Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Woodland art

Norval Morrisseau, the first woodland artist, was very talented. He became a full time artist in the early 1960s and became very successful. His style of art is often based off myths, and spiritual concepts. While some people supported him and loved his art, others were furious with him for sharing the myths and stories of their people. Though he faces this struggle he introduced an amazing style of art and did what he thought was right. 
Below are a few examples of woodland art: 

This style of art is very unique and interesting. Our grade 10 art clas will be making our own woodland art. We will be doing this through lino cutting/printing. Though the way we will be doing this seems difficult, the results should be very interesting. For people who may also be interested in doing this, below I will link videos about woodland art and how to make them using lino cutting/printing.

Norval Morrisseau - Woodland Art

Making Linocuts - process

Monday, 9 December 2013

Gothic Cathedrals

Gothic cathedrals are very detailed and interesting. They are very mysterious and dark. The common distinctive characteristics of gothic cathedrals are: 

Grand tall designs - they swept upwards with height and grandeur.

Pointed arches - was used to support more weight than regular pillars.

Flying buttress - used to reinforce the walls that tended to lean outward under the weight of the vaulted ceilings.

Stained glass windows - often had complex and beautiful patterns. The Rose Window is commonly used for its beautiful design. 

Statuary such as gargoyles - often thought to ward off evil spirits and was also used as a water spout for many gutters lining the vaulted ceilings.

vaulted roofs - representation of the power of the church and used in many temples and public buildings.