Thursday, July 19, 2012

Animations from Wednesdays in July

The Stink

The Feasting

Squishy Fishy

Some of our Inspiration:: : Stop motion animation. Claymation, Faces - By Guldies

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Marionettes from ArtClub Mondays Week 2

We worked on our Marionettes last Monday with some fun results:

 This is our messy and productive work station.

And here are some clay heads we designed and worked on over our styrofoam armatures. Making sure to create holes for later construction and to help support our work whenever it needed to dry.
We had some problems when we made our self-hardening clay too thin(which I had suggested to do to try to keep things light!).  We learned thicker is better, and heavy is just fine, for puppet heads ...and that the cracking was a neat effect and glue was a great fix.  We used acrylic paint to paint our clay.

Duck is drying.
Mr. E. is being assembled with extra paper tubes for sleeves and trousers.
Our friends were assembled. More details on this to follow. 

Our wings flap and we walk along with animation. We decided to only do arms for these three to keep it simple for little people to operate.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Royal de Luxe Giant Marionette Mastery

The Royal de Luxe giant marionette theatre company performs all over the world!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Tuesday Drawing: Hyper-realism versus Happy Accidents

We learned more about how to work with our cameras in practical ways, setting up and shooting a still-life with a tripod, downloading our images, sorting through the ones we like, re-framing(cropping)if we wanted to, and then printing.
We looked at images of Mary Pratt's work, and examples of hyper real painting, and talked about how and where photography would be useful and necessary to create these images. Light changes over time so reflections and then colour changes too. And in the case of our lazy-Susan still life, point of view changes too.

We also talked about how we were not going for hyper real images in our drawing and painting today. We created interesting compositions while considering our photograph. This meant that we worked our drawing,from the photo as our reference, while looking at our still life materials for a lot of the information for both our drawing and our painting.

While drawing, we decided to work with watercolour paint and paper, and we explored some techniques using our paper as the lightest colour. We found challenges in our work, discovered what a 'happy accident' might really mean, and made some great decisions using our paints.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Summer 2012 Week 1

We've had a good start to summer artmaking.  On Tuesday we  looked at drawing without looking at our drawings, learned about our cameras by using them, and started drawing from life and our own original photographs.

On Wednesday we developed fun concepts - like Omnivore,Radish Fish and Skunk Blast, created really great characters and objects in plastecine, started our storyboards and painted our backdrops for our claymation cartoons.

It's great having more time than an afterschool session to work on something in ArtClub - We have time to develop our ideas and explore our processes, and to actually get things done.

Next Tuesday and Wednesday I'll share some examples of work by other artists for reference now that our work has started. And... this is a link to the slightly scary claymation animation we looked at  -which prompted a great discussion on the different qualities of feelings that music can evoke. There are a lot of great links and info to be found at Princeton Online's Incredible Art Department

More pictures to follow. Will try to share our claymation process for future reference.