Arts Challenge 2

I began the challenge by selecting my conceptual focus – Trees. I then found three different representations of my concept, from three different eras and one Australian art work. I selected Brett Whiteley – The Arrival n A Glimpse in the Botanical Gardens (Australian Artist) 1984. This was beautiful and used such soft swirling, continuous strokes with beautiful, bright complimentary tones.

I also selected:

  • Piet Mondrian – The Red Tree 1909 Cubism;
  • Isaac Levitan – Bird Cherry Tree 1880’s romanticism
  • Nicholas Roerich – Kiss to the Earth 1912 symbolism

Brett Whiteley’s painting was done using oil, collage and charcoal on canvas in 1984 of the Botanical Gardens, mixing a combination of trees together to form one central tree.

I developed my own thoughts on the painting:

  • Bright
  • Colourful
  • Happy
  • Smooth
  • Delicate
  • Autumn day
  • Central to gardens
  • Sunset

I then answered the questions posed to me:

  1. Where is your eye drawn first?

The lightest part of the tree, middle of painting.

  1. What is represented or suggested? What shapes are used?

Gardens, central tree, autumn, sunset. Smooth swirls, bright colours, smooth lines, flowing.

  1. Describe the lines used in the work. Do they create a sense of depth or movement?

Creates movement, flowing, smooth, delicate, intrinsic,

  1. Is there a limited range of colours (a limited palette)? Which ones are dominant?

Bright autumn colours, Blue, yellow and orange.

  1. Do the colours create a mood or suggest ideas or feelings?

Creates a happy, summery autumn day feeling. Warm, fun, happy.

  1. Is the work mainly dark or light? Are there areas of both?

Areas of both. Dark shading on the tree, bright, deep colours in the sky and light yellow background – sunny day.

  1. Is the work balanced?

Yes – between the sky which doubles as the leaves and the yellow background with the tree trunk.

  1. Are there any surfaces that are visually interesting or intriguing? Describe what you see or the texture of the surface.

The leaves/sky. The leaves are colours of a sunset suggesting it is sort of both? The texture is thicker paint and swirly like clouds and to suggest soft leaves and blending the two colours together.

  1. Is the work busy or is there empty(negative) space? How does this affect your feeling of the work?

I think it is balanced between busy and not so busy. I think they have used their space well between the tree and the calmer yellow background. I like it more because it allows your focus on the tree opposed to the foreground.

  1. Are there repeated elements in the work creating a rhythm?

The tree trunk flowing in all different directions with easy movement and the background flowers suggests gardens.

  1. Describe the movement or stillness in the work. What elements do you notice that create this?

The way the brush has flowed across the painting in creating the flowing tree trunks expresses the movement in the artwork. Along with the colourful strokes in the leaves/sky. Also the flowing roots of the tree.

  1. Do you know what medium the artist used in the piece? Does the artist’s choice of medium affect the reading of the work? How?

Not sure.

I then drew three different types of drawings of a tree, unfortunately I forgot to photograph one before it was painted on. I began by looking at the article Line Drawing: A guide for Art Students and the various types of line drawing.

Here is what I did:

Blind contour drawing

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Scribble art drawing

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I also did a gestural drawing but that was the one I forgot to photograph. The challenge then asked me to paint over one of my drawings (I chose the gestural drawing) using either complimentary or monochromatic colour schemes, after researching these I decided that the complimentary colours would suit my tree better. I also looked at the article “13 Acrylic Painting Techniques All Beginners Should Try”  which I found very useful before beginning my acrylic painting.

Here is my painting:

Tree painting

For this I drew on inspiration from Brett Whiteley with his brush strokes and colours for the trunk and bright backgrounds etc. I used acrylic paints with water and dotted the leaves on for a messier look compared to the swirly strokes for the background and tree trunk. I am happy with my outcome from this activity as it was trial and error and a bit of fun, not a serious painting that had to be geographically correct.

