CAE Certificate III in Visual Arts – Class 11: “Produce Paintings and Drawings” Blog written by Karen Robinson

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5 of 17 Class 11 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright

5 of 17 Class 11 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright

 

 

INTRODUCTION

My 11th class in ‘Produce Paintings’ and ‘Produce Drawings’ (these being subjects that are part of ‘Certificate III in Visual Arts’) progressed as per usual.  These classes up until now have not just given me an opportunity to broaden my arts skill base, but also an opportunity to get to know other students.  It has helped me appreciate the differences in how individuals apply their creative self to their artworks.

 

1 of 17 Class 11 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright

1 of 17 Class 11 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts.  ‘Produce Painting’ class. Photograph by Karen Robinson Oct 2016.  NB All images are protected by copyright

NB:  To view my previous blogs about these classes, please 
click here! For this week's classes No. 11 'Produce Paintings' 
& 'Produce Drawings' - please scroll down to view.

 

 

‘PRODUCE PAINTINGS’ CLASS

Our ‘Produce Paintings’ class commenced with our teacher, VIN RYAN, checking in with each of the students individually.  During this session I decided I wanted to paint something of an abstract nature.  Vin recommended that I look at the work of an Australian Artist Ralph Bristow to gain some inspiration.

Ralph Bristow is a visual artist who lives in North East Regional Victoria.  He has recently completed a purpose-built studio overlooking the Broken River.  This space had allowed him to paint on canvas, expanding and exploring new possibilities.  Ralph’s paintings are multidimensional.  Arranged in a form of mindful collage combined with complex colour combinations as well as monochromatic palates.  He applies paint spontaneously, synchronising hand and eye with the present moment, streaming consciousness into his work.  Some paintings are resolved relatively promptly, keeping the work fresh and expressive, trying to hold and capture a moment.  Other works are more complex in their resolve, telling a story of going through a process of layering, obliterating, repainting, building up paint that weaves in, out and through his work.  Works are gouache, ink, aquarelle pencil, mediums on paper as well as acrylic on canvas.  He is inspired by his experiences of the spirit, science, landscape and present consciousness.  Ralph Bristow is interested in how his paintings are a portable meeting place, a place where lives mingle, where his work is transformed from his experience into the lives of the viewer.  He now invites the viewer to share his journey within each painting (Bristow 2015).”

 

 

  • Gouache:  One of the mediums Ralph Bristow uses is gouache.  I managed to find a suitable YouTube which covers how to use it reasonably well – please find here below.

 

  • Aquarelle Pencil:  Another medium that Ralph Bristow uses is aquarelle pencil.  I managed to find a suitable YouTube which covers how to use it reasonably well – please find here below.

 

 

MY ‘PRODUCE PAINTINGS’ CLASS PROJECT

  • In readiness to start a painting inspired by Ralph Bristow’s art work:

 

  • My Painting Palette:  My colour palette was based on trying to achieve a colour story that would compliment each other, but also have some colours that would be in contrast to one another.

2 of 17 Class 11 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright

 

  • A3 Canvas Paper:  Facing the dreaded blank canvas!
3 of 17 Class 11 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright

3 of 17 Class 11 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright

 

  • My Painting Effort – Step by Step:  Below shows the step by step approach I took to complete my abstract painting.

 

  • Closeup Of Painting Effort:  Here below are small closeup sections of my painting which helps show the texture and flow of the oil paint.

 

  • My Completed Abstract Painting:  Inspired by Bristow and no masterpiece of mine for sure, but I am beginning to enjoy using oil paints.  The applying of the paint to the canvas paper is pleasurable, and how it looks on completion is worth the effort of persevering with this medium for me I feel.  Very therapeutic – art for therapy!
16 of 17 Class 11 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright

16 of 17 Class 11 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Title:  ‘Abstract’ on A3 Canvas in oil paint.  Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright

 

 

‘PRODUCE DRAWINGS’ CLASS

Our ‘Produce Drawings’ class commenced after our lunch break.  This gave me a chance to recharge after the ‘Produce Paintings’ class.  The teacher, Tim Jones had each of us set up our work area in readiness to undertake another session of ‘Life Drawing’.  Once again we were made aware of the processes we needed to undertake, which had been explained to us during a previous ‘Produce Drawings’ class session with Toby Dutton.

