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Sunday, 20 December 2009
Mini Holiday Coloring Booklet
Topic: Seasonal/Holiday
Download my holiday coloring booklet for some miniature drawings to color. These are demonstration drawings from past kids' classes. Wreaths, Christmas trees, a Hanukkah menorah, Santa, his sleigh and reindeer, the fireplace, stockings... Once you print it out, for the booklet effect, fold in half the long way, then accordian fold in quarters.

holiday coloring booklet


Posted by Catinka Knoth at 12:01 AM EST
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Saturday, 12 December 2009
Kids Drawings for Hanukkah!
Topic: Seasonal/Holiday
My Chanukah or Hanukkah demonstration drawing for the kids class, and the kids drawings which follow. One of these days we'll get the right spelling for these words!



kids hanukkah art

kids hanukkah art

kids hanukkah art

kids hanukkah art

kids hanukkah art

kids hanukkah art


Posted by Catinka Knoth at 12:01 AM EST
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Tuesday, 1 December 2009
Blue Calico China and Collaged Landscape Blocks
Topic: Art



My series of fantasy landscape blocks will be in an exhibit of landscape art here at Lincoln Street Center in Rockland Maine for the month of December. The opening reception is December 5th, 3-6 pm. This group show takes place at the Jean Chalmers Gallery. You can read the article about the "XX" Landscapes at Lincoln Street Exhibit.

There is a story to these mixed media blocks, which I made back in 1985? I used to live by the entrance to the Holland Tunnel in New York City. One year they were re-landscaping it. I salvaged these blocks, ends of 2 x 8 planking that had been used to build something in the new design. I was always on the lookout for pieces of wood suitable to paint my fantasy landscapes on - like the old tempera paintings from Medieval times. Painting  landscapes inside of broken crockery or small boxes was another format for my art. My favorite blue calico earthenware china, being earthenware, was subsceptible to easy breakage by playful cats. When a mug broke just in half, it seemed a good fit for a landscape inside, like a peephole Easter egg. Another version was a miniature paper mache window/box painted in the blue calico pattern.

There were also fantasy landscapes on canvas in mixed media collages using gift wrap paper of Medieval patterns. The blocks  range from collages of these  gift wraps, to papers I hand painted first in the blue calico, then in simpler calico floral patterns of my own designs. I wanted to create the effect of looking through a hole of the broken edges of china into another world. It's also a bit like looking through curtains.

At the entrance to most tunnels we cannot see the light at the end. We will only enter that tunnel if we have faith somewhere that there is a light at the end of it, or that we can find our way back out where we came from. And certainly only children might believe that we can dig a tunnel through the earth to China. And yet....

Would you like to see cards of these blocks?

You can see a collection of Blue Calico China from England at Amazon.

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Marshall Point Light Lighthouse Drawing & Watercolor Demonstration Samples
Topic: Watercolor Class





These demonstration drawing and watercolor painting samples of Marshall Point Lighthouse were done with a family of four in October. The parents and their two kids followed along with me in painting their own versions of these images.

Beginning Steps for "How to Draw and Paint a Maine Lighthouse"
We start with the tonal drawing using a black and white photograph for reference. The object is
a)to get familiar with the shapes so that when we paint we have a map in our mind of where to lay the paint.
b)practice seeing shapes as interconnected pieces rather than just outlines.

Painting the watercolor is done directly - no underdrawing in this case!
a) We lay down a gradated wash for the sky.
b) We paint the brilliant blue sections of ocean as if they are a chain of blocks marching across the sheet. They also form parts of the tower and the bridge pylons.
c) We paint the shadows of the pylons with a slightly diluted blue (or artist's choice).
d) Also the shadow of the cylinder beneath the bridge.
e) We practice the turret of the tower. See how many objects you can relate the dark parts of the tower to. I won't tell just now. It's a good brainstorm and guessing game. When these shapes have been practiced with as few strokes as possible (on some practice paper), they get painted for real. Since we have not 'drawn' in the cylinder it is important the turret gets placed directly over the cylinder! We don't want too much of a leaning Tower of Pisa here. Sometimes I end up with a leaning tower because I'm demonstrating sideways and up in the air, so that people can see what I'm doing. You really should face your work head on or you'll get a skewed vision.
f) The walkway gets reduced to a pattern of triangles - like a necklace. Practice first. Note how the triangles are shorter on one side - the apex is not visually at the center of the triangle. That's because of the perspective of the walkway. Also note how the triangles get bigger and more elongated as they get closer to you. Perspective again.

That's all for now!

Learn more about this and other 'Paint a Maine Scene' watercolor workshops.  


Posted by Catinka Knoth at 1:43 AM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 1 December 2009 2:02 AM EST
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Wednesday, 25 November 2009
Let's Draw Turkeys, Pilgrims, and a Horn of Plenty for Thanksgiving! - Kids Art Class
Topic: Kids Art Class
Demonstration Turkey Drawing
turkey drawing by Catinka Knoth

This is the 'easy' turkey for the little kids. Draw large circles in the air, then draw one on your paper (so it fits). Draw an arc where the tail feathers end (to the left above the circle). Draw a small circle to the upper right of the big circle. Add the beak and details. Give Turkey a neck to connect the head to the body. Add his feet, one foot held tucked up. Add his wings. Notice all the radiating lines or rays? You see them as the feathers in the tail and the feathers in the wings. Now go wild coloring. By the way, this ended up being the turkey for everyone though it was meant for the youngest (4 year olds)!

Thanksgiving Day Demonstration Drawing:
Thanksgiving Day drawing by Catinka Knoth

In this Thanksgiving picture, we started with the man's pilgrim hat - a straight line across with a tall trapezoid for the crown. Add a buckle and hatband. His face below is like the letter 'U'. The eyebrow that runs into the nose is like a '2', one child observed. Two raisins for eyes with little arcs over them. Another arc for the missing eyebrow. The mouth is just a few lines. Add some triangle/wedges for his hair. An almost 'A'  forms the center of his collar. Add the curves for the rest of the big collar. This is a portrait on the wall, so put a frame around it.  Triangle above is how it hangs from the nail. (This way we didn't have to worry about drawing the whole figure and could move on to more of the feast! We did Mrs. Pilgrim next, then moved on to the Horn of Plenty, starting with the horn. Add the pumpkin, the pears, the oak leaves, some nuts, some grapes. One child said he had a 'mob' of food in his horn! We wanted a pie for the feast too. That requires an oval. Draw it in the air before drawing on your paper. Finally we served a roast turkey - drumsticks first, then the body line and some stuffing. Use arcs to form the oval of the serving platter. And remember the steam.

Kids drawings follow:
kids' Thanksgiving art

kids' Thanksgiving art

kids' Thanksgiving art

kids' Thanksgiving art

kids' Thanksgiving art

kids' Thanksgiving art

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 10:25 PM EST
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