Here's the rest of the long legged elephants that my students created while learning about the art of Salvador Dali. For info on how the students created these artworks and to see more examples click HERE.
I love that this elephant is riding a surfboard, and wearing a cape!
This artist created a very cool winged creature with not only long legs, but a tiny head on an enormous body.
This artist wasn't keen on creating an animal with long legs and instead decided to paint a giraffe floating on a flower. I love the end result which reminds me of another of Dali's artworks, Meditative Rose.
Whew! September is here and I made it through another summer. While most teachers are winding down for the summer, this is my busy time of the year where I teach week long art camps. This year I had registration for every week, so I've been a bit preoccupied (hence my disappearing act since June). With the summer now officially over and with the current teacher strike in BC I now have time to organize, sort through projects, and reflect on all the awesomeness that was this summer's art camps.
Just to give a quick preview, I decided to make these multi-coloured crayons as a take-away prize for my art campers this year. These turned out so well, and I especially loved the copper and silver ones (3 in from the right and 5 down) . Hope everyone had an awesome summer and are enjoying the start of the school year.
Just a quick post to share that Google has created a google maps type street view version specifically for graffiti and other street art. One of the cool aspects of the project is that it offers a way to 'preserve' a form of art that is mostly ephemeral.
Click HERE to visit the Google Street Art Project site
Both my older and younger students created these paintings inspired by the art of Salvador Dali. After looking at Dali's artworks and pointing out how giving the elephants long thin spidery legs makes them nonsensical, the students began their own artworks. We started with a wash for our background, something that was new and exciting for a lot of them. I demonstrated how to draw a Dali-style elephant, but also invited them to create their own long-limbed animals or creatures if they wished. We finished by talking about scale and adding buildings, people, or other features, such as mountains, that are dwarfed by the large elephants.
Here are just a few of the resulting paintings:
I love the tail on this doom kitty, as well as the yellow glow from the house
This artist decided to paint the elephant riding a skateboard
These last ones were done by two girls who decided to create sabre-toothed tigers. I love the tiny figure in the first and the falling snow and waves of ice in the second.
I made these with my older elementary students awhile back, but had forgotten about the pics until recently. We made these stylized mini monkeys out of Sculpey clay. The kids had been learning about the art of Canadian artist Emily Carr. After talking about Carr's love of animals, especially her sidekick pet monkey Woo, we created our own mini monkeys. The kids had such a blast, even creating back stories and personalities for their monkeys. I took these pictures before the monkeys went into the oven to harden, which is why I have a not so lovely scratched baking sheet as a background.
This monkey comes with a coffee cup.
Very stylish bow-ties and mohawk hairdos
A tired monkey with its blanket
The green monkey is chilling with a coconut drink and the monkey with the pink hair was called Professor Wiggles