Once more congratulations to everyone who attended the Summer Art Camps at Ennis Art School. The following is a celection of images taken during the camps. The camps ar five days long and each day a new decipline is examined and practiced.
Day 1. Drawing
For day one we look at form, how an image is can be broken down into triangles, rectangles, ovals, circles and squares. We then proceed to draw the image, we can Freehand draw the images, or we can use scaled drawings. I try to use both areas as it is important for the students to learn both styles of drawing. We primarily draw with chalk pastels, the brand that I use is Inscribe as I find that the quality and colour of the pastels is very high.
The Students choose from an array of images, and they pick which image that they would like to learn how to draw, as you can see the most popular images are dogs, cows, horses and cats.
Day 2 -Portraits
Portraits are a very important area in art, as I keep telling the students, if you can do a good portrait well then you can paint and draw anything. Portraiture wins all the childrens art competitions and if the students want to get a H1 for their Leaving Cert well then Portraiture is the way to go. Why is the Portrait so important, it is because it has every aspect of drawing, it has composition, tone and perspective and this is just a straight forward frontal portrait. as I say to the students if they learn anything is how to do a good portrait. The students learn, facial composition, how their face differs from others, how to draw eyes, nose, mouth, hair and ears.
Day 3 – Painting
Here the students learn, composition of paintings, how they are broken down into foreground, midground and background. How colour works together, how to create tone using colour. When we are starting our painting the most important aspect is to break the painting in to foreground, midground and background and then to draw in the centre character and work from there.
Day 4 – Clay
The students love working with Clay, but here again I teach them how to model the clay correctly as like every aspect of art there is a correct way to do everything. Usually the students learn how to model animals, again it is there choice
Day 5 – Last day of the Camp, for day 5 the students pick what they want to do, usually its painting and clay.
Teenage/Improvers Art Camp
In the afternoon I run Teenage/Improvers Art Camps, these camps are suitable for students who know the basics of all aspects of art and just want to upgrade their skills and create work that they would not have the opportunity to do themselves.
This is an assortment of other paintings created.
So for these camps the students did a painting of a Coke Can, a still life where they personalised their Coke Can’s.
They also did a painting of a charging Elephant in a grassland.
The Animation Camp’s are limited to five students as then they all get to use their own Mac. The programmes that the student’s use to create the animations are Photoshop, Director and iMovies. It is very important for students to learn how to draw electronically on iPads and drawing pads, as everything is designed on the computer. The main electronic drawing tool that is used in these animation camps are Wocem, the software that we use is Photoshop, but Procreate is also used on the iPad. The animation software that is used is Director we use iMovies for photograph and film manipulation.