CAE Certificate III in Visual Arts – Class 7: “Produce Paintings and Drawings” Blog written by Karen Robinson

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4-9 Class 7 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Sept 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws - Copy

4B-9 Class 7 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Title:  ‘White Art Room Bust’ on A3 Canvas Paper using oil paint.  Painted and photographed by Karen Robinson Sept 2016. NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

INTRODUCTION

My 7th class in ‘Produce Paintings’ and ‘Produce Drawings’ (these being subjects that are part of ‘Certificate III in Visual Arts’) was once again another day full of creative adventures!  My ‘Produce Paintings’ class is always a challenge for me where I am constantly trying to master the process of painting with oil paints.  My ‘Produce Drawing’ class I find less frustrating, and more enjoyable at this point in time.  Both classes are certainly helping me to stretch my existing creative skills.  These classes also assist me in paying attention to my overall sense of well-being – art for therapy at its best I feel!

 

NB:  To view my blogs about previous classes, please click on the given links here – Classes 1, Classes 2, Classes 3, Classes 4, Classes 5, Classes 6.  In relation to this week’s classes 7 for ‘Produce Paintings’ and ‘Produce Drawings’ – please scroll down below to view.

 

9-9 Class 7 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Sept 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

9-9 Class 7 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Class at work during ‘Produce Painting’ session 7.  Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Sept 2016. NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

‘PRODUCE PAINTING’ CLASS

Our ‘Produce Painting’ class commenced with our teacher, VIN RYAN, checking in with each of the students individually.  Firstly I set up my painting work bench in readiness to start a new painting for this class.  I hadn’t prepared my thoughts on what to paint for this class before arriving, so it was up to me to hunt around throughout the class room to find something of interest, as a source of inspiration for this week’s painting exercise.

 

1-9 Class 7 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Sept 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

1-9 Class 7 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Work bench layout in readiness to commence a new painting in class. Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Sept 2016. NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

MY ‘PRODUCE PAINTING’ CLASS PROJECT

2-9 Class 7 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Sept 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

2-9 Class 7 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Art Room White Bust in readiness to use as source of painting inspiration. Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Sept 2016. NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

  • I found a white bust in the art room and thought it would make a good source of inspiration for my painting this week.

 

3-9 Class 7 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Sept 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

3-9 Class 7 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Colour Palette in readiness for painting ‘Art Room White Bust’ – also red paint was added a little later on during the process of painting the bust painting. Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Sept 2016. NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

  • The next step I took was to set up my colour palette which consisted of the following colours:
    1. Spectrum Yellow
    2. Zinc White
    3. Silver – from teacher’s paint selection
    4. Mars Black – from teacher’s paint selection
    5. Spectrum Blue
    6. Spectrum Red – NB:  Which I add to my colour palette based on the teacher’s recommendation.

 

4-9 Class 7 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Sept 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

4-9 Class 7 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Titled:  ‘Art Room White Bust’ on A3 Canvas Paper in oil paint.  Painted and photographed by Karen Robinson Sept 2016.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

  • It wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be to paint the white bust.  There’s a lot that is not quite right with my white bust painting, but it was great trying to make it work.  The part, I have to confuse, I loved doing the most is actually the background, where I gave myself the opportunity of blending paint colours left over on my palette, which I used to fill in the back ground.  Loved seeing how the oil paint blended, glossed and how it moved around on the canvas paper itself!

 

 

 

 

‘PRODUCE DRAWING’ CLASS

Our ‘Produce Drawing’ class commenced after our lunch break.  This gave me a chance to recharge after the ‘Produce Painting’ class.  The teacher, TIM JONES, had our class head off out of the class room.  We walked towards Melbourne’s city centre to Federation Square.  It was a beautiful sunny day and our instruction was to find a spot were we could engage ourselves in doing an observational drawing.

 

 

 

MY ‘PRODUCE DRAWING’ CLASS PROJECT

4-10 Class 7 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Fed Square Photograph by Karen Robinson Sept 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

4-10 Class 7 ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Spot Karen selected to sit and draw during ‘Produce Drawings’ class outing to Fed Square, City of Melbourne, Australia. Photograph by Karen Robinson Sept 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

 

  • I chose a quiet spot under the shade of some Australian Native Gums Trees.  This small garden became my source of inspiration for my observational drawing.

 

7-10 Class 7 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Federation Square Photograph by Karen Robinson Sept 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

7-10 Class 7 ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Title:  ‘Fed Square Garden’ on A3 Drawing Paper with pencil at Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia.  Drawing and photograph by Karen Robinson Sept 2016. NB images protected by copyright laws

 

  • My drawing was quick and I really only just sketched in the basics.

 

10-10 Class 7 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Visual Diary Drawing Photograph by Karen Robinson Sept 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

10-10 Class 7 ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Title:  ‘Front Garden View’ on drawing paper with pencil. Visual Diary Drawing and Photograph by Karen Robinson Sept 2016. NB images protected by copyright laws

 

  • The above drawing I did at home the next day.  Knowing we have to have a number of drawings for our portfolio – I decided to sketch up a view of my front garden.  Once again – just a quick sketch with the bird bath as the main feature.

 

 

  •  The vase drawing above is another sketch of an object which I will be adding to my portfolio.  I can see it is a little wonky on the right hand side and the jar opening doesn’t seem to match the width of the actual jar but I am happy still with the result.

 

 

‘PRODUCE DRAWINGS’ VISUAL DIARY

Part of our requirements as art students is to keep a ‘Produce Drawings’ visual diary and here below are a couple of drawings that I have added this week.

 

3-5 Visual Diary Drawings at home studio - Drawings & Photographed by Karen Robinson Sept 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

3-5 Visual Diary Drawings at home studio – Title:  ‘Take-away Coffee Cup’ on drawing paper with pencil.  Drawing and photograph by Karen Robinson Sept 2016. NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

  • This drawing above of the take-away coffee cup I actually didn’t do at home.  I did this drawing whilst waiting to do my volunteer speaking at a Road Trauma Awareness Seminar.  I wouldn’t normally do such a thing as draw or sketch during such a time being usually a period of 90 minutes waiting before speaking.  But I must say, it was helpful for me as I was still able to concentrate on what was being said and able to create a drawing for myself.  Ticked the happy box for me!

 

4-5 Visual Diary Drawings at home studio - Drawings & Photographed by Karen Robinson Sept 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

4-5 Visual Diary Drawings at home studio – Drawing demonstration by Tim Jones during ‘Product Drawing’ class.  Photographed by Karen Robinson Sept 2016. NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

  • My take-away coffee cup top is a little wonky and after showing my drawing teacher the drawing, Tim said he liked it anyway which made me happy.  Tim then did a little sketch showing me how I can combat this problem in the future re: above sketch from Tim.

