Friday, 20 February 2015

Roy Lichtenstein Inspired Kawaii Paintings

Have you ever had that ah-ha moment that magically brings a lesson together?  That 'click' happened for me when coming up with the idea for this Roy Lichtenstein inspired lesson.  While developing a unit on Roy Lichtenstein I had already decided on a primary coloured dot art activity, as well as an action word one, so when it came to coming up with an idea for creating acrylic paintings I wanted to do something different.  After perusing images of Roy Lichtenstein's artworks I honed in on his landscapes such as Sunrise 1965, and Sinking Sun 1964

Roy Lichtenstein, Sunrise, 1965

Roy Lichtenstein, Sinking Sun, 1964

I also wanted to emphasize Lichtenstein's use of cartoon and comic strip images for his pop art.  Learning that Lichtenstein's landscapes were inspired by Japanese art I wondered if there might be a way to connect the two.  That's when I discovered Kawaii.  If you are unfamiliar with Kawaii it is an element in Japanese pop culture signifying cuteness.  Examples of Kawaii that your students would likely be familiar with are anime characters such as Hello Kitty and Pikachu from Pokemon.  For our paintings we looked at these Kawaii clouds for inspiration:

The finished artworks are a cool mash up of Kawaii and Roy Lichtenstein pop art, and turned out fantastic!  Some of the Kawaii style facial expressions on the clouds are a bit hard to see given the colour choices, but I think that you can still tell by the variety how much the kids enjoyed adding this layer of personality to their paintings.  On a final note, while we did add a lot of dots and concentric circles, I would have liked the kids to create dots with a more Ben-day dot technique, so if anyone has any suggestions that would be great!

Art Intertwine - Roy Lichtenstein and Kawaii Paintings

Roy Lichtenstein Inspired Kawaii Art Activity For Kids

Kawaii Art For Kids

Roy Lichtenstein and Kawaii Inspired Art For Kids

Art Intertwine - Kawaii Art Activity

Roy Lichtenstein For Kids

Roy Lichtenstein and Kawaii art lesson for kids

Sunday, 15 February 2015

3D Doodle Pen

Check out this video of the 3Doodler, a pen that allows you to create three dimensional drawings using melted plastic.  It looks pretty amazing, so I'd love to hear if anyone has used this and if you think it's worth the $100+ price tag.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Giraffe Drawings Part 2 - Adding Patterns & Watercolour

If you've been following along the past couple of weeks you know my drawing and watercolour class has been working on giraffe artworks.  We started with a step by step drawing guide HERE and then explored various watercolour techniques HERE.  Last class the group added patterned spots to the necks of their giraffes as well as watercolour to the entire giraffe.  As I noticed when the group experimented with watercolours, a few of the students still had trouble adding enough water to make the colours transparent.  Our final step will be to add watercolour and oil pastel to the backgrounds-stay tuned!

Art Intertwine - Watercolour Art For Kids

Watercolor art activity for kids

art intertwine - watercolor giraffes

watercolor pattern giraffe art for kids

kindergarten watercolour giraffe art activity

watercolor and patterned giraffe art lesson for elementary

 Some close ups of the patterned spots

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Monday, 9 February 2015

Do You Do Holiday Art? Podcast Episode 3

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I discuss some of the pros and cons of creating holiday themed art & crafts in the art room, share why I don't really like holiday art, and give my pick for this episode's art shout out.

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Saturday, 31 January 2015

D.I.Y. Circus Skittles for Lawn Bowling/Carnival Ring Toss

I created these skittles for a circus themed week-long camp at the community rec site where I teach.  To create the skittles or pins I used plastic Perrier bottles.  The variety of flavours: lime, lemon, and grapefruit, already create colourful tops for each skittle.  I then used acrylic paint to create the different designs, since it wouldn't flake off like tempera will on plastic.  While painting some of the colours may appear transparent, but will dry opaque as you can see below.  To finish, slightly fill each skittle with sand, rice, etc. to give them a bit more weight.  While I made these for skittle lawn bowling, they could easily be adapted to a carnival ring toss.  If you save up the bottles ahead of time, these could also be a fun activity to do with an entire class.

Art Intertwine - D.I.Y. Circus Lawn Bowling Pins or Carnival Ring Toss Game

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Introduction to Watercolour Techniques

Last week my drawing and watercolour group took a break from their giraffes to learn about watercolour techniques.  I found a great grade 6 example from deepspacesparkle with detailed explanations on how to introduce or review using watercolours.  I decided to adapt this for our giraffe drawings.

Since I had watercolours in tubes rather than pans, each experiment was also an opportunity for the students to realize the importance of adding enough water to the paint.  Some of the younger students still struggled with this concept, so for younger groups I would use pans in the future.

The first three techniques: thick and thin stripes, pencil contour, and wet-on-wet, all deal with learning how to control the medium.  The next three: rubbing alcohol, oil pastel and crayon resist, and salt provided introductions to the possible effects for the backgrounds of the giraffe drawings.  I had not used rubbing alcohol before, but I found that it just gave the kids okay results.  In the future I will likely replace this technique with using cling-wrap instead.  On the flip side, the kids were intrigued by using salt, with many of them adding it to their other techniques.  Even though the class is a short one, the students were able to successfully explore each technique and really enjoyed tackling something new.

Art Intertwine - Watercolor techniques

Watercolor Techniques For Kids

Watercolor techniques for kids

Art Intertwine - Watercolor Techniques For Kids

Art Intertwine - Watercolor techniques how to

Watercolor techniques how to

Have a watercolour tip or technique that you think is AMAZING!? Be sure to share it in the comments.

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