Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Renoir Lesson Extension Activities

Renoir is best known for helping to establish Impressionism.  This style concentrated on natural unposed outdoor scenes, and dappled light. Instead of focusing on details, they used quick brush strokes to capture bold color rather than precise form. Renoir’s paintings were generally devoted to pleasant scenes of children and landscapes.  


Vote:

The artwork we created this month will be printed onto gospels by the Pocket Testament League! Please volunteer to help with assembly if you can, and vote for your favorite two images.  The winning artwork will be professionally printed and distributed.

Read:

(note: the links below are affiliate links - thank you for your support.) 

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, The Primary Source Library of Famous Artists by Catherine Nichols
A simple yet detailed biography
 
Fun story with a mixture of real art pieces and illustrations
 

Play:

Create:

  • If you missed class, full instructions are available: Renoir inspired artwork
  • Don't forget to take out your supplies and experiment with them!  Lots of great oil pastel and watercolor resist inspiration is available here

Consider:

Renoir once wrote, “I believe that I am nearer to God by being humble before this splendor (nature); by accepting the role I have been given to play in life; by honoring this majesty without self-interest, and, above all, without asking for anything, being confident that He who has created everything has forgotten nothing.” -source

What helps you to feel near to God?

Look up the word humility.  Do you think it is an important trait?




Friday, September 18, 2015

Pierre Auguste Renoir

Welcome to the 6th season of SKETCH!!!  I am thrilled to be able to share yet another year with you learning about amazing artists and their work.

Our first class is always a bit busy with supply distribution and introductory information.  I appreciate everyone's patience as we get started.  

Feel free to enter through either the front or the side door of the church. (directions here) I will have the registration table set up in the sanctuary, so just stop by on your way in and choose any table you'd like to work at.

When you arrive please sign-in and write name-tags for each child (and parents too!).  I try to use the kids' names as often as possible, but fully admit that I don't have everyone memorized despite my best efforts.  You can then pick up any materials that you ordered.  It is essential that you check your order for accuracy.  I will include a copy of your order form and will note if anything is backordered. Please let me know asap if there are materials that you are missing.

Self Portrait
Pierre-Auguste Renoir
1910
Oil on Canvas
Private Collection

PICTURE STUDY:

Each month I will be sending you an image to study prior to class. This will help your child to become familiar with the artist, and will give them time to really appreciate the different techniques that are used. These are low resolution, and can be printed for educational purposes only.  If you are looking for art to decorate your home, please purchase prints.  The artists and museums will appreciate your support.

Place the assigned image where your child will see it often. Personally, I like to hang prints beside the children's bathroom mirror where they can look at it while brushing their teeth. This may seem a bit irreverent, but really, where else will they have time to simply gaze at a picture several times every single day? Other options include sliding it inside the front cover of the child's favorite school binder, posting it on the refrigerator with magnets, or using it as the screen saver on your computer.

This month we are going to be looking at the work of:
Pierre-Auguste Renoir 
February 25, 1841 – December 3, 1919
French
Impressionist
Girl with a Watering Can
Pierre-Auguste Renoir
1876
Oil on Canvas
National Gallery of Art


We will be learning about impressionism as we create using a resist technique with oil pastels & watercolors. 

Supplies:

You do not need to bring every item on our supply list to class each month.  In order to complete this month's project each student will need to bring to class:
    • Watercolors - 8 color set, we recommend Prang  *can be shared
    • Water brush medium point *1 per student (Note: this is not the same as a watercolor brush) click through to see exactly what is recommended for the class.  If you can not find a water brush students may use any brush, however the techniques you will use in class will be a bit different.  Please come with your water brush filled - they do not leak when capped properly.
    • Oil Pastels, 12 piece set, we recommend Pentel *can be shared
    • everyday pencil of any quality for use on introductory exercises 
    • Crayons - minimum 8 color set, we recommend Prang *can be shared for use on introductory exercises (crayons do not need to be new)
Optional supplies: Parents, please remember that this is not a drop-off group.  Come prepared to enjoy working alongside your child.
See you at 6:30 on Friday, September 25th!