 

2 of 8 Class 11 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

2 of 8 Class 11 ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts.  ‘Produce Drawings’ easel setup in readiness to start ‘Life Drawing’ class session. Photograph by Karen Robinson Oct 2016. NB images protected by copyright laws

 

 

MY ‘PRODUCE DRAWING’ CLASS PROJECT

  • Here below is my easel set-up during the ‘life drawing’ class.  Under instruction from our teacher, we completed a set of ‘life drawings’ done in quick succession; some being drawn within minutes and others being given up to 20 minutes to complete.

 

1 of 8 Class 11 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

1 of 8 Class 11 ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts.  Blank paper clipped to easel in readiness to commence my ‘Life Drawing’ class session.  A blank sheet of paper also presenting me with a challenge to fill with drawings of quality. Photograph by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

 

  • Here below are a number of charcoal drawings done in quick succession during the class session.
14 of 17 Class 11 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Drawing & Photograph by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

14 of 17 Class 11 ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Drawing & Photograph by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

16 of 17 Class 11 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Drawing & Photograph by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

16 of 17 Class 11 ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Drawing & Photograph by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

 

  • Here below is a charcoal drawing where we were given 20 minutes to complete.
6 of 9 Class 11 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

6 of 9 Class 11 ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Charcoal Drawing & Photograph by Karen Robinson Oct 2016. NB images protected by copyright laws

 

  • Here below is my last charcoal drawing for this session; we had 20 minutes given to us to complete.
4 of 8 Class 11 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

4 of 8 Class 11 ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Charcoal Drawing & Photograph by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

 

 

‘PRODUCE DRAWINGS’ VISUAL DIARY

In between classes I managed to do only the one pencil drawing in my visual diary.  Time-poor this week and this was all I could sadly manage!

 

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

1-1 Visual Diary Drawings at home studio – Pencil Drawing & Photograph by Karen Robinson Oct 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….

 

1 of 3 Corner of Degreaves & Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Australia - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

1 of 3 Degraves Street looking towards Flinders Street Railway Station, Melbourne, Australia – Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Oct 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!

 

3 of 3 Corner of Degreaves & Flinders Lane, looking towards Centre Places, Melbourne, Australia - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

3 of 3 Corner of Degraves & Flinders Lane, looking towards Centre Places, Melbourne, Australia – Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

2 of 3 Corner of Degreaves & Flinders Lane, looking towards Centre Places, Melbourne, Australia - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

2 of 3 Corner of Degraves & Flinders Lane, looking towards Centre Places, Melbourne, Australia – Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 


© Karen Robinson – October 2016

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CAE Certificate III in Visual Arts – Class 10: “Produce Paintings and Drawings” Blog written by Karen Robinson

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6 of 14 Class 10 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

6 of 14 Class 10 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts:  Class room scene during this week’s session.  Painting Title ‘Face’ on A3 Canvas Paper.  Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Oct 2016.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

INTRODUCTION

My 10th class in ‘Produce Paintings’ and ‘Produce Drawings’ (these being subjects that are part of ‘Certificate III in Visual Arts’) progressed as per usual.  I was mostly happy with my art work this week, and hopefully as time progresses, I will find ways of improving my art skills base that will have me feeling most satisfied.  No matter the outcome – it is great to able to be part of this creative environment; and for this I am most grateful as these experiences are a form of art for therapy for me!

 

5 of 14 Class 10 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

5 of 14 Class 10 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts:  Arts Students at work during this week’s session.  Photograph by Karen Robinson Oct 2016.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

NB:  To view my previous blogs about these classes, please click here!  For this week’s classes No. 10 for ‘Produce Paintings’ and ‘Produce Drawings’ – please scroll down to view.

 

 

‘PRODUCE PAINTINGS’ CLASS

Our ‘Produce Paintings’ class commenced with our teacher, VIN RYAN, checking in with each of the students individually.  During this session I decided to use a photo of a painting that I had found on my mobile phone as a source of inspiration.  Sadly, I didn’t at the time write down the details of the artist, so if anyone reading this blog can tell me who was the artist, I will make sure the details are included – my apologies.

