student work

Marching into Faces

For the next few weeks we’ll be working on faces: The differences between real faces and cartoon and anime faces; learning from the Masters, DaVinci and Vermeer; studying expressions, and for the grand finale – selfies. Here’s the work for

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Marching into Faces

For the next few weeks we’ll be working on faces: The differences between real faces and cartoon and anime faces; learning from the Masters, DaVinci and Vermeer; studying expressions, and for the grand finale – selfies. Here’s the work for

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Tropical Dreams

In the darkest month we go tropical. We listen to Calypso and Reggae music while we make some hot painting. We had a few new kids this week, so incorporated the good old Orange Lesson into the tropical theme. I

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Tropical Dreams

In the darkest month we go tropical. We listen to Calypso and Reggae music while we make some hot painting. We had a few new kids this week, so incorporated the good old Orange Lesson into the tropical theme. I

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Beautiful Birds

I love to teach the masters, as we have so much to learn from them.  Mike Beeman is one of my very favorite contemporary masters. With his impressive artistry and economy of stroke, he helps me so much in my teaching.  I can use

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Beautiful Birds

I love to teach the masters, as we have so much to learn from them.  Mike Beeman is one of my very favorite contemporary masters. With his impressive artistry and economy of stroke, he helps me so much in my teaching.  I can use

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Still Life

Drawing from life is the single most important thing for developing artistic skills. That’s why we do it all the time at the Top of the World. Here are this week’s gorgeous still life paintings.  

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Still Life

Drawing from life is the single most important thing for developing artistic skills. That’s why we do it all the time at the Top of the World. Here are this week’s gorgeous still life paintings.  

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Free Draw

After we’ve finished a “unit” of hard work, such as the figure work we did for a few weeks, the kids have a “free draw” week where they can paint anything they want. Here’s this week’s free draw.

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Free Draw

After we’ve finished a “unit” of hard work, such as the figure work we did for a few weeks, the kids have a “free draw” week where they can paint anything they want. Here’s this week’s free draw.

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Super Heros!

Kids used all of the stuff they learned over the past few weeks about figures to create their own super hero action figures. First they had to define their super power and develop their character, then they made their paintings.

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Super Heros!

Kids used all of the stuff they learned over the past few weeks about figures to create their own super hero action figures. First they had to define their super power and develop their character, then they made their paintings.

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Feet & Hands

This week we warmed up with quick sketches of feet, and then drew our non-dominant hand.  Then we made paintings of hands. Hands aren’t really terribly attractive, so we did our best to make them beautiful and interesting.   

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Feet & Hands

This week we warmed up with quick sketches of feet, and then drew our non-dominant hand.  Then we made paintings of hands. Hands aren’t really terribly attractive, so we did our best to make them beautiful and interesting.   

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Go Figure!

For the first month or so of 2017 we will be looking at bodies, thinking about bodies and gesture and movement. We’ll think about proportion and relationships, and cool stuff like your foot is the same length as the distance

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Go Figure!

For the first month or so of 2017 we will be looking at bodies, thinking about bodies and gesture and movement. We’ll think about proportion and relationships, and cool stuff like your foot is the same length as the distance

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Holiday Works

I had to keep these under wraps until after Christmas so I wouldn’t ruin anyone’s surprise, as many of these were gifts.   The featured image is a gift Scotty made for his grandmother.  Each tree depicts a grandchild and

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Holiday Works

I had to keep these under wraps until after Christmas so I wouldn’t ruin anyone’s surprise, as many of these were gifts.   The featured image is a gift Scotty made for his grandmother.  Each tree depicts a grandchild and

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‘Tis the Season

More seasonal painting and artwork gifts. We have such a blast this time of year.

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‘Tis the Season

More seasonal painting and artwork gifts. We have such a blast this time of year.

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