 

5-5 Visual Diary Drawings at home studio - Drawings & Photographed by Karen Robinson Sept 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

5-5 Visual Diary Drawings at home studio – Title:  ‘Thumb’ on drawing paper with pencil. Drawing and Photograph by Karen Robinson Sept 2016. NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

  • When we got back from our walk to Federation Square, I did a quick drawing of my thumb, just to fill in a little time before the end of class.

 

 

WHY WE SHOULD DRAW MORE (AND PHOTOGRAPH LESS)

My Creative Writing Facilitator friend, Judy Bird, recently brought to my attention one of ‘The School Of Life’s’ YouTubes about ‘why we should draw more and photograph less‘.  It was published on 24th June, 2015 and talks about how “our cameras make it so easy to feel we’ve captured what’s important in the world.  But to really appreciate what’s around us, we might need to learn a weirder, less technologically-advanced skill:  drawing” (School of Life 2015).  What I have come to understand is that when we stop to draw, we stop to appreciate, stop in our rush to get somewhere, stop to take a moment to take a breath and just be, which in turn is good for our sense of well-being thus using art for therapy!

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

Am always feeling very fortunate in being able to participate in these painting and drawing classes.  My early morning train journey into the heart of the city of Melbourne via Flinders Street Station and being able to soak up the ambiance of Degraves Street itself during my class break; and the walk today to Federation Square – very much adds to the overall pleasure of the day’s creative outcomes.  Art for therapy at its best for sure….

 

1-1 CAE Building Coffee Shop - Morning Cuppa before my classes, Melbourne, Australia - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson September 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

1-1 CAE Building Coffee Shop – Morning Cuppa before my classes, Melbourne, Australia – Photograph taken by Karen Robinson September 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

CAE is located in one of Melbourne’s iconic cafe/outdoor dining locations – DEGRAVES STREET as photographed above.   Degraves Street’s bluestone-cobbled lane way, its postcard Parisian atmosphere of outdoor dining under umbrellas, and its quaint retail shops, certainly makes attending CAE’s art course each week just that much more of an enjoyable experience!

 

© Karen Robinson – September 2016

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CAE Certificate III in Visual Arts – Class 6: “Produce Paintings and Drawings” Blog written by Karen Robinson

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14-14 Class 6 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph by Karen Robinson Aug 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

14-14 Class 6 ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Class room scene where students are busy at work producing drawings for their portfolios.  Featuring in the foreground drawings produced by Karen Robinson during class 6 session.  Photographed by Karen Robinson Aug 2016.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

My 6th class in ‘Produce Paintings’ and ‘Produce Drawings’ (these being subjects that are part of ‘Certificate III in Visual Arts’) was once again another day full of creative adventures!  There was a change in teachers from our usual ones, which meant we got to experience their different approaches to art making. Each week, I have also been taking a set of Flinders/Degraves Streets photographs with my Galaxy 6 Samsung mobile phone for my blog and can be found at the end of each blog about my painting and drawing classes.  It adds to my day’s creative experience  – art for therapy I do believe and good for the sole…

 

NB:  To view my blogs on previous classes, please click on the given links here – Class es 1, Classes 2, Classes 3, Classes 4, Classes 5.  In relation to this week’s classes 6 for ‘Produce Paintings’ and ‘Produce Drawings’ – please scroll down below to view.

 

12-12 Class 6 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Aug 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

12-12 Class 6 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts –  View of students engaged in their creative projects.  Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Aug 2016.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

‘PRODUCE PAINTING’ CLASS

Our ‘Produce Painting’ class commenced with our teacher, CHRIS PITTARD, checking in with each of the students individually.  This being my 6th class, I am now feeling more comfortable within what has been a new experience for me.  Each painting class presents me with an ongoing challenge, to see if I can paint in oils, some sort of recognisable object.

 

UNDERSTANDING THE 3 OIL PAINTING RULES

Before getting started Chris talked about the process of working with oil paint – the ‘Lean to Fat’ rule.  About the building up of layers of colour, and how oil painting rules need to be considered in order that the artist finishes up with a painting, that will not be spoiled by ignoring such rules.  During the process of researching for more information about the ‘Lean to Fat’ rule, I found on Winsor & Newton’s website a concisely written piece on understanding the 3 oil painting rules and is here below:

 

  • Fat Over Lean:  Each successive layer needs to be more flexible than the one underneath.  This can be done by adding more medium to each successive layer, which makes each new layer more flexible than the previous one and stops the painting from cracking.  Think of the rule as ‘Flexible over Non-Flexible’.  Winsor & Newton has a range of mediums to help create this flexibility within layers.  One of the most commonly used mediums is Liquin Original and by using it, there is no need to keep on adding oil to your colour (Winsor & Newton 2016).
  • Thick Over Thin:  When painting with heavy colour, it is best to apply thick layers over thin layers, this is because the thin layers dry quicker.  For example if you like the impasto style of the Impressionists with their thick bold brush strokes than it is important to remember that these thick layers need to be upper most – thin layers on top of impasto layers are likely to crack (Winsor & Newton 2016).
  • Slow Drying Over Fast Drying:  It is best to use fast drying colours continuously as under layers.  If a fast drying layer is applied on top of a slow drying layer then your painting may crack.  This is because the fast drying layers will have dried on top of layers that are still in the process of drying out, and as the slow drying layers dry, they will pull and twist those (fast drying) layers above causing them to crack (Winsor & Newton 2016).

 

 

MY ‘PRODUCE PAINTING’ CLASS PROJECT

2-12 Class 6 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Aug 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

2-12 Class 6 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – My chosen object to paint in this particular ‘Produce Painting’ class.  It is a hand crafted wooden box which I had purchased for my son many years ago as a Christmas present.  I had rediscovered this box within his belongings as we collected them from his home in Bendigo, just after he had been killed in a single vehicle car crash on the 5th November 2009.  It is very precious to me, and on the morning of this class I came across it again, and thought that I will try to give it a go at painting it in class. Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Aug 2016. NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

  • The above object I chose to paint at this particular ‘Produce Paintings’ class – was a hand crafted wooden box that I had stumbled over earlier in my day before heading off to class.  The wooden box was a gift I gave my son many years ago, and therefore holds much sentimental value for me.  So I thought I would bring it along and give it a go at trying to do an oil painting of it!

 

 

  • After examining the wooden box more closely, I realised that just trying to match up the colour combination was going to be a real challenge.  I also realised that this was not going to be an easy painting task and thoughts came to mind  “why did I think I could paint this object, as it looks so challenging for someone like me, whom has not ever before painted in oils – real life objects”.  I paint abstraction and seems much easier for me!  “So why, why, why am I doing this” was my question but my response to self was that I needed to be a brave little artist and just get on with the task at hand, which is what I did.

 

6-12 Class 6 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Aug 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

6-12 Class 6 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Out line of wooden box in readiness to start applying oil paint to the sketch image.  Painted and photographed taken by Karen Robinson Aug 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

  • After consulting with my teacher about the best way to start, I started with a monotone painting approach at first. Using my smaller brush as a pencil and using a little lean with a small amount of diluted paint, I sketched in a rough outline of the wooden box onto my canvas paper, which I had previously tapped onto an artist board held up by an artist easel.  Viewing the drawing, I could see that something was not quite right, but I could not work out what it was at the time. Undeterred, I pushed on with the next step – preparing my colour palette and applying actual oil paint to the canvas paper.