 

1 of 14 Class 10 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

1 of 14 Class 10 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts:  My art work area ready to start painting.  Photograph by Karen Robinson Oct 2016.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

MY ‘PRODUCE PAINTINGS’ CLASS PROJECT

  • My Painting Source Of Inspiration:   I chose this particular painting featured below to use as a source of inspiration.  Vin, our teacher explained to me that the artist had used a ‘scumbling‘ technique.  “It’s a painting technique in which a layer of broken, speckled, or scratchy color is added over another color so that bits of the lower layers(s) of color show through the scumbling.  The result gives a sense of depth and color variation to an area” (Marion Boddy-Evans 2016). For the purposes of being able to create just one painting during this class session, I decided to concentrate only on trying to paint an interpretation of the face, hair, collar and shoulder areas.

 

14 of 14 Class10 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 Visual Arts - Photograph used as inspiration by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

14 of 14 Class 10 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 Visual Arts.  Painting used as a source of inspiration for this week’s class painting.  Photograph by Karen Robinson Oct 2016. NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

  • My Painting Palette:  My colour palette for my painting was based on achieving colours that were not unique to the original painting, but colours which I found particularly appealing to me.

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  • My Painting Effort:  Below is my painting effort for this class session.  I did very much enjoy painting this image, and I am beginning to really appreciate the beauty of working with oil paints.


  • My Painting Palette:  My painting palette at the end of this class!
4 of 14 Class 10 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

4 of 14 Class 10 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts.  End of class work area.  Photograph by Karen Robinson Oct 2016.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

  • My Completed Painting:  I am beginning to enjoy using oil paints.  The applying of it to the canvas paper process is pleasurable, and how it looks on completion is worth the effort of persevering with this medium for me I feel.
7 of 14 Class 10 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

7 of 14 Class 10 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts.  My complete painting titled:  ‘Face’ on A3 Canvas Paper using oil paints.  Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Oct 2016.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

‘PRODUCE DRAWINGS’ CLASS

Our ‘Produce Drawings’ class commenced after our lunch break.  This gave me a chance to recharge after the ‘Produce Paintings’ class.  The teacher, Tim Jones had each of us set up our work area in readiness to undertake another session of ‘Life Drawing’.  Once again we were made aware of the processes we needed to undertake, which had been explained to us during last week’s ‘Produce Drawings’ class session with Toby Dutton.

 

 

 

LIFE DRAWING WITH DEREK BOSHIER YOUTUBE

I came across this YouTube showing Derek Boshier conducting a master class in ‘life drawing’ and found it enlightening:-

“Most readily known for his Pop art, painter Derek Boshier has worked in many media, and continues practice as primarily a narrative figurative painter. Now living in Los Angeles, Boshier experienced the rigor of training on the National Diploma in Design, and then as a graduate student at RCA. Boshier has exhibited his work—as well as taught extensively in art schools–all over the world” (Derek Boshier Jun 2013).

 

 

 

MY ‘PRODUCE DRAWING’ CLASS PROJECT

  • Here below is my easel set-up during the ‘life drawing’ class.  Under instruction from our teacher, we completed a set of ‘life drawings’ done in quick succession; some being drawn within minutes and others being given up to 20 minutes to complete.

 

3 of 13 Class 10 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph and drawing by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

3 of 13 Class 10 ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Photograph and drawing by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

 

  • Here below are a number of ‘life drawings’ in charcoal I did at the commencement of the class – in very quick succession. 

 

  • Here below are a number of ‘life drawings’ in charcoal that were done with my left hand rather than my dominate right hand. 

 

  • Here below is the second last ‘life drawing’ I did during the session.

 

  • Here below and to the left is a drawing done by just looking at the life model and without looking at the paper at all.

