Monday, 29 December 2014

Year In Review Podcast - My Top 10 Posts of 2014

It's the New Years Episode!  I chat about my picks for the top ten Art Intertwine posts of 2014, discuss the highs and lows of the year, attempt to make some New Years resolutions, and then predict what trends I hope to see for 2015.


My Top 10 Posts of 2014

Click each image to read the corresponding post.

Monday, 22 December 2014

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Liebster Award! & My First Audio Art Podcast

Thanks Nina for nominating me.  You can follow her blog Kindergarten Art Class HERE.

In this episode I talk about the Liebster award, answer the questions that go with it, and give my recommendations for 10 blogs you should be following.

Be sure to tune-in for my New Years show in 2 weeks!


Are one of these blogs your's?  Here are my 10 questions:

1.  Why did you start your blog?

2.  What excites you about being an art educator?

3.  What do you talk about on your blog?

4.  Why do you think connecting with other bloggers is important?

5.  Have you met any other bloggers in person?

6.  Where do you think your blog will be in 2 years?

7.  What do you do best?

8.  How much time do you devote to your blog?

9.  How do you create your posts?

10.  What wishes do you have for your readers?

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Art Activity - Roy Lichtenstein's Spotted Ladies

While learning about pop artist Roy Lichtenstein my students explored his use of primary coloured dots.  The students had a choice of Crying Girl (1964) and Girl with Hair Ribbon printouts to create their artworks.  Surprisingly, it was pretty even in which image the kids picked.  I showed the kids an example I had created, looking at it from far away and close up, while discussing how spacing the dots closer together works to creates areas of shadow, and more solid looking colours, while spacing the dots farther apart creates highlights.   The kids used tempera paint with q-tips and toothpicks to create their dots.

We spent about 30-40 mins on these, but the younger students lost focus more quickly than the older ones while initially creating their artworks.  I thought that they would be completely done with it, but to my surprise during free art sessions they asked to continue working on them.  With this in mind I would suggest doing this artwork in short bursts, as an activity for those who finish other projects early. 

Below I've included a close up and far away image of each artwork to give a sense of how their appearance changes from each viewpoint.

Art Intertwine - Roy Lichtenstein Spotted Ladies
Roy Lichtenstein Spotted Ladies

Roy Lichtenstein Art Activity

Roy Lichtenstein Art Activity For Kids

This artist did a great job in spacing dots to create highlights in the hair and on the lips.

Roy Lichtenstein Dots

Roy Lichtenstein Dots For Kids

This artist had fairly even spacing throughout, but nonetheless, I like the resulting 'sunburn' effect.

Roy Lichtenstein Primary Colours For KidsRoy Lichtenstein Primary Colors

Roy Lichtenstein Crying Girl

Art Intertwine - Roy Lichtenstein Crying Girl

Roy Lichtenstein Girl With Hair Ribbon

Roy Lichtenstein Girl With Hair Ribbon - Art Intertwine

The use of different sized dots on the lips and face in this image creates a very cool effect when viewed from far away.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Art News - Lost Painting Found From Watching A Movie

A friend recently shared this story with me, where an art historian spotted a lost painting by Hungarian artist Robert Bereny while watching the children's movie Stuart Little.   The painting titled Sleeping Lady with Black Vase can be spied hanging above the mantle in this still shot from the movie.  Click here for the full story of how the painting ended up in the movie and where it is now.

Monday, 24 November 2014

Leonardo Da Vinci Dragons Part 2

As promised, here are the dragon paintings that my older students (8-12) created while learning about the art of Leonardo Da Vinci.  I did the same step by step as with my younger group, but encouraged the kids to go beyond this create their own dragon images.  The end results are quite varied, and a few even created names for their dragons, such as Speckles and Charkle Don.

To view the paintings created by my younger students, click HERE.

art intertwine - Leonardo Da Vinci dragon painting

dragon painting art activity

This artist had a clear idea of her dragon right from the start.  
The end result is amazing and full of so much personality.

Leonardo Da Vinci inspired art lesson for kids

dragon painting art lesson for elementary kids from art intertwine

 The choice of this dragon's name 'Spots' is pretty obvious.

Dragon painting art lesson for kids

 This artist created a dragon that resembles a snake.  
I love the use of complimentary colours for the background.

Art Intertwine - Dragon Art
 Another dragon flying over the ocean.

Dragon art for kids - Art Intertwine

 The simple geometric style of this dragon turned out very cool.

Dragon Art for kids
I love this artist's idea of creating a two headed dragon.

Leonardo Da Vinci Art For Kids

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Monument Valley - Free Download!

Just a quick post.  For anyone who uses Android devices, Monument Valley is free today only for download from the Amazon app store.  If you haven't heard of Monument Valley before, it's a critically acclaimed puzzle video game where you make your way through levels that look akin to three dimensional M.C. Escher drawings.

Check out the trailer below to view the game's fantastic art style:

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