 

8-12 Class 6 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Aug 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

8-12 Class 6 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Colour Palette used to paint the wooden box.  Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Aug 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

  • My colour palette consisted of the following colours in the hope that I would be able to mix colours that would somehow resemble the colours on the wooden box.  First up was (1) Raw Umber and then some (2) Burnt Sienna and then added Spectrum Red, Spectrum Blue, and Spectrum Yellow.  I wasn’t able to achieve the exact colours, but I was able to develop a balance of colour, that gave my painting some sort of wooden box representation.

 

7-12 Class 6 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Aug 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

7-12 Class 6 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Title:  ‘Ben’s Wooden Box’ on A3 Canvas Paper in Oil Paint – AS Art Spectrum, Winsor & Newton and Old Holland Oil Classics Paints.  Painted and photographed by Karen Robinson Aug 2016.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

PAINTING VANISHING POINTS

  • Above is the finished painting of Ben’s Wooden Box and I was reasonably pleased considering my limited experience painting with oils and real life objects.  At least it looks mostly like the wooden box!  My painting teacher said it wasn’t a bad effort which I appreciated hearing.  Chris then went onto helping me understand what I couldn’t recognise as a problem with my original sketching out of the object.  It was to do with my vanishing points of the object I had drawn.  He kindly sketched up the below illustrations to assist me in understanding how important it is to take vanishing points into account with sketching up objects like mine, which had two vanishing points to make things just that little more complicated.  Chris also explained the benefit of working with oil paint, that being you can go back whilst the paint is still wet and scrape off paint and/or smug the paint with a rage, if an artist is not happy with part of his/her oil painting art work.  In order to try to fix my vanishing points painting problem, I went about doing a bit of wiping off which worked to some degree.  I decided not to do too much, due to the time frame available in class and my desire not to completely destroy what I had achieved already.  Hopefully there will be many more paintings to come where I can work on my vanishing points!

 

 

 

 

‘PRODUCE DRAWING’ CLASS

Our ‘Produce Drawing’ class commenced after our lunch break.  This gave me a chance to recharge after the ‘Produce Painting’ class.  The teacher, TOBY DUTTON, set us up immediately with a new drawing task.  Once again I was faced with the challenge of creating an image on a blank sheet of paper!

 

MY ‘PRODUCE DRAWING’ CLASS PROJECT

1-14 Class 6 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph by Karen Robinson Aug 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

1-14 Class 6 ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Blank sheet of Hahnemuhle Sketch 220 gsm paper, 40cms x 53cms in readiness to start a new drawing for the day in class.  Photograph by Karen Robinson Aug 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

  • Firstly, Toby carried out a charcoal drawing demonstration on what we were to do ourselves, which involve the following processes:

1. Grab a piece of ‘Putty’ rubber and set aside ready for use.

2. Set up a sheet of drawing paper.

3. Select an image from the selection that Toby had brought in with him to class.

4. Grab a large piece of black charcoal.

5. Rub the broad side of the charcoal over the surface of the drawing paper until well covered.

6. Take a look at the image chosen by self and look for the highlights – the parts of the image that are white.

7. Using the ‘Putty’ rubber, rub and lift off the black charcoal, leaving behind white paper.

8. Using a white Conte Crayon mark in some white highlights as seen on image.

9. Using a thin Winsor & Newton Artists’ Charcoal – Willow Black, mark in some of the black shadowing as seen on the image.

 

 

  • Featured below is a YouTube which nicely shows the processes we basically used during our ‘Produce Drawing’ class to create our charcoal drawings.

 

 

  • Below here are my charcoal drawings that I created during this particular class, using the teacher demonstrated step by step processes.

 

6-14 Class 6 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph by Karen Robinson Aug 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

6-14 Class 6 ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts –  Layers of charcoal dragged across in different directions to cover a section of the drawing paper.  Drawing and photographed by Karen Robinson Aug 2016. NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

  • This intriguing drawing process had me creating an image I wouldn’t have thought possible!  Even though I was very apprehensive about my ability to achieve an acceptable result, I was pleasantly surprised and pleased with the outcome.

 

10-14 Class 6 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph by Karen Robinson Aug 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

10-14 Class 6 ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Title:  ‘Copy of a Drawing of Man Walking’ on Hahnemuhle Sketch & Drawing 220gsm paper, 40cms x 53cms using Winsor & Newton Artists’ Charcoal – Willow Black and Conte Crayons in White and Black.  Drawing and photographed by Karen Robinson Aug 2016.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

  • We were then asked to commence another charcoal drawing and I chose an image that featured a man wearing a robe with numerous folds of fabric.  The light and shade that could be seen in the image, gave me a wonderful opportunity to see if I could replicate what I could see. Once again I was surprised and pleased with my results.

 

11-14 Class 6 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph by Karen Robinson Aug 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

11-14 Class 6 ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Preparing Derwent Visual Diary A3 cartridge paper 110gsm with a rub of Winsor & Newton Artists’ Charcoal – Willow Black. Drawing and photographed by Karen Robinson Aug 2016.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

12-14 Class 6 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph by Karen Robinson Aug 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

12-14 Class 6 ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Titled:  ‘Copy of Man in Robe’ on Derwent Visual Diary A3 cartridge paper 110gsm using Winsor & Newton Artists’ Charcoal – Willow Black and Conte Crayons in White and Black. Drawing and photographed by Karen Robinson Aug 2016.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

  • Once home I sprayed my charcoal drawings with a ‘workable fixative‘, a colourless protection for pastel, chalk, charcoal and pencil drawings.  This helps to reduce smudging of these types of art works.

 

13-14 Class 6 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph by Karen Robinson Aug 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

13-14 Class 6 ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Both charcoal drawings achieved within class ‘Produce Drawings’ No. 6.  Drawings and photographed by Karen Robinson Aug 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

 

‘PRODUCE DRAWINGS’ VISUAL DIARY

At home, over a number of days before this particular drawing class, I did a couple of drawings in my ‘Produce Drawings’ Visual Diary.  I chose to sketch a plant that was sitting outside in my back garden under the pergola and concentrated on a set of leaves and a flower on a stem.

