Monday, December 22, 2014

Glowing Lights

It's the last class before Christmas and the kids created these wonderful glowing lights.  We had been talking about the importance of contrast and this project was a perfect example.  I found the lesson on Pinterest... search "draw Christmas Lights"...

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Merry Christmas 2014

Each year my students create designs for Christmas cards.  While it's always a great opportunity for them to create it also gives me a chance to "sneak in" a little lesson about the business of art.  I set up the each card on my computer and print a test copy for the kids to review and sign off on.  They have to sign and title their work.   I have them check for spelling errors, reversed images, off center, etc.  They sign and date it to verify they've seen it and agree it's ready to publish.  We talk about whether they're selling their design, selling cards, copyrights, how to figure out what to charge.  Some of my students as young as eight so this isn't a really long conversation, but it introduces them to some things to think about if they want to sell their artwork.  Enjoy their designs as well as their titles... 
"Flight of the Cardinal"

"Kitten Claus"

"Charlie Brown Christmas"

"Olaf Hits the Beach"

"Happy Kris Moose"

"Oh, deer"

"Home Sweet Home"

"Tree Lighting"

"Maneki Neko"

"It's Not a Silent Night, It's a Dark Knight"

"Holiday Season"


Monday, October 20, 2014

Spooky Luminaries

A sewing friend created the most charming luminaries using her sewing machine.  I adapted the project for my art students and here are the results.  We used brown lunch bags and sketched our designs on in pencil.  We discussed how contour drawing is about capturing the edges of images and silhouettes are similar to contour drawings.  We also talked about "negative space" and how important it is to a picture.  In this project it is very important because it is the space that will light up when we are finished. Sketches were filled in with black acrylic craft paint and allowed to dry.  (We used a hair dryer to speed up the process.)  The negative space as filled in with a Q-tip dipped in vegetable oil.  Note:  It is important to have the area to be coated in vegetable oil completely surrounded by paint.  It stops the oil from bleeding out into the paper.  Don't overdo the vegetable oil.  Dabbing the swab on a paper towel before application helps.  Battery powered tea lights were used to illuminate our bags.  

Here are the bags in the classroom without their glow...  (the darker areas are where we put the vegetable oil)

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Mirror Image Leaves

I printed photographs of leaves and cut them in half.  Students taped the leaf of their choice to paper and sketched the other side of the leaf trying to copy the contour of the photo as closely as possible.  Colored pencils were used to fill in their sketch matching colors as closely as possible.  We experimented with several pencils, talking about transparency and layering. 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

One Line Contour

This week's art class was about "single line contour".  We had several photos of Batman villains; some from current movies and some from the old TV  series in the 60's.  Students had to choose a starting point and contour draw the complete character without lifting the pen.  These kids range in age from 9 to 14.  Their results were amazing!
Try it...  it's takes a lot of planning to figure out how to move through the image and figure out how and where to move from one feature to another.


Monday, September 1, 2014

Draw a word

This week's art class was just too much fun!  I bought a book at Goodwill for $2 and cut the pages out of it.  The kids were given a page and told to find a word on the page and draw a picture.  Very, very fun!   Here are the words they found.