Monday, October 28, 2013

Candy corn proportions

Class this week was about proportion.  Because I always promise the kids art class isn't school we used candy corn to figure our proportions.  First we ate all the broken ones.  Then we found about a dozen that were close to the same size.  We nibbled some to make them exact.  The kids had a picture of a group of ghosts and we laid out candy corn in rows to see how many "kernels" was the tallest one, the middle one, the shortest one, etc.  How many times taller was the tallest guy than the shortest guy.... in candy corn kernels of course. We used oil pastels and construction paper to create scenes of ghostly trick-or-treaters.  We started by drawing the house and the deal was.... the ghosts had to be the right proportion to the house.  Could the ghost walk up the stairs and into the house?  Too big?  Too small?  We used candy corn to measure the relationships.  Fun class, but I've had more than enough candy corn for this year!

Distance Perspective

This week in art class we talked about "distance perspective".  How things near the bottom of a picture seem closer and are almost always larger.  Things far away are closer to the top of the picture and much smaller.  Below are examples of how kids drew spooky houses and scary pumpkins.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Shading Review

We are back in class!  Recently students reviewed pencils and shading tools.
Here are our results.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Kitsap County Fair 2013

It's Kitsap County Fair time!!!!  The kids did fantastic and I'm so proud of them I can hardly stand it.  Everyone got ribbons and there were several special awards.... and... yes....  one of the students received a Best in Show!    How cool is that?!  

Nice going, Audrey

 Cool, Emma!

 Nice job, Emma!

 superb job, Emma!  This pic is one of my favorites.
Easy to see why the judges thought it was worthy of the "Special Rosettes"

 Nice job, Kalina

 Amazing pastel, Kalina.... easy to see why the judges loved it
 Beautiful job, Marissa!  You really deserved these awards. A white dog with a "black" pencil is the very hardest thing you can do!

 Really nice job, Natalie!  You worked hard and it shows.

 Nice going, Suzette!
Best in Show
Suzette... Oh my gosh!  This was so well earned!

Great job, Suzette!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Creative You Summer Camp

This past week was Creative You Summer Camp through 4H.  Kids spent Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday exploring several types of fabric dyeing including, ice dyeing with ice cubes and powdered Rit Dye; tie dyeing t-shirts and socks;  Sun painting with Setacolor by Pebeo;  wool felting with needles and rocks.  After fabric had been created we added extra embellishments.  On Thursday and Friday the girls used their fabric and sewing machines to create clothing and accessories.  It was a great week!!!  If any of this looks like so much fun you'd like to try it visit the Rit Dye website for great instructions and projects.  Search the internet for "ice dyeing" for lots of interesting ideas.  The paint we used for the sun dyeing is available online at  It's called Setacolor.  Visit the spinners and weavers in the sheep barn at the Kitsap County Fair (August 21 thru 25, 2013) for more information about felting. ...or...hey.... ask any of these kids...  they all did an awesome job!

 Sun painting
 Sun Painting
 Sun Paining
 Sun Painting

 Learning to card wool on a drum carder

 Ice Dyeing
 Ice Dyeing
 Ice Dyeing
 Rinsing Ice dyeing

 Rock Felting
 Early stages of  rock felting
 Ice Dyeing
 Rock felted Snowman

Needle felted butterly
 Felted Rock Santa
 Felted Rock Panda

 A darling purse made from sun painted fabric

 Our tie dyed sock drying tree

 Using Sharpies and rubbing alcohol

 Rock Felting... this was so coo,l!!

 Adding extra "bling" to our dyed fabric

 Needle felting

 Showing off a sun painted t-shirt, a scarf and a purse
 The girls are learning to needle felt

 This was done with Setacolor Sun painting

This was a piece of ice dyeing

We created Journals with notes about our process and pictures of what we did.

 This project was done with Sharpies and rubbing alcohol