THE GAME ROOM
Tuesday Nights is the name of our class and The Game Room is where we meet when we are not together.
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I teach through action and immersion. Just keep moving, contemplate later. In art, for me at least, there are times of rest and contemplation, and times of work. Art making is a time for work. It is the time to pull from the mental and make physical. Create a reality, a piece of art. For this the contemplative brain needs to move over, the art critic side isn’t even invited to the party. Learn to ask and answer your own questions on the move. The sooner I can get you making art the better. Get something done and then we have something to talk about.
Sunday, September 13, 2015
plural noun: silhouettes
The History of Silhouettes
The art of silhouette cutting originated in Europe in the early 1700's.
Prior to the French revolution, silhouettists were hired as an
amusement for the royal class. The featured artist would attend the
many extravagant balls and cut out the distinguished profiles of the
Lords and Ladies capturing the latest fashions and elaborate wigs.
While the aristocrats were having their silhouettes cut out and eating
like kings much of Europe was starving, especially in France. In the
1760's the Finance Minister of France, Etienne de Silhouette, had
crippled the French people with his merciless tax polices. Oblivious to
his people's plight, Etienne was much more interested in his hobby of
cutting out paper profiles, the latest fad. Etienne de Silhouette was so
despised by the people of France that in protest the peasant s wore
only black mimicking his black paper cutouts. The saying went all over
France,"We are dressing a la Silhouette. We are shadows, too poor to
wear color. We are Silhouettes!" To this very day the black profile
cutouts are called silhouettes. Thankfully, the negative connotation no
Our last Exhibition
The Artists Group Tuesday Nights Art Exhibition of works based on Children’s Art. We asked a class of Kindergarteners and 1st graders to draw a person, a monster or a robot. Some described the strangest bug they had ever seen. The artists then picked a child’s piece to re-interpret. The Title of this falls exhibition is Man Monsters and Machines: Playing with children’s Art. The children’s work will be exhibited next to the artist interpretation.