Abstract Art with a Twist: Paint a Craft in the Style of Matisse | Nicole Arnold | Skillshare

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Abstract Art with a Twist: Paint a Craft in the Style of Matisse

teacher avatar Nicole Arnold, Wild about Art

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Lessons in This Class

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    • 2.

      Getting Started: Supplies


    • 3.

      Lets Paint: Step 1


    • 4.

      Lets Paint: Step 2


    • 5.

      Lets Paint: Step 3


    • 6.

      Final Thoughts


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Abstract Art with a Twist: Craft in the Style of Matisse

Learn to paint in the style of the modern twentieth century masters.  

Class Description

Painting abstract art is all about letting go and having fun.  Learn how to plan life affirming designs with bold colors like those used by Henri Matisse.  

We will have fun while immersing ourselves in a craft activity -- painting gourds -- that ignites our imaginations and pushes the boundaries of our creativity.  No prior painting experience is needed - all levels are welcome.

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Nicole Arnold

Wild about Art


Nicole is an artist and children's book illustrator who loves all types of art.  As a teaching artist, Nicole focuses on opening minds to make room for unexpected creativity.

Read more about her DIY projects, Art-o-mat adventures, and book recommendations on her blog, blog.nicolettaarnolfini.com, and follow her on Instagram and Twitter to enjoy her recent work.

Nicole's classes appeal to students who are looking to submerge themselves in a world of colorful, bold design, creative fearlessness and the wonders of the natural world.

