Today the focus was on vision, light, and mirrors. We started by exploring how mirrors reflect light, and learning to draw reflections with the help of a handheld mirror:
Then we looked at some very clever mirrors, where we could see everyone else except ourselves:
Ken's artist friend had created a mirror out of thousands of tiny pinheads:
Standing in front of a very large mirror, the children traced the rays of light that came together to create a reflection:
How come some things appear so huge and others so tiny on this big convex mirror?
Also, the Renaissance artists were no strangers to the power of mirrors. In his interesting (and controversial) book Secret Knowledge, David Hockney argues the manipulation of light and reflections brought about the disruption in medieval art during the period we now call the Renaissance.
In the evening, E and C decided to try their hands - literally! - and practice drawing them from life:
|Leonardo Da Vinci: Study of Hands (circa 1474). Source: Wikipedia|