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!