Friday, 18 April 2014

Art Activity - Picasso Cubist Faces


Art Intertwine - Picasso Cubist Faces


This week the rec centre's summer guide came out and on the cover are a bunch of the kids from my art camp showing off their Picasso cubist faces!


I originally saw the cubist faces HERE and thought that it would make a nice addition to my Picasso inspired art camp.  Since I don't have access to a kiln and I needed to keep my supply costs to a minimum, I used my homemade model magic recipe instead.  I made these with my older group (8-12) first and had a few problems with the faces cracking and breaking as they dried.  This meant that I had to spend time gluing them back together (not fun).  Due to this, I decided to make the same face shape ahead of time for my younger group (5-8) and had them just create the facial features. 



Art Intertwine - Picasso Cubist Faces

 You can see in the face above where I repaired the large crack line-so frustrating!


Art Intertwine - Picasso Cubist Faces

After rolling out our model magic and cutting the face shape I talked to the kids about adding a line down the middle to create a view of the face in profile, making it wavy to show the shape of the nose and mouth.


Art Intertwine - Picasso Cubist Faces



Art Intertwine - Picasso Cubist Faces

After painting their base colours I invited the kids to add different patterns to further distinguish the two views of their faces.

Art Intertwine - Picasso Cubist Faces



Art Intertwine - Picasso Cubist Faces

This kid really took to adding texture to her face, with some cool results.


Art Intertwine - Picasso Cubist Faces


When making the faces use a chopstick or dowel to create holes for the addition of pipe cleaner hair.  Here are the older group's faces with some crazy hairdos:


Art Intertwine - Picasso Cubist Faces













Art Intertwine - Picasso Cubist Faces



Art Intertwine - Picasso Cubist Faces


Art Intertwine - Picasso Cubist Faces








Art Intertwine - Picasso Cubist Faces












Below are the Cubist faces of my younger group.  Even with the same face shape there was an awesome variety in the end results.


Art Intertwine - Picasso Cubist Faces



Art Intertwine - Picasso Cubist Faces



Art Intertwine - Picasso Cubist Faces



Art Intertwine - Picasso Cubist Faces



Art Intertwine - Picasso Cubist Faces



Art Intertwine - Picasso Cubist Faces



Art Intertwine - Picasso Cubist Faces








Saturday, 12 April 2014

Today's Artistic Inspiration - Annie Boyden Varnot



Detail of Trap


Annie Boyden Varnot creates her amazing sculptural landscapes using colourful plastic drinking straws. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Perelandria
Created using: plastic drinking straws, pompoms, pearler beads, coloured wire, and illuminated pedestal
 
 





 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Trap
Created using: plastic drinking straws, coloured wire, q-tips, pompoms, and mirrored animals
 
 





















 
All images from http://www.annievarnot.com © 2011 Annie Varnot




Thursday, 10 April 2014

More Paul Klee Cat and Bird Batiks


                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Art Intertwine - Glue Batik Klee Cat and Bird
For detailed instructions on how my students created these faux batik artworks click HERE.


Below are the rest of the Paul Klee inspired batiks that my students created.  Both age groups (5-8 & 9-12) did an awesome job, with every cat showing a lot of personality.   As a side note, while our inspiration was Klee's Cat and Bird, I found that it was easier for the younger kids to draw their cat thinking of a fish. 






Art Intertwine - Glue Batik Klee Cat and Bird



Art Intertwine - Glue Batik Klee Cat and Bird



Paul Klee Cat and Bird Art Activity For Kids


Paul Klee Cat and Bird Art Activity For Kids
 I love how this student put the fish into an actual thought bubble.


Paul Klee Cat and Bird Art Activity For Kids




Paul Klee Cat and Bird Art Activity For Kids

This student decided not to paint her entire background, but what she did paint shows a rainbow of colour.


Paul Klee Cat and Bird Art Activity For Kids



Paul Klee Cat and Bird Art Activity For Kids



Paul Klee Cat and Bird Art Activity For Kids



Paul Klee Cat and Bird Art Activity For Kids




Monday, 7 April 2014

Homemade Art Aprons For Kids




Art Intertwine - Kid's Art Apron



As part of my planning for this summer's art camps (don't worry I haven't lost my mind, I do realize that its only April)  I decided to create some art aprons for the kids.  In the past kids have brought aprons or worn old clothes, but there's always at least one kid that decides to wear their brand new t-shirt despite the warning that art camp = awesome messiness. Since I usually have around 10 kids a week, making art aprons really isn't a huge undertaking.

Before starting I decided to look online to see if there were any templates or suggestions that would fit my needs.  There a quite a few examples that create kids aprons from old tea towels, but I felt that the fabric would be too thin, and paint would seep through onto the kid's clothing thus defeating the purpose. There were also some that included hemming the apron to create a pocket, but I instantly had visions of myself searching for lost art supplies that kids have tucked away.  I liked the idea of repurposing rather than buying new fabric, and decided to try using old terry towels.  The only example I could find of an art apron from a terry towel didn't really fit the child properly.  Realizing that I wasn't finding what I really wanted, my mom being the awesome lady that she is, dug out an old apron from my childhood.



