Sunday, August 20, 2017

Art for Kids: Monet Lily Pad Pond


Supplies: tag board, acrylic or tempera paint, white tissue paper in large pieces, and pink tissue paper cut into small squares.

1. After taking a look at Claude Monet's many lily pond paintings, students covered an entire piece of large tagboard with white tissue paper. This step was to give the pond water some texture, but if you wish to skip a step, this is the one. Students spread down glue with brushes, and then crumpled and pressed the tissue paper into place.

2. After the tissue paper dried, students flipped their ponds upside down, and I had them draw a "pond" shape on the backside. Then, I came around and corrected each pond before they could begin cutting, as some had the tendency to make them much too small.

3. Before we began painting, I asked them to pick a time of day for their pond (We took a second look at Monet's Paintings, and I had them guess what time of day it was in the picture. Remember the impressions are all about light). We began to paint the water with swirls and dabs just as the impressionists might, while being careful not to blend the colors too much.

3. While the ponds dried, we scraped and dabbed paint over paper that would later become our lily pads. You can also use coffee filters for lily pads as well.

4. Once the paper was dry, we used plastic lids and other round shapes to trace out the lilies. We cut them out and added a slit into the middle. 

5.  Next, we glued our lily pads onto the ponds.
   
6. We used several shades of pink as well as white to make our lilies. I cut them into squares prior to class, and showed the students how to add a small dab of glue between each tissue square, twist the end, crumple, and stick onto the lily pad.


Overall, I was extremely please with this project. I've done many variations of this over the years, but this was the first time I tried cutting out the shape of a pond, and it made all the difference!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Art for Kids: Zen-tangle Boats

Supplies: black sharpies, watercolor paper or tag board, watercolor paints.

I saw this on Pinterest, and I thought I would try it with kids. I think it turned out really good, and the students seemed to enjoy the process.

1. Have students draw wave lines across their paper with the sharpies.
2. Discuss geometric and organic shapes and patterns. Have students come up and draw their favorite patterns on the board. Then, begin filling in the spaces between the waves. Add the boat at the top and begin painting.
3. We discussed warm/cool colors, and I suggested that the water be done in cool colors and the boat in warm colors so it would "pop." 

Simple, but fun!


Saturday, July 29, 2017

Art for Kids: Paper Plate Flowers


Supplies: paper plates - two large and two small, watercolor or tempera paints, scissors, glue & brushes.

1. I let students paint their paper plates in any design they chose: swirls, dots, splatters, etc. Two large paper plates for the petals, one small paper plate for the center of the flower, and one small paper plate for the leaf. 


2. Once dry, we flipped the plates over and drew, and then cut out the shape of petals around the edge of the two large plates (cutting one plate slightly smaller than the other). We cut out our leaf shapes, and the center of the flowers from the small plates.


3. Next, we glued the plates together, and then used a hole punch and the scraps to make a scattering dots in the center.


This was an incredibly simple, but successful project! 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Art for Kids: Laurel Burch Cats


This project was fun and easy. First, we used this how to draw with pencils, and then went over our lines with black sharpies:

Then, using colored sharpies we added Laurel Burch inspired designs and patterns: hearts, moons, stars, swirls, etc. Last, we painted in the cats with bright colors using liquid watercolors.

   

And done! Easy-peasy lemon squeezy.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Art for Kids: Collage Owls

Supplies: tempera paint, oil pastels, construction paper, and texture tools: sponges, paint rollers, scrapers.

1. Have students spend some time making collage paper. They can scrape, sponge, splatter, blot art, etc. I had students make three pieces each, so they would have plenty to work from.

 
2. I had students draw a branch with oil pastels on the bottom of a large piece of construction paper, and add feet on the brach with a black pastel. We used grey paper for the background, but dark blue or purple may have been more fun.

3. Once the collage paper was dry, students picked out a piece to cut the owl's body shape from. Some made more of an oval owl, others cut out a square with rounded edges.

4. We folded the next piece of paper in half and drew and cut out wings. I had the kids hold the paper up to their owl's body, so the wings would turn out the right size. 

5. From there, they traced circles for the eyes, cut out beaks, and ears. It's important to glue the ears and beaks down before the eyes. We cut the center of the eyes from black paper. 

6. The last details, like moons and stars, we added with oil pastels. 

  
   




Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Art up at The Shop on Perry!

If you've never been there, the coffee and treats are delicious! Check out The Shop in the Perry district. 

The Shop  924 S Perry St, Spokane, WA 99202

   

       

My art will be up all through the month of July!


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Zen-Art Birch Trees in Snow

If you’ve never sprinkled salt in wet watercolor paint, this is a great project to try out the effect. Students use masking tape to tape off sections of the picture they want to keep white (trees and moon) and a white crayon or pastel for the snow.

Supplies: watercolor paper, watercolor paints (liquid watercolors work best), table salt, masking tape, black sharpies, and white crayons.

  1. Using masking tape, students taped off three or more trees. I encouraged students to make their trees different widths––using one to three strips of tape.      
  2. Next, students cut or ripped up smaller pieces of masking tape to create the branches.
  3. A sticky dot can be used to make a moon.
  4. Using a Sharpie (or black pastel), have student draw a line (not too straight) across the bottom of their page. It can go right over the masking tape as this will be pulled up. 
  5. Students can use either a white pastel or a white crayon to fill in the area below the Sharpie line. 
  6. Now they’re ready to paint! Have students press the edges of their masking tape flat against the paper before you hand out the paint and salt.
  7. Using all colors or a limited palette, student should paint a juicy layer of watercolor paint across background. They can paint right over their masking tape trees, but should be careful of puddles that might leak under the tape if left too long. 
  8. DO NOT have students paint the entire picture and then try and add salt. The watercolor paint will have dried and the salt will have no effect!!! Students must paint section by section, sprinkling salt over the wet paint as they go.
  9. Double check to make sure each student got paint right up to the edge of their trees and painted over the snow, before setting them aside to dry.
  10. Pictures should be completely dry before peeling off the masking tape. I have students brush the salt off over a trash can.
  11. Lastly, using Sharpies, students can outline their trees and moon, and then "zentangle" inside the blank space of the trees. I talked about geometric and organic shapes and drew examples of patterns on the board.