Wednesday, November 30, 2011

NOVEMBER ART: Focus on color and texture

Tertiary Leaf Color Wheels
were a great way to teach the kids tertiary colors and how to mix the paints.
Texture painted Squirrels and Turkeys
were a fun way to teach the kids about texture in art.

More terrific wildife paintings by the older boys.
Wolf by Spencer, age 13
below: Lynx by Zachary, age 12
Elk by Cameron, age 12

As part of our color theory and artist lesson we studied about Holly Hebel and her brightly colored chalk pastel artwork. (See the famous artist link above to learn more about her) The kids had to use half of their artwork using warm colors and the other half using cool colors. This month featuring Trinity, age 9, Preston, age 10, Hannah, age 12, Averie, age 10. MORE TO COME LATER!!

Our culture lesson for November was about the Huichol Native Americans who live in Western Mexico. They use yarn and beeswax for elaborate "paintings." The kids exercised great patience as they made these! I will be posting more later as the rest of the kids finish up their artwork. Featuring art by Jace age 5, Hannah, age 12, Joseph, age 8 and Abigail age 7. MORE TO COME LATER!!

Monday, November 14, 2011

October's Art: Pumpkins, Day of the Dead, Witch's and more!

Chameleon Color Wheels and Tertiary Leaf Color Wheels
The 6-8 year old class made Chameleons while the older kids have worked on Tertiary Leaf Color wheels using oil pastels and watercolors. This has been a great way for them to learn how to mix their paints. I think that the color wheel is one of the most important art concepts to learn because it is used so much later on for painting.
Andrew Wyeth Pumpkin Paintings
Our Featured artist for the month was Andrew Wyeth. You can read about him and see his artwork on the "Featured Artists" tab above. Here is a small sampling of our project using oil pastels, watercolors and bronze acrylic paint to give it a little shine.
Day of the Dead Sculptures
It's always fun to teach the kids about "Dia de los Muertos" the Mexican Holiday, Day of the Dead. We think that it is similar to Halloween but in fact has nothing to do with it. It is celebrated on Nov 1 and 2 and is a holiday in remebrance of their passed loved ones. Celebrations take place at the cemetary where altars are built with the loved ones favorite things and foods from their life. They also have parades and decorate with all kinds of folk art. Our sculptures are similar to ones sold by Mexican artists. The kids had to learn how to build an "armiture" first to hold up their clay dog and then cover it using Crayola Model Magic.
Mom and Me Paper Fold Witch's
The Mom and Me class is under way with all kinds of fun art projects. The class emphasizes learning colors, shapes, cutting, glueing and an introduction to different art mediums. The projects have been fun for the moms and kids to put together.
Oil Painting
Red eyed tree frogs. Awesome job Sadie and Saige!!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Carl Rungius style landscapes and wildlife in acrylics

In September the classes worked really hard on learning how to draw landscapes and wildlife. The older kids (ages 10-12 and 7th graders) also learned landscape design. They had to design their own paintings and choose the animal to go in it. The 7th grade boys are still working on their paintings. I wanted to post all of them but for some reason some of them kept coming out sideways.

Black Bear by McKenna, age 8
Red Fox by Keegan, age 10
Cougar by Hannah age 12
The age 8-10 year old class worked on a step by step landscape similar to one of Carl Rungius's paintings and then chose an animal to put in the foreground
Fox by Kate age 9
Ages 5-8 and the Mom and Me class worked on Owls, using circle shapes for printing, and egg cartons. They turned out so cute!
Owl by Abby age 6

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Oil Painting Study

View Sadieball...JPG in slide show

The girls should be proud of their first oil paintings. The ball painting introduces some blending technique for oil paints and study of the colors of paint that we use on our palettes. Of course it is also a great study of light and shadow. Good job Sadie (age 13) and Saige (age 11).

Fabulous Foxes!

As part of our art this month, we learned how to draw and paint animals. The 6-8 year olds learned how to draw and paint foxes. They did fabulous!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Summer Art was a blast!

Here are just a few photos from our summer art classes. I had a lot of fun with the kids doing all kinds of amazing art!

Abstract Circle Art was a study about Robert Delauney and colors.

