Art History

September 2022

Macrame technique are making a mighty comeback! What is Macrame? Macrame is a hand-knotted tapestries which was popular back in the 70’s. Sailors played a large role in keeping Macrame alive and sharing the art with new lands. There are several different kinds of macrame cord, rope and string, plus accessories like dowels, metal rings, beads and more! As the trend has come back, it has brought so many talented macrame artists. Last week, our students learnt how to create a 3-strand braid and some, a square knot! They definitely had an enjoyable time doing this craft!

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August 2022

The weaving technique is acknowledged as one of the oldest surviving crafts in the world, about 12,000 years ago! Technically, weaving is the art of creating fabric through a combination of warp and weft. Warp is the lengthwise yarns; crosswise yarns are called weft. In modern times, even commonly seen in garments, weavings can also be made into display artwork. To make it more interesting and fun, our students used the weaving technique to create a pattern on their sea creature’s bodies!

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July 2022

Sand painting is an ancient art practices by shamans and healers in various countries around the world. The picture are supposed to attract spirits; the more accurate a picture, the greater its effectiveness as a sacred too!
Sand painting exists in highly developed forms among the Navajo and Pueblo Indians of the American Southwest and in simpler forms among several Plains and California Indian tribes. Although sand painting is an art form, it is valued among the Indians primarily for religious rather than aesthetic reasons.
It requires extreme accuracy and control over the hand’s movement. Artists need a lot fo practice and patience to sand paint.

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June 2022

This month’s Art History we learnt about decorative Henna! Fun fact, Henna plant was used in Egypt about 9,000 years ago! It was originally used for its cooling properties for the people living in hot desert climate and it was also used as medical purposes. Now, they use henna to design their hand for Eid, wedding, and other festive events.

So.. how do they get the henna stain? Henna is a powder derived from crushing the leaves of the henna plant. The powder is soaked in water and leaving it overnight. The mixture is then applied to the body and left untouched for a couple of hours. After the paste is dried and washed away, it leaves a beautiful orange-brown design that fades in a few days/weeks!

Many traditional designs include special symbols like prosperity, love, loyalty, and good luck.

 

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May 2022

Batik is the technique of decorating cloth using wax and dye. It has been practiced for centuries in many parts of the world! To make a batik, selected areas of the design are blocked out by applying hot wax over them, the dye is applied on top, and the parts are covered in wax resist the dye and remain the original colour. The process of waxing and dyeing can be repeated many times if necessary to create more elaborate and colourful design. These batik techniques is seen more on “Sarong” or batik skirt in Indonesian culture.

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April 2022

For this month’s Art History, our students travelled to Japan! We learnt one of the famous technique originated from Japan called Nerikomi technique. What is Nerikomi? “Neri” means kneading and “komi” means into. It refers to a process of layering several coloured clay together and compressed to construct a solid block with pattern running through the inside. It ranges from simple stripes to marbled swirls to intricate images. The patterns and designs are revealed when the block is sliced in a cross section. These slice pieces can be shaped and formed to create pottery or sculpture with striking visual effect that could not be achieved using other technique. Our student made a simple stripe design for their final product!

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March 2022

This month’s Art History, our students dived into Turkish art technique called Ebru. What is Ebru? Ebru is a very old and mysterious Turkish tradition of painting on oily water and then transferring the painting onto the paper.

In the olden days, they do not have paint or ink of some sort. Thus, Ebru painters used natural colours and organic pigments and mixed them with ox-gall (as a wetting agent). They sprinkle and brush the colours onto water mixed with powdered gelatin which the colours will float. With special tools, they created shapes/lines and made a beautiful pattern painting.
To make it fun for the students, we used bubble tea shapes and used vibrant coloured inks to achieve a beautiful pattern on it! Afterwards students drew faces and pearls onto the bubble tea shaped paper to make it even cuter!

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February 2022

For this month’s Art History we took a trip to Thailand! Lai Thai are decorative patterns created by ancient Thai artists of fine arts to decorate art works and to add a magnificent patterns as well as to convey a way of life, a Buddhist society of Thai people. As the Thai ancient society is a place where life co-existed with the nature, Thai artists created patterns with inspirations from lotus flowers, jasmine garlands and flame from candles!

Ancient Lai Thai patterns are classified into four categories, including: Kranok, Nari, Krabi and Kacha. Initially, the patterns were only used to decorate the building and architectures of palaces. With its popularity, Thai patterns are applied on fabric clothes, utensils, furniture and many more! This is what that is keeping the national art heritage of Thailand.

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January 2022

Starting the new year with learning the different kinds of art techniques all around the world! This month, our students learnt about Chinese Ink technique! The traditional painting medium for ink and wash is black ink; typically applied with long-haired brushes onto paper to silk. The completed painting is then mounted on scrolls, which are hung rolled up.

It is said that the ink and wash painting technique was invented during the Tang Dynasty art. The brushstrokes in Chinese Ink Painting are more focused on emotional statements. The artist positions the brush vertically above the surface of the paper and controls its rhythmic movements from his shoulders. To make it a more fun and cute artwork, our students drew and painted different kinds of fruits with expressions!

