Friday, March 27, 2009

Illustration Friday: Poise (Art in Action)

A deviation from what I've been working on. I volunteer for Art in Action at my son's school. And my five year old daughter tags along with me. So she does the projects too. Today's lesson was based on Albert Bierstadt's Buffalo Trail. It was about drawing trees and forest animals. The image on the left is my demo, and the image on the right is my daughter's work. Besides the obvious comment on it taking a certain amount of poise to stand up in front of a group of third graders and talk to them about a painting that was created 140 years ago, I'm going to mention the amount of poise it takes to create art in a classroom setting. I take a lot of the creative process for granted. I hadn't really thought about the performance pressure to try something new in front of your peers. It takes a great deal of poise to put something down on paper while others are watching. As simple as my trees are, the kids were wowed as I took the oil pastel to the blank white paper and made a tree. I made sure to point out my out of scale rabbit--that seemed to relax them a little. "See even I can make mistakes. Yes it is okay that your table mate is painting with her sponge like that."
My daughter on the other hand, had no problem laying her drawing down boldly.


steve said...

Wonderful to see kids art - I never get tired of it as an art teacher. This is a great thing you do, and it was good to see the results here!

Edrian Thomidis said...

What an enriching experience! You are doing something great by inspiring our future. Thanks for sharing!

theartofpuro said...

I agree with Edrain,love the colours and your daughter has a future as artist