 

  • Here below is a drawing were there are no curved lines, only straight lines!  I actually really like this drawing…
11 of 13 Class 10 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph and drawing by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

11 of 13 Class 10 ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Photograph and drawing by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

 

  • Here below is the second last ‘life drawing’ I did during the session and is my favourite.
13 of 13 Class 10 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph and drawing by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

13 of 13 Class 10 ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Photograph and drawing by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

 

 

‘PRODUCE DRAWINGS’ VISUAL DIARY

In between classes I managed to do only the one pencil drawing in my visual diary.  Time-poor this week and this was all I could sadly manage!

 

 

 

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….

 

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 – October 2016

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POST-TRAUMATIC GROWTH:  Using Art & Creative Writing as Therapy – My Journey by Karen Robinson.


CAE Certificate III in Visual Arts – Class 9: “Produce Paintings and Drawings” Blog written by Karen Robinson

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3-6 Visual Diary Drawings at home studio - Drawings & Photographed by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

3 0f 6 Visual Diary Drawings via Home Studio:  Our ‘Produce Drawings’ teacher has impressed upon us the importance of trying to put aside time each day to draw, in order to build on existing and/or develop new drawing skills.  I try to draw each day as time allows.  Title ‘Red Flower’ drawn in pencil in my A4 Visual Diary – Drawing & Photograph by Karen Robinson Oct 2016.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

INTRODUCTION

My 9th class in ‘Produce Paintings’ and ‘Produce Drawings’ (these being subjects that are part of ‘Certificate III in Visual Arts’) progressed as per usual.  But during this week’s classes I personally found it hard to get started.  The process of being able to switch off the outside-world and focus on the task at hand was a struggle, but with the support and encouragement of the teachers, I managed to produce some art work where I felt a degree of satisfaction.

7 of 8 Class 9 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

7 of 8 Class 9 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts:- Students busy working on ‘Produce Paintings’ art work during class.  Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Oct 2016. NB All images are protected by copyright laws

NB:  To view my blogs about previous classes, please click on the links given here – Classes 1, Classes 2, Classes 3, Classes 4, Classes 5, Classes 6, Classes 7, Classes 8 and for this week’s classes 9 for ‘Produce Paintings’ and ‘Produce Drawings’ – please scroll down to view.

 

 

PRODUCE PAINTING CLASS

Our ‘Produce Painting’ class commenced with our teacher, CHRIS PITTARD, checking in with each of the students individually.  During this session I decided to paint a small pinkish coloured glass jar that I had found within the class room itself.

1 of 8 Class 9 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

1 of 8 Class 9 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts:- Set and ready to start this week’s ‘Produce Painting’ painting.  Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Oct 2016. NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

MY ‘PRODUCE PAINTING’ CLASS PROJECT

The jar definitely presented me with a challenge I wasn’t ready for – I just couldn’t get the jar’s proportions right, and the colour tones are not right either!  Chris spoke with me about my painting and about how I could improve it.  But today – I just couldn’t make it work.  My art brain just seemed to be missing on this day and I struggled in being able to rectify what needed addressing.  I decided to still preserver despite this fact and finish the painting anyway, even through I was unhappy with my work.

 

  • Painting Palette:  Oil paints prepared in readiness to commence painting
3 of 8 Class 9 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

3 of 8 Class 9 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

  • Outline of ‘Pinkish Coloured Glass Jar’:  Used a little medium and light oil paint colour

 

  • Completed Oil Painting:  Pinkish coloured glass jar painting on A3 Canvas Paper

 

  • Painting Palette:  Oil paint colour palette story after the completion of the painting
8 of 8 Class 9 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

8 of 8 Class 9 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

‘PRODUCE DRAWINGS’ CLASS

Our ‘Produce Drawings’ class commenced after our lunch break.  This gave me a chance to recharge after the ‘Produce Paintings’ class.  The teacher, TOBY DUTTON introduced us to the process of ‘life drawing’.  For this session Toby asked a number of students to take turns in modelling for us, so that we could gain a sense of what to expect at our next ‘Produce Drawings’ session where a professional model would be posing for us. Each drawing was done in quick succession using charcoal on a large sheet of paper attached to an easel.  We were instructed that during a ‘life drawing’ session: mobile phones should be switched off; easel should be at an angle; position ourselves standing in the middle facing the drawing paper; set easel at right height for self; make sure can touch the top of the easel; and look over left side if right-handed when drawing.

