Welcome to Studio Art for Teens!
Welcome back to Studio Art for Teens as we continue our fall lessons. Our newest focus is working with illuminated texts and working from classic advertising posters. I hope you enjoy the focus for the first half of this month.
I have one final lesson of 2013 coming later this month.
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Posted in November were “Historical Artists Picturing American History” and “Thanksgiving Turkeys in Different Settings.
America has many wonderful genre artists and historical painters. How can we know what George Washington really looked like? There are three artists who can tell us a great deal.
First, we are going to look at John Trumball. He is well noted for his picture of the signing of the Declaration of Independence on the two-dollar bill. My favorite picture of his is “Washington Resigning his Commission.”
We can get an idea of the clothing of the time period by looking at this picture by Trumbull. . . .
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The picture here is called “The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth” by Augusta Brownscombe. Where is the light coming from in the picture? Can you see the use of atmospheric perspective by the artist? Do you notice how things get lighter and faded in color in the background?
Jennie Augusta Brownscombe (1850–1936) was an American painter noted for her historical paintings of revolutionary and colonial America. In 1871, she went to New York City and graduated from the Cooper Institute School of Design for Women and the National Academy of Design. Her paintings met with immediate success. There were no cameras in revolutionary and colonial America, and she pictured historical scenes such as the first Thanksgiving.
Here are some of the other lessons I plan for you this fall:
• In December, “Central Park Winter” by Currier and Ives . . . painting a Christmas card . . . Victorian Christmas ornaments . . . also painting winter scenes on thrift store finds and old records. Writing limericks.
Welcome to Studio Art for Teens. My goal is to have lessons that teach the elements and principles of art step by step, look at master works of art that show technique in media, and present projects that reinforce how to do the different techniques and styles of the masters.
We will study the different time periods in art by looking at different artists that painted in that period. A sample would be in the first element of art, which is line—we have master artists Gustave Dore and Vincent Van Gogh. We then do projects that reinforce the power of line in art.
If you haven’t yet, you’ll want to review my February through May material, which can be accessed below. We learned about space, form, value and value in color, Expressionism, visual rhythm, overlapping, and much more, like balance in art. We will continue building on the elements and principles of art and techniques and learn from the masters.
In my course, we will showcase student artists each month and incorporate student art into some of the lessons. Our new student artist is Kathryn Scott! Check out her work at the links just below; we’ll feature Kathryn through the month of June.
Go to the Student Art Gallery to see Kathryn’s work, as well as the previously posted work of Rachel Fetting, Alyssa Engel, Hannah Marsh, Shannon Fultz, and Juliet Dunteman.
See more student work in the Student Art Gallery.
We think you’ll enjoy seeing the works of these talented young people Visual Manna Media mentors young artists to use their art in practical and uplifting ways. We teach students to do murals, graphic art, and fine art. I teach and mentor students online and have camps and internships available.
Other ways to reach me: go to vmmclasses.com or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sharon Jeffus has a B.S.S.E. in Art Education from John Brown University. She studied painting at Metropolitan in Denver and sculpting at Southern Illinois University. She has written more than twenty books and has the internationally known company Visual Manna. Sharon wrote her first book in 1992 and developed the Visual Manna teaching method, where art is integrated with art appreciation, techniques, vocabulary, and core subjects. She also has written an Indian Arts and Crafts program that was rated Outstanding by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Sharon taught Intensive English as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Missouri-Rolla and has given presentations on teaching art to college classes, including Azusa Pacific University and Columbia College and the Audubon Society. She homeschooled her two sons, Jonathan and Joshua, and is a proud homeschool mom and a grandma want-to-be.
One of Sharon’s most instructional books has been newly reprinted by Rainbow Resources and can be found at http://www.rainbowresource.com/prodlist.php?subject=16&category=5101 .