Friday, 23 November 2012

'Bird' pots

The flax clay was rolled out on a board using 2 sticks to ensure that the slab was an even thickness. Then the fun part, the clay was impressed with shells, star anise, buttons, screws and a varity of other stamps and mark-making objects. Beaks, tail-like handles, eyes, eye-lids etc were added, securely fixed to the pot with slip.

It's a Barn Owl..... obviously!

The consensus is a Woodpecker



This reminds me of Fawkes the phoenix from Harry Potter

This 'bird' ultimately became a cat with overtones of an Egyptian deity.

Monday, 19 November 2012

"Rooks"

pencil drawing of a rook
I brought in 2 stuffed rooks borrowed from a friend who had taken up taxidermy during her degree course. All the members of Susan's Art Club  were thrilled to be able to study such large dramatic birds at close quarters and to be able to stroke their silky feathers.We discussed the complex process of recreating animals for display as they have all seen the marvellous animals exhibited in the Royal Museum of Scotland, also the fact that the wingfeathers are deep purple and brown rather than black.


pencil drawing of a rook

 We discussed  how to express the tones in the drawing from the darkest to the lightest where light shines on the feathers. We used sharp 2B pencils and rubbers. I now think that a 4B or 6B pencil may have worked well for the darker tones but there would have been even more smudges.
pencil drawing of a rook
 The children had to position themselves where both eyes and beaks were visible. However some positions were inevitably more difficult to draw from than others.

pencil drawing of a rook
 Good efforts in concentration and observation were achieved with every artist capturing the beady eyes, sharp talons and powerful beak of the rook.



pencil drawing of a rook

pencil drawing of a rook

pencil drawing of a rook

pencil drawing of a rook

pencil drawing of a rook

pencil drawing of a rook

pencil drawing of a rook

pencil drawing of a rook

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Fireworks over Edinburgh

A lively bonfire scene

A cityscape in wax crayon and watercolour

Fireworks above Edinburgh

Towers and fireworks

A dramatic finale

Friday, 5 October 2012

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Papier-mâché Cat Models

Using a milk bottle, wire, cardboard, newspaper & paint we created these vibrant cat characters






Clay Bowls with Feet

The brief was to make a bowl by pressing clay into a mould and to model feet. The clay bowls were dried and fired to 1085º C, then painted with tempera paint. The project was inspired by an ancient Egyptian terracotta bowl made as long ago as 3900BC with 2 little feet complete with toes. As you can see there were many different interpretations of the brief. I am always impressed by the children's imagination.