Thursday, October 6, 2016

Owl and Raccoon Portraits

My apologies for being MIA for the past couple months. While my husband was recuperating from some health issues, this art major was educating herself on everything from atrial ablations, astigmatisms, A1c's, and the benefits of acupuncture. And this was only the "A's". Phew!

I'm glad to be stepping away from all the medical terminology and getting back into the elements of art! Here are some recent pieces from my Autumn Draw, Paint Collage class. (K-3rd)

Mixed Media Raccoons

Owl Collages

As a fun bonus, the eyes and moons were painted with glow in the dark paint

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Chihuly Inspirations

My Art Experiment Lab students created these beauties by cutting sheets of transparent plastic sheets and painting them with acrylics. After they were warped into organic shapes in the oven, they arranged them on a piece of driftwood. I used a hot glue gun to hold their designs in place.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Summer So Far

 Anya Brock Inspired Budgies

Torn Paper Landscapes

 Air Dry Clay Birds on Driftwood Perches

 Mixed Media Chameleons

These are some of the projects my groups of Multi-Media Art Fun kids completed over the last three weeks. And while I try to keep this blog primarily about children's art, sometimes life doesn't just creep in, it knocks the door down. So, I feel it wouldn't be authentic, if I didn't at least mention something on a personal note. I got word a couple weeks ago that my husband was being rushed by ambulance as he was suffering from a stroke. Pretty unsettling when the EMT answers your husband's cell phone to tell you this. The good news is he got help during that "golden window" of time and fortunately, it was a mild stroke. He is doing amazingly well, all things considered and is on a path to wellness.

In light of this news, I worried that I wouldn't be upbeat enough for my groups of young students who were ready and eager to start creating. But in actuality, it was the best thing for me to focus on something so wonderfully positive. I enjoyed every minute of our time together and truly appreciated their enthusiasm and energy. There are three siblings who come each summer from Phoenix, Arizona and make my art class a part of their summer vacation plans. How cool is that! So in their honor, I had the kids create the torn paper desert landscapes. They shared with my SoCal locals, how their desert looks in terms of shapes and colors. 

Clay is always a crowd-pleaser. So, I'm willing to bet the favorite project for everyone was the clay birds. Some kids went to town with the colorful feathers I had for them to adorn their creations. And everyone got a kick out of choosing just the right driftwood perches, which I had scoured the beach to find. (job perk.)

Up next month, my Unique Art Materials classes. Lots of old favorites to revisit: toothpaste and lotion batik, Chihuly inspired faux glass and gelatin printing.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Summer Art Fun

Expressive Butterflies from a special Art Birthday 

 Literally, a "rain forest"

 Indian elephant

 Love Ethan's graphic stripe pattern

 Baby hippo

Here are some highlights from the art room this summer. Up next, Multi-Media Art Fun.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Mixed Media Bird Collages






My Wild Animals and Birds group kicked of class with these mixed media collages. These were created in a similar way to these fish collages a few months ago. The base was done with Gelli printing using ferns. The children could add more vines or plants on top, using acrylic paint and brushes.I encouraged the kids to make their own unique tropical habit Parrots were done on black construction paper using oil and chalk pastels. Finally, branches were painted to give their cut birds a place to perch. 

Miss Mary had to join the fun as well

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Clay Texture Pendants

Kinder pendants using acrylics on air dry clay

In the above two photos my students used Sharpies and Watercolors on "wet" Model Magic
as it was our last day of class. This seemed to work fine and can now be left to air dry.
*Miss Mary's Asics sneakers were very popular. The kids thought it left "the best pattern" so consequently my shoe was passed around and used by everyone. :)

Plastic texture plates

This would be a fun project to add to your summer list! My kinder girls really enjoyed making these. I had never made textured shoe pendants before and thought I'd give it a try. The girls stepped lightly on small balls of air dry clay and lifted their shoe to see a very cool texture left behind. To create other pendants they pressed their clay onto plastic texture plates. (I found these on Amazon) They made a hole with the backside of their paint brushes. The following week, these were painted with craft acrylics and a coat of glitter Mod Podge, I added some colored twine to make necklaces to give to friends and family.

My summer art class series starts in two weeks. (School lets out next week) This year's themes are Wild Animals and Birds, Mixed Media Art Fun and Art Experiment Lab. I'll be posting student work throughout the next few months. I hope you all have a fun and relaxing summer!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Recycled Cardboard Birds

I was inspired by this post from Krokotak and this from the Crafty Crow. Birds and recycled cardboard?! You have me at my happy place! The children could choose to create their own bird using bird almanac illustrations as inspiration or they could create a basic bird (perfect for my kinders) from a direct line drawing lesson and and add their own little special details. Beyond the acrylic paint, oil and chalk pastels offered, I had all sorts of finishing touches to add character: sequins, buttons, feathers and stick legs. (Miss Mary cut the cardboard with an X-acto knife and used the glue gun for heavy pieces.)
Thanks to the guys at Arnold's Hardware for creating (last minute) dowel bases to showcase these extra large birds. It made all the difference! Birds average between 2-3 feet tall.

I had to join the fun and create a couple birds as well