 

4-22 Class 9 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

4-22 Class 9 ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Toby Dutton teacher in ‘Produce Drawings’ Class demonstrating ‘Life Drawing’ process.  Photograph by Karen Robinson Oct 2016.  NB images protected by copyright laws

 

 

JOY THOMAS YOUTUBE – WORKING WITH CHARCOAL

Here below within Joy Thomas’s YouTube she demonstrates how to create charcoal portraits, quickly and accurately using methods of capturing light and shadows (Joy Thomas Aug 7, 2008).  These methods demonstrated by Joy are basically the same methods that we had used during our drawing classes using charcoal.

 

 

MY ‘PRODUCE DRAWING’ CLASS PROJECT

The process of producing charcoal ‘life drawings’ in quick succession was quite tiring.  It took me a number of drawings to understand what I was doing and it wasn’t until I got to the second last charcoal drawing that I felt I was gaining some sort of insight into this artistic process.  My second last charcoal ‘life drawing’ was my best attempt!

 

  • Here below are four ‘life drawings’ I did during the session and as viewed on the easel:

 

  • Here below are 10 ‘life drawings’ in charcoal I did in very quick succession; they are presented below starting with the first ‘life drawing’ moving through to the last that I drew during this class.

 

  • Here below is the second last ‘life drawing’ I did during the session and is my favourite.

 

 

 

‘PRODUCE DRAWINGS’ VISUAL DIARY

In between classes I managed to do two pencil drawings in my visual diary and an Ink drawing on A3 Arches Watercolour Paper.   A ‘red flower’ and ‘palm tree yellow seeds’ from my garden (in pencil) and an object ‘golden wooden mask’ from my lounge room (in ink) were used as sources of inspiration.

2-6 Visual Diary Drawings at home studio - Drawings & Photographed by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

2-6 Visual Diary Drawings at home studio – Title ‘Palm Tree Seeds’ in pencil A4 Visual Diary. Drawings & Photographed by Karen Robinson Oct 2016.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

4-6 Visual Diary Drawings at home studio - Drawings & Photographed by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

4-6 Visual Diary Drawings at home studio – Title ‘Red Flower’ in pencil A4 Visual Dairy.  Drawings & Photographed by Karen Robinson Oct 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….

 

1 of 1 'Espresso' Coffee Shop on Degraves Street, Melbourne, Australia. Photograph taken by Karen Robinson October 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

1 of 1 ‘Espresso’ Coffee Shop on Degraves Street, Melbourne, Australia. Photograph taken by Karen Robinson October 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 – October 2016

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

POST-TRAUMATIC GROWTH:  Using Art & Creative Writing as Therapy – My Journey by Karen Robinson.



							

CAE Certificate III in Visual Arts – Class 8: “Produce Paintings and Drawings” Blog written by Karen Robinson

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21-22 Class 8 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Sept 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

21-22 Class 8 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Class Room View of Painting Titled:  ‘Apple’ on A3 Canvas Paper painted in oil paints.  Painting and photograph by Karen Robinson Sept 2016.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

My 8th class in ‘Produce Paintings’ and ‘Produce Drawings’ (these being subjects that are part of ‘Certificate III in Visual Arts’) was a challenge as usual, but this week during my ‘Produce Painting’ class I felt I had more personal creative success. And during the ‘Produce Drawing’ class we had the opportunity to use a new medium which was interesting and fun, and a lovely way to complete the day’s creative efforts.  Now for a two-week break!

 

NB:  To view my blogs about previous classes, please click on the links given here – Classes 1, Classes 2, Classes 3, Classes 4, Classes 5, Classes 6 and Classes 7 and for this week’s classes 8 for ‘Produce Paintings’ and ‘Produce Drawings’ – please scroll down to view.

 

9-22 Class 8 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Sept 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

9-22 Class 8 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE  – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Oil Paint selection I chose to use for painting titled ‘Apple’.  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.  Vin also talked about the process used to stretch a canvas, the use of Gesso as a universal primer on canvas and about oil paint brush types.

