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Thursday, 30 March 2006
Kids Art Class Lesson: Egrets, Herons, Perspective
Topic: Watercolor Class

This week in both the adult class and the kids class the subject was egrets/herons combined with perspective. I had no intention of giving the kids perspective but then I couldn't resist. I'm not sure the kids got it but for some reason they seemed to be in such rapt attention as I demonstrated and explained this, that I wondered what I was missing that they were seeing!

Also see my notecards of bird watercolor paintings

Update: Lesson on bird sumi-e painting

egrets in perspective
birds at same eye level as viewer
egrets in perspective
above viewer's eye level
egrets in perspective
below viewer's eye level

These are some of my demonstration drawings showing the birds from a couple different viewpoints. In one the viewer is seeing the birds from their line of vision. Each head is on the line of vision, the horizon. In the next, the viewer is a little below the the birds' heads. The viewer's line of vision is the horizon line but the birds' heads are a bit above that. And finally, the birds heads are below the horizon, the viewer's line of vision.

To figure out how big the birds in the distance would appear in relation to the closest bird, draw vanishing lines from the head and feet of the closest (largest appearing) bird to a vanishing point on the horizon. I put it roughly in the center, but in this case it doesn't really matter where it is. Can you imagine now if that were a fence stretching to the horizon? Or, a line of birds? You then can see how big each one should look depending how far back along the fence they stand. From there, any bird that sits in the same plane (parallel to the horizon) as an imaginary bird on the fence, would appear the same size as its match on the fence.

In the kids' work below some tracing was allowed as a way of practicing. Most of them were done freehand though. They were to write "tracing" on their paper if they'd traced.

kids paintings
The kids paintings from left to right: by T.R. age 14, by M.S. age 8, by J.M(u) age 7, by I.F. age 9, by I.F. age 9, by S.C. age 10, by J.F. age 6, by S.F. age 14, by J.F. age 6.

Try your hand drawing some egrets using my drawing model or have fun coloring it! Egrets Coloring Page

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 12:01 AM EST
Updated: Sunday, 25 February 2007 12:31 PM EST
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Thursday, 23 March 2006
Topic: Thursday Photo Challenge
I have the sun at my sink
I Have the Sun at my Sink

This week's theme for the Thursday Photo Challenge is Energy ( children, athletes, nuclear power plants, gas pumps, electrical power lines...) I imagined I would assemble some elements or objects that I thought related to energy: a candle, some sugar, a potato, running water, the stove burner, a cat jumping, a dollar bill. I don't remember what else I had in mind. As I sat reflecting, my eye fell upon the dishdrainer with the sun blaring off the silverware back at me. There it is! The sun itself - all small in my house. And so, this is my offering to the theme of energy.

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 11:19 PM EST
Updated: Thursday, 23 March 2006 11:23 PM EST
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Thursday, 16 March 2006
Thursday Photo Challenge - Vision - Squirrel in My Window
Topic: Thursday Photo Challenge
Its Thursday again. That doesn't mean I will try this challenge every week but when I heard of this week's challenge - Vision, (window, eyes, camera, telescope, etc.) - this squirrel coming into my house through the open window came to mind. This encounter took place last spring. The 'fire escape' out there no longer exists. It was torn down last summer to be replaced in the near future with a deck that is to double as a fire escape. In the meantime, 6 months later, the fire escape, which had needed replacing because it was not up to code, is still made of air. And if there were to be a fire - could I rely on this vision?
squirrel in the window
cat and squirrel II cat and sqirrel II squirrel and cat III

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 8:56 PM EST
Updated: Saturday, 10 March 2007 2:43 PM EST
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Watercolor Class Lesson for St. Patrick's Day
For watercolor class the week ending in St. Patrick's Day we explored combinations of landscapes and greens.
landscape drawingsLandscape roughs quick green landscape paintingsLoose landscapes exploring greens
Quickly rough out four thumbnails and create compositions of interesting landmass shapes. You can use an Irish landscape for inspiration. Use only two values, dark and light. For the last thumbnail create a value reversal of one of the other designs. Now to play with green. Brainstorm a list of names for various green hues and/or green pigments.* Brainstorm a list of ways to create green - hue and/or pigment mixes. The possible list is infinite I would guess. Choose four color plans, using just 2-3 colors for mixing greens. Choose one of your thumbnails and paint it (interpret it) in four versions as per the color plans you chose. If you want to keep track of your experiments, record the color plans underneath each version or on the back.
*Hue is the color we see, whether in a rainbow or a physical object - we have lots of names to describe colors. Pigment is the substance a paint or coloring agent is made of and can be described by name and/or chemical formula.

I'll put the kids paintings up soon.

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 12:01 AM EST
Monday, 13 March 2006
Spring Daffodils
daffodils in blue glassDaffodils in Blue Glass daffodils in blue bottleDaffodils in Blue Bottle I daffodils in blue bottle, cerulean Daffodils in Blue Bottle II daffodils in blue bottle, purpleDaffodils in Blue Bottle III
This week I brought in some of my daffodil paintings for my group of homeschoolers to work from. We started with some structural drawings of daffodils to get a feel for the different positions of the flower heads. (You'll find those after the coloring page link below.)

Coloring page of daffodils and birds


Posted by Catinka Knoth at 9:50 PM EST
Updated: Monday, 7 January 2008 12:42 PM EST
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