 

1-3 Visual Diary Drawings at home studio - Drawings & Photographed by Karen Robinson Aug 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

1-3 Visual Diary Drawings at home studio – Title:  ‘Flower on Stem’ on drawing paper 20cms x 29.5cms with pencil. Drawings & photographed by Karen Robinson Aug 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

2-3 Visual Diary Drawings at home studio - Drawings & Photographed by Karen Robinson Aug 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

2-3 Visual Diary Drawings at home studio – Title:  ‘Plant Leaves’ on drawing paper 20cms x 29.5cms with pencil. Drawings & photographed by Karen Robinson Aug 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

3-3 Visual Diary Drawings at home studio - Drawings & Photographed by Karen Robinson Aug 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

3-3 Source of inspiration for Visual Diary Drawings at home studio – Photographed by Karen Robinson Aug 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

Am always feeling very fortunate in being able to participate in these painting and drawing classes.  My early morning train journey into the heart of the city of Melbourne via Flinders Street Station and being able to soak up the ambiance of Degraves Street itself during my class break very much adds to the overall pleasure of the day’s creative outcomes.  Art for therapy at its best for sure….

 

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10-15 Degraves Street Coffee Shop, Melbourne, Australia - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson August 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

10-15 Degraves Street Coffee Shop, Melbourne, Australia – Where I decided to stop and have a coffee and tart before commencing my day’s ‘Produce Paintings & Drawing’ Classes.  Photograph taken by Karen Robinson August 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

CAE is located in one of Melbourne’s iconic cafe/outdoor dining locations – DEGRAVES STREET as photographed above.   Degraves Street’s bluestone-cobbled lane way, its postcard Parisian atmosphere of outdoor dining under umbrellas, and its quaint retail shops, certainly makes attending CAE’s art course each week just that much more of an enjoyable experience!

 

13-15 Degraves Street - lunch Time, Melbourne, Australia - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson August 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

13-15 Degraves Street – “Grilled” Melbourne, Australia – Where I decided to pick up a ‘healthy burger’ for lunch during my break between ‘Produce Paintings’ and ‘Produce Drawings’ classes.  It was very yummy! Photograph taken by Karen Robinson August 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

 

© Karen Robinson – September 2016

 

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CAE Certificate III in Visual Arts – Class 5: “Produce Paintings and Drawings” Blog written by Karen Robinson

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11-11 Class 5 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Aug 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

11-11 Class 5 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Paintings by Karen Robinson and Photograph taken by fellow student of Karen Robinson standing beside her oil paintings of the Pumpkin on A3 Canvas paper – done in class on the day Aug 2016. NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

My 5th class in ‘Produce Paintings’ and ‘Produce Drawings’ (these being subjects that are part of ‘Certificate III in Visual Arts’) was just as enjoyable this week as they had been previously.  These classes not only give me the opportunity to learn more about art skills and practices, but also allows for time to chat to other students about their art work efforts.  Class participants are of varying age groups and this too adds to an interesting mix of people and abilities which in turns showcases a variety of talents.  Please click on the links below to view my blogs from previous classes 1 to 4 and following below here are details in relation to this week’s painting and drawings classes 5.

 

NB:  To view details about Class 1 – please click here

NB:  to view details about class 2 – please click HERE

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NB:  to view details about class 4 – please click HERE

4-11 Class 5 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Aug 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

4-11 Class 5 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Photograph taken by Karen Robinson of Painting Class Room and students at work Aug 2016.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

 

‘PRODUCE PAINTING’ CLASS

Our ‘Produce Painting’ class commenced with our teacher, VIN RYAN, checking in with each of the students individually.  Now being my 5th class, I have managed to develop a process for myself which is taking time to set up a work area in readiness to start painting. I must confess that viewing a sheet of blank canvas paper set up ready for me to begin a painting does terrify me!  Oil painting is definitely a big challenge and finding the courage to place the oil paint onto the canvas paper to paint an object, is at times, a mystifying feat!  For this class, I decided to paint an object that I had been drawing in my Visual Diary at home.  It was a small gold/black wooden pumpkin.  I thought that painting an object that I had been drawing beforehand might help with my confidence but alas, it was still daunting.

 

3-11 Class 5 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Aug 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

3-11 Class 5 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Photograph taken by Karen Robinson of her work bench during painting class Aug 2016.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

This week I struggled in being able to formulate the exact colours to emulate the actual pumpkin I had brought into paint.  It got to a point where I just had to make a start with what I had and so I did just that – painted and just gave the whole process a go!  I wasn’t very happy with my efforts unfortunately but I know it’s important to keep pushing forward each week with the hope that I will make better progress as time moves along within each class.

 

 

After completing the first attempt of painting the pumpkin, I had quiet a lot of oil paint left on my colour palette and not wanting to waste it, I decided to quickly use it in producing another oil painting of the pumpkin.  It was an enjoyable experience being able to just apply oil paint to the canvas paper.  While it does not look like the item itself, it did give me the opportunity to just play with colours, oil paint and brush strokes.

 

9-11 Class 5 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Aug 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

9-11 Class 5 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Painting and Photograph by Karen Robinson Titled:  Pumpkin on A3 Canvas Paper in Oil Aug 2016.  Using left over oil painting to quickly create another version of the Pumpkin.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

 

‘PRODUCE DRAWING’ CLASS

Our ‘Produce Drawing’ class commenced after our lunch break.  This gave me a chance to recharge after the ‘Produce Painting’ class.  The teacher, Tim Jones, when about checking in with each of the students individually, to see what progress we had made with our drawings and confirm what we intended to proceed with during this particular drawing class.

 

1-11 Class 5 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Drawing & Photo by Karen Robinson Aug 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

1-11 Class 5 ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Photo by Karen Robinson – Photo of work bench in readiness for the commencement of drawing class Aug 2016. NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

Once again, I set up my work bench with all my drawing materials, and once again I was looking at a blank sheet of paper which I found a little daunting!  While I was waiting for my class to start, I quickly did a drawing of a clip that was sitting on my work bench just to help me get into a drawing mode.

 

 

Once our class started, our teacher had us commence with an observational drawing.  I decided to draw once again, the small gold/back wooden pumpkin I had brought from home, thinking that after drawing it at home, then painting it within my painting class earlier that day – that perhaps I could improve on my original home drawing effort.  I was happy with my in class drawing of the pumpkin which was pleasing!

 

4-11 Class 5 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Drawing & Photo by Karen Robinson Aug 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

4-11 Class 5 ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Drawing & Photo by Karen Robinson.  Drawing done during drawing class Titled:  Pumpkin on A3 Drawing Paper with pencil Aug 2016.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

After completing my drawing of the pumpkin, I decided to select an item from the group of items our drawing teacher had brought into class earlier that day.  My shoe drawing didn’t receive from me, the same effort and energy that I had put into my pumpkin drawing unfortunately.

 

 

 

 

‘PRODUCE DRAWINGS’ VISUAL DIARY

At home, over a number of days before this particular drawing class, I did a couple of drawings in my ‘Produce Drawings’ Visual Diary.  I chose to sketch a small gold/black wooden pumpkin because I very much liked its shape and how the light reflected off the object itself.  Also the plum object gave me a different shape to work with and light/shade challenge.

 

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

Am always feeling very fortunate in being able to participate in these painting and drawing classes.  My early morning train journey into the heart of the city of Melbourne via Flinders Street Station and being able to soak up the ambiance of Degraves Street itself during my class break very much adds to the overall pleasure of the day’s creative outcomes.  Art for therapy at its best for sure….

