Here is another great week of artwork from my students. I especially love seeing the smiles on their faces while they are holding their art! 4th graders were learning about a famous seascape painting and they created their own seascape drawing. They really did a great on the water and making it look realistic. 5th graders learned about native American weavings and learned how to draw a Native American chief. 6th graders learned about Romantic art and how they like to show drama and emotions in their art. They learned how to draw a rocket ship exploding in the sky. Thanks again wonderful students for your commitment in making art each week!
I just finished another beach painting called "Shades of Blue." You can see it on the left. I love all the different shades, in the sky, the mountains, the water, and a little bit of blue in the sand. I can say I am truly obsessed with painting the beach!! You ask why? Well, I think its because I am a Pisces and its a water sign. Anytime I am near water, it could be a waterfall, a stream, rain, the ocean...I feel like I am at peace. Water makes me feel calm, happy, relaxed, and puts my mind in a state of meditation. I can't live without looking at some kind of water, and that is exactly why I always go back to painting a beach. I have made almost 15 water related paintings in the past 6 years. When I paint I love seeing the reflections in the water, all the colors that mirror the sky. How gorgeous is the beach, the ocean, the water...it really is the most beautiful thing on earth! Some of these paintings are from my imagination, some are from photos, either way, I get inspired every single time. I hope my paintings make you feel at peace.
NCIS is displaying such amazing artwork this week. I continue to get more and more art from my students, which makes me so happy! Thank you again artists! This week 4th graders were learning about American art and the many famous portraits, like Paul Revere and George Washington. Students then created their own self-portraits. 5th graders were also learning about American art, but Native American art and the technique of weaving. They created their own looms out of cardboard and made a weaving out of string or other found materials. 6th graders were learning about Romantic art and how they show drama and emotion in their artwork. They created a dramatic ocean wave this week. Enjoy the beautiful artwork!
I was a little surprised but not really surprised, if that makes sense. We all know that during this Covid-19 pandemic, there was a shortage of toilet paper. Everyone was rushing to get the last pack of toilet paper. Right now, we can only get single rolls from our local grocery store. I ended getting a call requesting if I could paint them a roll of toilet paper. I ended up laughing a little and saying ofcourse, sure! She then explained it was for her bathroom and it all made sense. She also requested rainbow colors in the background, we decided on a few, rather then the whole rainbow. This is a reminder of what we are experiencing during this difficult time, but also a piece of art for the bathroom. I really enjoyed making this painting, the hardest part was getting the shadows right on the roll. I also made a time lapse, take a look!
My mom, one of the nicest and kindest people I know, is also an artist! When I was growing up I don't remember seeing her make a lot of art, maybe its because she had 4 kids and my dad was working. I do remember her making beautifully decorated Ukrainian pysanky eggs though. I also remember her making these decorated birthday cakes, which looked like a piece of art. She actually only started to paint in watercolor about 10 years ago, and dabbled in oils about 40 years ago. She started taking art classes at Montgomery College in Maryland and at local high schools. She said she would call herself a "realist painter." She is pretty amazing...she paints every little detail of her subject. She loves to paint nature, especially birds, flowers, and animals. We are very similar in the sense that we are both very aware of trees, flowers, and the sky, and love including them in our art. She is also trying to broaden herself by using watercolor pencils and pen and ink. My mom still takes classes at the local senior center and also takes some private lessons. She loves art and color(me too), and she would like to continue making art as long as she can. Even though our styles are so different we truly appreciate how we make our art. We love looking at them, talking about them, and sharing our paintings with each other. In the end, that is what art is all about-appreciation, love, and acceptance. Enjoy my moms art below!
Hi all! I am Natalia Ciriaco an art teacher and artist in Newark, De. I am starting a new blog about how I create my art and the many reasons why. Stay tuned for new artwork, videos, and discussions!
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