Friday, April 14, 2017

Earth Day Peacock Collages

my experiment

I recently had the opportunity to lead two Girl Scout troops and a Daisy troop in an Earth Day inspired art project. Oh what fun! It takes me back to my days in troop 178 in Pasadena, California. "Make new friends but keep the old, one is silver and the other's gold." A good rule to live by.

My sweet group of 1st grade Daisies created owl collages using grocery bags and magazine pages along with oil pastels for extra details. Each girl got up and shared more about their owl after our creations were complete. When I asked the group about the 3 "R's" (reduce, reuse, recycle) for helping our environment, I was informed there is a 4th, "rot" (as in composting). Schooled by a 6 year old. 😉

my experiment

My two groups of 3rd-5th graders created peacock collages using the same recycled materials. Chalk pastels were used to add color to our grocery bag peacock bodies as well as the black construction paper backgrounds. There was a distinct haze of chalk dust in the air. I encouraged the girls to find just 3 magazine pages with interesting colors, patterns or textures and cut out small medium and large raindrop or oval shapes to create our feather eyes. Of course, there were too many beautiful pages to pass up, so they bartered and shared. This was a fun project and I was thrilled to see the girls go in their own direction in creating their collages.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Cartoon Art Fun

 Abby (4th grade)

 Developing her scene

 Avery (6th grade)

Mira (4th grade) in progress

The above 3 drawings began as a triangle, square and circle
My students were encouraged to change the character to make it their own

Lauren (3rd grade) is enjoying character design

Learning the basics

My example to show my students how to change the mood of a character 
(and the cartoon itself) through a simple change in the eyes

When I decided on a cartoon theme, I went all in!

This month our art class theme is Cartoon People and Animals. My groups are learning how to use facial guidelines and simple ways to change the expression of a character. To create animals, we're learning to start with simple shapes and build from there. I discovered some Wonderful books by best selling author, Christopher Hart. I must say, I'm hooked!  He has an amazing knack for breaking down any subject matter into a easy-to-follow manner.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Clay Critters

Avery (6th grade) Loves Hedgehogs! 
How cute is this clay critter she made with stellar patience?!

Since air dry clay is notorious for broken appendages, 
I gave the children the option of using twine in place of clay for their tails

My kinder through 6th graders created some very cute mice using air dry clay. I said we were channeling Beatrix Potter meets Ratatouille. But my mind tends to dwell in books and movies. They could create a family of critters and set up a little scene on top of their scrapbook paper covered "stage". These were painted with acrylic paints.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Unique Animal Art Projects

my experiment 

My theme for this session is Unique Animal Art. Of course animals are always a popular subject matter for my young students. I enjoy coming up with lessons that have a fun twist. These Pop Art Horse Profiles utilized two supplies I've been dying to try, chalk markers and Kwik Stix. They did not disappoint! The colors really popped when used with black paper. My students used chalk pastels and acrylic paint to finish their paintings.

 my experiment 

Are you familiar with artist Sarah Cray's beautiful animal watercolor paintings? Catch them on her Dandelion Paper Co shop on Etsy here. Many of her beautifully detailed animals are donning flower crowns. Let's just say, I'm a sucker for an animal with a flower crown. My kindergarten through 6th graders had fun painting their inspired giraffes using both wet and dry glazing techniques.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Sea Turtle Collages

My Draw, Paint, Collage students kicked off the new year with these mixed media sea turtle collages. In many cultures, sea turtles are a symbol of good luck.  So maybe my timing isn't so strange after all, This project incorporated a wide variety of techniques and media, which is always a bonus in my book. Ocean backgrounds were created first using wet on wet watercolor painting with salt and plastic wrap. Hawksbill sea turtles were drawn and shaded with chalk pastels. Watercolor spots were added around the head and flippers. To give the sea turtles a tropical habitat, kelp and seaweed were added with cut painted paper collage as well as painted with acrylics.

my experiment for the project