Monday, February 25, 2013

Tropical Still Life

Here is another class I did last summer. This was for a 9 and up class. I arranged a still life of some tropical type items which the kids drew and painted with acrylics on canvas. We used some nu pastels to add texture and interest. This was a good class to teach proportion and composition. The kids really enjoyed the subject matter and the process. We did quite a bit of pre drawing before we started on the canvas. We also talked about Matisse and his use of color and pattern and how vibrant that made his paintings. I think they all did great!





Underwater Self Portrait


Since I am feeling the need for a summer "fix", I decided to post some lessons from my summer classes that I never got around to doing before.  I got this idea from another blog (I think), but can't remember where exactly. If anyone knows please comment so I can give a reference to the lesson.

This class was great fun! the kids loved the idea of painting themselves underwater in their favorite swimwear. I was a little worried how these would turn out since this was a 5-8 yr. old class. The ones below are from  some 7 yr. olds. We talked about what your face looks like underwater and spent some time practicing drawing each other holding our breath. Just doing the body and head without hands and feet helped simplify the process as well. We used Dick Blick liquid watercolors, and I had then put in oil pastel white circles for bubbles before we painted them. I will definitely repeat this class, some of the kids are still talking about it.




More Picasso Guitar collages

I thought I would post the rest of the Picasso guitar collages. These were from the Kindergarten thru 2nd grade students. I had them trace around templates for the guitar pieces instead of them just doing it freehand like I did for the older students. This group had more fun arranging their pieces-and you can tell in the finished projects. I like the "feel" of these better than the older group. They weren't so "careful" and therefore they have a more Picasso look to them.













Friday, February 15, 2013

Picasso Guitar Collage

 I recently finished a project on Picasso with my 3rd -6th graders. I love using the guitar for subject matter, because it is something that every child can relate to and it is fairly easy to draw. After showing several of Picasso's collages below and discussing the different materials that Picasso used in his collages, we practiced drawing a real guitar. I brought one into class and we talked about the different components and shapes that make up a guitar. I also brought in some guitar catalogs for them to look at.



First we practiced on a piece of scrap paper and then they drew their guitar on a 1/2 sheet of 22x28 inch railroad board. After they had the design they liked they traced over their pencil lines with black oil pastel. The kids really enjoyed this part of the project and took a long time to get the "perfect" guitar down on their board. After they finished this part they were able to choose from different types of paper to cut "pieces" of guitar out of. They could choose from book pages, book pages painted with liquid watercolor, scrapbook paper, card stock, music sheets, paint chips, and brown recycled paper. Wallpaper would have been another good choice.  I encouraged them to play around with the color and design before they glued down their materials. This was a fun process and the kids all had a different idea about how they wanted theirs to look. They added sharpie lines here and there to finish them off.











































My Favorite Art Supplies


I am getting ready to order some supplies and thought I would just jot down some of my favorites at the same time to share with all of you.  Seeing what supplies other art teachers use has really inspired me to try some new products. I hope there is something on this list that will become your favorite too.

I tend to order most of my supplies from Nasco-they have great products, customer service, and prices. And they are always very quick to deliver. Over the years I have made huge orders with them for schools and also small orders for my home classes. I have never had a problem with any item that they didn't immediately correct, often times they just sent me a new item at no charge and had me keep the other one.


Having said that, I do order a few things from Dick Blick, and I purchase things from Michaels as well.

So here is my favorites list:

Crayola non washable watercolors (I order the refill individual colors as well)

Dick Blick liquid watercolors! Beautiful bright lovely color-one of my new favorites that I use constantly!

Crayola oil pastels

Spectra bleeding art tissue

Tru-ray fade resistant construction paper in black (deep black color and nice feel)

Black Sharpies fine and extra fine

Prismacolor nupastels
colors and the set of 12 white

Cray pas set of 12 oil pastels black (these are easier to use in smaller areas than the Crayola brand, and they have an all black set which is the color I use the most)

Faber Castell Creative Studio Soft pastel half-stick sets. (all pastels are not created equal!) These are nice and soft with beautiful colors.

Mod podge-I get a gallon because I use a lot

Royal Brush Big Kid's Choice Brushes -flats and rounds
(these brushes hold up great, they are very user friendly and forgiving. Also because the handles are plastic you don't have to deal with the paint chipping off)

Dynasty Finest Golden Synthetic Flat Brushes (this set has the larger sizes and is good quality) B2200

The Masters Brush cleaner and preserver

Canson Foundation Student Watercolor paper-90lb. 11x15 9716081(Nasco-$26.75 for 100 sheets)
This is the watercolor paper I have used with students for the past 10 years. It is a good student grade paper in a nice size.

Canson XL Watercolor pads -30 sheets 140lb. 18x24 size (Dick Blick) $26.38. I usually buy this at Michaels as it is around $22 there and they often run sales-I just bought several on a buy one get one free sale. I only use this paper in my smaller home classes. It is sturdy and soooo nice! It absorbs the watercolors beautifully and is a wonderful size. You can really erase and layer on this paper without any problems.  I use it for acrylics as well, and often half it (both ways). See the  Kevin Red Star tepee and horse projects listed below, for the long skinny version.

Ticonderoga #2 pencils

Black Flair brand soft tip pens-they bleed!-great for shading

Acrylic craft paint -lots of brands out there-I usually use Apple Barrel as it is one of the least expensive


4ply Black and White Railroad Board-I use this for acrylic painting projects and collage.

Amaco Magic Mud-this clay holds up better than most to alot of handling. And it is soft and pliable.

Twisteezwire-I use this on masks and sculptures

fan brush

I have more products that I use, but these are my favorite and most often used supplies-hope this gives you some ideas!





Friday, February 1, 2013

Kevin Red Star Painted Ponies

Yet another Kevin Red Star project that I just finished with several classes. I love how these turned out with the bright liquid watercolors. As in the tepee project I did this in several different classes-some used the 11x15 watercolor paper and some the 9x 24 sheet. They could choose whether to do their horses in warm or cool colors and then the reverse for their backgrounds. We used the fan brush (see tepee lesson below) for splattering black  and white paint to add interest.

Once again I only got a few pictures of the ones the kids did (and these are without the splattering added). I always have my camera with me but  often forget to get pictures taken as we are rushing to finish things at the end of class. Below are a couple of Kevin RedStar's horse paintings. The kids loved playing around with the liquid watercolors ( I use the Dick Blick brand). I demonstrated how to keep the paper wet to allow the colors to blend. We used templates of a simple RedStar style horse so that they could spend time on the layout and painting.





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