Friday, 29 March 2013

Art Fun For Fridays - Online Stickman Drawing Game

This week is all about the basics-drawing basics that is.  At simple drawings that you create come to life in a fun animated adventure game.

Art Intertwine - Stickman Self Portrait

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Homemade Art Supplies - Sidewalk Paint

Last week I was looking online for a different outside activity to do as part of my spring break art camp, and ended up finding sidewalk paint.  If you haven't heard of it before, essentially its like sidewalk chalk but in paint form.  After looking at various recipes to make your own, one comment that kept coming up was that the paint could stain clothing as well as the sidewalk.  These recipes all used food colouring to create their paint colours, but I also found mention of using liquid tempera paint instead.  I decided to experiment a bit and see if this activity was indeed feasible for my campers to do.

To make your own sidewalk paint you need the following ingredients:

Art Intertwine - Homemade Sidewalk Paint

  • Cornstarch
  • Water
  • Food Colouring OR Liquid Tempera Paint
  • Measuring spoons or cups
  • Containers to put the paint in
  • Paintbrushes

The original recipe I looked at had a 2:1 ratio of water to cornstarch.  The resulting paint was way too watery and did not have the chalk like finish that I was after.  Instead I ended up doing a 1:1 ratio of water to cornstarch, and you could probably even do 1 1/2 cornstarch to 1 water.

To fill one of the yogurt containers in the picture above I ended up mixing 4 tablespoons of water and 4 tablespoons of cornstarch.   I felt that this would be enough paint of 1 colour for 1 kid.

To address the issue of the sidewalk paint staining, I decided to try one version with food colouring and one with tempera paint.  I didn't have liquid food colouring but instead used the gel kind.  I decided to use blue for each, thinking that it would be a dark colour and more likely to stain.

For the food colouring I used a toothpick to scoop a small amount.

For the tempera paint I used about 1 1/2 teaspoons.

Art Intertwine - Homemade Sidewalk Paint

These were the 2 paints that I ended up with.  The one on the left is with the food colouring and the one one the right is with tempera paint.

The Verdict: 

 Tempera Sidewalk Paint YES!                Food Colouring Sidewalk Paint NO!

I found that in terms of colour the tempera paint was a lot softer and gave a better chalk like appearance while painting as well as when it dried.  The colour of the liquid food colouring version had the artificial look of food colouring, and didn't really seem like paint.

After they had both dried I hosed down the concrete, and sure enough the blue from the food colouring left a slight stain.  The tempera paint in contrast washed away completely.

I also got some paint on my clothing, but it came out.

Overall, this paint is probably used by parents who wouldn't necessarily have tempera paint but would have food colouring.  For the art educator I would definitely use the liquid tempera.  I also like that your students could make the paint themselves, which might be a nice tie in to learning about ratios and could lead to a discussion of how artists in the past had to make their own paints too.

Friday, 15 March 2013

Art Fun For Fridays - Detail Detectives

This friday's art fun is all about the details. 

Detail Dective is an interactive game from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). Players closely inspect various artworks from the museum to locate a particular detail.

Click HERE to play

M.C. Escher, Father with Magnifying Glass, 1920

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Taking Photographs with the Blackberry Z10 - Creating a Daily Photographic Journal

I just wanted to give a shout out to my friend's tumbler site: the Z10 Project.  Here is a brief description of her project taken from the site:

"We want to prove to the nay sayers that the Z10’s camera isn’t as horrible as they say it is. So starting today, we (mainly me), will take photos everyday starting today and post them up on this site. A catch, you say? There is no catch.

How will you edit the photos? You’re going to cheat and use Photoshop, aren’t you?
WRONG! We will, if we need to edit them, use whatever the Z10 offers to maybe add some flourish to it.

After every week, on Sunday, we’ll make a video from Z10’s Story Maker to compile that weeks photos. At the end of the 365 days, we’ll have a video that will show everything that we have done.
Got an idea for a shot you want us to try? Ask and we shall try to do it for you."

The photos that she has posted already are fantastic.  Just another awesome example of how technology can weave art into our daily lives.

Click HERE to follow her photographic journey, and be inspired to create your own daily photographic journal.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Art News - Murals

I just read this interesting article from BBC news about the disintegration of murals in Britain.  Part of the problem is the view of murals as 'street art' rather than 'fine art'.  Living in a city with a number of murals, and near the town of Chemainus BC, which is famous for its murals, I find it interesting to read how this art form and its history is being lost.

Click here for the article

One of the murals at Chemainus B.C.

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