Thursday, 3 December 2015

Colourful Chalk and Charcoal Zebras



My students created these colourful zebras using chalk pastels and charcoal.  We started by drawing the zebras with pencil before going over our lines with willow bark charcoal.  The kids the used chalk pastels in about 4 different colours blending the colours with their fingers ( a few kids wanted to make realistic looking zebras and so used white chalk pastel instead).  I also had the kids use their fingers to smudge the chalk pastel out for their zebra's mane. 


After they were done with the pastels the kids used compressed charcoal to fill in the black areas such as the stripes.  Finally the kids sprayed their drawings with hairspray to fix the charcoal and chalk.


The Artworks

zebra art activity for kids


animal drawing art activity for kids


art activity for kids pastels and charcoal


chalk pastel zebra


zebra art activity for kids




chalk pastel and charcoal art for kids


chalk pastel art activity for kids


zebra art for kids


how to draw a zebra chalk pastel art activity for kids





Thursday, 15 October 2015

Monster Paintings


My younger students (ages 5-8) created these monster paintings as part of a unit on puppeteer Jim Henson.  For inspiration we looked at Henson's drawings of various creatures (in particular his bird-like frackles) that were later used as inspiration for the Jim Henson's City Critters.










The city critter figurines






We started with a basic step by step guide to assist in the creation of the drawings for their monsters.  When painting the kids used 3 values of one colour as a way to give their monsters a bit of dimensionality, something which is particularly visible on the spikes of the fur.


The Final Monsters:

Monster Paintings For Kids


tints and shades monster painting art lesson for kids



Jim Henson monster critter inspired acrylic painting art project for kids



tint and shades value art lesson, monster paintings



monster, creature acrylic paintings for kids




Art Intertwine, monster painting, art for kids




jim henson art lesson for kids



Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Art news - Anti-Renior Protest

A mock demonstration was held outside the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston to protest the art of  Pierre-Auguste Renoir which is currently being displayed.  Led by Max Geller, who created the Instagram account Renoir Sucks at Painting, the protesters demanded that Renoir's art be taken down and replaced by that of other 'better' artists.  While the protest is only semi-serious, and the style over substance reasoning behind Geller's disdain falls a little flat, the demonstration does raise awareness on the authority of museum institutions to dictate what is good art, as well as the need for personal love it or hate it passion to really appreciate and form a relationship with art.

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Monday, 21 September 2015

Collaborative Art Project - The Enchanted Forest


As part of my summer art courses I decided to have my students create a summer long collaborative artwork.  We created our enchanted forest over 10 weeks, adding one new element each week.  While I did this during the summer it could easily be adapted for the school year.






I started by creating 6 large brown craft paper trees that lined either side of our building's main hallway.  I also made flower stems at different heights.



The first week students created brightly coloured flowers.




Most of the elements added to our enchanted forest were created using construction paper, such as the birds, fairy houses, and toadstools.



Collabortive Artwork Enchanted Forest



At different points throughout the summer I would also add elements that went with that week's addition, such as a couple of beehives for the kids' bees to swarm around, and spider webs for their spiders to hang from.

Easy Construction paper spidersConstruction paper spiders


collaborative school wide art project


Another element that really made this forest enchanted was the addition of fairies.  I invited other instructors and staff members to create a fairy that would magically appear in the forest each week.  This was a great way to include everyone in the art making process, and turned a lot of kids into fairy hunters!

paper fairies







To finish the forest the kids added tinfoil dragonflies, 3D snails, tracing paper butterflies, and bugs resting on the leaves of the tree tops.

easy snails for kids

butterfly garland

bug art for kids



Stay tuned for future posts where I'll share detailed instructions on how to create all the different pieces in the enchanted forest. 



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




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