Sunday, April 13, 2008

Week TwentyEight: April 7-11, 2008

Art Centre - Week Twenty-Eight

Week nine of semester two of year one - four days of classes

Monday Morning – Printmaking

Presentations on printmakers: Three were given.

Angelina presented on the Japanese printmaker, Hiroshi Yoshida– his famous wave print is certainly recognizable. Here’s more about him.

Amy presented on a contemporary German printmaker: Kiki Smith -

I presented on the Canadian women printmaker - teachers and their studios and galleries. The three I talked about were:

Ann McCall -

Doreen Foster -

Heather Aston –

Monday Afternoon – Ceramics

Glazing in the kiln room. I learned how to dip pieces first in wax to coat the bottom then in a barrel of glazing liquid. I used two different colours of glaze as well as broken glass for each of my two pieces.

Another resource: An overview of ceramics and terminology -

Back in the studio, I continued researching the human body for the final project for the course. I made sketches of body parts that inspired me regarding the piece I would like to construct.

The following are websites I visited in my research for this project in case anyone wants to explore. Some are interactive – try placing organs in a body or bones on a skeleton!

Human Body Sites

Interactive puzzles -

Human Anatomy -

National Geographic: Human Body -

Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body -

Get Body Smart -

Hillendale Health Index -

MEDtropolis -: Virtual Body -

Smithsonian: Artificial Anatomy -

Thinkquest: Surfing the Human Body -

Body Systems -

Wikipedia - skeletal system -

Wikipedia - circulatory system -

Wikipedia - nervous system -

Wikipedia - respiratory system -

Wikipedia - digestive system -

Wikipedia - endocrine system -

Wikipedia - muscular system -

Wikipedia - immune system -

Wikipedia - human body -

Here are drawings of my inspiration (the inner ear with cochlea and three canals) and of the piece I have designed (a diffuser).

Tuesday – Design

I painted each of four identical pictures (mine were of a group of European toys), each one in a different combination of colours: Triad, Analogous, Complementary and monochromatic. For next class, tints and shades. We used a template to mark off a strip of square cells into which we will paint (suggested using red colour) going from light to dark and dark to light.

WednesdayDrawing Fundamentals

We were shown how to make a Grid on a master artist’s portrait. We will work at home on reproducing the drawing. I finished the grid on the portrait I selected, Peter Paul Rubens “Portrait of a Young Woman”, and a corresponding grid on my paper and started transferring the image.

Water Colour Special Session #1

Michael Janzen

We had our first session (of four three-hour workshops) with Michael – hearing stories about his times with A.J. Casson ( and how he got started as an artist. We began our first water colour – a landscape. Michael would demonstrate for us, then we would follow his lead and work on specific sections of the painting.

Thursday Painting

Only 45 minutes in class to block in the colours for the shapes in the following study of a horse’s skill on a broken step stool. Used a lot of medium to spread the paint quickly.

Special Guest – Painter and printmaker, David Blackwood showed slides and spoke at length to the students at the Centre. The presentation was given in the printmaking studio. This is his website. My favourite of the works he showed us was a series of paintings of a wooden door.

Watercolour Session #2

We continued to work on and complete the landscape started on Wednesday. For the last part of the class, we experimented with the process of wet on wet – painting on a very wet piece of paper.

Additional Notes

So far I’ve been able to raise $130.00 for the 4th annual bowl-a-thon for Toronto Cat Rescue on April 26 at Bowlerama. Please e-mail me if you’d like to make a contribution!


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