Saturday, February 04, 2006

budding artist

Yesterday, Samuel had his first art class. A friend, Christie, volunteered to teach art classes for a group of us homeschoolers. She is quite knowledgeable and a talented artist herself. For the first class, they looked at different types of painting: impressionism, pointalism, cubism, abstract art, splatter art.

Then they tried some exercises in "right-brain drawing", which was drawing a picture of a man upside-down. The idea is to not see the picture as a whole so much, but to focus on one line at a time. It was a complex picture to copy, not just a stick-figure, so I wasn't sure how Samuel would do. He started at the bottom, with the head, and drew in the top of the head, the sparse hair on top, the glasses, the mouth surrounded by a goatee. . . I was so impressed! He had such great attention to detail. Then, he got totally frustrated because it didn't look exactly like the picture they were copying, and he refused to do anymore, regardless of the lavish praise and encouragement we all gave him for his efforts. Oh, well. I think it had a lot to do with him still getting over his cold, and being tired. (He asked to take a nap on the way to the lesson.) So, he just drew what he wanted for a while, mostly volcanoes (his latest obsession).

Then since the weather was nice and the kids were tired of upside-down man, Christie suggested that we go outside and draw a tree, so we did that. We told the kids to each choose a tree and copy the lines. Once again, Samuel did so well at this! Some of the older kids were basically drawing the straight-trunk-with-poof-on-top trees, despite the fact that it is winter and the trees have no leaves. Samuel really looked at his tree, and drew the three main branches and then all the little ones. He's got a great eye for detail apparently! He really enjoyed the class, and is excited about the next one when he will get to paint.

Today, I wanted to reinforce some of the concepts that they talked about, so we looked at the lines of a chair and sketched it. Then I drew his football in an impressionist style, a pointalism style, and a cubism style. I think seeing the same thing drawn three different ways helped him to understand the variety of styles better.

He kind of relapsed today - was coughing more, and was very tired. We probably overdid it yesterday with the class and playing and drawing outside. He wanted to surprise me with going out to eat today, so he talked to Shawn and they took me to the Olive Garden for lunch. It was so out of the blue, I was really surprised that Samuel thought of it! It was very sweet. Then he got the "surprise" (that he asked for, lol) of going to Toys 'R' Us to use the last of his gift card, and then we surprised Daddy by taking him to Best Buy, where he was allowed to look but not touch.

Oh, almost forgot the other fun thing we did yesterday: received the blessing of throats on the Feast of Saint Blaise. Ironic that I have a sore throat today. But it's not nearly as bad as what Samuel is getting over, so perhaps I was spared the full impact. We'll go with that. :) Saint Blaise, pray for us!

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