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1. Intro: on a cold January morning in 1941 French painter on Reba Tes thought he knew his fate. He would succumb to illness, but he was wrong. And for the next 14 years, Matisse would experience what he called a second life with new artistic vision that expressed a joy for being alive. I think this abstract art, guys, we will focus on Matisse's work from this period, especially his cutouts. They are exactly what they sound like. Single color designs often stemming from organic subjects, in particular rule focus on the taste is large painting called and we will take elements from his other paintings to combine with our designs on organic material, a gored that is the twist in this abstract or close to paint on an unpredictable curved surface from an organic vessel. If you're like me, you love the inexpressible joy that Matisse transmits in his use of brilliant hues and bold design. Come join us by enrolling in this class. I can't wait to create life affirming art together with you 2. Getting Started: Supplies: thanks for joining us in this abstract art with a twist class on the work of Matisse. I wanted to go over the materials and supplies. You will need to complete this class successfully. Keep your inspirational reference material handy for this class. I will paint for Matisse's Ceramic Mural Lodge, Ill. Here's a Gord I have already paid just to give you an idea of where we can go with this project, we will paint the inside and the entire outside step by step in future videos. Don't forget to keep your sketchbook handy and try out any designs that you may want to incorporate into your project. Based on your design, you will need large, medium and possibly smaller acrylic paint brushes and paint markers. I will use my trusty Posca acrylic markers on the top layers, and I will use liquid tex iridescent white soft body paint for the background. You can also use a heavy body paint if you want. Remember to brainstorm your color palette during your sketching stages. You can select any Hughes that speak to you. Goard's air, very much like Kansas is so you can use acrylic or would paint or craft paint. They all work well on the would like surface of the Goard. Keep your paint palette handy and keep a water receptacle handy. I want to show you some broad wards that you can choose from. In this class. You can use a Gord that's been pre cut to make it craft ready. This larger gored has a base so that it can stand without falling over. This Gord is not suitable for a vase, but it could hold dried flowers or act as a freestanding object of art. I like to paint the inside of my chords black, and I do this with a spray paint like Rustoleum, their other products nail that are watertight, and we'll discuss that more in our next video. At the end of the project, you will want to spray your entire gored with Crile on or some surface protected to prevent paint shipping. I like the glossy loader spray. Now in our next video, let's start painting, See there 3. Lets Paint: Step 1: Hello, modern art masters. Let's get painting. OK, I have spent up this video considerably so that we can cover a lot of ground quickly. The first thing that I did with my Goard's was I paid at the inside of the Goard's, and I started with the stand on the large court, As you can see, and I used Rustoleum, you can use the spray paint you can use whatever you think is appropriate for the inside of your gored. Some of you may not like spray paint, and you would prefer to use a sponge or brushes on the inside. You can get your hands really dirty when you have smaller Goard's like this, but you feel free to do what you think is appropriate. The one thing that may cause concern is that especially with spray paint or even with liquid paint or paint brushes, you may have some spray that comes outside the upper rim off your gored. Don't worry about that, because we will paint over that with our outer paint later on, and so anything that is outside the rim of the Gord will be repaired. As you can see, I'm just spraying again on the inside of the large gored with my black paint. I'm using Rustoleum. You can look for a water tight sealed inside spray if you want to, and you can paint it white. Of course, to don't feel like you have to stick with the black Now, I have decided to paint the outside of the Goard's with white. You can choose to use a Jess Oh, paint. That would be very appropriate. I encourage you to use at least two layers of paint. I have not used a just a paint. Instead, I have used just a cheaper white paint. That's not really a professional grade. And I'm going to do two coats of those not gonna make you watch me do two coats on, and I have obviously sped this up considerably. Now you can see I'm trying not to go inside the rim of the Gord. I'm trying to keep the white paint outside of the Gord, but again, don't worry about this too much. What I'm going to do at the end of painting this large Gordon, my smaller Gord, is I'm going to use a black marker, one of my Posca markers. That's acrylic paint, and I'm going to do the rim off the Gord with that black paint. And that's after the white has dried. So do a base coat. Let that dry, do another coat on top of that and let that dry. And again. I'm not using the iridescent white yet. That's gonna happen in our next lesson. So stay tuned, because we're gonna do a lot more painting here soon, and I wish you luck with this. It's a little hard to get used to help to move the Gord, but you can do it. 4. Lets Paint: Step 2: Welcome back. Modern art masters. Now we have painted are under layers onto our Goard's. If you're doing a small gored or a big Gord, either one, you have already painted those under layers on their and allow them to dry. I'm starting off here with by small Gord, and you can see that I am just having to move my hand continually one of my hands and using my other hand my right hand to paint the Gord. And I'm using the liquid tex iridescent white, a soft body liquid paint that you guys know that I love so much. And because I'm using the iridescent on top of the base white layers, I probably need to do this twice. What'll happen is you think you'll think that you have everything covered on your gored, and then you will need to go back and paint again, just little bits that you've missed. I'm switching over to the large gored and doing the same thing. I don't want you guys to be concerned about covering the lip or the rims of the Goard's, because again, at the end you can go back and you can fix that with a black marker or a black acrylic paint with a paintbrush. That's an easy fix. So don't put too much pressure on yourself at this point about getting that perfect. Nevertheless, this is our top layer of white paint. I hope that you enjoy something like that. You're destined pain, or do something that you really think is pretty on top. You don't have to use white. You can definitely do a different color. But I'm using that white color scheme that Matisse likes to use and his often in his paintings like leisure. And so we will see the top designs. Come on in the next step, and we will begin painting those designs and doing the detail work in the next step. So stick with me and we'll come back and this will really start looking like a Matisse Gordon. Our next step 5. Lets Paint: Step 3: thanks for joining us for this final detail video that will cover all of the hard work that we're going to do on the wards. So I'm starting off here with my large gored, and I am using my Posca paint markers. They are actually liquid acrylic paint. Their wonderful. They don't come out very fast. They're easy to control, and you can see that I'm starting with a red plant like formation. It's just a shape. It's an organic shape, one of those that Matisse lights from his piece of luxury. And that's what I'm using in my main in my large gored here. And remember, for your project you don't have to do to go wards. You could just do one. You can do a woodcraft, whatever you like, but that's what we're focusing on in in this large gored project that I'm working on. I have some other plant like formations that I have used. I've already sketched onto the Goard, so remember that your sketch work is important that you're doing behind the scenes in this class because that will determine what your final design is going to be, and you want your designed to have a beautiful impact the way that Matisse's cutouts did in his later life. They had bright colors. They had beautiful shapes, largely organic forms. And so that's what I'm relying on here. I decided my color scheme Early on, I'm using red. I'm using a beautiful light sky blue. I'm using greens, anything that's reminiscent of the plant world or plant life. I even have an orange plant here that has kind of a coral feel to it. I really enjoy those shapes, and you can see that I'm switching in between my small gored and my large gored. And I'm doing that on purpose because I need for my large board to dry in places and for my small gorn to dry in places after I've applied paints. And remember, you can use a paintbrush. You don't have to use the paint markers the way I'm doing. That's just something that I rely on a really enjoy, but certainly any kind of other pain. If you have questions about that, just reach out. To me, it is important to try not to smudge your paint with your hands after you've gone through all the hard work of getting your sketch onto the gored and then starting to apply your final paint layers. So remember to give yourself time to allow things to dry, and you can pick up between one or the other or just walk away for a little bit. Take a break, come back and let portions of your gore dry. You know, Gord, or are organic services there a little bit different and a little bit unpredictable compared to, say, a canvas, a flat canvas. So keep that in mind and remember to be forgiving of yourself about that. Now you can see I'm gonna go back finally to my my little Gord and finish up just a ah small design that I had here. It's just the blue and the yellow. I kept it simple, and I would suggest that you do that if you're working on a smaller surface, keep things simpler in your design. If you're working on a larger surface, then you can be more complex. But really think about what Matisse was trying to accomplish and what you're trying to accomplish with your pieces on. Kind of let him speak to you through the work and you can see again that I'm just finishing up here with the design and then I'm going to allow these to dry now, after I have completely allowed the Goard's too dry. Then I will spray the cry line protectant on at least twice to my final gored pieces to protect them for good. I hope that you really enjoy this step of the project. This is where your design and all of the thoughts come together to create a really gorgeous work. So have fun with this, and I'll see you in our very last video coming up. 6. Final Thoughts: but