Wednesday, September 15, 2010
UE: Hiroshige's Mountains
UE's first lesson was based on Ando Hiroshige's
print, Lake By Hakone. Hiroshige was a ukiyo-e artist, a general name for Japanese woodblock prints or paintings, but the English translation means "floating world". I told students to think of this description when choosing their colors so their painting would express the beauty of a surreal place. After students sketched out their landscape, they painted the mountains gradationally, going from dark to light. The last steps were to add trees and outline everything with black pen.