Posted by: csdailyblog | October 15, 2009

Landscape Painting and Basket Weaving

The Drawn to Nature class concentrates on the beautiful fall scene in front of them as they sit on the lakeshore.

The Drawn to Nature class concentrates on their drawings and on the beautiful fall scene in front of them as they sit on the shore of Little Donahue Lake.

Nancy Schwartz, Conserve School Art Teacher, writes about ongoing projects in her art class:

Friday, in spite of the coolness, my students took the option of painting outside – and I’m SO happy they did. The weather brightened up into sunshine while we worked and it was glorious to be painting the rich, bright color of fall. The students in “Drawn to Nature”  first did black and white value studies of the point we see on Little Donahue. Then, using that study they painted the same view in color, still searching out the value relationships.

The fall landscape students are capturing in their drawings.

The fall landscape students are capturing in their paintings.

The students in “Earth Art” are working on ribbed baskets made from all local materials – maple ribs and weavers of cordage made from day lily, cattail and corn husks. The students practiced persistence, patience, cooperation and courage throughout the project. Initially they thought it would be too hard to make a basket like this, but now they are all experiencing a good deal of satisfaction and surprise as they feel their baskets coming together in these sturdy, functional vessels.
 
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  1. While attending Fall Family Weekend, we had the opportunity to participate in Nancy’s art class with Katherine and the other students. It was a lot of fun — and I enjoyed learning the students techniques for which I was not very good at. Nancy was very generous and allowed me to spend another two hours on Saturday in the art room!

    SUGGESTION: Can Conserve School offer a weekend Art / Studio Art camp for adults? During the school year would be fun too — as then we would have the best of both worlds: OUR KIDS and ART. (Include drawing/painting/ceramics). February or March would be lovely…


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