do it. create. walk and see. cut and paste. scratch and sniff.
do whatever you have to do to feed your soul.
this is my commitment.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

masters' studies Summer ART Camp highlights


Summer ART Camp 
JULY 20 - 24


matisse decorative bowls

student inspired matisse (on the sidewalk)!

batik tee shirts

Louise Bourgeois textile study

spirals (clockwise from left): clay (student's work),
printing, painting and stitching (student's work), Louise Bourgeois piece
sketching at the MIA

Piet Mondrian study on clay tiles


strawberry still life
drawing with paint brush and ink
discovering a mural
paintings representing our week together (on canvas) from each artist's point of view

materials used: graphite pencil, sketchbook, paper, scissors, mod podge, paintbrush, paint rollers, cotton tee shirts, gel glue, acrylic paint, burlap, thread, needle, ribbon, ceramic tile, canvas, soft pastels, air dry clay

vocabulary: Henri Matisse, stencils, protea, batik, Louise Bourgeois, textile, Piet Mondrian, tile, Yayoi Kusami, plexiglass, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, still life, Wayne Thiebaud, mail art (postcards)

sketchbook prompts: mug, quiet time, plant life, wild, fruit

other activities (in addition to art making): sketching at the MIA, sketching at the MCAD Sculpture Garden, lunch picnics in the MCAD Sculpture Garden, an adventure walk to see a mosaic and mural

There is one more summer camp on the books!  Check out this link for more information.


Monday, July 27, 2015

schools and schools and schools...of FISH


Fishes were our subjects of study in yesterday's art class.  Our warm up drawing exercise consisted of referencing illustrators, Brian Wildsmith, Oliver Jeffers, Manual Scanigo and Mariann Johansen-Ellis while creating drawings of our own.



For the younger children who were more intimidated about drawing fish, 
I had them imitate a line drawing similar to this:

this image was borrowed from Art Project Girl

We turned this line drawing into fish by adding tails and eyes.  
We used watercolors or markers to add color.

We all used scissors to cut out our fish and gel medium to adhere them to our art boards.




The older children also incorporated different (patterned) paper to add another point of interest to this piece.



We also designed our own coasters.  After using a permanent marker to draw or trace a fish on clay tile, we painted our drawings.  Each tile was treated with an acrylic varnish for waterproof protection.


We read the book Fishes by Brian Wildsmith.  Not only is this book filled with beautiful, full page illustrations but Fishes introduces a different synonym on every page for the word, school: "A battery of barracuda." or "A host of angel fish."


After a snack picnic that included strawberries, crackers and lemonade, we returned to the classroom for the art making finale and most favorite activity: Koinobori.  The children created paper (fish) windsocks. This involved a series of several, complicated steps and required much patience to complete.  Some of the children tested out their windsocks in front of the fan in our classroom.


The last month of summer is approaching!  There are classes available (almost) every Sunday afternoon as well as one more five day art camp.  View THIS LINK for more information.  I have also included information about a gallery art party for adults on the eve of August 29.

If you are looking for a family outing on Sunday, August 2, I will be offering FREE art activities for children at OPEN STREETS on East Lake between the hours of 11am and 1:30 pm.  The location of my tent will be in front of Le Town Talk Diner.  To continue with the French theme, the children will be introduced to three French artists.  Tell your friends.  I'd LOVE to see you there!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

chicken ART! day





William and Isaac were able to bring their chickens to art class yesterday!  The chickens were able to roam freely around the classroom.  Some of the students were comfortable holding our guests.  We used the chickens as models to create white charcoal sketches on black canvas and black paper.  The children finished their paper sketches by using soft pastels.





When our guest artist, Cami Applequist, arrived, we prepared to begin another activity.


Cami discussed her love for chickens (the primary subject of her work).  She shared her creative process and the materials she prefers to use and why.  The children were able to pass her original work around the table and inquire about the different materials used for each mixed media piece. 

After her presentation, Cami guided the children, step by step, through creating their own chicken art.I was especially fond of the fact that tearing the paper (instead of cutting) was the majority of the "creating" here.







When we completed our work with Cami, we took a picnic snack break outside.  After returning to the classroom, we practiced recognizing shadow, drawing and shading while creating a charcoal still life.




We wrapped up our chicken ART! class by painting our white charcoal sketches on canvas.


In addition to several other the books, the children especially enjoyed this one today:

First the Egg, by author and illustrator, Laura Vaccaro Seeger

To view upcoming classes at The Create Everyday Classroom, please visit this link.

wayne thiebaud for toddlers

Today we studied the artist, Wayne Thiebaud.  

I referenced one book while introducing this artist to the children: 
Wayne Thiebaud A Retrospective by John Wilmerding 


When discussing this artist, we learned that Wayne Thiebaud liked to paint delicious things.  The children identified cakes, popsicles and ice cream.

I showed them Thiebaud's "Green Gum Ball Machine" and 
we set out to create our own.

 We used sidewalk chalk to trace our circles onto our black canvas panels.



We painted the inside of our circles with white paint.


We applied small paper circles one at a time to the white (wet) paint to represent our gum balls.  This was a great practice in strengthening our pincer grip.




When we were finished applying our paper circles, we painted a red base.


vocabulary: Wayne Thiebaud, circle, canvas, template, chalk, base


To read more about The Create Everyday Classroom, visit this link.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

wayne thiebaud study


Today we studied the artist, Wayne Thiebaud.  

I referenced two books while introducing this artist to the children: 
Wayne Thiebaud A Retrospective by John Wilmerding and
Delicious The Life and Art of Wayne Thiebaud by Susan Goldman Rubin



When discussing this artist, we learned that Wayne Thiebaud painted people (portraits) and places (landscapes) but there was something he loved to paint even more.  We looked at examples of these favorite paintings of "common place" (delicious) subjects.  We noticed Thiebaud's use of exaggerated color, shadow and texture.

The children used white charcoal and oil pastels to sketch out ideas for their paintings.



They referenced their sketches (or created another) while using tempura paints 
to paint their subjects on ceramic tiles.  Although not pictured here, each table had "live" cupcakes as a centerpiece.


Do you see the shadow here?







One particular student was really attracted to this theme and subject and proceeded to draw 
a pizza, a slice of cake and a cookie.


vocabulary: Wayne Thiebaud, still life, shadow, exaggerated, white charcoal, oil pastels, sketching, ceramic tiles

Each tile was treated with an acrylic varnish.  These tiles can be presented in a variety of ways but can also be used as coasters.

To read more about The Create Everyday Classroom, visit this link.