Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Bring the Art Outside--inspired by Degas

Some really talented kids visited us this past month and participated in our Degas' Dancers oil pastel still-life drawing art experience in the Program Room! They learned about the artist Degas- Degas liked to draw dancers in action (or even before action). Degas was unique because he showed dancers in unexpected moments from new, non-traditional angles. His art shared the impressionist "slice of life" view of the world- at any moment one of his compositions could spring into action.

Create a slice of life drawing at home:
Degas and the impressionists liked to paint in plein air (meaning in open air or outdoors) so put on your sandals or sneakers and head outdoors! Don't forget to bring a sketchpad (notebook or some pieces of paper) along with a pen or your favorite box of crayons.

Draw the things that you see around you. For example, if you are watching your sibling's soccer game here are some tips on how to capture those moments.

Think about what time of day it is and what the weather is like. Is it sunny or cloudy? Is it morning or afternoon? The colors you choose to use will change depending on your surroundings. On a sunny morning you may use lots of yellow while on a gloomy afternoon you may use more gray.

SPOT the unexpected moment:
Draw the athletes' body positioning as they stretch, run, talk with teammates or even just take a water break. Use the shapes you have learned about to create body shapes. A torso may be represented by a triangle or the legs could be similar to rectangles. Using basic shapes for guidance can help in the drawing process.

ENJOY these small unexpected moments in plein air with your child!

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