Saturday, 25 August 2012

Birdhouse Inspiration

While driving in Prince Edward Island,my cousin, aunt and I came across a display of birdhouses at the foot of a driveway.  Curious, we backed up and drove in.


What we found was a small shed called The Bird House. 


We also met the creator of all the houses, a retired gentleman, who liked to work with his hands and who told us that his wife did all the painting.


I purchased the one shown below, and, yes, it was a challenge to bring it back in my suitcase, but, it was worth it.

 So, what has this inspired?  Right now I have several posibilities going on in my head.  It could be the basis for "crooked" paper mache houses, paintings of birdhouses on poles, positive/negative images,   cutting paper into geometric shapes to create houses, repeated images or even make the types of fantasy birds or other creatures that would live in houses like these.  We'll have to wait and see what develops.          

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Maud Lewis Activity Book

While I was in the Maritimes on vacation I came across a book published by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia on Maud Lewis.

It is an inexpensive activity book that has pages to colour based on her paintings.  As well it includes crossword puzzles, word searches and find the differences among other activities.  A brief history about Maud is also added.

Seems like a good way to introduce Maud Lewis to a class.


I picked up my copy at Chapters so it should be readily available.

The ideas in this book could easily be applied to other artists with a little effort.

Friday, 3 August 2012

The Real Picasso

IMG_1475What a difference seeing something in person makes. Reproductions do not do them justice.

Today I went to see Picasso - Masterpieces from the Musee National Picasso, Paris at the AGO in Toronto.

Wow.  Unbelievable colours, amazing brushstrokes and the life that emerged from the works.  

Already I have several ideas for new projects, have to see how they develop.

One of the featured paintings was the Portrait of Dora Marr, 1937.  It's also on the poster. Amazing.  

Last year my students did an assignment based on it.

Here are some photos of their results.