Wednesday, April 30, 2014
This project was loosely based on the art of folk artist, Heather Galler. She is heavily pinned on Pinterest and has a large shop on Etsy. Her colorful and patterned filled animal art make great springboards for art lessons. My students chose large or extra large black paper for their compositions. They followed a basic line drawing lesson to create their owls and could then decide how detailed they would like to go with patterns and designs. Pencil drawings were gone over with black oil pastel and then filled with color. Artwork by K through 4th graders.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
: ) Every time I do a lesson in charcoal, inevitably I will bid farewell to my students and parents only to discover my face looks like I moonlight as a chimney sweep. (Why no one ever tells me, I'll never know)
That being said, it still remains one of my favorite mediums and worth every smudge. I revisited this raccoon lesson with my K through 4th grade group. We started our pencil drawings with a series of simple circle shapes and defined the face from there. These critters always seem to have a lot of character....just like the artists who created them.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Geninne Zlatkis is a wonderful contemporary artist best known for her elegant bird artwork. My current class used her "Friends" piece as our inspiration. In lieu of a vintage map, we used old dictionary pages for our base. The divided page was then washed with watercolor. I gave the children warm and cool color acrylics to create textured paper that they later used to create their birds and fish. Oil pastels were used to add more color if they wished, as well as to add their lotus flowers. Birds and fish were cut out and glued to their compositions. Lastly, some scattered stars were created using the ends of their brushes. Artwork by kinders thru 4th.
Thursday, April 3, 2014
This artist was not happy with her close-up rose. I'm still scratching my head:
it is the epitome of Georgia O'Keeffe's style. Gorgeous!