Fun Lockdown Activities: Hand Casting: Full Tutorial

A fun art activity you can enjoy at home is casting your hand from alginate. Put a finger down if you have ever had an impression made of your teeth at the dentist? Seaweed based alginate is the product dentists use. You can cast your own hand like you can see in the cover shot or get creative and cast a couple holding hands and experiment with hand poses and gestures. Check out the video for a fun tutorial / art class. (materials list with links below)

Enjoy making hand casts of loved ones. It could be a lovely gift or keepsake. Would you like a tutorial on how to draw the hand cast you made?

Materials used: Alginate impression moulding powder https://amzn.to/3cHEdqf 2L plastic jug Plaster of Paris https://amzn.to/3eYOik8 Kenwood immersion mixer https://amzn.to/2AbMFRn Petroleum jelly Plaster of Paris https://amzn.to/3eYOik8 Bowl https://amzn.to/2Ul5Tel Towel / table covering / something to protect your table / work surfacce Plaster of Paris https://amzn.to/3eYOik8 Blunt knife Acrylic paint: https://amzn.to/30kiO3K Paint brush set: https://amzn.to/3hbhRRB

WARNING: This video is only for entertainment purposes. Always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions. If you rely on the information portrayed in this video, you assume the responsibility for the results. Have fun, but always think ahead, and remember that every project you try is at YOUR OWN RISK.

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Celebrate National Drawing Day – Youtube video of todays Live Event

Thank you for join me for a virtual brunch-time sketching session from the National Gallery of Ireland. For those who  fancy making the drawing in their own time I have posted it on YouTube video above.

We are celebrating #NationalDrawingDay in association with #InternationalMuseumDay 

We will visit the National Gallery of Ireland via their virtual tour and draw the sculpture of the Crouching Venus from the collection.

Like, subscribe and share with cultured, creative pals.

Happy sketching. Sheila

Link for virtual gallery tour: https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=x2C…

Move over Venus there is a new muse in town. These next 2 beautiful drawings are by S Kaye Watson celebrating National Drawing Awesome work

 

 

Drawings by Brian Cheevers and Sienna from our national Drawing Day online sketching session

Beautifully divine drawing by Jill Divine 

from Saturdays sketching session

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Website/Blog: http://artacademy.ie/

 

Art Academy Online Master Class: Introduction to Artemisia Gentileschi PART III: Blocking In

 

Very well done on your work so far. I am impressed. Here is the video as promised on blocking in. Lots of colour mixing and setting a solid foundation for the painting. Give a call if you get stuck on anything.

I meant to say that it is National Drawing Day on Saturday. I’ll will host a Facebook LIVE to celebrate where we will drawing the statue of Venus from the National Gallery. I’d love to see you then.

Good luck. Happy drawing,

Sheila x

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Complete Beginners Guide to Becoming a Master Artist

Hello wonderful artists,

How are you? I’ve a new painting video on YouTube for you. This painting video is for everyone from as young as 10 to as wise as 110 years old. I will go through everything in real time, that way even if you are a complete beginner it will be easy to follow along.  For the more experienced painter I share a few extra tips and tricks for you too.

As always, we will learn about a famous artist, complete some skills and then create our very own masterpiece inspired by their work.

I hope you enjoy it. Everyone asks about these paint markers. They are a secret weapon in alot of my work. You can get in on the secret too

If you are 9 years old or younger I made a separate video for you: https://youtu.be/aUmtISRXsxU

If you need canvases here are some options:

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K&M Evans store.evansartsupplies.ie

Kennedys Art Supplies kennedyart.com

Terenure Office terenureofficesupplies.ie

I’d love to see your master copy Masterpiece painting when it is complete. Post your painting to their social media, using the #icanpaintlikepicasso I’ll post a selection up on http://artacademy.ie/

Let me know in the comments/ get in touch if there is another painting you would like me to cover for you.

Happy painting

Sheila x

 

A copy of the gridded drawing for your reference

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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.

 

Drawing Tutorials and My New Art Adventure on YouTube

I have started a YouTube channel SheilaFlahertyArtist to share drawing tips and tricks. I’d love to know what you think? How can I improve and what kind of art videos would you like to see? Let me know in the comments under the video.

The 2 most asked questions I get about art are: 1. How long does it take to make a drawing? Different for every piece of art. In the one above about 50 minutes.

2. What art materials I use?  I’ll share the art materials I used for the drawing in the video of the silver bow below- and I use these few art products quite alot. They are among my favourite art supplies.

 These are the art materials I used in this drawing:

Thick grey card: https://amzn.to/2VZ7d82

Black Copic Marker: https://amzn.to/2TV1rSs

Brick White Copic Marker: https://amzn.to/2vXanP3

Grey Posca Paint Marker: https://amzn.to/2TWAEoy

Black Posca Paint Marker: https://amzn.to/38FjGkf

White Posca Paint Marker: https://amzn.to/3cOGcKw

Options for the Colouring Pencils (I personally love these pencils, the colour payoff is so rich and opaque):

Faber Castell F110012 Polychromos Colour Pencils Tin Of 12: https://amzn.to/39DCVf6

Faber-Castell Polychromos Coloured Pencils Gift Box x 36 Colours: https://amzn.to/3aPoS6B

Faber-Castell Polychromos Artists Pastels Tin Of 60: https://amzn.to/2vYgoLx

Faber-Castell 120 Polychromos Artist Colour Pencils in Wenge-Stained Wooden Case: https://amzn.to/2W3ulSW .

I have also made a FREE drawing cheat sheet with 7 tips to take your drawing to the next level: https://mailchi.mp/bbf380acc5dd/hyper… . . .

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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