Summer Art Camps at Ennis Art School 2023
Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Ennis Art School 2023 Summer Art Camps. Great work was created and everybody had a great time.
The Camps range in age from 6 years up to 12 years of age and each day is dedicated to a different Art Form. The following is a sample of the work created during the camps.
Day 1. How to break animals into different shapes to ease drawing.
For this project, I show the students how to break the animals down into circles, ovals, triangles and rectangles. The students learn how to free hand draw using the above shapes and then they learn how to paint, using tone and using brushes to create a hairy look, or feathers etc.
The students learnt how to draw and paint, dogs, cats, elephants, birds, mice and foxes. The students are shown how a painting is broken down into background, midground and foreground and how tones are vital in creating the illusion of 3 dimentionality.
Day 2 – Portraits.
On day two the students learn how to draw and paint a portrait of themselves. They are taught how to break the portrait down using a unit of measure, shown how the face is symetrical, how to paint eyes, nose, mouth, skin tone and hair.
Day 3 – How to paint a landscape and how to draw the human figure.
The students are shown how to break the landscape into foreground, midground and background. How to apply the paint in different directions using, their fingers, flat brushes, fan brushes and small brushes for painting figures. How perspective is created using disappearing points.
Day 4 – How to paint a Seascape and how to paint figures in the foreground.
The students are shown how important the horizon is to create the illusion of the sea disappearing into the background. The students are shown how to paint a wave and how to paint the splash of the wave. How the wave has to flatten out when it approaches the shore and how to paint rocks and and how to use a disappearing point to create perspective.
Day 5 – How to model Clay.
Day 5, is the last day of the camp so its when we celebrate any students birthday, if their birthdays fall in the week of the camp. Clay modelling is very important as it teaches children form.
Advanced Camp – During the Summer I run an Advanced Camp for the students who attend the Advanced Classes on Saturday. During this camp the students get the chance to share ideas in a three hour class where they can paint anything that they like. This camp ranges from 8 years of age up to 14.