 

How to Stretch a Canvas

  • Vin indicated that the purchase of stretched canvases can be an expense that art students can struggle to afford, and having the knowledge to stretch one’s own canvases can be a good way to save money.
  • During the ‘stretch a canvas’ demonstration, Vin explained that we needed to ensure we allowed enough canvas to wrap around the outer edging of the wooden frame, and allow enough canvas for the underside of the wooden frame itself. Stapling should start in the middle of each arm of the wooden frame, then working outwards and towards the corners.  And at all times stretching the canvas with the tool especially designed to do this task, so that the canvas ends up taut and sounding like a drum when tapped, on completion.  The corners are folded in firmly and tightly as per the image below and as shown on the YouTube video.

 

 

  • Please find below a YouTube video produced by Joh Peters.  It basically follows the same stretch canvas methods and use of tools that Vin used during his demonstration in the ‘Produce Paintings’ class.

 

 

Use of Gesso

  • We also learned about priming a canvas using Gesso so that the surface of the canvas is ready for paint to adhere to it.  Vin explained that Gesso is usually white or off-white in colour and is made from paint pigment, chalk and binder although traditional oil ‘glue Gesso’ was made of animal glue binder, usually rabbit-skin glue, chalk, and white pigment – Titanium White.  Coloured Gesso can be purchased premixed black, coloured and clear, and it can also be coloured by simply mixing a little paint to tint the Gesso (Will Kemp 2015).
  • We also learned that when preparing a canvas with Gesso, you need to use a wide flat brush and the bigger the canvas surface, the bigger the brush needed. Vin explained the importance of scrubbing the Gesso into the canvas surface to ensure a good coverage is achieved.  Once the canvas is completely dry, he said we could use a sheet of very fine sandpaper to gently sand over the canvas to achieve a really smooth painting surface.

 

Oil & Water Colour Brushes:-

  • We talked about the different types of brushes available and their different painting purposes. Recommended for oil painting are those with a stiff hair as they have enough resilience to control and manipulate the colour (Winsor Newton 2016). There are a variety of brushes and each has unique properties to assist in achieving a specific creative result (Winsor Newton 2016).  NB:  I found a list of oil and watercolour brushes on Winsor & Newton’s website and have included it below:­
  1. Artists Hog Brushes – “Finest quality traditional hog brush, handcrafted using Chungking bristles, flagged ends for best colour carrying capacity and available with long handles” (Winsor & Newton 2016).
  2. Monarch Brushes – “Professional synthetic hair brush, mimics natural mongoose hair, designed for oil colour and for subtle blending, glazing and detail” (Winsor & Newton 2016).
  3. Artisan Water Mixable Oil Colour Brushes – “For use with Artisan Water Mixable Oil Colour, synthetic fibres which performs like hog, maintains shape and spring when used with water, and can be cleaned with soap and water” (Winsor & Newton 2016).
  4. Winton Hog Brushes – “Natural bristle brush, designed for use with Winton Oil Colour, curved bristle maintains shape, and allows control and accuracy” (Winsor & Newton 2016).
  5. Azanta Black Brushes – “Value for money hog hair brush, for oil and acrylic painting, great for beginners, and good stiffness for thick colour” (Winsor & Newton 2016).
  6. University Brushes – “Synthetic all-purpose brushes, stiff enough for oil and acrylic, soft enough for watercolour, and less visible brush marks” (Winsor & Newton 2016).
  7. Foundation Brushes – “Natural hog bristle, available in long and short handles, and can also be used for acrylics” (Winsor & Newton 2016).

