Deirdre finds her natural surroundings most inspiring and engaging. She doesn’t create art from what she sees, but her work is informed by everything around her. Deirdre looks at all the interesting shapes and textures in the soft beauty of the Northwest landscape and finds ideas flowing out onto the painting surface. Her work is purely spontaneous relying on the inter-relationships of color and form to create the ambiance in her paintings. From one traveling line on the paper, Deirdre creates her own universe.
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Deirdre has created art sessions this year specifically for the Zoom platform using basic supplies:
30-60 minute sessions for Grades K-2
- “Mr. Doughnut” Together we will draw a favorite treat together. we will work with simple shapes, a little shading and definitely some humor. Materials needed: pencil or pen and plain paper
- “Compliments and Shapes in Crayon”. Using god old reliable crayons we will work on the most basic of color and shape principles. Students will learn about opposite colors, overlapping to make secondary colors and making shapes appear 3D with basic value changes. Materials needed: crayons and paper
- “Stuffed Friend Contour Drawings”. We will chose a current favorite toy or plush toy and draw it without looking at the paper. Okay, we can look a little bit, but it is more fun to see what kind of kooky drawing we get without looking. Now, let’s try a second drawing where we can look at our subject and our paper. This time after we draw the outside line or the contour, let’s add details such a patterns or even colors. Materials needed: toy or plush animal, pencil or markers, and plain paper.
- “Blurry Dot Landscape”. Let’s create a different type of landscape or outdoor picture. Using a pencil, draw a simple picture of a few hills and mountains. Next, spray or dampen your paper with a wet brush. While the paper is moist, no soggy, make dots lightly with your markers. The colors should soften when they touch the damp paper. If they do not, the paper needs more water. Too much water and the paper will dissolve. Try adding dots on top of the pencil lines. Materials needed: pencil, markers, paper and a sponge or spray bottle.
60 minute sessions for Grades 3-5
1. “Perspective City”. We will learn the basics of one point perspective using simple shapes and a ruler. With 5-7 square or rectangular paper shapes and some carefully drawn ruler lines, the illusion of tall city buildings can be created. Materials needed: pencil, 12 in ruler, 5-7 rectangular paper shapes (apprx. 2″ per side), glue stick and plain paper.
2. “Drawing to Music”. Together we will combine sensory experiences by drawing to music. We will listen to 3-4 music clips from genres such as classical, jazz , big band and pop and draw at the same time. We will notice how the rhythm of our drawing movements change with the tempo of the music. Materials needed: pens and pencils and plain paper or recycled paper.
3. “Eyes in Colored Pencil”. With a few tips and techniques, we will learn how to draw the human eye. With a bit of color layering and some light shading we can be on the road to a complex drawing. Materials needed: a mirror or a model, colored pencils, pencil, eraser, dark marker and plain paper.
4. “Lunch Lady”. Draw your lunch today. We will look up close and personal at your plate or lunch box. How many shapes and textures will we find? How many colors and shades? Is your favorite Man-N-Cheese not there? Draw it anyway! Materials needed: pencil, paper, and any colors you have on hand.
In- Person Units:
- Drawing Unit: A multi day lesson starting with handmade book filled with samples of drawing techniques. Students will get to fold their own book and then create portraits, contour drawings and value studies. Then using their drawing techniques from the previous lesson, students will draw boots and shoes as a still life. Lastly, one point perspective landscapes using line to create three dimensional space.
Painting Unit: A multi day lesson starting with color and mood. Students will create a color wheel project and a color mood chart. Then watercolor techniques. Building on the previous lesson, students will continue to explore watercolor use using washes and resists. Lastly, using skills from prior painting lessons students will paint a portrait or still life.
Collage and Mixed Media Unit: A three day lesson starting with Artist Trading Cards. Students will use drawing and painting skills to create small works focusing on the Elements of Art. Then Continuation of Artist Trading Card project. Lastly Layered landscapes using collage to create space in a two dimensional plane with color and value.