Art Club

Tuesday, April 18

Today was our last art club session for the spring.  We have had a great semester!  For our lesson today, we brought in a guest speaker – Jeanette Tesmer, executive director at the Gateway Regional Arts Center in Mt. Sterling, KY.  Jeanette used to be our gallery director here at Georgetown College and is familiar with our collection.  She took the kids up to the library to view a preliminary drawing by Christo of his famous “Surrounded Islands” installation, as well as a collage piece by Judy Pfaff. Here is an aerial of Christo’s piece in actuality:

Jeanette spoke to the kids about installation art and mixed media as they viewed the two different pieces.  Then, we got to work creating our own installation project in the hallway of the Wilson Art Building!  We created a giant weaving using scraps of fabric and chicken wire.  The kids discussed the process of weaving and the purposes behind it, as well as the difference between functional art and decorative art.  You can experience this installation for yourself during our reception and exhibition next Tuesday, April 25 at 5pm.  We hope you can make it and help us recognize all the hard work the kids have invested into our art club this spring.

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Tuesday, April 11

Welcome back from spring break!  It was good to see everyone.  Today was our last “college student led” art club session; we will have one more session on Tuesday, April 18, led by Barbara Mason and myself, with a guest lecturer!  You won’t want to miss it.

Branden and Keileen, two of our GC football players, taught today’s lesson on Op Art and the science of Optical Illusions.  The kids LOVED it!  The guys described what happens in the eye when viewing an optical illusion, and then showed several examples of surrealist art by Salvador Dali.  The kids enjoyed picking out different illusions in the art works.  Here are a few examples if you want to try!

Then, Branden and Keileen showed the kids how to use line and color to create optical illusions in their own art works.  Here are a few examples, some still a work in progress!  The kids learned how to make different areas of their designs appear to move or pop off the page depending on which way their lines curved and/or which colors they chose and how they placed them in the design.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see your kids doing some of these drawings in their spare time!  This is a multi-faceted lesson that can also teach kids about balance, repetition and patterns.  We had a great session today and are looking forward to next week!



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Tuesday, March 28

We had a great lesson today, brought to us by Caroline and Kaci!  First, we talked about different properties of the sun and the moon, and we learned several new interesting facts about each.  Check out the videos below!

Next, Caroline and Kaci introduced some of the properties and characteristics of color:  temperature (i.e. warm and cool) and intensity (the brightness of a color).  They also discussed positive and negative space and how both can be used in works of art.  We looked at the art of Friedensreich Hundertwasser and picked out differences in color choices and his use of positive and negative space (or lack thereof).  The kids had fun practicing how to pronounce this artist’s name!  Here are a few artworks by Hundertwasser that we discussed as a class:

Then, we started our project.  The kids were instructed to depict a sun on one half of their paper, and a moon on the other half.  Based on the information they learned in this lesson, they were to use colors that best represented each in their design (so, warm colors for the sun, etc).  Students were also supposed to model their use of space after Hundertwasser’s paintings.  Our medium today was oil pastels, which lend themselves to bright, intense color.  Check out some of the work in progress.  This was a great lesson!

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Tuesday, March 21

Madi and Micah taught today’s art club lesson on printmaking and forensic science!  The students learned that printmaking is simply the process of making an impression from one surface to another, and that artists initially used this process to make multiples of their art works.  There are, however, certain types of artistic prints in which only one print can be pulled and copies cannot be achieved:  monoprints and monotypes.  Madi and Micah related these types of prints to our finger prints, since each person’s finger prints are unique.  We discussed different types of finger prints and how forensic scientists can use finger prints to solve crimes.  The students also learned that “mono” means “one” as a way to help them remember the terms and definitions.  Finally, the kids got to try their own monotypes!  We used zip lock baggies for our printing plates.  The students brushed paint on (and in some cases removed it with q-tips to create white spaces) and then repeatedly printed the bags onto their papers.  They layered their prints in order to create depth and unique space, textures, and transparent colors.  Here is a video of the process, followed by some of the prints from class.  As usual, everyone did a great job!  We are looking forward to next week and studying some more astronomy!


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Tuesday, March 7

Today’s lesson was packed full of information!  Kimberly and Sarah brought a fun, mixed media lesson based on Claude Monet’s Waterlilies.  The class discussed landscape paintings, characteristics of oil paintings vs. other types of media, and some techniques Monet used in his Impressionist works, most importantly the presence of light throughout the work.  Kimberly talked a bit about how light can be bent (refracted) or reflected, and how Monet created an illusion of this in his paintings.  Sarah introduced the project – a mixed media “waterlilies” piece – and talked briefly about different types of habitats and the organisms that make up those places.  Finally, the kids got to work creating!  They used oil pastels and water color paints to create their pond “habitats,” and experimented with resist techniques, while also incorporating some collage with tissue paper – a unique material for this project because of the way light passes through!  I thought the final results were very beautiful!  Check them out below:

