Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Children's Art Classes: Spring 2018

So many fun projects were created this past Spring with these talented art students!  Here's a look at some creative, culturally inspired, and cat inspired projects!


Metallic Dragonflies
First we did some drawing of different angles of dragonflies using some photo reference.  Then the kids drew into this thicker guage aluminum with a pencil to "dent" it in.  Last, we used permanent markers to add color. Metallic Dragonflies Flickr Gallery





South American Alpacas
We learned how to draw an alpaca's face.  Then using watercolors the kids added their own colors and a background using oil pastels that looks like a South American textile pattern from the clothes and rugs that they make in countries such as Peru and Ecuador.  The 10-12 year old class learned how to draw the Alpaca's body and put them in the environment of the Ecuador Andes where the Cotapaxi volcano sits in the background. Lastly, watercolors were used to finish off the project with bright colors. Alpacas Flickr Gallery 





Cat Sculptures
This was a fun project, although took quite a bit of steps and time to accomplish.  I think it was well worth it to the kids because they all loved their cats in the end and they turned out so great!  First we started with some recyled objects such as water bottles, cardboard paper tubes, plastic grocery bags and lots of tape to hook it all together.  Then we painted gesso over the whole sculpture.  This gave the cats a paintable surface. Last the kids used acrylic paints to decorate their cats.  We used artist, Rosina Wachtmeister and her colorful cat art as inspiration.






Cats inspired by Rosina Wachtmeister

The kids worked on this project in between the steps of the cat sculptures.  We used oil pastel on black paper to draw cats in the style of Rosina.  A large sheet of poster board gave the kids plenty of space to create their own environment for the cats to live, either imaginary or real.  I think the kids really loved the freedom to create and paint their own ideas out.  Last, the cats were cut out and glued into place.  Check out Rosina's website to see her art.  I just love this ladies colorful and playful style! Rosina Wachtmeister

Rosina Cat paintings flickr gallery





Teen Painting: Oils, Acrylics and Watercolors

A look at some of the projects that the art students worked on this past Winter and Spring. Students range from ages 12 to 16 in these classes. They work based off of their own references or a theme that I encourage.

Watercolor Painting

By Trevor, age 14


By Cameron, age 14

By Brooklyn, age 13

by Trevor, age 14

Acrylic Painting

By Caislin, age 14

By Trevor, age 14

By Brooklyn, age 13

By Cameron, age 14

By Caislin, age 14


 Oil Painting
By Bayleigh, age 14

By Miranda, age 14

By Nathan, age 16

By Skylar, age 16

By Sydney, age 12




Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Teen Drawing Winter/Spring 2018

These students are ages 12 and up and are really great at drawing and being creative.  Take a look at these amazing projects that they have done!

Chinese Dragons
Using Prismacolor pencils on black paper, these dragons turned out awesome!  Great job art kids!

By Danielle, age 15

By Kayla, age 13

By Ainslee, age 13

By Taitum, age 12

By Trevor, age 14

By Cameron, age 13


Animal Silhouettes
A great way to learn contour drawing is to draw a silhouette.  These are not traced but hand drawn while looking at animal photographs.  Then the students put the habitat of the animal or a predator/prey story inside the silhouette.  They turned out to be very nice illustrations!  We used different sized Micron and Sharpie pens.

By Ainslee, age 13

By Cameron, age 13

By Trevor, age 14

By Ben, age 15
By Abby, age 12

By Kayla, age 13

By Danielle, age 15

By Taitum, age 12
Still Life in Graphite Pencil
The kids learned how to set up a still life with good composition.  Then we used some different hardness of graphite pencils for contour drawing and shading.


By Taitum, age 12

By Dylan, age 15

By Ainslee, age 13

By Kayla, age 13

By Cameron, age 13

Insects on Book Papers
Using Illustration brush tip markers, the students drew insects or birds on these old book papers that we glued onto a canvas. 

By Trevor, age 14

By Dylan, age 15

By Kayla, age 13

By Taitum, age 12

By Ben, age 15


By Danielle, age 15

By Cameron, age 13

By Ainslee, age 13