Drawing from Life

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Life drawing of Nadia by Bill

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Angelo hard at work on his second drawing

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Life painting by Sara

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Life drawing by Branwen

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My first life drawing of the day

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Angelo’s first drawing of the day

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My third drawing of the day

Hi folks,

These drawings and painting are from my Active Art Studios Life Drawing day. I have a little art school here in Adelaide and the children’s work I have posted so far has been kids from Term Art Classes I run. This work is from a group of adults that come regularly and draw from the figure.

This was a full day of drawing starting at 10am and finishing at 5pm. Bill and Sara’s works (above) took the whole day to complete. The rest of us did two or three drawings.

It’s really great and really relaxing doing a whole day of drawing. The day goes so fast!!!

Being the teacher or tutor I am usually too busy to actually draw but with this smaller group I managed to knock out three pretty decent drawings so I was quite happy!!

Nadia, our model did a fabulous job of holding the same pose for the whole day (broken up into 20minute blocks  with stretch breaks in between).

We were discussing in the session a TV show that I saw a couple of days ago which was about how to make quick extra cash. The final tip was to be a life drawing model!! Some people think all it takes is to stand their naked. Let me tell you it takes a LOT MORE than that to be a GOOD life model. Have you ever tried to stand completely still in the same position for 20 minutes?? Try it and you will see!

Love and Art

Sarah-Jane

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Feathered resin

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These are resin beads I made embedded with coloured feathers. They need a hole drilled through them and to be finished and sanded.

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These two rings with embedded feathers turned out really good too!!

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Close up of blue feathered ring

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This is only the third little bowl I have made. I thought they would make sweet little salt containers for rock salt.

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Resin bangles still in the molds. Cant wait to see how these turn out!!

Love and Art

Sarah-Jane

Gut wrencher

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This work is by Indya aged 11

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This work is by Alex aged 10

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This work is by Courtney aged 9

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This work is by Diana aged 12

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This work is by Monet aged 10

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This work is by Schyler aged 5. “Calm in Autumn”

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This work is by Elizabeth aged 6.” The man in front is calm the people at the back are angry.”

This week I have been getting my children’s classes to make portraits in paper collage based on colour and emotion. We have talked about how colours make you feel. Red (for example) might make you feel angry, stresses or annoyed. It also might make you feel love and passion.

I asked the kids to make a portrait based on an emotion and a related colour. Above are some of the results. The first image by Indya just about makes me want to cry when I look at it. So sad and poignant. I didn’t get a chance to really talk to her about it but I was blown away by the work. Interestingly, not many of the kids did a “happy” face or a “fun” face. Lots of emotion and expression pent up here I think!!

I also love Diana’s work above of the red lady. That was her second work of the class and it looks quite angry to me!!

And finally now, a word on glitter!! Unfortunately, in the bottom of the paper drawer I had left some containers of glitter which the kids found. I have  a love/ hate relationship with glitter, but the kids LOVE IT!! Including the boys! The problem I have is that the kids when they use it put it EVERYWHERE!! I’m not so much worried about the mess but a perfectly good artwork has sometimes been decimated by 2 kg of glitter over most of it. Hopefully here I have managed to contain the glitter frenzy and it has been used sparingly in most cases.

Beware the glitter monster.

Love and Art

Sarah-Jane

Lo and behold stamps

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I’ve been playing around with these old stamps I found. I was wondering what I could do with them. Some of them are so cute and SO Australian. It’s a little bit if history in each one. Can anyone remember when sending a letter cost 5 cents?? Not me!!
Any thoughts or suggestions on what crafty activity I might do with these??? I’ve got a few ideas but I’ll wait until I try them out to let you in on the secret.
Love and art
Sarah-Jane