Wayne Thiebaud was the artist of study again and our art warm up consisted of drawing slices of cake. We painted them to our liking. The children mentioned that the paint looked "yummy" like frosting. Interestingly enough, Thiebaud had thought the same!
A few years ago, I took a tutorial by Carla Sonheim on how to transform junk mail into art paper. I liked the results and wanted to introduce the children to this idea. I treated the junk mail with gesso (using a textured roller) before class and the children chose a watercolor finish. Gesso can pretty much transform any surface into a painting surface but what I like the most about this approach is the look of the watercolor wash on top (with the text and pictures from the junk mail adding more interest and dimension).
The children used a sharpee to draw their gumball machine (Thiebaud refers to them as "Gum Machine"s), used a brush to paint additional white gesso inside the interior lines of their drawing and then pasted large, hole punch pieces from found paper and magazine pages to represent the gumballs.
Even though the Copper Hen is just as close as the MIA, this particular walk proved to be filled with many more points of interest.
When we arrived, we sat down to draw in our sketchbooks at the Copper Hen. When these sketchbooks finally make it home, you may notice drawings of vases with evergreens (our centerpiece), deer, pheasants and horses (seen on the wallpaper), chairs, strings of lights, and sliver ware or place settings.
We tried a bit of bruschetta and potatoes.
When the cupcakes arrived, we drew these in our sketchbooks as well.
I sliced eat cupcake into six pieces for the children to sample.
We had pretreated our clay tiles with red paint before our visit to the Copper Hen.
When we returned, we used chalk pastels to draw our composition and acrylic paints for our cupcakes. Each child used a chopstick to scratch in other designs. After being treated, these pieces can be used as coasters.
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