Art Intertwine - Kid's Art Apron Template
These measurements include a 1-1.5 inch allowance on all sides.


Using this as a template, I cut up the towels getting 1 or 2 aprons depending on the size of the towel and its style.  Be aware that trim on towels bunches the fabric and will make your apron look weird if you include this part of the fabric when you sew it.  Since these art aprons will be covered in paint and other art materials and the terry towel is a thicker fabric, I did a very basic sewing job not bothering to create perfect hems or to pin the fabric.  Instead I used a zigzag stitch to stop any fraying.







 

Art Intertwine - Kid's Art Apron














For the ties I bought fabric rope at the dollar store, similar to shoelaces, for $1.50 a package.  I used fabric rope since it will create knots that are easy for the kids (and myself!) to untie.  A package of 20 ft gives you enough for 3 aprons.  Simply tie a double knot on each end and wax the ends to stop fraying.  Instead of feeding the rope through the fabric I instead laid the rope onto the armpit areas of the apron, folded over the fabric and zigzag stitched the fabric to make the loop for the rope to pass through.



Art Intertwine - Kid's Art Apron

Overall, it took a bit of time to figure out the best way to create them, but once I got going these art aprons were pretty much a snap to make.





















Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Art Activity - Batik Resist Cats Inspired By Paul Klee

Art Intertwine - Paul Klee Cat and Bird Batik





This activity is one that I have been using for a couple of years with my community rec students.  I originally was looking for a larger activity to do with my students when studying Paul Klee.  I felt that the simple lines of his Cat and Bird would work well for Batik.










In case you have never heard of it, Batik is a process that uses a wax-resist dyeing technique on cloth.  Since using hot wax with young kids obviously wasn't going to happen I searched for other options.  I first tried using a wheat flour paste for the batik but found that I didn't get the results I was looking for.  Next I tried using blue gel washable glue which I had seen on several websites.  This worked much better, but a happy accident led me to adopt my current method.  At my community rec site we have a buyer who gets all our supplies.  When I ordered more of the blue gel glue they ended up buying Elmers clear washable school glue instead.  After trying it I found that I preferred it to the blue glue and have used it ever since.  My batik method requires a bit of tracing, since I didn't want pencil marks on the final pieces, but I find if you break it up the kids are fine with it.


Our Inspiration: Paul Klee's Cat and Bird




Art Intertwine - Paul Klee Cat and Bird Batik

 Step 1:

I give each student a large piece of paper that is slightly larger in size than their fabric.  Students follow step by step to create their drawings of the cat and the bird, I also gave the option of a fish, with a pencil.  I then have them add a patterned background of their choice.  Once they have decided that their drawing is complete, I have them outline it using a dark coloured marker.







Art Intertwine - Paul Klee Cat and Bird Batik

Step 2:

I tape the piece of fabric over top each student's drawing using masking tape and have them trace their image using a washable marker.  It does not matter what colour they use since once the glue is removed the marker will wash out.












Art Intertwine - Paul Klee Cat and Bird Batik


Step 3:

The kids get rid of their original drawings, and now tape their fabric to a piece of wax paper.  The fabric squares I use are of a thin material, so the glue and paint will seep through.  Unlike cardboard or paper, which I both foolishly used before, the wax paper will peel right off.








                                               


Art Intertwine - Paul Klee Cat and Bird Batik

 Step 4:

I give the kids a small paintbrush and a bit of the clear washable glue on a plastic lid or palette.  The kids trace their design.  The glue gives their washable marker a 'wet' look and makes it easy to see where they have applied the clear glue.  When they're finished I have them wash their brushes so they don't harden and then we let the fabric dry.








Art Intertwine - Paul Klee Cat and Bird Batik

Step 5:

Once the glue has dried, which doesn't take very long, since they applied a thin layer with a paintbrush rather than from a bottle, I have the kids paint their entire fabric using acrylic paint.


Art Intertwine - Paul Klee Cat and Bird Batik


Step 6:

When the paint is completely dry, soak the fabric in warm (on the hotter side) water for about 5-15 mins depending on the water temperature.  The kids then use their fingers to scrape off any stubborn bits of glue, though generally it comes off easily.  let the fabric dry and your done!









Art Intertwine - Paul Klee Cat and Bird Batik


To see more examples click HERE


Friday, 28 March 2014

Art Fun For Fridays - Warhol's World


For today's bit of art fun check out this animated quiz game from Queensland Art Gallery about the early life, career, and art of Andy Warhol.  The game consists of 4 capsules: Warhol's childhood, his career as a commercial artist, the silver factory and Andy as a superstar.  My only complaint with the game is that you can't skip parts or go back and forth between the capsules.
 
Click HERE to play Warhol's World.





Andy Warhol In His Silver Factory
all images copyright Queensland Art Gallery



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