 

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CAE is located in one of Melbourne’s iconic cafe/outdoor dining locations – DEGRAVES STREET as photographed above.   Degraves Street’s bluestone-cobbled lane way, its postcard Parisian atmosphere of outdoor dining under umbrellas, and its quaint retail shops, certainly makes attending CAE’s art course each week just that much more of an enjoyable experience!

 

 

5-6 Degraves Street, Melbourne, Australia - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson August 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

5-6 Degraves Street, Melbourne, Australia – Photograph taken by Karen Robinson August 2016.  Wonderful view looking up Degraves Street while train travellers busily head off to their work offices. NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

© Karen Robinson – August 2016

 

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No. 2-12 Fourth 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

No. 2-12 Fourth ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Karen Robinson sketching her mobile phone August 2016.  Photograph taken by fellow student. NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

INTRODUCTION

My fourth class in ‘Produce Paintings’ and ‘Produce Drawings’ (these being subjects that are part of ‘Certificate III in Visual Arts’) had proved to be a little challenging for me this week.  I was not physically well and recovering from the flu, but I wanted so much not to miss my classes, as they offered me that sense of mental well-being I have come to cherish over the years by engaging in art for therapy.  Unfortunately my creative efforts for this week suffered a little due to this fact, but I still gained from being in attendance.  Please click on the links below to view my blogs for previous classes 1, 2, 3 and following below here are details in relation to this week’s classes 4.

 

NB:  To view details about Class 1 – please click here

NB:  to view details about class 2 – please click HERE

NB:  to view details about class 3 – please click HERE

No. 1-12 Fourth 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

No. 1-12 Fourth ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – View from where Karen was sitting of the ‘Produce Drawings’ Class Room.  Photograph taken by Karen Robinson August 2016.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

 

‘PRODUCE PAINTING’ CLASS

Our ‘Produce Painting’ class commenced with our teacher, VIN RYAN, checking in with each of the students individually.  For this class,  it was still about building up on my oil painting mixing skills, and about the processes of laying out my choice of colours onto a palette in readiness to paint an oil painting.

 

No. 1-7 Fourth 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

No. 1-7 Fourth ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Art Teacher, Vin Ryan demonstrating the technique in preparing a colour palette in preparation to paint. Photograph taken by Karen Robinson August 2016.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

After Vin’s demonstration, I set about in preparation of my own oil paint colour palette in order to paint another painting of a lemon – my choice!  In previous classes, Vin had stated that painting a single subject over and over again, can assist the painter in gaining a better appreciation of their own personal progress.  Therefore, a lemon it was again!  I was happy with my lemon painting of this week, and is featured below in the top image.  I felt I had progressed in understanding more about light and shade.  After a discussion with Vin, I came to learn why my lemon was more round in shape rather than oval like.  It was to do with the fact that I had placed the small green lemon stem in the middle of the lemon, instead to the side of it.  When I re-looked at the actual lemon, it was indeed to the side of the lemon! Vin explained to me that our brain wants us to place things in the centre – this made sense and explained nicely why I had not myself, place the small green stem of the lemon to the side of it!

 

No. 5-7 Fourth 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

No. 5-7 Fourth ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Painted and Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Title:  ‘Lemon’ in Oil Paint on A3 Canvas Paper August 2016.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

No. 6-7 Fourth 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

No. 6-7 Fourth ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Here can be seen a comparison of last week’s lemon painting efforts to this week’s lemon painting effort.  Painted and Photograph taken by Karen Robinson August 2016.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

 

‘PRODUCE DRAWING’ CLASS

Our ‘Produce Drawing’ class commenced after our lunch break.  This gave me a chance to recharge after the ‘Produce Painting’ class.  The teacher, Tim Jones, firstly had a good look through my visual diary, to see what drawing homework I had been able to achieve since the last class. Then it was onto choosing an item to draw and I chose a tall glass bottle.  Glass – I find to be quiet a challenge, lots of colour variations and shadows that would have gone unnoticed before choosing to sketch it.  Tim said my drawing of the tall glass bottle was a believable effort, and that pleased me considering I was not feeling the best.  All I managed to get done after that was a small drawing of my mobile phone!

 

No. 1-12 Fourth 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

No. 1-12 Fourth ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Photograph taken by Karen Robinson August 2016.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

No. 5-12 Fourth 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

No. 5-12 Fourth ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Drawing & Photograph taken by Karen Robinson.  Drawing Title:  ‘Glass Bottle’ on A3 Paper in Pencil August 2016.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

No. 12-12 Fourth 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

No. 12-12 Fourth ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Drawing & Photograph taken by Karen Robinson. Drawing Title:  ‘Mobile Phone’ on A3 Paper with pencil August 2016.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

 

JOHN RUSKIN’S BOOK – ‘THE ELEMENTS OF DRAWING’

The drawing teacher recommended a book for me in relation to drawing to assist me in gaining a better understanding of tone, weight, colour and composition.  It’s written by John Ruskin and the book is tilted The Elements of Drawing.   I have purchased the book online and look forward to having a good look through its pages when it arrives.  Please find here below a review written by Amazon:

John Ruskin shaped generations of artists, art critics and historians’ understanding of how art works.  He was the preeminent critic of his time, and a fine artist in his own right.  In The Elements of Drawing, Ruskin explains how to draw and how to look at the drawings of others, in a wonderful primer on line, tone, weight, colour, and composition.  Generations have been taught how to draw and how to paint by Ruskin in this book and his others.  Fully illustrated by the author, to demonstrate the techniques he describes, The Elements of Drawing is one of the all-time classics in art and art history, and an essential guide for those who want to learn how to draw.  This edition is a facsimile reproduction of the original 1857 work, with all Ruskin’s original art included, as well as his comprehensive list of resources and works any young artist should study (Amazon 2016).

 

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‘PRODUCE DRAWINGS’ VISUAL DIARY

At home, over a number of days between this drawing class and the next, I did a couple of drawings in my ‘Produce Drawings’ Visual Diary.  I chose to sketch a beautiful ‘Arum’ lily.  These elegant, graceful flowers are currently in flower and wildly growing in large patches across from our home in a garden that my husband has been creating for some 15 years now.

 

No. 9-12 Fourth 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

No. 9-12 Fourth ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Drawing & Photograph taken by Karen Robinson.  Drawing Title:  ‘Arum Lily’ in Visual Diary Paper with pencil August 2016. NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

CONCLUSION

Am always feeling very fortunate in being able to participate in these painting and drawing classes.  Being able to soak up the ambiance of Degraves Street itself during my class break very much adds to the overall pleasure of the day’s creative outcomes.  Art for therapy at its best for sure….

