Interactive Drawing

Interactive Drawing Today's challenge is to make a drawing or series of drawings that interact with a real-life object. Look at some of the artists highlighted here and the following video.
All you need is a paper, pencil, and a few objects. You can add colour or ink if you want to.  Take a look around and grab several things you can use. School supplies or food can be interesting shapes to start from. Place it on the page and see what kinds of ideas come to mind. It might take a few drawings to warm up and get some good ideas going. Victor Nunes always fills a whole page with ideas that come from using one object. Keep drawing and see which ones are the most successful. 
 Alex Solis

Victor Nunes

Marta Altes
Here are some examples to get you started:

Take pictures of your work and send them to me at:

Art is a Treat

Hello everybody, 
I hope you are all well. Lots of people are keeping busy during the lockdown by trying their hand at baking, I know I have. Have you been baking at all? 
This week let's take a look at artist Wayne Thiebaud's still life paintings, you might notice a common theme.

Wayne Thiebaud paints a lot of sweet treats!
This week your challenge is to use a treat as the subject of a still life. It's your choice for what media you want to use - pastels, watercolor, acrylic, torn paper, crayon, sidewalk chalk, pencil, etc!

Work from real life! Set up the food on the table where you can work. Try putting it up on a stand by stacking some books until its at eye level. This can give a "right in front of you" point of view instead of looking down at it. Sketch it out first. Do a quick, light drawing to get the main shapes on the page, then refine by adding detail.His compositions are simple and strong. Some are balanced by centering the subject. They display plenty…

Happy International Dance Day!


Environmental art

In celebration of Earth Day and the beautiful weather, let's get creative outside!
Take a look at British artist Andy Goldsworthy's beautiful environmental sculptures in the video. Keep an eye out for what elements and principles of art he uses to make such striking images.

What do you think? Is it sculpture or is it photography? How can you use balance, emphasis and repetition to make strong images in nature? How does it feel to make art that is temporary? 
Go outside into your back/front yard or a park, bring a bag or basket.

Collect natural objects (rocks, pebbles, twigs, leaves, pinecones, seeds, etc). Look for multiple objects with similar size, colour, or shapes. Be careful not to kill any new plants growing.

Find space for your installation art. Maybe under a tree or away from pathways. Consider using elements of that space, for example, using a tree stump as a platform, or using the shape of a puddle.

Arrange your collection of objects in a radial design (circul…

Found Objects and Recycled Art

Found Object Color Wheel Collect lots of colourful objects from around your home. Use a clear area to organize your objects. Start with the 3 primary colours: Red, Yellow and Blue, then start adding the "in-between" colours called Secondary colours: Green, Orange, and Purple. Compare objects side by side to help you place them. This video is a great example of what do do:

Snap a pic and send it to me or share on google:
Collagraph  A colour graph? No, silly, it's a name for a simple print-making technique. A collagraph collages different textured materials onto a plate to print from. They can look like this:

Suzy Mackenzie (2015)
Jet James

Materials:Optional - cereal boxes, tissue paper, fabric, foam, burlap, leaves, twigs, seeds, straw, grass, dried flowers, rice, sand, eggshells, yarn, string, netting, cling wrap, or other recycled materials
Needed - paper, glue, chalk, paint, sponge  Making the printing plate:…

This is Surreal

by Luke Robson
Do things feel a little unreal right now? Do you feel like maybe this is a weird dream?
Well let's run with it and step into the world of surrealism. This video explains what surrealism is and where it comes from:

Let's Make Some Surreal Art!  MATERIALS: magazines and newspapers, scissors, glue, paper or cardboard.
Alternatively you can try a digital version.

Watch this video explaining the project:

1) Go through lots of different magazines and cut out a variety of images of interesting things.
2) Gather them together and choose a main landscape or background piece that is pretty simple.
3) Start choosing things that are odd comparisons or things that don't belong together. Play around with the strange sizes of the objects and put them together.
4) Make a composition. Play around with which images you'll use together and where they'll go. Make lots of possible compositions before you glue it down.
5) Glue your images starting with th…