Class 7: Isra, Iman, Ayra
Class 8: Ibtihsan, Ahyan, Ayan
Class 9: Farhan, Amina, Reem
Theme: COLOUR IN PAINTING
What does colour mean to us? It is from light, and is in all our surroundings, the sky, water, land, nature, buildings...but it also affects our feelings and moods. Colours can be powerful, gentle, bright, soft, blurred, sharp, or dramatic. How do artists use them, and how do those colours affect us when we look at a painting or drawing?
We looked at the following artists’works:
Willem Kalf – close-up detail of a half-peeled lemon in his painting STILL-LIFE WITH GLASS, BOWL, LEMON & CLOTH 1662
Hurvin Anderson – Maracas (Jamaican landscape) 2004
Olga Costa – The Fruit-Seller 1951
Ian Hamilton-Finlay – Fire-Extinguisher 2000; Brushes 2000
Vincent VAN GOGH- Flowering Branch in a Glass of Water 1885
Franz Kline – photograph of the artist in his studio with his enormous paintings around him, and Red Painting, 1961
Patrick Heron- Round White Table, & Yellow Table 1954
Pablo Picasso – Self-portrait with Blue Background 1905
Willem Kalf’s lemon gives you a picture in your mind. The artist likes the lemon and wants to show it realistically. The shiny seeds full of juice (juice vesicles) make it even more real.
Van Gogh’s flowering branch is realistic too. We can see that it is water in the glass from his brushstrokes. The paint is thick and stands out. I really think this is my favourite painting currently.
Picasso’s face is shining, reflecting light, very pale. It was made in his Blue phase, and the background is very dark blue.
I like the fire extinguisher one and the brushes in a tin, because that artist didn’t do a fancy picture but simple ones of ordinary things. There are no brushmarks that we can see, they have been painted very smoothly. But why do they look a bit fake, as if they have been printed out? They look a bit like adverts.