 

4 of 4 Cafe outside CAE on Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Australia - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson August 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

4 of 4 Cafe outside CAE on Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Australia – Place Karen Robinson stops for a coffee before ‘Produce Paintings & Drawings Classes’.  Photograph taken by Karen Robinson August 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

CAE is located in one of Melbourne’s iconic cafe/outdoor dining locations – DEGRAVES STREET as photographed above.   Degraves Street’s bluestone-cobbled lane way, its postcard Parisian atmosphere of outdoor dining under umbrellas, and its quaint retail shops, certainly makes attending CAE’s art course each week just that much more of an enjoyable experience!

 

© Karen Robinson – August 2016

 

Whilst you are here – please check out my home page!  Post-traumatic Growth – My Art Therapy JourneyA window into the soul of an Abstract Artist through art therapy and storytellingby Karen Robinson

CAE Certificate III in Visual Arts – Class 3: “Produce Paintings and Drawings” Blog written by Karen Robinson

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No. 11-13 Third 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

No. 11-13 Third ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Karen Robinson holding her ‘Produce Painting’ effort – done during class 3. Titled:  ‘Lemons’  Oil Paint on Canvas Paper A3. Photograph taken by fellow student. NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

INTRODUCTION

My third class in ‘Produce Paintings’ and ‘Produce Drawings’ (these being subjects that are part of ‘Certificate III in Visual Arts’) proved to be productive classes for me this week.  I listened carefully to what our teachers had to say and applied that instruction to my painting and drawing creative efforts.  While oil painting still proves to be a difficult creative skill to manage, I did feel I had made one step forward towards better understanding this particular paint type and its application process.  Drawing, as I have indicated in my blogs for class 1 and class 2, provides me with a less frustrating experience.  Please click on the links below to view classes one and two blogs.

 

NB:  To view details about Class 1 – please click here

NB:  to view details about class 2 – please click HERE

 

 

 

‘PRODUCE PAINTING’ CLASS

Our ‘Produce Painting’ class commenced with our teacher, VIN RYAN, checking in with each of the students individually.  For this class, I decided to look at painting lemons based on the drawing I had completed at home in my ‘Produce Drawings’ Visual Diary, using that drawing to help me remember about light and shade, and about warm and cool.  I also brought along a real lemon to use as a focus for my painting effort.  This week I also brought with me a ‘Produce Paintings’ Visual Diary to assist me in creating notes of reference from each class I undertake.   My first task was to set up my colour palette for painting the lemon.  Once I had achieved this, I double-checked with my teacher to see what he thought and I was glad I did!  Vin showed me how you arrange a colour palette. The colours that have not been mixed with other colours should be at the top (as per my photo below).  The colours that have been mixed should be based along the bottom half of the palette.  This helps to keep the oil painting artist organised.  My top row consisted of the following colours:

  • AS Art Spectrum Artists’ Oil Colour ‘Spectrum Yellow’
  • Winsor & Newton Oil Colour ‘Zinc White’
  • AS Art Spectrum Artists’ Oil Colour ‘Spectrum Blue’
  • AS art Spectrum Artists’ Oil Colour ‘Spectrum Red’

My initial palette hadn’t included Spectrum Blue and Spectrum Red. Our teacher, Vin, explained that without the Blue and the Red, I wouldn’t be able to achieve the light and dark, the hues needed to create the lemon colour variations. Vin said without these colours, everything would start to look greenish! Once I was happy with my colour palette, it was time to commence painting. Using the paint brush as a pencil, I commenced applying the paint to the canvas paper, which proved, once again, a major challenge but exciting as well. I could feel that I was making some small progress towards understanding how oil paint applies onto the canvas paper and about the use of different hues of oil paint colour, to help achieve light and shade within the painting itself. My lemons are ok – I prefer the top left hand corner lemon to the other – and the leaf on the top right hand corner, not at all! I had used a small palette knife to spread oil paint on the leaf and ruined it, for sure. Vin stated that it was best to resist using a palette knife on paintings and if I do, just very sparingly. I can now appreciate why!

 

No. 8-13 Third 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

No. 8-13 Third ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

No. 9-13 Third 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

No. 9-13 Third ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

 

‘PRODUCE DRAWING’ CLASS

Our ‘Produce Drawing’ class commenced after our lunch break.  This gave me a chance to recharge after the ‘Produce Painting’ class.  The teacher, Toby Dutton, gave us a demonstration on what we were going to tackle during this particular ‘Produce Drawing’ class.  Then each of us was instructed to collect a sheet of brown paper.  We then pulled out, from our personal stores of drawing materials, our box of Conte Crayons – fine pastels sticks.  Toby stated that these crayons had been used by masters such as Picasso, Degas and Delacroix for over a century.  The crayons are apparently used for sketching and their edging helps provide a method of being able to cut into the sketching work with precision required for detailed line work and also used to block in larger areas of the work with coloured background (The Art Scene 2016).  Once we had these materials together and our drawings-stand set up, we were then invited to select a photocopy of an image from the teacher’s selection.  We were to create from the picture, a portrait drawing as per the following instructions:

  • On the brown paper
  • Draw portrait, including head and shoulders at least, using photocopy image
  • Using Conte Crayons
  • Start with orange Conte Crayon – and lightly sketch in the overall portrait – shaping the face first and then basic detailing with just the one colour.  Look for shadows and use the side of the Conte Crayon to achieve. NB:  I didn’t have the colour orange, so I just worked with two colours being white and brown.
  • Using the white Conte Crayon – sketch in the ‘light’ seen within the portrait image.
  • Using the brown Conte Crayon – sketch in the ‘dark’ seen with the portrait image.
  • NB:  Allow the brown paper to do a lot of the work.

Being my first time ever to draw with Conte Crayons I was a little apprehensive, but once I got started it became an enjoyable experience.  I was pleased with my portrait and the teacher Toby had some good comments to make about it, so that made me happy as well.  In order to ‘fix’ the Conte Crayons, I will need to spray my drawing when I get home with a fixative, to help protect my drawing – another learning process!

 

No. 10-20 Second 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

No. 10-20 Second ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Student drawing in class.  Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

No. 17-20 Second 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

No. 17-20 Second ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

‘PRODUCE DRAWINGS’ VISUAL DIARY

At home, over a number of days between this drawing class and the next, I did a couple of drawings in my ‘Produce Drawings’ Visual Diary.

 

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

Once more, I am feeling very fortunate in being able to participate in these painting and drawing classes.  Being able to soak up the ambiance of Degraves Street itself during my class break very much adds to the overall pleasure of the day’s creative outcomes.  Art for therapy at its best for sure….

 

1 of 3 Breakfast at Cafe inside CAE on Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Australia - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson August 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

1 of 3 Breakfast at Cafe inside CAE on Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Australia – Photograph taken by Karen Robinson August 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

CAE is located in one of Melbourne’s iconic cafe/outdoor dining locations – DEGRAVES STREET as photographed above.   Degraves Street’s bluestone-cobbled lane way, its postcard Parisian atmosphere of outdoor dining under umbrellas, and its quaint retail shops, certainly makes attending CAE’s art course each week just that much more of an enjoyable experience!

