Creatrix Kids Art Classes – Eugene Oregon- Dogicorn

Creatrix Kids Art Classes - Eugene Oregon-  Dogicorn
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Creatrix Kids Art Classes - Charcoal Tree Class - Eugene
Creatrix Kids Art Classes – Eugene Oregon- Dogicorn

Working with shapes!

Creating our ‘Dogicorn’.

The Creatrix Kids shared with me last week a few of their favorite things. Geneveive and Melia both agreed on Unicorns and Devin mentioned his are dogs. In order to cover their interests the ‘Dogicorn’ came to existence. With many chuckles and amazement we worked out the shapes and lines to create our new creature. I reminded them that as creators it is their duty to help show people what they can’t readily see. In the spirit of imagination  we started working on the shapes step-by-step.

You can see the fun results below.

Melia’s work

Melia did a wonderful job of getting the lines down on the ‘dogicorn’ drawing. She was very confident in her placement on lines. While observing her drawing I realized that she will benefit from applying different line styles over lightly sketched drawings. She is already going in the right direction with trying different line sizes but I want to help her see where to start placing those lines. The best way to do this is to copy lightly penciled-in lines to start creating muscle memory. For the next class I will be sending home a few pieces that she can work on until the next class.

Creatrix Kids Art Classes – Eugene Oregon- Dogicorn
Creatrix Kids Art Classes – Eugene Oregon- Dogicorn

This is her piece where she followed the instruction of working out the shapes for the ‘Dogicorn’. Here spirit to create her whimsical characters appeared at the end of the drawing. If you look closely at the drawing behind it you will see her outline for the dogs snout, the nose, neck and the horn. She did a great job of following the steps on setting the ‘dogicorn’ in place. I went ahead and did an outline in orange on the image above so you can see what I saw when she was drawing it out.

Creatrix Kids Art Classes – Eugene Oregon- Dogicorn

Here is a sample where she worked her own lines on top of a lightly penciled in drawing. While she was drawing, I was explaining to her where thicker and thinner lines can go to give the illusion of a light source. She was very responsive to the idea and did a wonderful job of applying the lines. Love her zest for adding color. She is very sure of her application which is magnificent.

Creatrix Kids Art Classes – Eugene Oregon- Dogicorn

Devin’s work

It was great seeing some of Devin’s past work. His characters and understanding of drawing out people is exceptional. His work is incredibly refined so I want to get him more comfortable with gestural drawings and really utilizing all the space on the paper. 

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Here is Devin’s second sample of working through the ‘Dogicorn’ drawing. I forgot to get an image of the first one but I was proud of him for creating more gestural lines with the shapes. He also used more of the newsprint which helps him use a larger range of motion when drawing. The image on the left shows a detailed step-by-step shape development for this drawing.  His homework for the week is to create a few drawings working all these shapes together step-by-step and referencing that image. Looking forward to seeing his progress on Monday.

Genevieve’s work

Genevieve did a great job of listening, observing and following the step-by-step ‘dogicorn’. It was fun watching her and Melia create their own final versions of the creature.

Creatrix Kids Art Classes - Charcoal Tree Class - Eugene
Creatrix Kids Art Classes - Charcoal Tree Class - Eugene

Genevieve’s love for colors shows-up on the ‘dogicorn’ horn. She suggested adding a mane to the creature to have a good balance between dog and unicorn. I love it when the kids start to join in on the imagination game since they are pros! Genevieve is very in-tune with single lines and it will also benefit her to do more gestural drawings and not to be so concerned about perfect lines this early in learning how to draw. Gestural drawing is a technique I will keep working on with all the kids.

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