Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Spin ART - so much fun!

Enjoying some summer sun while creating some awesome Spin art

Spin art in action

One for the boys, and then the girls took over to make one

So awesome! They really enjoyed this project

Summer ART Camp - Bead Buddy Keychains


Summer ART Camp Sessions are in full swing. We started the day with some beading. The kids made animal bead buddy key chains to take home. We had a frog, monkey, penguin and cat.

The kids beginning their project

Stringing the beads on

Face of determination

The kids showing off their bead buddies

Such a good way to start the day :)


Thursday, April 28, 2011

Start at ART Egg Coloring during Easter week!! So GREAT!


During the week of Easter I ran an art session so we decided to color eggs. I taught the kids a technique to color the egg with white (or color) crayon first, then the wax on the crayon rejects the die liquid and it leaves the colored pattern.

 We also worked with textured paint and created stucco-type look on the egg like the pink one below.

Then the kids put on cute bunny ears and went on an outdoor egg hunt! So much fun!

I love all of the great egg coloring that we did.


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Acrylic painting a Cityscape referencing a photograph.


Today we worked with Acrylics. Using different brush sizes I taught a few ways to mix the colors to create new shades of color. Adding white or black to several colors we learned how to create shades of color. We then learned a bit about complimentary colors and looked at the color wheel.

I then instructed that many famous painters would first photograph a scene and then use it as a reference to paint the scene. I had a photograph of a cityscape to display and the kids painted their own cityscape from it.

I think this was one of my favorite projects.


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Working with Oil Pastels on black paper


Kids just love Oil Pastels. We start the class by looking at some works of Rita Naras-Kreitz. Her earlier work was entirely in colored pencil. Now she is using a technique in which 90% of the work is completed in oil pastel and detail is then sharpened and enhanced by colored pencil. Rita's style aims for a classical, realistic representation of various scenes. You can find some of her work here.

Oil pastels like crayons are used in their dry forms and produce a crayon like effect.

Awesome Oil Pastel Butterfly


Thursday, March 10, 2011

Working with Clay - Ages 3 and up


I like to work with PEARL CREATIVE PAPERCLAY because it is safe for children, easy to work with, easy to paint, and it either air dries or you can bake it to speed it up. You can find it online or in your local draft store. If you are in the New Paltz area Manny's is a great place to find it.

Some of the molded pieces that age 3 was able to do very easily.

Age 5 was able to sculpt an igloo. Using some tools she created the blocks of ice.

Great way to develop hand motor skills.

Age 3 working with the molds.

Final works after baking.