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

Monday, 4 May 2015

Dale Chihuly Niijima Float Inspired Artworks

These were the major artworks my students created during their week long look at the art of glass blower Dale Chihuly.  I wanted a sculptural project that would mimic glass, and had seen plastic bottle chandeliers on various websites, but I needed an artwork that each student could take home. 

After looking at Chihuly's art for inspiration I decided to try using plastic wrap and clear packing tape to create 'glass' sculptures similar to his niijima floats.

Our Inspiration: Chihuly based his colourful orbs on the floats used by Japanese fishermen.

The students started by blowing up a balloon to the desired size and then wiping it down with water before completely covering it in a layer of plastic wrap.  We then used clear packing tape, wrapping the whole thing in 3 layers.  You will use A LOT of tape, but you need the sculpture to be strong enough to stand on its own without collapsing.  My younger students (6-8) needed help with this step, so in the future I would only do this project with older kids.  After applying the tape we used scissors to poke through the layers and pop the balloon.  A magical moment for the kids with lots of oohhs and ahhhs when they see that the clear tape has retained the form of the balloon.  We then took the scissors to cut the sculpture almost completely in half, leaving a hinge so that it opened like a book.  Finally we removed the popped balloon and any loose pieces of plastic wrap before painting designs onto the interior, keeping the glass-like appearance on the outside.  The students used acrylic paints to create colourful macchia spot and striped designs since tempera will flake off of the plastic.  When the paint had dried we attached the two halves again with more packing tape to create the finished niijima floats. 

A couple of pics showing sunlight streaming through the sculptures

Dale Chihuly Art Lesson For Kids

Dale Chihuly Niijima Floats For Kids

A few close ups of the painted designs:

Clear packing tape sculpture for kids to make

sculpture lesson for kids art intertwine

dale chihuly art for kids

glassblowing for kids

art intertwine glass blowing art lesson for kids

art intertwine Dale Chihuly inspired art activity for kids niijima floats and macchia

Alternatively, instead of making niijima floats you could have students work in pairs and then cut the sculptures in half using a wavy line to create macchia, like the ones below.

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Colour Cubbies! Countdown to Summer Art Camps Begins

Even though it's only April I have started thinking about and planning for my summer art camps deciding what projects to do, what supplies I need to order, and how to organize my art room.  Last year about midway through the summer I had the brilliant idea to give each student a coloured cubby box to store all their drawings and other free time artworks.  My art room space is limited so I needed something that I could hang on the walls.  I also wanted something I could make due to my budget.  Well the kids loved them and with small groups this was fairly easy to do and definitely kept paper artworks organized.

This year I went a step further, making each cubby sturdier and easier to clean off from messy hands so that they should last the entire summer and hopefully into Fall. 

What brilliant organization solutions have you had?  Were they homemade or store bought?

my colour cubbies!

diy colored storage boxes classroom artroom organization

Just a few more and I'll have one item done and ready to go for this summer!

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Today's Artistic Inspiration - Hohokum

For today's inspirational art I have a few images from the art video game Hohokum.  The game's art design was done in collaboration with artist Richard Hogg.  In Hohokum players control an ever changing multicoloured snake-like creature called the Long Mover to explore the levels in a meandering way that resembles flying a kite.

Check out the videos below for a behind the scenes look at the art and music of Hohokum.  The music of Hohokum video also gives a nice variety of the game play and the interactions that occur with the visual elements of each level.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Wild Beast Masks

While learning about the art of Henri Matisse a group of my students created these Fauvist "wild beast" masks.  The kids created these masks over several days during a spring break art and drama camp.  I talked about how Henri Matisse led a group of artists who became known as the Fauves or Wild Beasts due to the use of bold colours and wild brushstrokes in their artworks.  Since the kids were involved in theatre I thought that creating masks would act as a nice bridge between both art and drama.

For our masks we used a template as the starting point since I had a ton in storage, but you could easily have each student create a basic mask out of card stock.  Due to time constrains we also used templates for the feathers/fur and the beaks/noses, tracing them onto construction paper.  We then used acrylic paints to add pattern and details to each part of the mask before layering and gluing all the pieces together.

The Final Artworks:

Masks For Kids

Wild Beast Mask Art Project For Kids

This artist was the only one who decided to add ears to her wild beast!

Art Intertwine - Mask Art Lesson For Kids

Art Intertwine Henri Matisse Wild Beast Mask

Animal Mask Art Lesson Project For Kids

Animal Mask For Kids

Art Intertwine Animal Masks Kids Can Make

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Andrew Holder Inspired Penguin Paintings

This year my after school art class has been learning about contemporary artists who are alive and working today.  My last group of kids looked at the art of Andrew Holder.  We focused on Holder's work as an illustrator, and in particular we drew inspiration from his untitled penguin filled artwork below.

Our Inspiration:

I chose this artwork as our focus since it provided a nice way to introduce warm and cool colours, as well as how to create a wash of colour.

For their artworks, we started with painting two colour washes - a warm colour for the sky and a cool colour for the water.  Once the paintings had dried we then drew the icebergs and penguins.  I did a step by step with the group for some of the penguins and the basic shape of the icebergs before having the kids divide their icebergs up into grids. We then did another round of warm and cool colours for the icebergs, and black and white for the penguins.  Since this was my younger group (6-8) some of the kids had difficulty outlining, but overall they did a great job.

The Final Artworks:

Penguin Art Activity For Kids Warm And Cool Colors

Art Intertwine - Penguin Art For Kids

Penguin Art Lesson For Kids

Andrew Holder Inspired Penguin Art For Kids

You can view more of Andrew Holder's works by visiting his WEBSITE.

Friday, 3 April 2015

Art Fun For Fridays - The Gluten Free Museum

If the whole gluten free trend makes you sigh and roll your eyes, then you're sure to enjoy this Friday's bit of art fun.  The Gluten Free Museum on Tumbler is an ongoing collection of images from artworks and stills from famous movie scenes that have been altered to remove any offensive trace of wheat.  Below are a few examples of Van Gogh, Millet, and Arcimboldo altered artworks.  To view more 100% gluten free images you can visit the site HERE.

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