Thursday, March 19, 2015

Plum Blossom Scrolls


These are self-explanatory, aren't they?  But the children loved making them and every one is enjoying the beautiful spring colors after this long, cold winter.




Monday, February 16, 2015

Ready for The Big Day

Finished up our clay Valentines last Thursday just in time for the big day.  Kids were thrilled to have a token to take home to give to a special some one.


No time for glazing.  I set out palettes of liquid watercolors to apply right onto the bisque.  You could also use box watercolors if you like


I have a couple bottles of glitter watercolor that added a little sparkle to the art though you can't really see it in the photos.


The paint dried very quickly and students finished them up with two coats of watered down glue to seal and add a little shine.


Finishing touch was to add a bit of ribbon for hanging.  There you have it...clay valentine.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Warm and Cool Abstract Landscape


Fun project for older artists and part of a painting unit exploring color relationships and color families.


Students began by cutting an irregular wavy line across a long sheet of paper.  This they used as a mask to block off the lower portion of their landscape.  Tape in place.


Begin in the sky area by placing a dot anywhere on the page.  Begin adding rings of warm colors around the dot.  Paint right up onto the paper mask to create a crisp line.


Using cool colors begin with a line at the horizon and add repeating lines to fill in the bottom portion of your work.




Friday, February 6, 2015

Pasta Towers


One 88 cent box of spaghetti, One $1.49 bag of mini-marshmallows.  Twelve kids.  Two hours of after school fun!  These children seriously could not get enough of this activity.


The structures were a little "touch and go" getting started as the marshmallows were soft and unstable.


But once they got going we noticed the marshmallows firmed up a bit and building proceeded more quickly.


Note to self...let the marshmallows sit out for a couple hours before building to harden.


Have fun!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Torn Paper Valentines


Art room clean-up prompted this colorful torn paper collage for kinders.  I don't know about you, but things around the art room seem to get messy this time of year while we're elbow deep in all kinds of creative endeavor.


Time to reorganize and start afresh...including new place mats for the tables.  But those old painted ones were just too colorful to toss out.



So I tore them into strips and let the Kindergarten have at it.


Oh, the joy of color on a cold winter day!


Finished them off with a variety of interesting lines.


 A simple lesson with lovely results

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Clay Valentines





Little clay Valentines were a big hit with after schoolers  of all ages.  They're quick and easy to make and can be completed in one class.  To start I had students roll out five long snakes of clay about the thickness of a pencil.  We covered the coils with a damp paper towel to keep them from drying out and then I gave the demonstration on building.  We built our hearts on a piece of cellophane that was scrap from our laminator...you can see it in the photo below.  Underneath the heart students placed a paper heart that they previously cut from a folded paper.  The paper heart serves as a guide for laying out their design.  Fill the heart shape with coils and smear everything together with your thumb.  Place a hole for hanging if you like.  Flip over and add textures to your heart.  Let dry and fire.
We're going to paint these hearts with water colors because we're in a hurry to hang them.




Winter Cardinals

Fifth Grade looked at a variety of winter cardinals then chose a reference form which they created their drawings.  Love the variety and spontaneity of their work