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					        Canadian Life Art Project
              to be completed over 5 art classes

1. Review
  Elements of Art & Design Strategies:

2. Examine design strategies of 3 Canadian artists

3. Portray aspects of Canadian life in your own painting
As we go…….
                     Make notes of:

           Art Elements & Design strategies
               Authors names and styles
  Put a star beside ideas you like and would like to try
What are Elements of Art?
 7 properties that help an observer see what they create



They are:
Line, shape, colour, value, texture, form and space
Visual Elements of Art:

Line:
-curved, straight,
horizontal,
and vertical

-used to define objects,
 shapes, forms patterns
 and symbols
Elements of Art


Shape
-created through the
Placement of light and
dark tones

-lines joined together to
 form a unit (geometric
or organic)
Visual Elements of Art
Colour

Primary colours:
red blue yellow

Secondary colours:
Green, purple,
orange
 Visual Elements of Art
Value- change and gradation of a colour




                     Value is Not Color!
Visual Elements of Art

 Texture
-creates dimension, depth and contrast.
-The way something feels or looks like it feels, ex bumpy, furry
What are design strategies?
 fundamentals and techniques used by artists


They are:
Pattern, unity, contrast, emphasis,
Movement, balance, proportions, rhythm and variety
(these terms can vary)
Design Strategies

 Pattern
Design Strategies

 Unity
This image of
several members of an
orchestra shows unity
because all of the players
connect into each other,
creating coherence and
harmony.
(Also players creates a pattern, and the color is the same
  throughout; attributes of unity.)
Design Strategies
 Contrast:
This picture displays
  contrast because of the
  way the dark
colors make the off white
stripe stand out.
 Emphasis:
The colors separate from
each other which creates
emphasis on the white strip.
Design Strategies
 Emphasis:


 The white stripe
  down the middle
  stands out among
  the commotion of
  blue in the
  background.
Design Strategies
 Movement
Design Strategies
 Balance
This image has
symmetrical balance
because it contains
objects of the same
weight and size on
each side
Design Strategies
 Proportion
Design Strategies

 Proportion


 The Perfect Man by Da
  Vinci, is the most widely
  known sketch that
  represents proportion.
  The man’s limbs are
  perfectly proportioned to
  his body.
Design Strategies

 Rhythm:
The grid in this picture
shows rhythm because it
 creates order through the
blocks formed by the
black lines.
 The lines draw
the eyes to move
linearly through the painting.
Design Strategies
 Variety
This painting is
an example of
variety because of
all that is going
on in the picture.
 The different
colors create a
frenzied image.
Variety can be the opposite of unity.
Design Strategies:

Perspective
Design Strategies:
   Collage
Get to Know the Artists
 Have you heard of Littlechild, Kurelek or Carr?




 What do you know about them or their art?
     George Littlechild
   Plains Cree and Irish/Scottish heritage
   born August 16, 1958 in Edmonton, Alberta
   First Nations artists working in Canada today living in BC,
   Has a diploma in Art and Design, a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and
    independent study at the Banff Centre.
    Lived and working in Edmonton for a number of years,
   has 26 solo exhibitions in Canada, the United States, Japan and
    Germany.
   illustrated and/or authored seven books
    received awards as a mentor and role model
   an educator; lectures at both the university level and adult art
    workshops, and at elementary and secondary schools

Let’s take a look at some of his work!
       What design strategies /elements of art do you see?
The Pow Wow Dancer Holds A Gun




            Mixed Media on Canvas
In the Dream were Teepees & a White
           Horse & a Boy
A Feeling Came Over The Forest




         Mixed Media on Paper
I am not a Savage #2
Deerfoot of the Blackfoot Tribe
Teach Them the Way, 2008 mixed media/paper
What Could Be, 2007
mixed media/paper
He Had the Ability to Transform, 2008
Ride Warrior Ride, 2006
 Cochise and the Big Ride, 2002
mixed media/canvas
 How would you describe Littlechild’s Design
Strategies?
 Bold, high-chroma color
 playful images belying the serious undertones
 Collages of mixed media
 offer insight into the human spirit, the strong
  connection to our ancestors, the ways in which we
  view our world ... and how that view needs to change.
 culturally rich imagery
 "My art speaks from the heart...it is charged with
  energy and colour; it is vibrant and magical, thus
  enabling the soul to travel. I envision. I rely on the
  intuitive, the spiritual, the emotional." (George
  Littlechild)
Littlechild
 Images, based upon his own roots and personalities
  like Canada’s aboriginal poet Pauline Johnson are a
  blend of digitally manipulated photographs and
  paintings.
 His subjects are placed in historical contexts that
  portray racial interaction, and the differences and
  similarities of the human condition.
 He challenges us to understand the complexity, past
  and present, experienced by people of mixed
  Caucasian and First Nations ancestry.
William Kurelek
   (1927 - 1977)
   nostalgic, illustrative paintings
   provided stories and illustrations for children’s art books
   paintings examined his life as a child in western Canada and
    religious paintings
   illustrations of life across Canada among the various ethnic
    and regional groups.
   Wanting to teach with his artwork
   produced a number of visual commentaries that explored
    social issues from abortion to pollution.
   Created murals, drawings, and more than ten thousand
    paintings after therapist encouraged painting his fear
                   What design Strategies do you see?
Arctic Game
William Kurelek
William Kurelek
Stalking Caribou
Whistle Making Time in Manitoba
William Kurelek
William Kurelek
How would you describe Kurelek’s Design
Strategies?
 What do they have to do with Canadian life?




Give your ideas/suggestions
               Emily Carr

 born in Victoria, British Columbia
 1899 -1920 studied at Westminster School of Art in London and
    other studio schools in Paris and San Fransisco
   In 1911 moved back to BC
    heavily influenced by the landscape and First Nations cultures
    of British Columbia, and Alaska
   Accomplished writer
   named 'The Mother of Modern Arts’
   Recognition: Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Emily Carr
    public library in Victoria, British Columbia, and other
    elementary and middle schools
            What do you notice about her design strategies?
Tree in Autumn
Emily Carr
Emily Carr
Autumn Woods
Sea and Sky
Emily Carr
Emily Carr
How would you describe Carr’s Design
Strategies?
 How do they relate to Canadian life?
Emily Carr
"You always feel when you look it straight in the eye
 that you could have put more into it, could have
 let yourself go and dug harder." Emily Carr
          Goals:

1.Review design strategies
What are they??



2. Who did we learn about?? What are their design
    styles ?
   How do they convey Canadian life?
Elements of Art
Design Strategies
       pattern,
       unity,
       contrast,
       emphasis,
       movement,
       balance,
       proportions,
       rhythm
        variety
Artists and Design Styles

       Littlechild?



        Kurelek?



          Carr?
   What is Canadian Life for YOU?
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                   Let’s Begin
 Today: brainstorm what Canadian life means to you
 Get your ideas down on paper
 Think about which design strategies you would like to
  try
 Prepare your materials: paper, pencil, eraser


 Next Class: Sketch your design in pencil
 Start painting we will use paper and tempura paints
 Do your best and enjoy! 

				
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