Sunday, August 20, 2006
Lauren, child super-artist
I just got a lovely note in the post from my dear friend Carmen, complete with a sketch from her younger sister, Lauren. Lauren is a child protege ... and I ... was her teacher.
Lauren is an incredibly gifted cellist as well as visual artist ... with a very witty ... and at times sarcastic ... mind.
I began teaching Lauren art when she was in grade 6, teaching her some of the basics of drawing and color theory. The following year I challenged her to put her creativity to use in a variety of different mediums as we studied our Christian heritage in the visual arts. Here are examples of her work under my direction at two art shows I coordinated. Lauren always went above and beyond the prescribed parameters of each assignment.
This is Lauren's model of the Tabernacle ...
... complete with the curtain that separates the Holy of Holies from the rest of the Tent of Meeting.
After studying icons, each student (each saints themselves) created their own self-portrait icons. Saint Lauren is known for her forgetfulness, love for music and books, derailed thoughts, and her trusty side-kick Scruffy the Cat.
This is Lauren's Celtic Calligraphy modeled after the Lindisfarne gospels.
Inspired by the Surrealists, Lauren created her own ... not an assignment ... Surrealist masterpiece. You may notice that various lines in the drawing combine to create the body of a whale. The forest to the right of the river begins as palm trees, then pine which morph into coloured pencils. The village opposite the waterfall is a combination of absurd houses that you would never find together ... two of which are homes that Lauren's family built. Above the village is a scene depicting the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, bordered by the waterfall on the left and cascading dominos on the right. Below the village is Lauren's cousin playing with block houses distorting the perspective of the picture (especially in contrast to the woman walking down the footpath.)
Conceptual Sculpture of Lauren's understanding of Christ titled "Bought At a Price"
Mastercopy of J. W. Waterhouse's Mellinda
Other students' works:
Winter Art Show
Spring Art Show