Wall of Fame II
Celebrating Student Art
Lauren has had the tradition of staying with her grandmother in Atlanta for a few weeks every summer, and for the past several years has taken private lessons from me during that time. Her enthusiasm and knowledge and talent just keep growing even more every year! When Lauren reached out to show me that she finally had access to this canvas (which was in a different location) and the time to complete the work that she had started with me last summer, I was excited to share the glowing results.
What makes this even more fitting during the time we are in is the fact that the painting was the result of our first virtual lesson last summer during an illness that prevented us from meeting in person. Lauren was one of my first tests in hosting an on-line lesson and making all the nuances of that come together. It constantly amazes me how we can prepare for future events without knowing where we are headed. Here is what Lauren has to say about this vibrant and poignant work:
"Life Path represents the decision people have to make in order to have a good life or a bad life." It is about choices and opportunities and always, nature, which can be a beautiful garden or a riveting sunset or a destroyed and barren world. The planning that went into this piece was a big part of its success, and as you can see, Lauren has a strong and unique voice with lots to say. I can't wait to see what she will create next!
Art On,Ms. Knight
Molly Egg Tempera on panel
I love how Camilla adds her own voice to a subject and uses her imagination, as in this fantastic eye illustration. Other subjects she tackled include OC portraits, egg tempera landscape, Sumi inkbrush, and acetate layered light work using an xacto knife. Also, Camilla's generous spirit and sense of humor truly shine when we need them most.
Keep on Creating, Ms. Knight
For her pen and ink illustration, Reyha methodically layered the mediums and then cropped the work to frame her composition. For her acrylic painting on canvas, Reyha created a rich neutral tint instead of using black paint, which adds a softness to the palette while harmonizing the contrasts of the design. I'm so proud of her hard work and can't wait to see what Reyha invents next in the art studio!
Art On,Ms. Knight
I love the way he added the rays of color around the wheel, and that Gavin's knowledge of birds is an endless source of inspiration. Having worked with Gavin on his art at Blue Heron Nature Preserve and Georgia Audubon, I can attest that he is an avid naturalist and birder. In fact, Gavin became the youngest Master Birder EVER with Georgia Audubon!! As an e-bird expert, he certainly helps me live the mantra, "We learn most when we're teaching." I'm excited about the fresh two and three dimensional ornithological projects Gavin is tackling this year and his illustrated Bird Field Guide of Blue Heron Nature Preserve. Bird On,Ms. Knight