By: Cameron, age 11

Sunday, August 21, 2011

May Batik Art

The Batik on the pillowcases turned out so neat. It took us almost the whole month of May to complete since it was a several step project. It taught the kids how to draw an outline design using larger spaces and color design and blending.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Spring Art Show on April 9, 2011!

I'm so excited to host another spring art show this year for the student's of The Creative Art Studio! This year I want the kids to display as many pieces as they would like from this past year's classes (2010-2011). There is no limit on pieces of artwork they can submit! Please just make sure the art pieces are sturdy enough to stand on an easel, and also labeled on the back somewhere their name and age so I can make labels. The art show will be at the Stansbury Park Clubhouse on Saturday, April 9 at 7:00 pm with our presentation at 7:30-8:00. Please feel free to invite as many friends and family members as you would like. Hope to see you all there!

Just a bit from Winter Art Classes

Encaustic Painting by Cameron, age 11
Encaustics is painting with melted wax. We used melted crayons and decorators wax to create our abstract, textural paintings. So fun!

Monster by Jace, age 5
In February, our Artists we showcased were Maurice Sendak and Eric Carle. Both are Illistrator/Authors. It was fun to let the kids see that illistrators are artists too. The Preschool class did Monster drawings and paper cut collages using texture painted papers. The other classes did scratch art using thier own monster designs.

Caterpillar paper cut collage by Jace, age 5

Flower Encaustics by Nicole (teacher example)

Fairy by Saige, age 11
My pre-teen class on Mondays has been working hard and completed their Fairy art projects in January. I think the girls learned a lot a long the way such as how to draw people using realistic body proportions, how to draw faces, several watercolor techniques and how to use watercolor pencils. All of the girls' artwork turned out so beautiful. I look forward to seeing them all mounted and displayed at the Spring Art Show!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy New Year!

As I look back to November and December I must admit it was a busy time for me! But we had lots of fun and creative lessons for art classes for those months. Thanks for keeping your kids in art during a time that I am sure was busy for your families as well! Here is a little bit of information about what we did in art classes for November and December:

November has been all about color theory and the color wheel. After we studied the basics we broke the color wheel into warm and cool colors. With Thanksgiving and Fall leaves I decided to do large paintings of warm colored landscapes with tempera paint. The students were able to try out the new floor easels and paint with easel brushes. We all did the same paintings per class so that I could teach them some techniques on how to paint this way. They all did such an amazing job! Some of the classes were able to paint Cool Colored scenes of fish in the ocean. The older classes did some landscapes and the older boys have yet to finish their cool colored winter scenes. Now I am sure they are all feeling like master painters!

November's Cultural art lesson was about Native American Rock Art. We studied the art of pictographs and petroglyphs and tried it out on our "buffalo hides." The older classes studied Native American Totem poles. They have done a wonderful job designing their own large totem poles using Native American Indian animals and colors. This has turned into a month long project for them because they have all put in a lot of effort in their drawing and painting.

December has brought about some fun Christmas art lessons for the preschool kids like Santa faces and Christmas trees. Our Art History lesson was about M.C. Escher. Escher was known for his optical illusion drawings and prints and also his amazing "tessellation" art work. You'll have to google him so you can see his amazing work. The kids learned about Tessellations and I themed it around Holiday elves and that was really fun. Their "puzzle like" projects turned out looking really neat. (Some of the other classes have yet to do this lesson.)

Last but not least we were able to have our traditional Christmas ornament and craft lesson. We made "Silly Legs Santa" ornaments and painted with enamels on our very own hot cocoa mugs! The kids had fun and I hope the parents were able to get their mugs cured in the oven so that the paint will last forever! Let me know if you didn't get that note. It's been a great year for art lessons with some amazing little artists. I really love teaching your children art!

Teen happenings: the girls are still painting away on their oil still lifes. They are turning out to be beautiful.

Preteen class: These girls have been working on sketching in their fairies and learning some watercolor techniques. Our next step will be to paint! This has been a great project for them learning about how to draw body proportions, and face proportions. I can't wait to see their finished masterpieces!

What's coming up for 2011? I will be having an art show again in May so don't lose those wonderful art projects! I don't want to post any photos of artwork so that everything will be a surprise for our show. Upcoming lessons are Chinese New Year, Encaustic painting (painting with wax), watercolor crayons, Renoir and more! I hope your kids can join me for winter and spring classes!