Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Art 11: Pochoir Watercolour birds

Pochoir is a method of illustration that incorporates stencilling with more traditional watercolour techniques.  the results are characterized by clean/hard/graphic edges on objects that are otherwise painted with the softer and often looser qualities of watercolour.  Stencilling as a method has been used throughout art history, from cave painting to the decoration of cloth in any number of cultures, notably in japanese Katazome, an Edo-period method of decorating silk.  More recently stencilling, in the form of Pochoir, was used extensively in the Art-Nouveau and Art Deco movements of the 1920's.

Here, we use the technique to create graphically arresting images of birds.  Students place clear frisket film over watercolour paper, then using a sharpie marker are asked to draw, as accurately as possible from selected photographs, the silhouette of an image of a bird.  The silhouette is then carefully cut out and peeled off, leaving the watercolour paper exposed in the shape of the drawing.  Students then paint the bird in watercolour, focusing on building depth of colour, value and detail through patient layering, while simultaneously maintaing a loose style, allowing the brush and the paint to do a lot of the "work".  Despite some early problems with "bleed under" we were very pleased with the results.
Maren Heymann
Lucas Li
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Friday, November 6, 2015

Art Careers: Repetition by Connor Miller




This group of works is an exploration in Hexels and it’s various settings, I explored pattern using shape, form, and colour to create interest and complexity.  I enjoy using Hexels because it provides a structure to work within but doesn’t constrict your creativity or imagination. The structured approach also allows me to focus on the patterns and shapes in the designs rather than focusing on the consistency and uniformity of the shapes if I were drawing them by hand. The works reflect my interest in pattern, geometry and form in everyday things as well as in more refined works of art.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Raku: Final Product

Suffice to say, everyone was happy with their pots: the results of this rigorous process were fantastic!

Photo 11 Animation

The Photo 11 class made GIFs: short animated clips of rapidly-taken photos, then pieced together in Photoshop. These are a few great highlights, to give you a a sense of the project.

Edward Chao

Spencer Gatzke

Helen Yu

Jessica Wong

Irvin Ng

Friday, June 5, 2015

Raku Pottery: A Saga

This past month in Mr. Long's Art 12 class brought warmer weather,  several long weekends, and the chance to experiment with ancient Japanese raku-style pottery.

Made by using special, hardier clay, the process begins with pounding and shaping the wedge of clay onto a ball. However, the challenge was not to touch the clay as much as possible, as it would adversely effect the moisture of the clay.

Thus ensues the pinch pot step; surprisingly finicky with a definite technique.

After that, the two pots were meshed together and smoothed out, and then the students began to design the stop cuts that would eventually form the lid.

Slow drying, a regular firing and glazing followed; all reparation for the big day, the open firing.

We were lucky enough to have guest artist Phyllis (an expert in Raku) join us to guide us through the various steps, and to have the LALS Art class be a part of the process firing their own raku ceramics.

Here are some of the images that describe the Raku firing in open kilns: pretty crazy, huh?

Glazed pots before being fired

      The kiln in action, at about 2000 degrees                          Mighty Long, facing the inferno

The inside of the kiln

Guest artist Phyllis

Students placing molten pots (directly from kiln) onto combustibles

"Burping" the fire

After the open fire

The pots drying, after being washed

Phyllis using a blowtorch to bring out the glaze

Pots being displayed