Though we find ourselves in a second lockdown, creativity is never far away. Just look out your window, wander down the street, take a walk in the woods, or gaze up toward the sky. There are captivating sights all around us and that is where our third lockdown challenge begins: landscapes!
Artists: David Hockney, Henri Matisse, Maggi Hambling
Landscapes can take many different forms. Traditionally, we may think of a landscape as rolling hills, a seaside view or a view of a town, but there are many possibilities for different types of landscapes. A landscape could very simply be your garden lawn or the skyline you can see from your window. It could be a view of the night sky or a close up of the sea. It could be a disused space filled with junk, a collection of plants on a windowsill or the folds in a blanket. This challenge tasks you with finding an interesting landscape wherever you are.
How to get involved:
Post a picture of a landscape on instagram or facebook and tag @firstfloorspace. Alternatively, you can email us a picture to post for you
Choose from one of the landscapes posted on our social media pages or on our next blog
Create a landscape in your chosen medium
Share your creation with us
Artists: Vija Clemins, Ben Lewis Giles, Jon Halls
Tips and tricks!
Some materials to try out:
Biro, pencil, coloured pencil, felt tip
Charcoal, soft pastel, oil pastel, chalk
Acrylic, oil paint
Digital drawing or composition
Coffee, vegetable based dye from beetroot or red cabbage
Wire, 3D pen
Assemblages or shadows that can be photographed
Combinations of different materials
You can think about the surface you work on too:
Paper - plain, textured, newspaper, brown paper, magazine pages
Cardboard - smooth, bent, ripped, peeled back layers
Fabric - patterned, plain, textured, ripped, stained
Recycled materials - plastic packaging, smooth or shiny card
You can copy, cut, edit and paste!
You don't have to replicate your image exactly as it is, experiment with...
Cropping the image
Repeating parts of the image
Cutting out parts of your image to leave negative space
Adding a figure, an animal, or an object
Bending and twisting your landscape
Playing with perspectives
Whatever you do, whatever you create, have fun and enjoy the freedom to explore your imagination. We can't wait to see what you come up with!
Stay safe and keep creating <3
Disclaimer: All images of artwork featured in this blog are copyrighted to their respective artists, they are shown here purely for educational purposes.