 

6-22 Class 8 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Sept 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

6-22 Class 8 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Sept 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

 

MY ‘PRODUCE PAINTING’ CLASS PROJECT

  • Art Purchases:-  Before class commenced I stopped in at the Senior Art Supplies store on Degraves Street to purchase ‘Art Spectrum Brush and Hand Cleaner‘ so that I could clean my brushes and hands after using oil paints.  “It is non-toxic, non-abrasive, biodegradable and contains no harsh solvents” (The art Scene 2012) which is good as we must think about chemical use and the environment.  Vin, the art teacher, also confirmed that this product “cleans and also restores old brushes that are stiff with dried up paint” (The art Scene 2012).  He also suggested that leaving a little of the cleaner in the brushes, until ready for use, can help remove any residue from the brush as well. You just need to give the brush a good wash and wipe before using again.  I also purchased some ‘AS Odourless Solvent‘ which is a “low odour alternative to Artist Turpentine for people sensitive to turpentine” (The Art Scene 2012).  It is used for thinning paint and cleaning brushes.

 

 

  • Class Set Up: –  First task on the agenda was the setting up all the painting materials.  Then by simply placing my apple on the artist box, it was ready for me to paint!

 

4-22 Class 8 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Sept 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

4-22 Class 8 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Sept 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

  • Painting Palette: –Then I set about preparing my oil paint colour palette for use in creating the ‘apple’ painting.  Trying to mix just the right colours before commencing was an enjoyable experience and once set I was ready to start.  Below is a photo-story of my painting palette (1) colours straight from the tubes, (2) colours mixed in readiness to start painting and (3) how my painting palette looked at the completion of my painting of the apple.

 

 

  • Painting Visual Diary: –Before starting the actual painting, I brushed each colour tone onto one of the pages in my painting visual diary.

 

17-22 Class 8 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Sept 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

17-22 Class 8 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Sept 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

  • Completed ‘Apple’ Oil Painting: – On completion of my ‘apple’ painting I was pleasantly surprised – it looked like an apple!  Even Vin, the teacher said that it looked like an apple, that it looked like he could take a bite out of it – this made me very happy.

 

18-22 Class 8 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Sept 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

18-22 Class 8 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE  – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Title:  ‘Apple’ on A3 Canvas Paper in oil paint – on Easel in Art Room.  Painted and Photographed by Karen Robinson Sept 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

22-22 Class 8 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Sept 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

22-22 Class 8 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE  – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Title:  ‘Apple’ on A3 Canvas Paper in Oil Paints.  Painted and Photographed by Karen Robinson Sept 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 checked in with each of the students individually.  Tim also talked about and demonstrated the process of using ink for drawing and showed us some of his ink drawing work as examples.

Ink:-

  • Tim had a variety of ink brands to demonstrate with during this class session but his favourite to work with when drawing in ink is Schmincke.  Schmincke ink comes in 36 brilliant shades and is ideal for many mixing techniques such as brush, dip-pens and technical pens (Schmincke 2016).  It has the “highest possible light-fastness (4-5 stars) and has outstanding adhesion properties on many surfaces” (Schmincke 2016).  “Due to their finest pigmentation, they can be used pure but can also be diluted with medium or with water” and “adheres particularly well to all sorts of papers and cardboards as well as the usual, non-absorbent surfaces such as film, hard plastics and – after appropriate preliminary treatment – metal” (Schmincke 2016).  Schmincke ink colours are “easy to mask and excellent for graphic designs and special airbrush techniques” (Schmincke 2016).

 

16-20 Class 8 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph by Karen Robinson Sept 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

16-20 Class 8 ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Tim Jones, CAE Arts Teacher demonstrating the use of ink and use of different tools to achieve different ink drawing effects.  Photograph by Karen Robinson Sept 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

 

Ink Drawing Tools/Effects:-

  • Tim demonstrated ink drawing techniques using a myriad of tools such as:
    • feathers where we were shown how to make one into a quill so that it would hold the ink
    • airbrush tool/diffuser to blow ink onto the surface of the paper,
    • Parker quill (can add bleach for an interesting effect)
    • brushes – soft nylon bristle brushes,
    • mapping pen with finest nib
    • Faber-Castell Ink Artist Pen
    • children’s wax crayon (can use a candle)
    • and shown how to use sawdust by scattering it onto wet ink and, once fully dry, removing it thus leaving behind another interesting effect.
  • Tim explained one of his favourite ink drawing techniques being the use of different strengths of ink when creating a drawing.  First, starting off with the weakest strength, then working in with a medium strength and finishing up with full strength ink.  One of his favourite ink colours is ‘Sepia’ a reddish-brown colour, named after the rich brown pigment derived from the ink sac of the common cuttlefish Sepia and, when diluted, it is quite opaque.  Another favourite ink colour of Tim’s is Sanguine, a reddish-brown colour/the colour of blood.

