Thursday, 15 October 2015

Monster Paintings

My younger students (ages 5-8) created these monster paintings as part of a unit on puppeteer Jim Henson.  For inspiration we looked at Henson's drawings of various creatures (in particular his bird-like frackles) that were later used as inspiration for the Jim Henson's City Critters.

The city critter figurines

We started with a basic step by step guide to assist in the creation of the drawings for their monsters.  When painting the kids used 3 values of one colour as a way to give their monsters a bit of dimensionality, something which is particularly visible on the spikes of the fur.

The Final Monsters:

Monster Paintings For Kids

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Jim Henson monster critter inspired acrylic painting art project for kids

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Art Intertwine, monster painting, art for kids

jim henson art lesson for kids

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Art news - Anti-Renior Protest

A mock demonstration was held outside the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston to protest the art of  Pierre-Auguste Renoir which is currently being displayed.  Led by Max Geller, who created the Instagram account Renoir Sucks at Painting, the protesters demanded that Renoir's art be taken down and replaced by that of other 'better' artists.  While the protest is only semi-serious, and the style over substance reasoning behind Geller's disdain falls a little flat, the demonstration does raise awareness on the authority of museum institutions to dictate what is good art, as well as the need for personal love it or hate it passion to really appreciate and form a relationship with art.

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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.

Collabortive Artwork Enchanted Forest

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.

Easy Construction paper spidersConstruction paper spiders

collaborative school wide art project

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!

paper fairies

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

easy snails for kids

butterfly garland

bug art for kids

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

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Heather Brown art for kids

Heather Brown Juicy Sunset art activity for kids

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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

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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?


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