Art Studio

Since the beginning of September and the start of the new school year, our living room has become an art studio as my youngest daughter explores painting techniques and works on her homework assignments.

I find it interesting to look at her assignments and to see her imagination come to life. It is also interesting to see the way she works. I am thinking soon she can give me ideas to use in my classroom!

Has your living room ever become an art studio?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge for which we will be posting square photos featuring lines during the month of October)


Square in September: A Surprising Bust

Before our trip to Paris in July, I asked my family to share with me the spots that they would like to visit in this well known European city. My eldest daughter wanted to visit the Georges Pompidou museum of Modern Art. We set aside a day to visit the exhibitions at this venue.

There was plenty to see – and all of it different to the art we had seen until then. One piece really stood out to me – and I could not help but exclaim when I saw what the artist had done (so much so that the guard could not but help smile at my reaction). In order to appreciate the bust, you had to walk around the sculpture and look at it from different viewpoints.

The artist of this bust was Wang Du and the title of the work is called Le Baiser (The Kiss.) – 2005 The explanation accompanying the work is as follows:

Former Chinese dissident, Wang Du, found refuge in France in 1990 where he discovered the media whirlwind, typical of Western society, which would inspire his work. In Le Baiser he abandons the sphere of the media for a more poetic register. Based on an image from the film 3-Iron (2004) by South Korean director Kim Ki-duk, this sculpture alludes to the artist’s own project of acting as double to the media, as one actor may double for another in a film. In place of Rodin’s idealistic and almost abstract work of the same title, Wang Du offers a cold and precise image which he describes as “a hybrid configuration between treason and loyalty, sacred and profane, romanticism and realism”. 

I spent quite a bit of time admiring this work of art and I will not forget it for a while.

What do you think of Wang Du’s Le Baiser?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge, Square in September. This month we are posting pictures featuring in the pink, i.e., photos featuring the colour pink,  something ‘in the pink’ of health, or those which leave you ‘tickled pink’)

Art on Display

My eldest daughter is getting more confident in sharing her artwork. This year, she submitted one of her pieces to the Youth Arts Program run by the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. The piece she submitted was created during the summer workshop she had attended during the summer at OCADU (Ontario College of Art and Design University).

My Daughter’s Art on Display. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2017

When we attended the ceremony, we were so proud that her work had been accepted and was on display. It was also an opportunity for her to browse through the work of other artists her age.

Do you know of a Youth Arts Program in your area?

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Art Gallery

On Monday I sorted all the art pieces my students had created for this term’s art inquiry. I had given them the opportunity to create a design using shapes.

Art Gallery (1) © Colline Kook-Chun, 2017

Every second week, their pieces were created using a different medium: tempura paint, watercolour, oil pastels, crayon, plasticine.

Art Gallery (2) © Colline Kook-Chun, 2017

I have organised the artwork on the bulletin boards in the classroom. The pieces for each child are grouped together in a semblance of order.

Art Gallery (3) © Colline Kook-Chun, 2017

I have invited parents to browse the gallery and they are visiting before and after school. And during the day? The children and I enjoy the vibrant colours gracing the walls.

wordpress photo challenge -2014Do you enjoy looking at children’s art?

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(This post is linked to the weekly WordPress photo challenge. The prompt this week is order)

Artistic Daughter

Last week I could not help but smile as I passed my daughter lying on the floor in the living room. She was stretched out on the ground with her sketch book in front of her and planning her next assignment.

Artistic Daughter © Colline Kook-Chun, 2017

It is always a pleasure to see her enjoying the process of her work.

What has made you smile this week?

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(This post was inspired by Trent’s Weekly Smile, a challenge which focuses on sharing all things positive.)

Mundane Monday: Paintbrushes

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016Last Thursday I went to an Exploration Classroom that had been set up as an Art Room. As with any place where art is created, paintbrushes were plentiful.The colours stood out and the careless arrangment of the brushes and makeshift palettes caught my eye. I like that the pots were recycled containers, and that the trays used to hold the vegetables we buy were being reused for another purpose. This is not a sight that would be seen in my classroom as we do not do painting often (maybe once a month) but it is a sight that I am sure is seen in may art classes across the Board.

Do you use recycled containters for painting?

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(This post is lined to the Mundane Monday weekly challenge.)

Creating a Still Life

When Fall begins in Toronto, the pumpkins begin to show. I like the look of the small decorative pumpkins and I knew my students would as well. I bought a few at the grocery store with the intention of doing some sort of activity with them.

