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Summer Term Art lessons for Children and Teenagers – Ennis Art School

3 Jun, 2021

Summer Term Art lessons – Ennis Art School

Drawing – Week One – Children’s Mid-Week Classes Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 4pm till 6pm.

Learn how to draw using one unit of measure, measuring from the eye.  Learn how to freehand draw.  Learn all about tone and composition.

Congratulations once to all the students, once more great drawings, paintings, and clay models  were created.

We always start off drawing, as it is the ABC to all forms of art.  You cannot draw you cannot paint, or model..

The students get a choice of 6 images and then vote as to what image they would like to learn how to draw, as you can see they learned how to draw a young deer, dog, donkey, elephant, squirrel, and a cheetah.  Drawing is very important as the students learn how to recognise tone, form and perspective.

 

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Painting – Children’s Mid Week Classes

Only some of the work created gets photographed, I do try to include images of all the work, but sometimes that is just not possible.

This is a perspective painting, where the students learned how to paint the sky, grass different types of trees, an adult figure, a child and a dog.

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Dog Paintings

Children love to paint animals, so as you can see we painted a lot of dogs, cows and a couple of coffee drinking cats.  The students learn form, how the drawing of an animal is created by breaking it down into shapes and then finally how to tone it using colour.

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Portraits

Portraits are extremely important, as I keep saying to the students if you can draw and paint a good portrait, everything else is easy.  The students learn how to breakdown the face into units, using the eye as the unit of measure, then they learn how to paint an eye, nose, mouth, the shape of the face, perspective on the neck and how to paint hair.

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Landscapes

The students learned how to paint trees using a pallet knife, how to paint a waterfall using a fan brush, how to paint background trees using a wet wipe and how to paint the foreground water using a flat brush.

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How to paint a foreground Panda, with a background landscape of trees, fields and a house.

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Painting of a fox with a background forest.

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Clay

The students love modelling clay, we use air drying clay and the older students can model whatever they like, the younger students I show them how to model in a class room situation, we all sit around the one table and I show them how to break the animal into first a visible form and then how to fine model the face and body.  Dragons, cats, fish, fairy houses and dogs were the theme this term, once more the students pick what they want to learn how to model.

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The last two weeks of the term the students pick themselves what they want to do, as you can see mask making, paper mache, clay modelling and stone art are a big hit.

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Improvers Class – Saturday 9am till 11am

We started off drawing and the students choose to draw a side profile of a horse.  Here we used the eye as the unit of measure and the students created the drawing using this unit, then it was just tone.

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Portraits, breakdown of the eye, nose, mouth, ears and facial composition.

We then continued on our drawing project by looking at the eye composition, pupil, iris, upper and bottom eyelids, tear duct and eye lashes.

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Full face composition with side perspective in the eyes.

 

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Full figure drawing with an emphasis on drawing the hands.

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The Students also did Seascapes, Landscapes, Urbanscapes, Waterfalls, paintings of cows and dogs.  The last two days of the term, the students pick themselves what they want to do.  A lot of the students pick clay modelling, they younger students picked masks, spray painting and stone art.

Every class I give the students a selection of images and they choose by the majority vote which image they want to paint.  As you can see we paint a large range of subjects from landscapes to seascapes to urban settings, portraits, cows and dogs.  The students use Oil paints, chalk pastels and spray paints to create their images.  I have more images to load, the computer is just toooo slow today.

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