Monday, 21 September 2015

Collaborative Art Project - The Enchanted Forest

As part of my summer art courses I decided to have my students create a summer long collaborative artwork.  We created our enchanted forest over 10 weeks, adding one new element each week.  While I did this during the summer it could easily be adapted for the school year.

I started by creating 6 large brown craft paper trees that lined either side of our building's main hallway.  I also made flower stems at different heights.

The first week students created brightly coloured flowers.

Most of the elements added to our enchanted forest were created using construction paper, such as the birds, fairy houses, and toadstools.

At different points throughout the summer I would also add elements that went with that week's addition, such as a couple of beehives for the kids' bees to swarm around, and spider webs for their spiders to hang from.

Another element that really made this forest enchanted was the addition of fairies.  I invited other instructors and staff members to create a fairy that would magically appear in the forest each week.  This was a great way to include everyone in the art making process, and turned a lot of kids into fairy hunters!

To finish the forest the kids added tinfoil dragonflies, 3D snails, tracing paper butterflies, and bugs resting on the leaves of the tree tops.

Stay tuned for future posts where I'll share detailed instructions on how to create all the different pieces in the enchanted forest. 

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Heather Brown Inspired Sunset Paintings

Last week was the start of my summer art program.  My first group of students spent the week learning about the art of Hawaiian based artist Heather Brown. 

Brown is known for her surf art that celebrates the natural beauty of Hawaii. We looked at her artwork Juicy Sunset (below) for inspiration to create our own acrylic paintings.  This artwork offers a great opportunity to introduce students to warm and cool colour families, as well as colour mixing-something that's always a big hit with kids.

Our Inspiration:

Heather Brown, Juicy Sunset

The Students' Artworks

Heather Brown Inspired Art for kids

acrylic painting for kids warm and cool color landscape

warm and cool color art lesson for kids

art lesson for kids Heather Brown Hawaiian art landscape

ocean and sunset painting for kids

art activity for kids warm and cool color families color mixing

Heather Brown art for kids

Heather Brown Juicy Sunset art activity for kids

landscape acrylic painting ocean and sun

acrylic painting landscape lesson

Heather Brown inspired artwork for kids

warm and cool colour landscape art project for kids

Monday, 15 June 2015

The Future Is Now! Amazing Minecraft with HoloLens Demo From E3

Check out the video below to see the awesome demo of Microsoft's HoloLens being used with Minecraft from their press conference today at E3.

Monday, 8 June 2015

Nebula Paintings

While going through old photos I found these of nebula paintings that I did with a group of younger students (ages 6-8).  Unlike the majority of my other posts, I decided to include the example artwork that I made along with those of the students.  This is because these paintings were one of those activities that didn't quite successfully go from idea to reality. 

The issue I found was with technique - getting kids to sponge their paint lightly to create a cloud-like appearance, and to layer their colours.  I also had a few instances of dragging the paint.  In retrospect this activity proved a bit frustrating for the younger students and would have been better suited for an older age group, who would have more patience and therefore be more successful with the sponge technique. 

 My Example

space art lesson for kids nebula paintings art intertwine

 The Students' Artworks

art lesson nebula painting for kids

 You can see the dragging of paint on the right side of this student's artwork.

outerspace art activity for kids nebula paintings

art intertwine - nebula paintings

outer space art activity lesson for kids

space art for kids

nebula painting art activity for kids

 In the artwork above you can see how this student had difficulty with layering different paint colours.

Nebula Paintings

What art lessons or activities have you tried where students struggled with a technique?


Saturday, 30 May 2015

POW! Roy Lichtenstein Inspired Action Word Reliefs

As part of their week long look at the artist Roy Lichtenstein my students created these construction paper action word reliefs.  For inspiration we looked at Lichtenstein's own reliefs such as Explosion I (below) as well as his Newsweek magazine cover.

The students started by choosing an action word and then making a silkscreen image of it.  The students pulled a few images onto light coloured construction paper before picking their favourite to use for the relief.  We built the reliefs up in 4 layers: the background colour, a large cloud or burst shape, their action word cut into another burst shape, and construction paper 'shrapnel'.  To give the reliefs a sense of depth we attached the action words using a small loop of paper.  The students did a fantastic job with a great deal of variety not only in their choice of action words but in their overall relief designs.

To view the other artworks that my students created during their Roy Lichtenstein unit click on the following links or check out my Art Lessons By Artist tab.

Our Inspiration:

The Final Artworks!

action word art lesson for kids

roy lichtenstein for kids paper relief art activity

I love the concentric cut out layers on this student's heart.

Roy Lichtenstein inspired art for kids explosion

A very cool variation on the paper shrapnel.

Roy Lichtenstein Pop Art actvity for kids

Roy Lichtenstein Pop Art Pow Action Word Art For Kids

Another successful variation: 
this student created a negative silkscreen image of their action word

Roy Lichtenstein Action Word Art Lesson For kids Silkscreening for kids

Awesome lightning bolts!

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Art Books!

This year I went to a local used book sale fundraiser and I'm so glad I did!  I was able to scoop up a bunch books in the getting to know the world's greatest artists series, a few on Leonardo Da Vinci, Mary Cassatt and Claude Monet, and even one on Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis.

I also snagged an activity book on creating paper airplanes, something I know my summer art camp students will love. 

My Books!

Famous Artist Books For Kids

Have a favourite famous artist book? A how-to activity book, or even a book that ties in nicely with an art lesson?  I'd love to get some great recommendations

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