Saturday, 30 May 2015

POW! Roy Lichtenstein Inspired Action Word Reliefs

As part of their week long look at the artist Roy Lichtenstein my students created these construction paper action word reliefs.  For inspiration we looked at Lichtenstein's own reliefs such as Explosion I (below) as well as his Newsweek magazine cover.

The students started by choosing an action word and then making a silkscreen image of it.  The students pulled a few images onto light coloured construction paper before picking their favourite to use for the relief.  We built the reliefs up in 4 layers: the background colour, a large cloud or burst shape, their action word cut into another burst shape, and construction paper 'shrapnel'.  To give the reliefs a sense of depth we attached the action words using a small loop of paper.  The students did a fantastic job with a great deal of variety not only in their choice of action words but in their overall relief designs.

To view the other artworks that my students created during their Roy Lichtenstein unit click on the following links or check out my Art Lessons By Artist tab.

Our Inspiration:

The Final Artworks!

action word art lesson for kids

roy lichtenstein for kids paper relief art activity

I love the concentric cut out layers on this student's heart.

Roy Lichtenstein inspired art for kids explosion

A very cool variation on the paper shrapnel.

Roy Lichtenstein Pop Art actvity for kids

Roy Lichtenstein Pop Art Pow Action Word Art For Kids

Another successful variation: 
this student created a negative silkscreen image of their action word

Roy Lichtenstein Action Word Art Lesson For kids Silkscreening for kids

Awesome lightning bolts!

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Art Books!

This year I went to a local used book sale fundraiser and I'm so glad I did!  I was able to scoop up a bunch books in the getting to know the world's greatest artists series, a few on Leonardo Da Vinci, Mary Cassatt and Claude Monet, and even one on Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis.

I also snagged an activity book on creating paper airplanes, something I know my summer art camp students will love. 

My Books!

Famous Artist Books For Kids

Have a favourite famous artist book? A how-to activity book, or even a book that ties in nicely with an art lesson?  I'd love to get some great recommendations

Monday, 4 May 2015

Dale Chihuly Niijima Float Inspired Artworks

These were the major artworks my students created during their week long look at the art of glass blower Dale Chihuly.  I wanted a sculptural project that would mimic glass, and had seen plastic bottle chandeliers on various websites, but I needed an artwork that each student could take home. 

After looking at Chihuly's art for inspiration I decided to try using plastic wrap and clear packing tape to create 'glass' sculptures similar to his niijima floats.

Our Inspiration: Chihuly based his colourful orbs on the floats used by Japanese fishermen.

The students started by blowing up a balloon to the desired size and then wiping it down with water before completely covering it in a layer of plastic wrap.  We then used clear packing tape, wrapping the whole thing in 3 layers.  You will use A LOT of tape, but you need the sculpture to be strong enough to stand on its own without collapsing.  My younger students (6-8) needed help with this step, so in the future I would only do this project with older kids.  After applying the tape we used scissors to poke through the layers and pop the balloon.  A magical moment for the kids with lots of oohhs and ahhhs when they see that the clear tape has retained the form of the balloon.  We then took the scissors to cut the sculpture almost completely in half, leaving a hinge so that it opened like a book.  Finally we removed the popped balloon and any loose pieces of plastic wrap before painting designs onto the interior, keeping the glass-like appearance on the outside.  The students used acrylic paints to create colourful macchia spot and striped designs since tempera will flake off of the plastic.  When the paint had dried we attached the two halves again with more packing tape to create the finished niijima floats. 

A couple of pics showing sunlight streaming through the sculptures

Dale Chihuly Art Lesson For Kids

Dale Chihuly Niijima Floats For Kids

A few close ups of the painted designs:

Clear packing tape sculpture for kids to make

sculpture lesson for kids art intertwine

dale chihuly art for kids

glassblowing for kids

art intertwine glass blowing art lesson for kids

art intertwine Dale Chihuly inspired art activity for kids niijima floats and macchia

Alternatively, instead of making niijima floats you could have students work in pairs and then cut the sculptures in half using a wavy line to create macchia, like the ones below.

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