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.


Saturday, March 5, 2011

Henri Matisse inspired Paper Cut-outs


Henri Matisse inspired Paper Cut-outs was such a great lesson. What fun it was to cut, paste, and create using colored construction paper.

Henri Matisse (1869 – 1954), was considered to be the 20th century’s most important French painter. He communicated art with expressive colors and compelling bold patterns. Influenced by Impressionism and Japanese art, Matisse made color a crucial element of his work, and also experimented with abstract art. Following illness Matisse explored with cut-outs for 14 years. Here is a fantastic link with detailed information on his cut-outs and images of his work.

After discussing some of Matisse's work, we took a look at some of his paper cut-outs. One of the books that I referenced was

You can purchase it here or go to your local library to find it. You can also refer to the above link and find all of the info you need there.

Below are some of images of the work in progress and one of my students final project!