Thursday, August 30, 2018

Where I'll be in September!

Upcoming Events. Come and see me!

Art on the Market Sept. 14 & 15
Liberty Lake Farmer's Market 
Location: Town Square Park! 1421 N. Meadowood Lane, Liberty Lake WA

Friday 5 - 8 pm & Saturday 9am - 1pm

New Moon Gallery - Opening Sept. 21 
1236 East Sprague Ave., Spokane, WA
(509) 413-9101

Artist Reception Friday Sept. 21 5pm - 9pm  You are invited!
Intuitive Painting Class, Sept 23 12 - 5pm (sign up through the moon) 
Early Bird First Friday Oct. 5th

Art on the Ave. Saturday Sept. 29
12 - 6 pm 

Art on the Ave is an Annual Event started in 2011. It supports local artists and provides visibility to small businesses within the East Sprague Business Corridor inside the Sprague Union District in Spokane, Washington. Artists are hosted by businesses between Napa and Madelia Streets each year on the last Saturday each September from noon to 6 pm. You will see a variety of art mediums, a kid zone with emerging artist show, interactive art, and live music to name a few.
Don't miss it!

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Impressionist Art For Kids: Sailboat Silouettes

Supplies: canvas or heavy tag board to paint on, watercolor paper, watercolor paints (liquid works best), tempera paints, black construction paper, pencil, scissors, something round to trace (for the sun), glue, salt.

Key Art Terms: tints, analogous colors, horizon line, silhouette, perspective, warm colors, cool colors.

Artist to discuss: Claude Monet

I did this project with 1st – 3rd graders over two days, as the watercolor paper takes awhile to dry. It is important to make sure your watercolor paper is either the same size, or wide enough to cover your canvas edge to edge. I used 8 x 11 canvas and paper.

1.     First, I handed out watercolor paper and had students sign their names (they will look very similar a day later!) I gave each set of partners liquid watercolor paints in three colors: blue, green, and purple (cool colors) plus a small container of salt. We turned the paper vertical and I encouraged them to use horizontal brush strokes and to avoid blending all the colors together. Encourage students to paint all the way to the edge. 

2.     TIPS FOR ADDING SALT. Students should sprinkle the salt as they paint, not at the end! For the salt effect to work, the paint must be nice and juicy. Also, if they use too much salt, it won’t brush off later. When done, set aside to dry.

3.     Next, I handed each student a 8 x 11 canvas, which we turned vertical. They traced a circle with a yellow colored pencil (no ugly graphite lines to try and hide later), and painted the center of it with light yellow paint. Instead of giving them another color, I just added a little more yellow for the next step and they painted around the sun with dabs, dots, or swirls. Then I added a little pink (making light orange), and they did it again, getting further out from the sun.  I switched to adding a little red, and a little more, and a little more until they painted the last color all the way to edge of the canvas and below the middle where the waterline will be. This is a good way to learn about mixing tints and analogous colors!
4.     We set the canvas sunset aside, and I handed out small squares of black construction paper. We looked at Claude Monet’s seaside paintings and talked about what a silhouette is. I showed them how to draw a simple sailboat, but let them choose their own design. We cut our sailboats out and set them aside. Make sure there are pencil lines on only one side! As the “clean” side will face out on the painting.

5.     The next day, students brushed the salt off their watercolor paper, and we gathered up all three pieces. We talked about the horizon line and perspective (waves look smaller far away, and bigger close up) before tearing our paper into strips. I encouraged them to have a flat horizon line (waves are too far away to see in the distance) and to make wider rips for the paper up close. Make sure they have the paper facing the right direction before they start ripping.
6.     Once the paper was ripped, I handed out glue. They must glue working from the horizon line down! The ripped edges should face up, to look like whitecaps. It is important to remind them to glue their boat in before they reach the bottom of the canvas, as the boat should be tucked between two waves so it looks like it is actually in the water, not hovering above it.
7.     Lastly, we trimmed a few edges and signed our masterpieces! I was amazed. This was a zero-failure project. Every single painting looked great and had individual style!