I also uploaded one of my drawings to be edited on ToonPaint again and played with the textures, enhancements, line thickness etc., this is the outcome:


Out of all four of my drawings/paintings this is my favourite and I am enjoying being able to refine on the apps and using technology this way.


Chapbook part 2

Ok so after watching the tute and other moodle explanations I think I took a bit of a shortcut (although there was nothing short about my technology struggles to design the book) and ‘new age’ route to the chapbook idea. With this in mind I had a quick crack at hand making a little chapbook, although not fantastic, it is a chapbook and the best I could do with the time I have. Here it is:

I hope this is more along the lines of the conventional norms of chapbooks and you enjoy it 🙂


Pablo Picasso style art

Today I decided to attempt a Picasso style of art work and see how I go. I think this is something that can be adapted for students and is an easier way to warm up to doing portraits and self portraits and allows for more self-expression.

I began by looking at the site “the artist woman”, a teacher’s steps for children to follow to do a Picasso style of self-portraits. This was amazing step by steps and photos to illustrate to copy.

I began by drawing the outline of my face and took photos of myself front on and side for me to refer to and help to get the basic structure for the faces.



I then went over my drawing with a felt pen to outline the hard lines.

Pen outline van gough style

I then uploaded a picture onto my iPad and used the app ToonPaint to colour in sections of my drawing.


Clearly before I start teaching I need to work on my iPad colouring in techniques (how hard is it with big adult fingers to colour in the lines!). Apart from this I am very happy with my achievements and would definitely use this in a future classroom.

Why arts should be included in education

Some dot points from this weeks learning:

  • Allows uncensored expression opposed to other studies such as maths
  • Self- discovery
  • Freedom
  • Teaches experimentation
  • Its ok to be wrong and make mistakes
  • Art is an individual expression there is no wrong or right
  • Expression of what is going on in your head, time to reflect and portray yourself and your ideas, beliefs, issues, dreams etc.
  • Write your own story


Below is a screenshot of my chapbook. I decided to create it on my iPad using Book Creator. This is a new app I haven’t used before but I thoroughly enjoyed creating my own book. I love the idea of chapbooks and have created many before however with modern technology I thought it silly to have a hand made one. I would want to add photos and different fonts and texts from a computer, resulting in me having to print them onto paper, using ink, cutting and pasting it onto more paper (in my book) and that just seems a waste. How much easier is it with modern technology to get creative with fonts, images, quotes etc. and combine them into a book? Of course the down side to technology is that there is always glitches or things that you don’t know how to do. In my case, I could not figure out how to export my book onto my blog for you all to enjoy so I have resulted to screen shotting it and hoping you all can see each page.

I am unsure if this is the “right” way to make a chapbook but it is my way and my self expression…


Arts Challenge 1

Beginning my first arts challenge, I reflected on my arts journey and my feelings/opinions on art. arts reflection shotI then went on to learn how to accurately proportion my portrait. I also looked at various sites demonstrating artwork from various famous artists, for inspiration: cubist, Picasso, Andy Warhol, Frida Kahlo, Van Gogh, Matisse Fauvist, Klimt Kiss, as well as using the renowned Pinterest. This was very inspirational to get me thinking about who I am and what I want to convey and how I can. Again I was worried about drawing myself accurately proportional, so I began roughly sketching according to the site above.IMG_0700 I then went on to add some more detail and colour.

Purple.jpgFollowing this I began to fiddle with the mixed media and using my iPad and the suggested apps: ToonPAINT and Snapseed, which are fantastic. These were the results:

I then thought about which represented me better and what I wanted from this representation. I chose the left. From this I began to make my book cover using Phoster on my iPad. I again enjoyed working the technology and being able to enhance my creative side.

IMG_0705I am happy with the end results and amazed and proud of my artistic accomplishments through the provided sites and apps. I feel invigorated by getting in touch with my creative side again. This has made me very excited for the remainder of this course and made me feel more then capable to teach students about art.