Friday, September 1, 2017

African Inspired Masks with Metal Tooling








For our last project in my summer class Unique Materials Art Fun we created these metal tooled masks on painted roofing felt. The above masks were created by 1st-3rd graders. Miss Mary cut the metal masks out and hot glued them to their painted backgrounds. Given that there are some sharp edges, I told parents these were strictly for decoration. Crisis averted. 😉

Created by my cool trio of 5th grade boys.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Playing with Hearts











This project was all about playing with media and experimenting with different techniques.

Here's the list:

Watercolor and salt
Watercolor and rubbing alcohol
Crumpled paper with watercolor
Watercolor painted old book pages
Acrylic scraped paint
Sharpie colored transparencies
Bubble wrap prints
Oil pastel and watercolor concentric hearts with puff paint
Oil pastel blended with baby oil
Chalk pastel on black paper
Recycled painted paper and magazine pages

Phew! I think that covers it. After all hearts were created, dry and cut out, the kids could play around with which combination and layout looked most pleasing to them. And then - commence the gluing. Needless to say this was loads of fun for my whole group of Unique Art Materials students. 
(1st-4th grade)

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Summer Art Fun

Sharpie Line Portraits with Bleeding Tissue Paper






 Piers in 1 point perspective with creature "selfies"

my experiment


Mixed Media Orca Collages

Well, the award for the biggest slacker in art teacher blogging goes to........yup, that would be me. Is there anyone out there anymore? I didn't mean to stay away for so long. I have been doing some posting on Facebook and Instagram. My Generation X self is still grappling with so much social media I suppose. I know....excuses, excuses. 😀

This summer I have 3 different themed art classes. June: Draw, Paint, Clay Collage, July: Animals and Birds, and August: Unique Material Art Lab. This month has been all about playing with different media. I like to inject an extra sense of play in my summer classes. I find the kids really appreciate the encouragment to just explore and play with media and not worry about the end product. I suppose I may be speaking to my own inner artist as well. 

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.