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A bright sunny Sunday! We continued with our lesson on colors. Theory started off quite well until I started showing my work and followed by the others. Everyone was excited to see each other's work..
Eva, with her colour wheel complete with a puff and a bead.
Felicia with her embroidery stitches on a painter fabric, using an under-layer of fabric to add texture.
The table at the start of our lesson with my colour wheel in the foreground
Color Study: As a continuation from the previous class, we were told there were three different ways of matching colors also known as color harmony. First is COMPLEMENTARY that is pairing colors on the opposite side of the color wheel. Second, ANALOGOUS that uses colors next to each other on the color wheel. And third, TRIAD that uses colors that are evenly spaced out in the color wheel.
The practical side of the class is we get to play with the colors using dyes.
Fabric Painting : First, is to get to know your our dyes/paints, fabric and tools. As we painted our swatches, we could see the effect on our calico (fabric). Jane told us to observe. Was there 'bleeding'? How much paint to use, how well did it spread? Did the colour get stronger as we applied more paint? What was the difference between using brush and sponge? She says, every artist should be familiar with the properties of the materials & tools used. Jane chose a local brand of fabric dye for us beginners, plus two imported brands for comparison. One had a metallic sheen. We gave a generous swipe of the each color and wrote their names and code # at the side for easy reference.
This was followed by two other painting projects that showed analogous and complementary colours of our choice. Although we knew the theory, it was difficult to stick to the colour scheme. The range of colours available were too tempting ;)
For the Art History (looks like a permanent fixture in each class as Jane wanted us to be more aware of the range of artists and their works), we were introduced to HENRI MATISSE, the artist who 'paints with scissors', in his later years as he was too weak to paint.
The Dinner Table
100 x 131 cm.
The Green Line (Portrait of Madame Matisse)
40.5 x 32.5 cm.
Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen
Many masters, it seems go through periods starting with realistic painting and only later found their trademark style. Learn more about Matisse's life & works : http://www.henri-matisse.net/index.html
Since its a three-week break before our next lesson, we were given additional homework from our textbook (ahem, it's getting more yummy everyday).
In this book, we get to see how embroidery is used to create pictures that tell a story in ancient times & modern art. It analysed the stitches used and gave a background about the artist or artisans who created it. Look at the book cover itself. Can u see the five embroidered faces? To get a better understanding of the power & flexibility of embroidery, we were asked to read and answer a few questions on two different embroideries: A PARACAS MANTLE (see also Andean textile) and IT'S ALRIGHT (a modern piece).
Wonder whether Jane will be giving us a test soon?