Creating art takes a combination of practices and disciplines. Prayer and meditation are also a combination of practices and disciplines. Both involve inner subjective experience with outer objective skill building – why not combine the two? Vocal prayer without inner experience is cold as is visual skill without emotion, while artistic skill without heart is sterile. Sheer creativity and mysticism without an objective container (skills or discipline) lacks authenticity.
Teaching art that cross pollinates with meditation causes both to be enhanced. I use the ancient framework of praying the Liturgy of the Hours as a template for visual skill building.
Contact me for an art retreat based on ‘the hours’ or stay tuned for an eight week class session starting in April.
There are seven times of day ‘the hours’ are prayed:
Terce- mid morning
Each hour corresponds to eight art lessons consisting of elements of design, drawing, color theory and expressive exercises. These can also be divided into meditations and art for retreats.
Liturgy of The Hours Art Classes
The Hours Classes and retreats
After 20 plus years of teaching all ages and venues of both children and adult art classes my core approach has distilled down to learning to see basic forms. As Paul Klee suggests in his notes – we go from the personal and particular to the universal visually. The mystics say virtually the same thing but going further to include the use of contemplative prayer and practice of sacred reading to aid the process.
In addition to recording visual information we all have intuitive capabilities and therefore are able to soak objective skills in the rich broth of empathy. As the parable of the blindfolded people feeling different parts of an elephant unfolds… we all see from a irreplaceable and unique perspective adding up to a more complete understanding.
Foundational visual principles such as, elements of design and contour line drawing, volume rendering and color theory are taught in a synergistic way when applied to the natural rhythms of a day. I divide the lessons thematically into a seven basic “hours”. Each of these covers a specific time frame within a 24 hour cycle…midnight to morning, noonday until night. Monochromatic and complementary color schemes will be used to sharpen the student’s sensitivity to color dynamics within a composition. The sessions can be taught in an art retreat setting of two hour or be a more comprehensive eight week class.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Adult Retreats and Classes
Portraiture for Adults and Teens
Check out The Art Lab for upcoming Spring classes for adults and teens
Week 1: Form
We will work in clay to loosely ascertain the depressions and protrusions of the human skull. Using charcoal, we will begin a value study paying attention to the clay model and additional renderings of the skull.
Week 2: Value
With soft to hard lead pencils, we will create a value scale from dark to light including blending techniques. Students will proceed to draw the skull with more detail and an emphasis on seeing values while considering form.
Week 3: Emotion
In looking at finer details of the face, we will copy examples of features with an emphasis on color and the corresponding emotion.
Week 4: Scale
Working from an art history print, we will learn how to use a grid to reproduce what we see using pastels or charcoal.
Week 5: Finish final project
Two class sessions are dedicated to finish the final project or start a self portrait with any of the mediums covered in class.
Staedler pencils 4H- 6B
Can be found at Staples or Amazon
small pack Vine charcoal
small pack compressed charcoal
white Conte’ Crayon
11X14 drawing pad
11X14 charcoal pad
11X14 pastel pad
small package student grade pastels
If supplies are not available in time, I have extra for class use.
After School Programs
Art History for kids series:
Caves and Tombs:
Mondays in March 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27
We will explore the cave paintings discovered by two children in Lascaux France making our own depictions of wildlife with earthtone colors. Next the tombs of Egypt hieroglyphic writing system combining images and symbols will provide direction for our final project. Students will stylize their own messages based on the tombs of the kings of Egypt.
The Middle ages to Giotto:
Mondays, 4/3, 4/10, 4,17, 4/24
Fridays 7-8th grade 4/7,4/14, 4/21, 428
We will study a shifting style of painting bridging the gap between the symbol based iconic middle ages to the classical revival- the renaissance. Giotto was the artistic link between a flat one dimensional image into a model of volume using values from light to dark seen in the natural world. Each student will produce a self portrait in the style of iconography. We will also learn about the value scale and how variations of light and dark create form and dimension.