 

© Karen Robinson – August 2016

Whilst you are here – please check out my home page!  Post-traumatic Growth – My Art Therapy JourneyA window into the soul of an Abstract Artist through art therapy and storytellingby Karen Robinson

CAE Certificate III in Visual Arts – Class 2: “Produce Paintings and Drawings” Blog written by Karen Robinson

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No. 6-19 Second 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

No. 6-19 Second ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Photograph of Karen Robinson drawing in class – Photo taken by fellow student in class 4th August 2016.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

INTRODUCTION

My second class in ‘Produce Paintings’ and ‘Produce Drawings’ – these being subjects that are part of ‘Certificate III in Visual Arts’ has proven to be just as enjoyable this week, and just as challenging for me!  Over the years, I have become a master at using acrylic paints but never with oil paints.  So painting in oils, learning how to mix oil colours and their relating mediums – is no easy task!  It is though, an artistic skill that I am determined to persist with; and hopefully at the end of this series of classes, I will have gained some form of mastery in oil painting?!  As for my ‘Produce Drawing’ class – I am finding it more enjoyable and less frustrating and over time I feel drawing will become a favourite artistic outlet of mine.

NB:  To view details about Classes 1 – please click here

 

 

‘PRODUCE PAINTING’ CLASS:

No. 4-13 Second 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

No. 4-13 Second ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Photograph taken by Karen Robinson of ‘Produce Painting’ Teacher Vin Ryan demonstrating the mixing of oil paint colour palette.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

Our ‘Produce Painting’ class commenced with our teacher – VIN RYAN going through, once again, the process of blending colours and using the colour wheel in order to achieve the right colour tones for one’s painting project.  Vin Ryan talked about experiencing the act of oil painting first as an artist; and then onto experiencing acrylics/water colours and stated that some students after this experience choose to work in acrylics – think this will be me!  He also explained that the colour blue is the dominate, stronger colour and that yellow is the weakest colour.  Vin also asked us to bring in a personal item to paint as it would help use learn quicker than painting from an object provided within the class its self.  It was also recommenced that we see our painting’s colour selection on a palette before placing paint onto our canvas.

 

 

Once we had settled back to our work area, it was then time to choose one of the glass objects set out on the table before us.  I found trying to emulate the glass colours reflected in the glass vase I chose, very difficult; and organising a limited colour palette, just as challenging!  Using the paint brush as a pencil to begin the outline of the glass vase is a new approach for me and a little frustrating.  Towards the end, I found myself just wanting to get the oil paint onto the canvas which didn’t really work – being that I was working with oil paints, as you need to approach finishing an oil painting in a progressive manner.  But it did allow me, to get a feel for how oil paint feels on the brush and on the canvas itself – that was a good thing for me.  It’s only my 2nd oil painting and I am sure with time, I will achieve a satisfactory result!

 

No. 13-13 Second 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

No. 13-13 Second ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Oil Painting and Photo by Karen Robinson.  Oil Painting Title:  ‘Vase’ Oil Paint on A3 290 gsm Canson Canvas Paper, 2nd August 2016.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

‘PRODUCE DRAWING’ CLASS:

No. 1-19 Second 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

No. 1-19 Second ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

Our ‘Produce Drawing’ class commenced after our lunch break.  This gave me a chance to recharge after a frustrating ‘Produce Painting’ class!  The teacher Tim Jones directed the group to continue on with our observational drawings projects.  As a warm up, I commenced sketching last week’s subject matter – being the Magnolias in a glass jar of water.  I also draw a number of small sketches featuring segments of the same subject matter.

 

 

No. 4-19 Second 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

No. 4-19 Second ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Drawn & Photographed by Karen Robinson.  Drawing Titled:  ‘Magnolia Bud’ – Derwent Visual Diary Paper, 4B/HB Lead Pencil 2nd August 2016.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

As I hadn’t brought in an object from home to draw, I searched the art room to see if there was anything of interest that I could draw.  I found this lime green and silver chrome lamp stand.  Standing it in front of me, I could appreciate clearly the light and shade elements of this object which I found pleasing and gave me more confidence to give it a go and just draw!

 

No. 8-19 Second 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

No. 8-19 Second ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Drawn & Photographed Karen Robinson.  Drawing Title: ‘Lamp’ Derwent Visual Diary Paper, 2B Lead Pencil, 2nd August, 2016. NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

COMMENCEMENT OF ‘PRODUCE DRAWINGS’ VISUAL DIARY

At home – a number of days between this drawing class and the next, I decided to create a ‘Produce Drawing’ visual diary, where I commenced drawing a number of items that I found around my home.  I was hoping that by just producing simple, single item drawings, that I could help my observational skills, especially in relation to light and shade on the given object I was drawing.  I was also hoping that this process would also help me in my ‘Product Painting’ class by being able to observe more clearly, where light and shade exists on an item that I would choose to paint.

 

 

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

Feeling very fortunate in being able to participant in these painting and drawings classes.  Being able to soak up the ambiance of Degraves Street itself, during my class break – very much adds to the over all pleasure of the day’s creative outcomes.  Art for therapy at its best for sure….

 

CAE is located in one of Melbourne’s iconic cafe/outdoor dinning locations – DEGRAVES STREET as photographed above.   Degraves Street’s bluestone cobble lane way, it’s postcard Parisian atmosphere of outdoor dining under umbrellas, and its quaint retail shops, certainly makes attending CAE’s art course each week – just that much more, an enjoyable experience!

 

© Karen Robinson – July 2016

 

Whilst you are here – please check out my home page!  Post-traumatic Growth – My Art Therapy JourneyA window into the soul of an Abstract Artist through art therapy and storytellingby Karen Robinson

CAE Certificate III in Visual Arts – Class 1: “Produce Paintings and Drawings” Blog written by Karen Robinson

While you are here – please check out my home page!

 

No. 8-18 First 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

No. 8-18 Certificate III in Visual Arts – First Class:   ‘Produce Drawings’ C.A.E (Centre for Adult Education) Melbourne, Australia.  Photograph taken by fellow student of Karen Robinson drawing in class.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

INTRODUCTION

After being involved with Mind Australia’s Art Therapy Group, as a participant for two years and also being part of their Creative Writing Group for just on one year, the time had come for me to look for another way of investing myself in some form of creative outlet which would aid my ongoing post-traumatic growth; a creative outlet that would tick the happy box!  It took a number of months for me to finally reach a decision to take up an Arts Course with CAE (Centre for Adult Education) Melbourne, Australia.  I have always wanted to participate in an arts course from a very early age but life got in the way, not that, that was a bad outcome, it just meant I ended up following a different path in my earlier life.  Whilst I have now been, a practicing intuitive abstract artist since 2008 and have produced many paintings over those years, I still find myself wanting to participate in some sort of formal arts education.  I am starting at the bottom with Certificate III in Visual Arts and only commencing with two subjects for this first semester, due to the need for having to work and also in order to keep up with my volunteer speaking with Road Trauma Support Services Victoria.