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Tuesday, February 28

Our second art club session, taught by McKenzie and Christine, featured a historical favorite – Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night.  First, we discussed how Van Gogh uses lines and visible brush strokes in his work, and how lines can be used to create texture, value, and form.  Then, we looked at the stars in the painting to link the lesson to our theme of science + art.  The kids know a LOT about astronomy already, and it was fun to hear them share all of their knowledge.  I find it interesting that Van Gogh painted his stars to look like they are described, scientifically – ” large areas of gas and dust particles that compress to form a star”.  Van Gogh achieved the “glowing” look due to his use of brushstrokes and lines!  Finally, it was time for the kids to practice painting using only lines.  McKenzie and Christine taught them how to use the grid process to make a copy of a work of art; each kid got one small section of Starry Night to copy on their corresponding piece of cardstock.  In the end, the pieces will be reassembled to form their version of Starry Night!  They were also limited to using a q-tip instead of brushes, to make sure they understood the concept of painting using only lines.  Here are some pictures of the work in progress:

In the first picture, you can see the kids working on their 3″ by 3″ piece of Starry Night.  In the middle picture, one student decided to use her extra time to paint a reproduction of the whole thing!  Finally, in the last picture Ava D. is showing off her Starry Wars t-shirt and doing some supplemental work – practicing a drawing of butterfly using the grid method. We are having so much fun in art club!



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Tuesday, February 21

We kicked off the spring 2017 semester with a collaborative sculpture project using recycled materials!  Our lessons this semester will all involve science +art, so for our first lesson we discussed ways in which we can reuse commonplace materials to create artworks.  The kids were surprised to learn that we use over 2 million water bottles every HOUR in America, and that if thrown in the ocean, a plastic bottle could float around for thousands of years!

Since we would be using the water bottles in a group piece, the artist we discussed was Dale Chihuly, who works with a collaborative team to create large-scale public glass sculpture.  We looked at Chihuly’s project “Over Venice” and learned about the features of the city of Venice and how the artist incorporated those into his works.  The kids watched two short videos, one about the Chihuly works in Venice and the other about the glass blowing process, which is truly fascinating: – Video about Chihuly’s work in Venice, Italy – Watch how glass blowing works and learn more about the process!

Finally, it was time to get to work!  The kids were each given a water bottle and instructed to color a design of their choice in permanent marker.  Then, they cut the bottle into a spiral and the college students helped them attach it to a wire structure that was hanging in the classroom.  We filled the sculpture with over 40 bottles, but we hope to add more as the semester progresses and we have extra time after other lessons.  Check out some pictures of the process below!

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Tuesday, May 3

Today was our last Art Club session for the spring semester and we finished up the art/math unit by doing some review and creating some wearable art!  Victoria Rutlege and Maddie Fletcher presented a lesson on weaving and functional art.  We reviewed parallel and perpendicular lines and looked at Crochet III by Louise Bourgeois in the Jacobs Gallery.  We discussed why an artist might choose to use weaving or fiber art as an artistic process – Victoria and Maddie introduced the ideas of creating art for certain purposes (functional) or art serving as decoration.  The kids worked intensely on this project and many incorporated various principles of design that we have talked about all semester, such as balance and repetition to create an interesting pattern in their bracelet.  Not only was this a great lesson to review math terms and introduce new visual art concepts, but it is also great for the kids’ fine motor skills and problem solving!  Check out some of the pictures of their work below, and don’t forget about our reception and exhibition next Tuesday, May 10 at 4:45pm, same building where class is held.  See you then, and thanks for a great semester!


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Tuesday, April 26

This week’s lesson, taught by Whitney Bryan and Rylee Joiner, was all about circles and lines!  The students learned about a prefect circle and how you could create it using a compass.  Then, they learned about right angles, created by two lines through the use of a protractor.  The math department at GC was kind enough to loan Whitney and Rylee 20 plastic compasses and protractors for our project today!  But first, the girls took the kids up to the Jacobs Gallery to look at a painting which uses all circles and right angles in the design:  The Clash, by Russ Bellamy.  In Bellamy’s paintings, his use of circles represents life, and the “labyrinth” of lines and arrows creates a sort of puzzle that may have many different paths from one point to another.  Whitney and Rylee pointed out that some of the circles are larger than others, and in art, this is called “proportion.”  Proportion can be used to create emphasis, or a focal point in a work of art.  Back in the class room, the kids were instructed to choose two colors – with one color they would paint circles with their compass, and they would use the other color to paint lines at right angles with their protractor.  They were encouraged to use a lot variety in proportions to create an interesting design and they did a great job! We are always trying to get the kids to think and make decisions that are purposeful during the art making process.

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Tuesday, April 19

Today’s lesson was on tessellations, a good old art+math favorite.  Anna Clements and Karla Diaz showed the kids an awesome video of some of the artistic uses of tessellations in every day life:

Then, we reviewed some math terms that are applicable to the lesson – congruent and polygon – since tessellations are supposed to be composed of all congruent polygons.  The students were instructed to fill their whole sheet of paper with one or more polygons (semi-regular tessellation in this case) without there being any spaces between the shapes.  First, they had to make a stencil out of cardstock!  Since they have already learned about geometric and organic shapes this semester, they came up with some really creative stencil designs.  They also could color their design any way they wanted to, but no two colors or patterns were allowed to be touching.  We really had their brains working in this lesson!  Check out some of the pictures of the projects, below:



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