Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Art Inspiration

We've been going through old art books we had collected over the years with pull-out fine art prints. It's become a favourite activity to go through a stack of them and each select a classic painting. Discussions are interesting during the selection, talking about why we like some pictures better than others, what makes them compelling, and how they might inspire us to create something interesting. Once they've selected, they fasten the picture to a large blank sheet and draw something of their own, inspired by the picture.

Each time we give them a few questions to answer about the process, and discuss the finished work. They've really enjoyed it, and we plan to make it a regular thing. So far they've each done four (some of Ivy's -- 1, 2, 3 -- and Ella's -- 1, 2, 3), with a bit of the process captured in this quick video:

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