In todays session with Yuval we were joined by Yuvals friend Tal who wanted to sit with us and watch. This seemed to give Yuval more confidence and she opened up even more. We started off drawing an onion. I let her draw without me sitting next to her. She confidently drew a quick study. Afterwards i pointed out the lines on the skin of the onion (which help show the form of the onion). I also began to talk about shadow which she added in. Its interesting to see how she sees shadow at this stage.

I then showed Yuval this great book of Picasso's posters that i bought this week!
We looked at posters like these which fit in SO well with what we started last week... the pictures being child-like drawings in themselves and Yuval liked them a lot!!



She then went on to finish her pictures with more confidence and happy to go crazy a little!

Then i positioned a small mirror in front of Yuval and asked her to draw herself. She found this exercise very hard to do - in terms of looking in the mirror. She started drawing 'mickey mouse' type features, which she is used to and enjoys because its "cute"! I persuaded her to try and look and draw what she sees in the mirror...

She wasnt happy with the results and i explained that we dont have cartoon eyes and a circle for a nose and i wanted her to start looking at real faces. I love the drawing she did.

Thinking about this afterwards...im not sure i went about this in the right order..introducing Picasso and his more abstract faces and then asking her to do a self portrait...what i am trying to do is move away from mickey mouse.

15 Comments:

  1. JK said...
    I very much enjoy visiting your blog. So interesting to look at your artstudies..
    maditi said...
    that book on picasso´s posters looks great!! I guess getting over the mickey mouse stage is really tough ;)
    cruststation said...
    Yes I am sitting comfortably let's begin!! Oh, sorry I am late I missed class :) I love the portrait drawing Yuval did, hope that her friends are interested and would want to join in too. It's a learning process for both of you, so just enjoy it and be inspired at the same time, don't worry about the Mickey Mouse (Picasso didn't take himself seriously either).
    JK said...
    > To answer your question, yes, I have added a bit of grain to the already grainy neopan 1600 asa film, just to try it out, I may not like it in the long term though:)
    kelly said...
    what a great self-portrait! isn't it brilliant how a child can enjoy & be influenced by picasso? another fab lesson...let's hope her frined joins the class too :)
    stephanie s said...
    another good one girlie! i looks like she is even sneaking perspective into the works with that onion and chair behind? great work.
    risa said...
    what are you doing with all the beautiful artwork being created through these classes! your daughter will have quite a portfolio by the end. :)
    Wendy said...
    You create such wonderful classes for your students.
    lisa s said...
    i think it's great that you showed picasso first b/c a small child will not be able to create a "real" self portrait - the picasso gives them permission to not be so realistic but still move away from mickey mouse....

    maybe start w/ hands or feet? so they are hers, but not her face? it's always hard to look at oneself in the mirror...

    you are SUCH a good teacher... i love how your lessons develop!
    gracia said...
    Great book... great results... great ideas. I love the latest drawings.
    take care, grache
    tiel s-k said...
    magic.

    i get such a kick out of seeing their artwork. Those contours are amazing
    AnastasiaC said...
    Wonderful drawing by Yuval! Picasso is a great inspiration to all!
    anne said...
    julie, it is so nice to read about your art lessons, it's wonderful what you do!! you take great care! i think it's a beautiful idea to introduce picasso. i like yuvals drawing very much! :)) a.
    Marieke said...
    Another one of my favorites. I think you and your classes will leave a big impression on these little girls. So inspiring...
    simple me said...
    The book looks great and your lessons as well...

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