Thursday, November 13, 2014

Virtual Refrigerator - Russian Folk Painting

Welcome to another edition of the Virtual Refrigerator! This weekly blog hop is co-hosted by A Glimpse of Our LifeAngels of HeartHomeschool 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! 
November's Art Challenge: Thanksgiving
The hosts of the Virtual Refrigerator put our heads together and decided to give a themed challenge to each other and to our readers each month. For November, the theme is Thanksgiving, and we'd like to you to link up and pin your artwork related to that theme. We'll be featuring themed submissions to the Fridge as we go along. Please continue to share any art posts on our Virtual Fridge as well - we love seeing all of them! - and we hope the theme provides a little additional challenge and inspiration!

 I guess I have to turn to my archives for an art post this week - between the busy schedule we've had lately and Kennady not feeling well during this past week, we haven't got any new artwork right now. So, I dug something out that she did about a year and a half ago that I don't think I've shared previously. A similar project might show up later this school year, because this is inspired by traditional Russian and Ukrainian folk painting, and of course we'll be studying both of those countries as we make our way through our Cultural Geography study of Europe.

The original project idea in Geography Through Art was a Russian Pin. These beautiful miniatures were traditionally hand-painted on paper mache, a black background with a small still-life such as flowers or fruit. At that time, we didn't want to hunt down blank pin buttons at a craft store, but the description of the project reminded me of larger decorative trays that my grandparents and other older family members had displayed in their homes. In particular, my grandfather had a beautiful Russian clock. I wish I had a picture of it to show rather than having to describe it. It had a grandfather clock shaped face, white background with red roses painted around the clock face. It hung on the wall with the weights and pendulum hanging free rather than being in a grandfather clock cabinet. Anyway, I found this book, Russian Decorative Painting, at the library, and we used it as a starting point for a couple of water color pencil projects.

The painting technique for these projects would be very similar to the miniature pins - just larger! The book provided outline templates for the projects, and Kennady used water color pencils to recreate a couple of examples, rather than using paints.

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