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

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!

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