My favorite mediums are watercolors, colored pencils and graphite pencils. I use graphite pencils to doodle, sketch, and draw. Some tips for using graphite pencils are that they are good for shading in lightly. Also, as I said above,they are good for doodling, sketching, and drawing. Another thing is that they come in different grades from hard to soft (the softer the darker). And now to colored pencils, colored pencils are good for shading and coloring in. They are good for shading in big and small spaces.
I made a book using watercolors to do the illustrations. I was inspired by Peter. The book is called Taco and the Misbehaving Butterfly. It is about a cat named Taco and a butterfly.
Here is a picture of the cover and an illustration.
The colAR app lets you make your drawings 3D by hitting a button. The things you can do to your drawing include making bubbles with your drawing, making it into a clock like figure, or making the drawing into maze and even a ball. To make this possible, you just have to download Quiver and print a color sheet.
These are color pages that I have printed out and colored. When you click on the video you can see how the app works. Although you have to buy some of the packs that can print there are plenty of free packs to print.
Surrealism is a type of art that began during the 20th century focusing on the unconscious mind. It was formed by Andre Masson. Surrealism was part of a movement in visual art and literature. It portrayed dream like images in a realistic way.
Some commonly known surrealists were Jean Arp, Max Errest, and Andre Masson. Even though this movement was mostly men, some women joined like Dorothea Tanning, Merrit Oppenheim, and Kay Sage.
What's the difference between realism and surrealism? For an example in realism you draw an eraser and it looks like an eraser but, in surrealism you draw an eraser and it looks like a blue dog standing on top of an eraser on a cloud in the middle of space.
Sculptures are another way of making 3D art. Sculptures have been made since a long time ago. You can make sculptures with almost anything like clay, wax, stone, metal, fabrics, glass, wood, glass, rubber, and random items around your house. Anything you find can be made into a sculpture.
Side and front view of one of the sculptures I made out of clay.
Peter uses many mediums in his work. Some of the mediums he uses are watercolors, pencils and pens. I am going to tell you all about these kinds of mediums.
First is watercolors. Peter has a favorite kind of watercolor it is called gouache. It is pronounced gwa-sh. It is an opaque watercolor used for painting plain, flat borders. Normal watercolors are ideal for covering large areas and have subtle color.
There are two kinds of pencils, graphite pencils and colored pencils. Graphite pencils are pencils that we use everyday. When you write or draw with them the color that comes out is gray. They come in all different grades; the softer the graphite, the darker the color. Colored pencils are good for shading in small and large areas. They are also used for coloring in.
Peter also uses pens. In this case, gel pens. I am going to tell you about black, white, and metalic gel pens. Black gel pens are useful for tracing outlines and detailed doodles. White and metalic gel pens are ideal for doodling onto colored paper or over dark colored art.
Peter also creates digital art, sculptures, and uses ink.
You can create 3D art in many ways, one of the ways is to use a 3D printer. A 3D printer is very complicated. First they slice a model into different layers then they print the layers on top of each other to make the final product. People use 3D printers for many things. Architects use 3D printers for models of buildings. Surgeons use art 3D printers to make models of a body to plan and practice surgery. People in general can use 3D printers to make artificial limbs or aircraft parts. 3D printers use a lot of materials to make the things you want them to, a variety of materials including ceramics and metals are used in 3D printers. School printers have a different process they use the plastic extrusion process first they melt plastic, then they squeeze the plastic out of a small opening after that the plastic forms into wire and it can be printed in layers.
Frida Kahlo painted mostly self portraits. In her lifetime, she painted 143 paintings in all and 55 of them were self portraits. In her paintings she explained her life in a secretive way.
She said “I paint myself because I'm so often alone.”
The picture below is one of Frida’s 55 self portraits. It shows how close she was to her pet monkeys. She loved the monkeys because she couldn’t have children, so she adopted multiple wild animals and treated them like there her kids.
Self Portrait with Monkey
This is a self portrait painting I made for my project. I made it because it is the same type of art as Kahlo- surrealism. (I’ll talk about surrealism in my next blog). It resembles everything I like, such as, family, basketball, dogs, and writing. The colors around it are “emotions”. Red=mad, orange=excited, yellow=happy, green=bored, blue=sad, and purple=scared.
3D art is a thing that pops up, stands out, swings from the ceiling, and makes you want to walk around it. Keep on reading to find out how 3D art is made, why people use 3D art, different ways to make 3D art, and more about 3D art.
Peter was born March 16,1961, and his full name is Peter Hamilton Reynolds. Did you know that he has a twin brother named Paul? He was inspired when he was in 7th grade by his teacher, Jim Matson. Jim pulled Peter aside for drawing in class instead of paying attention but instead of scolding him, Jim asked Peter if he could do a project with art and storytelling to understand a concept. Peter ran off to make a comic book. When Jim saw the comic book he said that Peter could do an animated film meant to teach people, and now he does the same through stories, films and the company that Peter himself founded called, FableVision.
Peter has a favorite book, The Dot! Peter also has two hobbies. He said he likes dreaming and thinking.
Peter also has his own blog. In his blog he said that it takes about 18 months to make a book. He also said that he has written about 65 stories. He considers his first book The North Star but, that is not actually his first book. Lastly the books he has written include The North Star, Sidney’s Star, The Dot, Ish, So few of me, and The Best Kid in the World.
Frida Kahlo (Magdelena Carmen Frida y Calderon). She is an artist from the 20th century who was born in 1907 on July 7th on the outskirts of Mexico and often “dressed like a boy”. At six she was diagnosed with polio in her right leg. Later in college at 18, she was involved in a bus accident which caused a handrail to fly through her lower stomach and back; she also broke her leg and collarbone. It also crushed her foot and dislocated her shoulder. During this time in her life when she became serious about painting. She put a mirror above her bed so she could paint herself though she studied to be a doctor. Later on Frida got married to Diego Rivera. She was 18 and her husband Diego who was a famous painter was 36 years old. After Diego and Frida got married, they later divorced in 1939 and then remarried again. Her mother described the marriage as “the marriage between a dove and and an elephant” so she did not attend the wedding. Frida’s art is considered surrealistic but Frida Kahlo did not like this title. She is considered this because she sneaks in little bits of her life which is called symbolism. She once said “I paint self portraits because I am so often alone”. She painted 55 self portraits and 143 regular paintings. Some of her paintings were called, Life in Full Bloom, Diego and I, and Self Portrait With Monkey. She had a dog named Xolot which she very close to, two spider monkeys Fulang Chang and Caimito de guayabal, a parrot Gertrudis Caca Blanco, Bonito the parrot, Grani the fawn, parakeets, makaws, hens and sparrows. Frida lived in a house called casa de azul (AKA the house of blue) until her death in 1954 at age 47.
Hi. My name is Ada and I am in the Hope Valley High-C. I wanted to study Frida because I like to make art. Also, my mom went to her house in Mexico City, Casa de Azul. I also like dogs, basketball, writing, dancing, lacrosse and karate. I love to take notes at home and at school and I read A LOT.
I am Aila. I am in the High-C group from the Hope Valley School. I chose to reaserch Peter because our school is already learning about him so I decided I could learn more. I like cats, playing the fiddle, and doing ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical.
Hello my name is Sophie, I am nine and a very silly person. I like to sing and dance but only with people who I am comfortable with. Having four close friends and many other friends and being able to play softball and guitar, I think I have a very good life. I have a mom, dad, and me to care for and to love.