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Decorative pumpkins. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

I decided to introduce them to the concept of Still Life. I showed them some of the paintings created by the Masters, and some that had been created by modern artists. I then asked them to create their own Still Life of the pumpkins using the medium of coloured pencils.

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A gallery of pencilled Still Lifes. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

After this exercise, I helped the children to create the Success Criteria for the next part of the activity. These are the criteria that they came up with after looking at the gallery of drawings:

  • I colour in between the lines.
  • I use sharpened pencils.
  • I am satisfied with my drawing.
  • I take my time.
  • I do not scribble.
  • I use different colours.

The next step in the Still Life activity was for the children to re-create their own Still Life using the medium of oil pastels. An improvement was seen in the drawings as the children focused on the criteria that would make their work successful.

Once their work was done, I had an one-on-one consultation with each child to discuss their success with the task. The children took note of two of the things they done successfully – and one thing they could do to improve the product of their work. I scribed for them and pasted the result of our discussion at the back of their work for their parents to read.

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Self Assessment. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

Then the real fun began: the painting of their Still Life.

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Painting a Still Life. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

The result is an array of beautiful, well thought out paintings that the children are proud of.

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Still Life paintings. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

The bulletin board outside my classroom now shows the children’s progress through the Still Life activity. Some examples of student’s work is displayed for the parents to look at.

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Still Life bulletin board. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

The completed works of art will be placed in each child’s portfolio which will be sent home at the end of the year for both the children and parents to admire for many years.

Do you create Still Life paintings?

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This post is linked to Paula’s Thursday’s Special Challenge. This week the prompt is: multicoloured)

A Completed Class Project

Last week my class finished their project (the post on the activities can be found here). The creative artwork was set up on the room door and on the bulletin board outside of the room. We have managed to create a festive scene in the hallway – a scene that all the members of the class are proud of.

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Door decor. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

I love the tree made up of all the students’ hand prints. Some children created tree decorations while others drew some presents to put underneath the tree.

The chimney stands tall, waiting for Santa to come by. Stockings, presents and Christmas decorations bring added cheer to the mantelpiece.

The artwork is not perfect: fabric is not cut perfectly straight, lines are not drawn exactly as is seen in reality, colouring does not fill in all the white spaces. And yet all the small imperfections are barely noticed when one admires the creativity of 5 year olds.

Do you enjoy looking at the imperfect art of children?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

(This post is linked to Paula’s Thursday Special Challenge. This week the topic is imperfection)

Creating with Fall Leaves

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Materials for Art Activity. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

I have a student ECE working with me in my room at the moment doing her practice. A couple of days ago she planned an activity to do with the interested children in the class: she wished to create a panel depicting a forest of trees. She laid out a large strip of paper in the corridor and invited those who were interested to come and create. They were to use markers to draw the trees – and anything else that came to their mind. Craft glue was provided so that they could glue onto the trees the leaves that had been gathered outside.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

The children got to work creating their forest. Imaginations soared as flowers and birds were represented among the Fall trees. As usual, chatter occurred while the student ECE encouraged them in their endeavors. The resulting trees were reminiscent of those that are currently outside, brilliant in colour and variety. The panels are now posted in the corridors outside of the classroom for children to admire as they walk past. These panels will be a reminder to the class that the season we are currently experiencing is Autumn, and that one of the signs of the season is the changing colours of the leaves.

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A tree covered with leaves. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

Children enjoy creating and many in my class enjoyed the experience of using dried leaves as one of the available materials.

Would you enjoy creating with dried leaves?

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(This post is linked to Paula’s Thursday’s Special. Head on over and have a look at others’ entries.)

Crafting Hands

This summer I have seen a few hands creating something beautiful for us to look at and admire. I have enjoyed watching the artist from China paint in ink drawings:

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Chinese artist. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

I have seen an old woman cutting paper to create paper art:

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Paper cutting. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

I have seen hands modelling clay to make small creatures:

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Modelling clay. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

I have seen the intricate carving into wood:

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Wood carving. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

I have seen a sidewalk artist create art with chalk:

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Creating art with chalk. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

And I have seen my own hands create a bedspread for my bed:

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Hands crocheting. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

Hands can create beautiful things and I enjoy watching them at work.

A-Z blogging challengeWhat have you recently seen hands create?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

(This post was inspired by the A-Z Challenge)