Friday, 13 June 2014

Art News - Google Street Art Project



To read the story click HERE


Just a quick post to share that Google has created a google maps type street view version specifically for graffiti and other street art.  One of the cool aspects of the project is that it offers a way to 'preserve' a form of art that is mostly ephemeral.

Click HERE to visit the Google Street Art Project site




Monday, 2 June 2014

Salvador Dali Inspired Elephants & Other Surrealist Creatures



Both my older and younger students created these paintings inspired by the art of Salvador Dali.  After looking at Dali's artworks and pointing out how giving the elephants long thin spidery legs makes them nonsensical, the students began their own artworks.  We started with a wash for our background, something that was new and exciting for a lot of them.  I demonstrated how to draw a Dali-style elephant, but also invited them to create their own long-limbed animals or creatures if they wished.  We finished by talking about scale and adding buildings, people, or other features, such as mountains, that are dwarfed by the large elephants.




Here are just a few of the resulting paintings:


Art Intertwine - Salvador Dali Elephants



I love the tail on this doom kitty, as well as the yellow glow from the house

Art Intertwine - Salvador Dali Elephants




This artist decided to paint the elephant riding a skateboard
Art Intertwine - Salvador Dali Elephants



Art Intertwine - Salvador Dali Elephants




These last ones were done by two girls who decided to create sabre-toothed tigers.  I love the tiny figure in the first and the falling snow and waves of ice in the second.


Art Intertwine - Salvador Dali Elephants




Art Intertwine - Salvador Dali Elephants



Friday, 23 May 2014

Mini Monkeys!



















 I made these with my older elementary students awhile back, but had forgotten about the pics until recently.  We made these stylized mini monkeys out of Sculpey clay.  The kids had been learning about the art of Canadian artist Emily Carr.  After talking about Carr's love of animals, especially her sidekick pet monkey Woo, we created our own mini monkeys.  The kids had such a blast, even creating back stories and personalities for their monkeys.  I took these pictures before the monkeys went into the oven to harden, which is why I have a not so lovely scratched baking sheet as a background.




Monkeys made from Sculpey




Art Intertwine - Emily Carr Monkeys

 This monkey comes with a coffee cup.



Art Intertwine - Emily Carr Monkeys



Art Intertwine - Emily Carr Monkeys
Very stylish bow-ties and mohawk hairdos



Emily Carr Monkeys




Emily Carr Monkeys





Art Intertwine - Emily Carr Monkeys

 A tired monkey with its blanket



Art Intertwine - Emily Carr Monkeys




Art Intertwine - Emily Carr Monkeys





Art Intertwine - Sculpey Monkeys


 The green monkey is chilling with a coconut drink and the monkey with the pink hair was called Professor Wiggles


Art Intertwine - Sculpey Monkeys


Art Intertwine - Sculpey Monkeys






Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Art News - New Coupland Sculpture Gives You Something To Chew Over




I just wanted to share this story I read about a new artwork by Canadian artist and author Douglas Coupland.  Coupland has used everyday objects in his art before, such as Lego, but this time he's created a 7 foot tall sculpture of his head that he wants the public to cover with their used chewing gum!  The interactive self portrait, titled Gumhead, will be outside the Vancouver Art Gallery until the end of August/early September.


So what do you think is it ewwwww or awesome?











Friday, 16 May 2014

Art Fun For Fridays - Make A Chihuly Macchia




This week pop over to the online hot shop and create your own digital Dale Chihuly macchia.  This online activity is a great way to understand and 'experience' what goes into glass blowing.





Click HERE to begin.



Thursday, 8 May 2014

Leonardo Da Vinci Dragons & Flying Monster Sock Puppets





My younger students created these puppets while learning about Leonardo Da Vinci.  They were originally meant to be dragons, but ended up looking more bat-like.  I think that the addition of some sort of tail next time will give them a more of a dragon appearance.


I started by sharing this tale about Leonardo Da Vinci with the kids:

One day a caretaker working in the Medici gardens found an enormous and strange looking lizard and brought it to Leonardo.  "This reminds me of one of your painted dragons," he told him.  It reminded Leonardo of his paintings too, and he started thinking how he could improve on this lizard to make it look like a dragon.  First, Leonardo made some wings for the lizard, covering them with real scales.  He glued the wings to the lizard's back and when the lizard moved the wings wagged.  Then Leonardo gave the lizard a beard, and a pair of horns.  Happy with his new pet dragon, Leonardo would show it to his friends to both amaze and frighten them.


To create our dragons, I used some of the same techniques that I did with my sea monster puppets.  I had the kids create the individual parts which I then hot glued onto the dragon bodies.  We also decided to add jewels to the wings, since what dragon doesn't love treasure?



Dragon Sock Puppets


Dragon Sock Puppets





Leonardo Da Vinci Dragon Sock Puppets


Leonardo Da Vinci Dragon Sock Puppets





Art Intertwine - Dragon Sock Puppets


Art Intertwine - Dragon Sock Puppets






Dragon Sock Puppets


Dragon Sock Puppets





Dragon Sock Puppets

Dragon Sock Puppets







Art Intertwine - Leonardo Da Vinci Dragon Puppet


Art Intertwine - Leonardo Da Vinci Dragon Puppet






Art Intertwine - Leonardo Da Vinci Dragon Puppet


Art Intertwine - Leonardo Da Vinci Dragon Puppet




Art Intertwine - Leonardo Da Vinci Dragon Puppet





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