 

CAE is located in one of Melbourne’s iconic cafe/outdoor dinning locations – DEGRAVES STREET as photographed above.   Degraves Street’s bluestone cobble lane way, it’s postcard Parisian atmosphere of outdoor dining under umbrellas, and its quaint retail shops, certainly makes attending CAE’s art course each week – just that much more, an enjoyable experience!

 

 

ABOUT CERTIFICATE III IN VISUAL ARTS

CAE states that this course will “give students the opportunity to explore a variety of art techniques and methods.  Guided by practising artists students will have a unique opportunity to realise their artistic goals.  Students will study drawing, printmaking, sculpture, painting, art history and theory, visit exhibitions, listen to artist talks, participate in workshops and develop an understanding of what it is to be a visual artist.  Students will also further their interest in visual art and participate in classes that will teach practical skills and encourage them to develop their concepts (CAE 2016)“.

After reading what this course ‘Certificate III in Visual Arts’ offered, I felt that it would give me an opportunity to: (1) expand on my existing arts knowledge base; (2) develop knowledge about materials and tools I haven’t used before; (3) work under the direction of experienced practicing artists/teachers; (4) and get to know others students with the same creative interests.  Whilst these classes are not a form of art therapy, and are about learning/improving one’s arts knowledge and skills, I do feel that they will, for me at least, aid as a form of ‘art for therapy‘ and will certainly tick the happy box which in turn will assist me, in maintaining my sense of well-being!

 

 

ART MATERIALS PURCHASED FOR CLASSES

Part of the process of commencing classes, is the process of purchasing painting and drawing arts materials.  Very kindly, the painting teacher VIN RYAN took me down to the arts store Senior Art Supplies which is just below where the classes are held, to show me what was needed to start with the  ‘Product Paintings’ class.  Using my mobile phone, I photographed each item (see below) so that I could come back later and purchase.  Also, TIM JONES the drawing teacher, kindly indicated on the arts materials list, just what I needed to purchase for the ‘Product Drawings’ class which I very much appreciated as it ensured I only purchased the necessary art items!

 

 

The Senior Art Supplies store which is situated in Degraves Street, is a small and delightful place to visit, especially if you are an artist – as it is like a candy store for artists and jammed packed full of art goodies.  Whether a professional, hobbyist and/or student, this store caters well for all, offering a product range which is comprehensive, consisting of artist materials and accessories such as: acrylics, oils, water-colours, gouache, easels, brushes, self-help books and more (City of Melbourne 2016).

 

 

 

ABOUT SUBJECT:  ‘PRODUCE PAINTINGS’ TEACHER VIN RYAN

CAE states “this unit describes the performance outcome, skills and knowledge required to produce paintings through the exploration and application of a range of techniques, tools, equipment and materials.  People still developing their painting skills apply the skills and knowledge in this unit.  They produce finished paintings, building on and combining a range of techniques to support the ideas of the work.  At this level, work is usually undertaken under supervision, though some autonomy and judgement can be expected within established parameters (CAE 2016)”.

 

 

‘PRODUCE PAINTINGS’ – CLASS WORKING SPACE

As I walked into the space where we were to work, I found myself just so happy to be there!  It has been a little dream of mine to be able to attend such a course for so many years and now I am here!  It looked just as I had imaged it would, paint marks everywhere, art work throughout and then the students from all walks of life started coming in with their art supplies and their delightful chatter…

 

 

 

 

‘PRODUCE PAINTING’ CLASS:  MY VERY FIRST OIL PAINTING!

I had never used oil paints before this day, so I was a bit apprehensive to start with.  We had to choose an object to paint and I chose a shapely cream ceramic jug.  This type of painting was/is very different from what I was/am used to doing and trying to understand where the light and shadows where on the object – I did find challenging.  My jug painting is no master piece but an important place to start this journey!  It was a good exercise in getting to understand how to use: (1) the paint brush as a pencil; (2) cleaning the brush with solvent; (3) using archival odorless Lean; (4) also thinking about colour/colour wheel variations to create depth and tone; (5) using a White Pad to mix the oil paint; (6) and apply the paint to the Canvas Paper – all which I don’t do currently within my current arts practice!  It was also, a good exercise, in really observing the object, observing where the light and shadows sat on its surface.  Hopefully I will develop a style of my own for oil painting, as time progresses.

 

No. 17-20 First 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

No. 17-20 First ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Karen Robinson’s first oil painting ‘Titled:  Jug” on Canvas Paper. Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

 

ABOUT SUBJECT:  ‘PRODUCE DRAWINGS’ – TEACHER TIM JONES

CAE states “this unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to produce drawings through the exploration and application of a range of techniques, tools, equipment and materials.  This unit relates to drawing as an art form and therefore differs from units that focus on drawing as a visual representation tool.  People still developing their drawing expertise apply the skills and knowledge in this unit.  They produce finished drawings extending and combining a range of techniques to support the ideas of the work.  At this level, work is usually undertaken under supervision, though some autonomy and judgement can be expected with established parameters (CAE 2016)”.

 

 

‘PRODUCE DRAWINGS’ – CLASS WORKING SPACE

The ‘Produce Drawing’ class proceeded the ‘Produce Painting’ class and was situated in a very similar room.  Placed in the centre of the room on tables, was a row of pink Magnolia flowers, in large glass jars of clear water.  It was our task to observe closely these items and draw what we saw, in detail, onto paper.

 

 

 

 

‘PRODUCE DRAWING’ CLASS:  PINK MAGNOLIA FLOWERS IN GLASS JAR!

The drawing class for me, was easier than the painting class, as I found myself enjoying this process considerably more.  Using a HB lead pencil to draw with and applying it onto a sheet of visual diary paper, helped me just purely concentrate, on the artistic task at hand!  At first I drew the whole item – being the pink Magnolias and the large glass jar.  Then I proceeded to draw smaller segments, with the intent of trying to capture more detailing and to also help improve my observational skills.  The very last drawing I decided to do in pen, and is my favourite out of the set that I did on this day.

 

No. 11-18 First 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

No. 11-18 First ‘Produce Drawings’ C.A.E Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts.  My first in class sketch set of drawings of Magnolia branches, buds and flower and large jar of water.  Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

No. 18-18 First 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

No. 18-18 First ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Drawing of Pink Magnolia Bud in Biro on Paper by Karen Robinson.  Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

My first day at my painting and drawing classes, was just as I had hoped they would be!  I will be doing this course over a two-year period which is going to be a perfect pace for me right now in my life.  Very much am looking forward to engaging within this whole process of learning new art methods, extending my art skills development, meeting new people and learning about my teachers, as artists.  Over this two-year period, I will be sharing my art’s study experience via my weblog, in the hope that by sharing will encourage others to take up art for therapy as a way forward with post-traumatic growth. Ticks the happy box for sure and in turn will be great for my sense of well-being…

© Karen Robinson – August 2016

 

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