Yesterday's art kids art session was inspired by Sandra Silberzweig. As colourful and happy her artworks are was the level of our fun!!
I guided the kids along at the beginning with the basic lines of the face as Sandra does in her artworks. We talked about the use of colour and pattern and I encouraged the children to divide their drawing up into lots of areas to fill.
We used dry pastels which was a new medium to the kids. Most of them seemed to enjoy the dusty 'mess' the pastels made and weren't afraid of getting dirty.
Even though everyone started of with the same instruction for the basic lines, each child took their artwork in their own direction. It was so much fun to watch how they explored using the pastels.
All of the artworks turned out big, bold and beautiful!!
And my obsession with it.
I dont think I realised the extent of my obsession with the grid until we finished building our house. As I sit at the table in our living area and look around I see the grid motif appearing everywhere!
There is order in the grid. A quiet formality. The A-type in me likes the quiet and calm of order.
I also enjoy the repetition of horizontal and vertical lines creating the consistent pattern. A division of spaces, units... cells, within these lines, creates a beautiful harmony. I think coming from the design world, the rhythmic grid comes naturally to me.
And I do love the stunning contrast between the clean order of line with organic nature.
Recently, I have been feeling the need to work small and intimately inside my sketchbook. It feels great to take the pressure off and just play. I have been trying out different mediums without thinking too much. My subject? The fiddle leaf fig that stands just in front of me in my studio (dining room) and it makes the perfect model!