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December 2021

Jackson was born in in 1912 in Wyoming, America. When he was 18 years old, he moved to New York and trained as mural painter which helps him to work on large scale canvases. Jackson slowly started to evolve his style over the next few years and his works inspired artists from all over the world with the way he experimented and invented new ways of painting. Jackson Pollock was an abstract expressionist artist. He showed his emotions like happiness or anger through the expressive marks or strokes! There is almost no planning for this style, you just let chance and accidents create your picture!

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November 2021

Salvador Dali was born in 1904 in Figueres, Spain. With the support of his mum, Dali left art school and went to Paris and that is where he met the surrealists. What is surrealism? Surrealism is an art movement started by French writer Andre Breton and famous psychoanalyst called Sigmund Freudback in 1920s. What interests the surrealists are simply things like dreams, fantasies, and thought is our minds that we don’t know that we are having! How interesting as it does not have to make sense at all, and you can still make art out of it! Dali liked to use lots of different materials to make art and he was a man of many talents which influences many artists today!

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October 2021

Piet Mondrian was a Dutch painter and theoretician who is regarded as one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. He is known for being one of the pioneers of 20th century abstract art which was then reduced to simple geometric elements. When Mondrian made his painting, he would always mix his colours, never using the paint directly from a tube. He often used primary colours- red, yellow and blue. He used the simplest combinations of straight lines, right angles, primary colours, and black, white, and grey. The influence of his paintings can be seen in other things - from furniture to fashion!

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September 2021

Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga, Spain. He is a very talented person; he could draw and paint when he was very young. He liked to experiment and try out new ideas, which is important for being an artist, because the world is always changing. Picasso is a painter, sculptor and more who had enormous influence on 20th century art and worked in a variety of styles. He loves peace and uses his art to avoid war.

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August 2021

Georgia Totto O’Keeffe was an American artist. She was known for her paintings of enlarged flowers and landscapes. She was born in November 15 1887 in Wisconsin, America. Georgia was allowed to take private art lessons from a local artist and discovered that she liked painting with watercolours. She emphasized on the importance of composition, and she would say it as “fill a space in a beautiful way”. Her unique and new way of painting nature gained respect in New York’s Art world in the 1920s.

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July 2021

George Seurat is an artist who is a founder of this interesting art movement called, Pointillism. He was born on December 2nd 1851 in Paris, France and explored the science of optics and colour and eventually found a new way of painting. The idea of this style is simple, but it’s difficult to pull off. In 1884, he began to work on his masterpiece, called Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. It was painted entirely with small dots of pure colour. It took him nearly 2 years of non-stop work to finish! Let’s see how our students did!

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June 2021

 

People usually draw what they can visualize, but how about the things that neither have form nor shape? On this month’s Art History, our student learnt about this famous abstract artist, Wassily Kandinsky. He was an amazing artist that paints music!
He was born into a musical family, even learnt how to play the piano and cello! But colours of nature always excite him. As he grew older, he ventured out and decided to put his 2 favourite things together, music and art! Kandinsky felt that he could express feelings and music through colours and shapes in his paintings. For example, triangle shapes would cause an aggressive feeling, square would cause a calm feeling and circle shape would cause spiritual feelings. What do you guys think? Let us know your thoughts!

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April 2021

 

Andy Warhol was a successful magazine and advertisement illustrator who became a leasing artist of the 1960s Pop art movements. He ventured into a wide variety of art forms, including performance art, film making, and more. Pop artists such as him felt that art should reflect modern life and so they made art inspired by the world around them. His artworks mostly done with bright colours and silk-screening techniques. One of his most screen prints is Campbell’s soup can. This concept only uses contrasting colours to make the colours pop even more!

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March 2021

We will be starting afresh for this year’s Art History by appreciating famous artists artworks! This month we will be learning about this famous female artist in 20th Century – Frida Kahlo. Who is Frida Kahlo? Well, she was born in 1907 in Mexico and art was always a passion of hers, ever since a little girl. You must be wondering, why is she so well known? Well, both her physical pain and emotional pain features a lot in her artwork because of what she went through. Our students created their very own mini Frida Kahlo! Let see how well they did! 

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February 2021

This month of Art History we learnt all about Egyptian museum. Do you know where is Egypt? Yes, you’re right, it is located in the northeaster corner of Africa! This museum was first opened in 1902 holding the greatest collection of Ancient Egyptian archeological history in the world. It shows the history of Egypt from the Old Kingdom up through the Greco-Roman period. It underwent a renovation and was built and set to open by end of 2020. Our student did an Egyptian mask using poster paint. Let’s see their beautiful artworks!

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January 2021

The Lourve Museum is the world’s largest art museum and a historic monument in Paris, France. It is the home to Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. The museum was opened on 10 August 1793 with only 537 paintings. Now, approximately 38,00 objects from the prehistory to the 21st century is exhibited which received 9.6 million visitors in 2019! The department of decorative arts displays the treasures of the French kings-department of Greek, Etruscan and Roman antiques feature architecture, sculpture and more. The museum also holds a big collection of Islamic Art.

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