snapped during class and to share with anyone interested or who missed class, you know who you are, hopefully this is helpful ;P

October 10, 2016

EPISODE 31- Fresh start

It is Thanksgiving week-end and I am thankful for a lot of things and one of those things is that classes have started up, i've able to convert my basement into a work space and I am able to share this latest episode with you.

After my return from Portugal, my camera gear and computer equipment were stolen. I was unable to continue to produce my weekly episodes until I finally gathered enough resources to replace and borrow what I need.

My fresh start includes making some new surfaces to paint on. I use Lead white as the ground on these ones. Check out my process.

September 9, 2016


Upon my return I decided to begin a daily drawing challenge on instagram with the Dungeon Degenerates Monster drawing Club. I've had a tough time since my return because my gear was stolen from my luggage, then I had a wedding to go to and following all that jet lag and sickness caught up with me. More in the M.I.A. video below.
So here is the list and though I do not draw monsters in particular or have an affinity for the subject matter, its good just to have a kick in the seat of ones pants. So if you are interested in drawing along with me begin where you can. Being ill, some days I didn't feel up to par or particularly motivated, while others helped me pass the time and were inspiring. Here are the sketches from the first week.

I may go back and revisit some of these and add some colour.
Here is the list in my sketchbook as I cross them off the list one by one,  more to come!

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