 

13-20 Class 8 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph by Karen Robinson Sept 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

13-20 Class 8 ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Tim Jones – CAE Teacher demonstrating ink drawing.  Photographed by Karen Robinson Sept 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

 

Tim Jones’ Personal Ink Artwork Examples:-

  • Tim kindly showed us some of his personal ink drawing artwork including beautiful Visual Journals and sheets of ink drawings, some which had been created during overseas travels to his home land, and other ink drawings of people, and places he had travelled to during his life.

 

19-20 Class 8 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph by Karen Robinson Sept 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

19-20 Class 8 ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – CAE Teacher – Ink drawing in Tim Jones’ Visual Diary.  Photographed by Karen Robinson Sept 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

 

 

 

MY ‘PRODUCE DRAWING’ CLASS PROJECT

Our drawing project for this session involved choosing an image from a stack of images provided by our teacher, then selecting ink and tools to draw with on paper.

 

 

  • Tim recommended Arches Hot Press 250 grams would be best for ink drawings.  But I had brought with me from home some ‘Arches Watercolour’ Medium 300 gsm paper, so I used this for my in-class ink drawing.
  • Arches states that “Arches Watercolour paper has a harmonious natural grain, the fibres are evenly distributed, making the paper more stable, with very limited deformation. It is made of long 100% cotton fibres, and can absorb a lot of water without warping or causing the colours to bleed. It is sized to the core with natural gelatin, which means it can be scratched without tearing or linting.  It also preserves the lustre and transparency of the colours whilst preventing paints penetrating into the thickness of the paper” (Aches 2016).

 

3-20 Class 8 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph by Karen Robinson Sept 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

3-20 Class 8 ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Photograph by Karen Robinson Sept 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

 

  • I decided to use a brownish coloured ink and draw my ink drawing as per Tim’s approach to his ink drawings, starting with the weakest ink, an outline drawn in first, then followed by the medium strength ink next and lastly the full strength ink.
  • Step 1,2,3 shown in the images above and below.
  • Below is my finished ink drawing!

 

9-20 Class 8 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph by Karen Robinson Sept 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

9-20 Class 8 ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE  – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Title:  ‘Man in Ink’ on A3 Arches Watercolour Paper.  Drawing and photograph by Karen Robinson Sept 2016.  NB images protected by copyright laws

 

 

 

‘PRODUCE DRAWINGS’ VISUAL DIARY

In between classes I only got to do a single drawing in my visual diary.  The Wisteria vine growing in our back garden is flowering and one of its flowers was my source of drawing inspiration.

 

1-2 Visual Diary Drawings at home studio - Drawings & Photographed by Karen Robinson Sept 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

1-2 Visual Diary Drawings at home studio – Drawings & Photographed by Karen Robinson Sept 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

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

2-2 Visual Diary Drawings at home studio – Title: ‘Wisteria’ on paper with pencil.  Drawings & Photographed by Karen Robinson Sept 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; 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….

 

8-8 Degraves Street, Melbourne, Australia. Photograph taken by Karen Robinson September 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

8-8 Degraves Street, Melbourne, Australia. Rainy day on Degraves Street, 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!

 

 

 

It’s always a good time – Doughnut Time at 5 Degraves Street, Melbourne, Australia  “specialise in hand-dipped doughnuts created in small batches for a big following.  The doughnuts are crafted across multiple locations (Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne and with vans constantly doing the rounds) and are carefully designed to make you fall in love, with flavours spanning from the conventional (original glazed, salted caramel, jam and cream) right through to the unique (maple bacon, hibiscus and nerds)” (Doughnut Time 2016).

 

 


© Karen Robinson – September 2016

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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 4: “Produce Paintings and Drawings” Blog written by Karen Robinson

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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

 

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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.