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.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Watercolor Giraffes - The Final Artworks!

In a few previous posts I've outlined the process my drawing and watercolour class has gone through to create their giraffe artworks.  To follow along with each stage click on the links below:

Adding Pattern & Watercolour To the Giraffes

Watercolour Techniques

Drawing the Giraffes

Our final step was to create the background effect.  We started with a white oil pastel resist with a single colour wash over top.  The kids could create any pattern they wished with the oil pastel, however a number of them incorporated hearts into their designs.  The group also did a final outline of their giraffes in black pen.

Art Intertwine Watercolor For Kids

Watercolor Art Lesson or Project For Kids

Watercolor Giraffe For Kids

Watercolor Giraffe Art For Kids

Watercolor Project For Kids

Giraffe Art For Kids

Friday, 20 February 2015

Roy Lichtenstein Inspired Kawaii Paintings

Have you ever had that ah-ha moment that magically brings a lesson together?  That 'click' happened for me when coming up with the idea for this Roy Lichtenstein inspired lesson.  While developing a unit on Roy Lichtenstein I had already decided on a primary coloured dot art activity, as well as an action word one, so when it came to coming up with an idea for creating acrylic paintings I wanted to do something different.  After perusing images of Roy Lichtenstein's artworks I honed in on his landscapes such as Sunrise 1965, and Sinking Sun 1964

Roy Lichtenstein, Sunrise, 1965

Roy Lichtenstein, Sinking Sun, 1964

I also wanted to emphasize Lichtenstein's use of cartoon and comic strip images for his pop art.  Learning that Lichtenstein's landscapes were inspired by Japanese art I wondered if there might be a way to connect the two.  That's when I discovered Kawaii.  If you are unfamiliar with Kawaii it is an element in Japanese pop culture signifying cuteness.  Examples of Kawaii that your students would likely be familiar with are anime characters such as Hello Kitty and Pikachu from Pokemon.  For our paintings we looked at these Kawaii clouds for inspiration:

The finished artworks are a cool mash up of Kawaii and Roy Lichtenstein pop art, and turned out fantastic!  Some of the Kawaii style facial expressions on the clouds are a bit hard to see given the colour choices, but I think that you can still tell by the variety how much the kids enjoyed adding this layer of personality to their paintings.  On a final note, while we did add a lot of dots and concentric circles, I would have liked the kids to create dots with a more Ben-day dot technique, so if anyone has any suggestions that would be great!

Art Intertwine - Roy Lichtenstein and Kawaii Paintings

Roy Lichtenstein Inspired Kawaii Art Activity For Kids

Kawaii Art For Kids

Roy Lichtenstein and Kawaii Inspired Art For Kids

Art Intertwine - Kawaii Art Activity

Roy Lichtenstein For Kids

Roy Lichtenstein and Kawaii art lesson for kids

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