Thursday, October 18, 2012

Art Day 1

Amy, Betz, Emily, our neighbor girl, Winter, and I had our first of three days of Barry Stebbing's art instruction (How Great Thou Art) this morning. Wow! That guy has every detail figured out. We had a class of about 80, ages 5 and up.  It was amazing. And fast!!!  It was over before we knew it. The pace was so quick that we had no time to compare our own work to others' who were sitting at our table -- I think Mr. Stebbing planned that to help us all keep a good attitude. Comparison is the enemy of contentment, you know, and there's nothing like looking at someone else's talent to make you feel like you have none. We blended colored pencils, mixed paint, drew lines, shaded, played with perspectives and backgrounds, and learned about some of the classics.  All in 2 1/2 hours!

Tonight's homework (yes, homework!) was to draw and color an apple with colored pencil, a penciled self-portrait, an exercise in contrast, and a pen drawing of a scene from the Bible. It's a good thing I had already planned to take these days off school. Here are a couple of our homework assignments, minus Amy's. Amy has been busy editing photos, and she will have homework to do tonight! 

It will be fun to see what great arteests we are after three days!
Charlie Contrast singing in the shower

Betz's apple

Betz's self portrait

Peter and Andrew at work

Mom's apple

Emily's self portrait

Peter finds a coin in a fish's mouth
More artsy posts to come.


  1. Very nice!

    Okay, so who took your cbox? How can I answer your questions without one??? Yes Liberty. And yes, they did it all, start to finish in only 6 hours. They were gone by 3 p.m. and did such a great job and very good at clean-up afterwards. Very pleased.

  2. We have one of his books, which we are slowly, ever so slowly, working through! I'd love to take the class, but with Grace doing Monart, there is no money left for anything else. I love your art homework. I hope you post more!!

  3. Those are wonderful! I also have one of his books on my shelf. We never seem to get around to doing 'formal' art here, although the kids do a lot of crafty things on their own.

    I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving!


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