Olsen’s Funky Frogs (13 January 2018)
This week we explored one of Australia’s greatest living abstract artists, John Olsen who is well known for his energetic and distinctive painting style. Olsen often remarked how his hand and mind had little to do with one another and so we let our hands be free, uncontrolled and spontaneous and created our own interpretations of Olsen’s painting, ‘Hanging Tree Frog’. We learnt about abstract art and the freedom it gives the artist to create an image that doesn’t have to look real. We learnt about confident brush strokes and mark making and even experimented with some splatter techniques towards the end of the session.
Frida’s Faces at Australian Refugee Association (3 January 2018)
Today we were at the Australian Refugee Association’s Girl Empowerment Camp and learnt about Mexican feminist artist, Frida Kahlo. We studied the detail in her self portraits and were inspired to paint ourselves as the empowered, strong woman Frida Kahlo represented – with a monobrow, of course! We learnt about face proportions, pattern making and what it meant to be a human being who represented confidence, resilience and strength.
Vincent’s Vivid Views (16 December 2017)
This week we studied Dutch post-impressionist painter, Vincent Van Gogh and his renown painting ‘Starry Night’. We learnt about adding movement to our skies by emulating Van Gogh’s textured swirling line-work and explored the use of perspective through painting our very own little cities under our very own starry skies. From pink skies to shooting stars to a ‘Starry Night’ that was anything but the colour blue – these are all unique ways at looking at the same image and just goes to show how each individual views the world through a different lens.
Del Barton’s Nightingales (9 December 2017)
This week we studied Australian Archibald Art Prize Winner, Kathryn Del Barton and her mystical, detailed motion illustration – ‘The Nightingale and the Rose’. We challenged ourselves and used white oil pastels which meant we couldn’t quite see what we were drawing. However, in doing so, we created magical and illustrative artworks through feeling and intuition which came to life once we added watercolours.
Ken’s Kooky Backyard (2 December 2017)
This week we explored our own backyard and painted our version of Australian artist and designer, Ken Done’s ‘The Rocks’. Synonymous for his use of flat bright colours and kooky patterns, his art is free-flowing, fun and cheerful. The cheerfulness certainly transferred to class and we’re safe to say this was the giggliest bunch of kids yet with an abundance of colour mixing, pattern experimentation and out-of-the-box thinking. Who knew painting a landscape could be so much fun!?
Planet Mombassa (25 November 2017)
This week we travelled to another universe where we saw pooping, one-eyed koalas and two-eyed trees that looked like giant celery stalks. Australian-New Zealander artist, Mambo designer and ‘Mental as Anything’ musician, Reg Mombassa certainly made us laugh and accept that creativity has no boundaries!
Loony Leunigs (11 November 2017)
This week we entered a world of whimsy and wonder emulating Australian political cartoonist and poet, Michael Leunig’s illustration ‘The Bird Watcher’ – a man who floats in the sky and is friends with a duck. Beach artists used confident, bold, lines in conjunction with their own initiative to choose the colours that most spoke to them. We think you’ll all agree that our mini artists really gave Leunig a run for his money!
Mona Lisa Smiles (4 November 2017)
This week we painted our very own Mona Lisa portraits, complete with Renaissance style frames. We learnt about Leonardo da Vinci’s incredible maths and science skills, the proportions of the face and the infamous ‘Mona Lisa smile’. Some of us even experimented with creative expression and investigated colour and mark-making. Like we always say, there’s no right or wrong in art – each mark we make can lead us to experience unique creative journeys and destinations!
Nolan’s Neds (28 October 2017)
In this studio session we learnt about Australian artist, Sidney Nolan and his fascination with bandit bushranger, Ned Kelly. We learnt how to paint fluffy clouds and explored the colour palette of the arid Australian outback. Some of us even used our imaginations to turn Ned Kelly’s horse into a unicorn and the arid landscape into a magical fantasy land of colour and pizazz.
Dreaming with Chagall (21 October 2017)
On this occasion we learnt about Jewish-Russian-French artist, Marc Chagall who captivated us with his dreamlike painting, ‘The Blue Landscape’. We played with our imaginations and opened our minds to Chagall’s illustrative world. We learnt about composition and even enjoyed some wild splatter techniques! Most important of all, we had FUN!
Monet’s Magical Gardens (14 October 2017)
During this class we learnt about French impressionist artist, Claude Monet and were inspired by his water lily series. We painted our own water lily gardens and learnt about colour blending, perspective and warm versus cool colours. We can definitely see these awesome designs printed on a silk scarf, can you?
Pattern Making with Klimt (7 October 2017)
In this session we learnt about Austrian symbolist artist, Gustav Klimt who painted using gold leaf. We can’t quite afford gold leaf at the Beach Studio so we focused on learning about repetitive pattern making and composition. How awesome and individual are each of these paintings?! It’s amazing how each child interprets the same image in their own unique way. That’s the imagination part of their brains working and WE ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!
Van Gogh’s Vases (22-23 April 2017)
In this session we learnt about Dutch painter, Vincent Van Gogh and studied his sunflower paintings. We learnt about composition and texture whilst creating our own unique magical vases.
Matisse’s Window (28 January 2017)
In this class we learnt about French artist, Henri Matisse and studied his painting ‘Open Window’ and created our own windows to our ‘imaginary gardens’.
Picasso Portraits (21 January 2017)
During this session our artists learnt about Pablo Picasso and cubism whilst experimenting with bright colours and various shapes. We learnt that there was no right or wrong when it comes to creating art and that every ‘mistake’ had its purpose.