During our still life project artists observed shape, form, pattern, line and gesture. They learned to make a quick sketch using paint and experimented with the effects of light next to dark colors. The painters were introduced to the work of Henri Mattisse and Vincent Van Gogh among others.
Allen Brook and Mansfield Art Studios
The painting above, made in '08-'09, depicts the old Williston train station. This is one of two images that depict historic buildings of our town. The children learned how to project an image, copy it onto canvas and observe angles, color values and tones and other details from the original black and white photos. They also imagined the colors of the building, sidewalks, train, clothing and surrounding landscape. The paintings hung for a while at Dorothy Alling Library and now are at Allen Brook School.