Lincoln School knows the way

Posted by on Mar 13, 2013 in Ice Harbor Mittens, school visits | 0 comments

I woke up this morning at 3 AM to the deep blasts of a fog horn. Fog is a familiar creature to coastal folks and plays a significant role in this story by Robin Hansen.

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Last week, the Lincoln School in Augusta, Maine was a lively destination. I joined their intrepid art teacher, Robin Brooks, for a quick talk about the making of Ice Harbor Mittens, complete with sketches to share, a few original pastels from the book, and even my grandfather’s buoy, which makes an appearance in the story.

A ship in their lunch room seemed a fitting symbol for our exchange.

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I also brought along a model boat from Shipwreck & Cargo, since models are good resources for observational drawing, as this artist demonstrates.

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Robin’s classroom is based on choice, so everyone tackled what inspired them. Pastels may be dusty, but they do provide an instant tactile approach to color. Just choosing a colored paper sets up optical dynamics of warm and cool. Great bold marks enliven this abstract color statement:

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Robin always allows time for that important part of creation: display! Here’s an evocative skyscape:

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I’m curious to see who draws with the colors they are wearing.

I also talked about point of view, and trying to vary the angle of images in a story, from eye level to above or below. This artist has multiple perspectives in a single image, serene yet complex.

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My visit was the culmination of a school-wide Read-a-Thon. It made my day to face a sea of such eager artists and readers. Thanks, Lincoln School for being a colorful place of learning!

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