Friday, February 17, 2012

Gustav Klimt Mural

I've been looking through some old pictures and came across this mural that was a special project with a school I used to work at. (K-1) (The idea for this came from an article in SchoolArts magazine (Dec.2007). The mural in the article was more of a temporary one done on paper. We did ours on 6 wood panels.) This was done over several class periods with each student making shapes with patterns inside of them on fadeless paper which were then cut out and mod podged onto sections on the boards that I had pre-drawn,some were mod podged to the tree as well. Each of the 6 1st grade classes worked on one panel.The kids base coated the sections in an earlier class.  My husband cut out 6 doves out of wood which they also base coated. We picked 6 kindergartners to be the models for the silhouettes-which we used a projector to trace their forms onto the boards. These were also base coated by the students. My husband and I did all the finish work. The mural was used as a freestanding (with base supports) backdrop for the holiday music concert that was held at the High School and then later installed in the school cafeteria. This was a really fun project, and turned out beautiful I think.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Picasso Heads

I have done this project with many different ages over the years. With the younger kids I pre draw some Picasso style faces on the styrofoam heads. Older kids I let design their own. The only rules being they must draw a line down the center of the face and use more than two eyes, one mouth etc. The last time I did this lesson I did one half profile and  one half foward. The kids use Sharpies to outine and then fun acrylic colors to fill in the faces. We Sharpie the lines over at the end and then I have small wooden boards with screws in them that they paint black and then mount the heads on them when they are finished. The kids love this project! The trick is finding inexpensive styrofoam heads. The very first time I did this lesson I had come upon 20 of them on sale for 10 cents a piece at a party store. I didn't realize what a steal that was until I tried to order them. I have purchased them most recently from Nasco art supplies. a box of 12 is $35.75.