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Welcome to another edition of the Virtual Refrigerator! This weekly blog hop is co-hosted by A Glimpse of Our Life, Homeschool Coffee Break, and Every Bed of Roses. We all cordially invite you to add your link sharing the art that's on your Virtual Refrigerator and then hop over to the other blogs and admire what's on their Fridges!
August's Art Challenge: Modern Art
During the month of August, I am sharing some short studies of a few modern artists and our projects inspired by their work. We'd be especially interested in seeing your modern art themed projects as well, so be sure to link them at the bottom of this post!
This week we're featuring an artist we were not familiar with before we started looking for ideas for this series: Gustav Klimt. I make no guarantees, but the next two weeks we are most likely featuring Alexander Calder and M.C. Escher. Not necessarily in that order. (ICYMI: Week One was Piet Mondrian) Coming up in September and October, our other Virtual Fridge hostesses will be bringing us their artist studies, so keep an eye out for more info about what they'll be sharing!
This is one of the paintings by Klimt that caught Kennady's eye when we saw it on an art teacher's blog with her description of how her students did their own beech grove paintings. For this project, we're much indebted to A Faithful Attempt and the instructions she shared.
|Beech Grove I by Gustav Klimt, 1902|
|Adele Bloch-Bauer by Gustav Klimt, 1907|
I have the gift of neither the spoken nor the written word, especially if I have to say something about myself or my work. Whoever wants to know something about me (as an artist, the only notable thing) ought to look carefully at my pictures and try and see in them what I am and what I want to do. ~Gustav Klimt
To make her birch tree trunks, Kennady used masking tape in a couple different sizes. She pressed the sticky side against her t-shirt to pick up some of the fibers. That way when she pulled the tape off later, it was far less likely to tear the paper. Okay, so stick strips of masking tape to watercolor paper...
then paint the background with a wash of watercolors. Oranges, browns, and yellows for an autumn scene; greens for a spring or summer scene; and blues for a winter scene.
Allow the wash to dry, then dap on smudges and dots of watercolors - more oranges and yellows for autumn leaves; bright floral colors for blossoms or petals; or white and blue or lavender for falling snow. After all the paint is dry, gently peel off the tape.
Shade one side of the tree trunks grey, either with watercolors or water color pencils. And finally, using a fine brush, paint some black or grey markings on the trunks to make them look more like birch bark.
|Birch Grove with Blossoms by KAT, 2015|
|Birch Grove in Autumn by KAT, 2015|
|Birch Grove in Winter by KAT, 2015|
I can paint and draw. I believe this myself and a few other people say that they believe this too. But I'm not certain of whether it's true. ~Gustav KlimtBe sure to check out SchoolhouseTeachers.com for lots of art lesson resources, including art techniques and art appreciation studies.
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