Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Gumhead Update

This is an update to an earlier story I shared with you all in May.  Canadian artist Douglas Coupland recently created an enormous sculpture of his head that he asked the public to completely cover in chewing gum.  Coupland's sculpture has since been taken down, but from the pictures below you can see that it was a gross sticky mess of a success.

Photo source: the Globe and Mail

Photo source: the Vancouver Art Gallery

For more info and pictures click HERE.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Cardboard Taxidermy Art Lesson

I recently watched a show on home decor trends, including a segment on using cardboard animal heads to add pizazz to otherwise apparently bland rooms.  This reminded me of a lesson a fellow art teacher shared with me a few years ago.  After a bit of searching I found the lesson (posted below) along with a few examples her high school students created.

Art Intertwine - How to Make Cardboard Taxidermy Heads

For more ideas on using cardboard in the art room, click HERE to check out my post on layered cardboard relief sculptures.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Van Gogh Inspired Flower Still Life Paintings

While learning about Vincent Van Gogh, my students created still life flower paintings.  For inspiration we looked at Van Gogh's artworks such as Still Life, Vase with Twelve Sunflowers.

We also discussed Van Gogh's use of impasto, thickly laying paint onto the surface, creating texture and making the brushstrokes visible.  For their canvases my students added impasto to their flowers by mixing modelling paste with acrylic paint.  

The paintings:

Van Gogh Painting For Kids

Van Gogh For Kids

A few of the students had not finished their paintings when I took photos, but I thought I would still share these works in progress.

Art Intertwine - Van Gogh Art Activity

Van Gogh Art Activity For Kids

Art Intertwine - Van Gogh Flower Still Life

I love it when kids build on what they've learnt.  The students had just studied the art of Henri Matisse which is reflected in background pattern of this student's painting.

Van Gogh Flower Still Life

Van Gogh Painting For Kids

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Today's Artistic Inspiration - Thrush Holmes

Just thought I'd share this article on Toronto artist Thrush Holmes. 

The floral still life below is just one example of how Holmes combines neon lighting with more traditional art mediums to create his 'brightly' coloured artworks. 

Thrush Homes, Early Life and Loves, 2013
oil, oil stick, spray paint, neon on panel.  Image Source: thrushholmes.com

Monday, 22 September 2014

Mile High Watercolour Ice Cream Cones

My younger students made these watercolour ice cream cones while learning about the art of Wayne Thiebaud.  Using a template the kids created their ice cream towers, with most adding a cherry on top as the finishing touch.  The kids then picked their ice cream flavours, thinking about what colours would work best for each flavour. 

The kids used watercolours in tubes, and I gave them only a small amount of each colour, so that their resulting artworks would have areas of light and dark.  Once dry, the kids used black sharpies to finish their ice cream cones, outlining and in some cases adding waffle cone detailing.

Art Intertwine - Watercolour Ice Cream Cones

Wayne Thiebaud Ice Cream Cones

Wayne Thiebaud Ice Cream Cone Art Activity For Kids

Wayne Thiebaud Ice Cream Cones - Art Intertwine

Art Intertwine - Watercolour Ice Cream Cones Art Activity For Kids

 This artist did a classic combo of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry

Art Intertwine - Wayne Thiebaud Art For Kids

Wayne Thiebaud Art For Kids

This artist included my favourite ice cream flavour- orange and black licorice tiger stripe!

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Charles Demuth Inspired Precisionist Cityscapes

One of my favourite painting activities to do with my students are these cityscapes inspired by the art of Charles Demuth.  We started by drawing the industrial cityscape, complete with smokestacks (which led to a discussion of just what exactly is a smokestack) before applying our first paint colours.  To get the hard-edged style of Demuth's cityscapes, I then had the students use masking tape to break up the scene, before painting the entire cityscape again in darker colours.  This layering of colour was a great way to introduce the concept of value, and the kids loved peeling off the tape to reveal the end result.


 Our Inspiration Artist:
 Charles Demuth, Self Portrait, 1907

Examples of Demuth's Artworks:

Charles Demuth, Aucassiu and Nicolette, 1921

Charles Demuth, From the Garden of the Chateau, 1921-25

These are just a few of the paintings created by some of my older elementary students:

Charles Demuth Precisionist City - Art Intertwine

city art activity for kids

Demuth cityscape painting activity - art intertwine

Art Intertwine - Demuth Cityscapes for kids

Art Intertwine - Cityscape Painting for kids

Monday, 15 September 2014

Happy International Dot Day!

Hope everyone is having an awesome time making their mark today.  
For more info on international dot day click HERE.

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