Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Art at the Lyceum

The lovely Dawn of Art of Humungous Proportions started teaching a new class at the Lyceum yesterday, which Josh and I signed up for. It was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon, full of light, colour, laughter and friends.

The subject was Van Gogh, and we talked abut his life, his struggles and his unwavering passion to create the beauty that he saw in the world.
We chose a painting and proceeded to try to recreate it. Recreating masterpieces is a time honoured tradition among artists. It really gave me a window into Vincent, and a chance to see the world through his eyes. His vision was vibrant.

I was thrilled with the medium of choice for the class. I had made a set of chalk pastels a couple of years ago at a class in Wetaskiwin. I haven't used them nearly enough, and it was amazing to see that saturated colour transferred to my page.

Everyone chose briliant colours, and each picture was so incredible! Sunflowers and Starry Nights are perfect subjects for playing on paper.

It is so satisfying to get dirty doing something so inspiring!

We were all happy to share our thoughts on what the process (and that was what it was about) taught us about colour or perspective or light.

The best thing? We get to do it again next week!


Kim Mailhot said...

Wow wow ! I wish I was closer ! That lloks like such a fun way to spend the day. Those colors are wonderful to explore.
Can't wait to see what Dawn has in sotre for you next week !

arlene said...

I wish you were closer too! We would have a lot of fun playing with colour, wouldn't we?

Dorothy said...

Ah! My pastels made it on to your blog! :D
It was a wonderful experience!

Apron Thrift Girl said...

This class sounds wonderful. I'm so itching to learn something creative. I really want to find a ceramics class but so far no luck.