Sarah the Super Artist

Check out his drawing made by Sarah Labanyi age 7. Sarah and her sister Ruthie are 7 days in to the daily drawing challenge and have been making some incredible art from the YouTube videos.   I’ll feature more soon. You guys are doing wonderful work. I’m so proud of you.

I’m so excited to see the artwork coming in from all my wonderful artists. You are turning my feed into an art gallery. Keep them coming. Sheila

_____________________________________________________________________ How to Draw ABC Animals is an initiative by artist and art teacher Sheila Flaherty in response to the school closures and COVID19 prevention social distancing. It aims to help parents have relaxing, enjoyable art activities for their mini Michelangelos to complete at home.
These art videos while initially requested by parents are being enjoyed by people of all ages. I realise so many of you are staying in to help curb the spread COVID19. Stay well and stay safe. Create don’t contaminate.
Sheila will post daily drawing videos. These videos are completely free of charge, free to use and share.

 

Secret Hidden Gem At The National Gallery of Ireland

Last Summers Art Academy artists will know the story of the famous 19th Century french artist Rosa Bonheur. Women were not allowed to be artists . It was not illegal just not socially accepted. Rosa Bonheur did not let this stop her. She retired at the age of 38 having made millions from the sale of her wonderful realism paintings. She bought château outside of Paris and lived there with her girlfriend and many animals including horses, cattle and even her 3 pet lions.

When she was little her mother taught her the alphabet by allowing her to draw an animal for every letter of the alphabet on the walls of their home. She loved animals and this encouraged her when learning to read and write. Should you like to start drawing an animal for each letter of the alphabet, I have popped a few tutorial videos up on YouTube to get you started.

One of her master pieces, a giant oil painting on canvas The Horse Fair sold for the equivalent of 1.35 million euro in todays money. It is over 2 and a half metres wide.

Image Reference: (provided by The Metropolitan Museum of Art).

The painting has a secret. Women were also not allowed to attend the horse fair and it was dangerous for them to do so. Rosa cut her hair up short and disguised herself by wear clothes that would be considered “mens clothing” at that time. This way she could get in to the horse fair and make sketches for her painting.

She even had to apply to the government for a pardon to wear trousers – after getting in trouble a few times – as it was illegal to wear trousers in France at that time if you were a women. Women were required by law to wear the floor length dress and corset you often see in period drama movies.

In a bold move Rosa even painted herself into her great Masterpiece, right in the centre, riding a horse, looking directly out at the viewer dressed in mens clothing.

The Horse Fair is available to view at the Metropolitan Museum in New York City but you need not even travel very far to see a Rosa Bonheur painting in person. Yesterday I attended a International Women’s Day tour of the National Gallery of Ireland. 

During the tour we were lead by our wonderful tour guide to paintings and sculptures made by women. Now I am a big fan of the National Gallery and yet had not noticed an original Rosa Bonheur is hung there.

Image reference: National Gallery of Ireland

I think I don’t recognise it as a Rosa Bonheur in passing because it is a small painting. When I think of a Rosa Bonheur painting I tend to imagine these huge, majestic, highly accomplished, photo realistic , beautifully executed paintings of, usually, animals.

A Stag is relatively small and our tour guide Fela explained that it was painted after her retirement. She continued to paint but as she was financially so well off she didn’t need to try and impress or even paint art with a view to be sold.

She was well established as an artist by then and in 1865 Bonheur became the first woman artist to receive the cross of the Légion d’Honneur. You can see this painting in person next time you are in Dublin at The National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square. 

Some of last Summers artists who completed their own Rosa Bonheur Masterpieces based on her lions paintings

The Scream by Edvard Munch recreated by the Art Academy Artists

Ancora Imparo “I am Still Learning” It was in his 87th year that the great Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo uttered these words – an ancient testament to the modern idea of lifelong learning. Art being the greatest adventure of them all.

I got to teach some incredible artists this week between the ages of 6-14 years old. I am so proud of them. They put huge efforts into recreating the Edvard Munch masterpiece The Scream over the mid-term break.

Huge congratulations to: Emily. Marianne, Hannah, Catherine, Giulia, Marco, Emilia, Tadgh, oisín, cillian, seóna, ciarán, cornelia, penelope, and seán. Very well done guys.

Sheila

       

Featured Artists: Mom and Son Artistic Duo Wow Everyone At Art Academy

Check out these incredible masterpieces. Christopher attended the Art Academy Summer camp 2019 and wowed everyone with his artistic talent. It soon became clear that there was more than one artist in the family. He and his mom Joanna created extra Rosa Bonheur mastercopies at home and kindly shared their beautiful work featured below. Well done to this awesome, creative mom and son art team.

Sighting of a Pride of Lions in Harold’s Cross, Dublin

Phew, it’s just a bunch of 7 and 8 year olds making their block-ins, ahead of creating their Mastercopies of 19th Century realism art.  The painting’s are starting to look so real you would be forgiven for thinking these were real lions. 
The artists are studying the work of world famous artist Rosa Bonheur.  Rosa Bonheur was a french artist and her largest and most famous work can be seen in New York’s wonderful Met Museum. We do however have one of her paintings here in Ireland, a beautiful painting of a stag (the animal not the pre-wedding weekend away):  https://www.theartstory.org/artist-bonheur-rosa-life-and-legacy.htm

Before teaching at Art Academy this morning, I had a lovely morning of yoga with Sarah Shannon Yoga . You’ll see if you scroll down to the end of the post, that now Sarah Shannon Yoga seems to have some competitors who have copied her business model. 😄

They are planning a website for this venture at #Coderdojo

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