Tuesday, October 16, 2007

New England Fauvism

I'm back in the drawing saddle again, as I create examples of work for students to gauge their own progress in work and to realize they too can draw like this! I'm realizing that if I want to create art, at least for the time being, a cheap, efficient, and just as effective means would be through drawing using oil pastels...I call them paint in a stick and that's as close as I can get to the real deal!
Anyways, I taught my students about Fauvism and how they incorporated bright and bold colors into their work to express emotions. One of my favorite art groups (and so short lived!), I believe what the Fauves had to offer can still be utilized today for those students whose creativty is blocked by stigma, ego, or low self-esteem. It helps them experiment with more colors than just the normal palette as well as to view the world in a completely different perspective!!
I beleive New England autumns are ideal for such creative pursuits as the changing colors provoke the use of brighter colors and seeing such reds, yellows, and oranges in everyday life can help them feel more comfortable when creating an imaginitive scene.
So, this is my example and I like it very much, however, I'm concerned it might look chinsy? Too colorful, or too cliche? I hope that is only my internalized rationalizations speaking out and not my true self!!