Saturday, January 18, 2020

Animal Painting Projects

Lexie's Fox

This was a strange week. We started out with a broken heater, so art classes had to be cancelled. Then we had "snow days" nearly all week, with only one day of school.

The heater was repaired, but most students stayed warm and cozy at home; and who could blame them? 

Alyssa's Fox

Those who braved the wintry weather painted these furry foxes enjoying the falling snow.

These girls painted foxes a couple of years ago, so they decided to try some free painting projects.

Instead of foxes, they painted pets while used the same short-line technique to add their furry coats.

Brooklynn's Furry Cat
Sage's Fuzzy Dog
It's Raining Lollipops! by Sage

Saturday, January 11, 2020

More Penguins!

Penguins are one of our favorite winter art subjects, and why not? They're so adorable!

This project involves throwing paint and smearing charcoal. In other words, it's messy and FUN! 

You can see how we made our penguins in our previous post, Penguins in Mixed Media

Quiz: Can you find the two penguins that are sitting on an egg? Can you figure out which penguins are chicks and which ones are adults?

Our artists ranged in age from 5 to 9 years old. 

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

A Snowy Collage

January is a great time for creating winter-themed art, so this week our Wednesday afternoon Adult Open Studio art class created these lovely Snowy 'Quote' collages. 

The art process involved many steps, including wet-in-wet watercolor, paint scraping, and painting tree silhouettes, which took a bit of practice.

We created our compositions and added a 3-dimensional quality (as an option) using foam 3-D dots. 

We used the dots to attach our assembled birch trees over our snowy scenes. The we added iridescent glitter throughout our snowy scenes. 

The last step was to select a 'snowy quote' to cut out, arrange, and glue to the artwork to complete the collage.

For more detailed step-by-step instructions, see our earlier post for this project right here: Snowy North Artwork.

Saturday, January 04, 2020

Snowmen Having FUN!

This is not your typical snowman art. 

These snowmen are on the  move, having fun, and getting into plenty of mischief!

Our snowman art is based on the lovely illustrations of Mark Buehner in Snowmen at Night and Snowmen at Christmas. 

This fun art project is all about what snowmen do at night (imagination) while showing action (movement in art), and using soft pastel for shading (volume drawing)  and less common visual angles (perspective).

We started by looking at the books and making observations about the story line and the artwork, such as use of nighttime shading and highlights, depicting action, and unconventional angles. 

Then we decided what our snowmen would be doing and we roughly laid them in with swirls of white chalk.  We drew the moon on one side of the sky to guide us as we added shading and highlights to our snowmen.

We shaded each ball of snow along the edge away from the moon with the side of a blue and/or purple soft pastel. We filled in white on the moonlit side, and continued to add color and blend lightly with our fingers for soft shadows. 

We added snowman details such as carrot noses, eyes, buttons, skinny stick arms, and hats. 

Then we added story line details such as a snow cone stand, piles of snowballs, a tire tube, and a toboggan! 

Lastly, we added to the illusion of motion and action by completing a background of icy wind, swirling snow, and wind-blown hats!

In one scene, we see snow parents piggy-backing their snow children while watching the Northern Lights!

My sample

Thanks to A Faithful Attempt for this awesome art project idea!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Winter Banners!

We made these sparkly winter banners at this 
week's Winter ART Workshop!

Our young artists had a such great time creating them too. We painted, printed, smeared, stamped, folded, cut, punched, glued, and threaded. The kids really had fund trying all of these different processes and techniques!

Here's how we made our winter banners:

We used one sheet of black poster board (22" x 28") for every two banners; each 11" x 28."

1) Each artist used an ink brayer to spread blue tempera paint over the poster board. Then we added a bit of white to the blue for additional tints and rolled on even more paint. We were careful to leave some of the black background showing.

2) Artists used bubble wrap, corrugated cardboard, sponges, and old marker lids to print abstract patterns and shapes over the background using cool colors/tints and white.

3) While our backgrounds dried, we cut out evergreen tree shapes from construction paper. Then we also learned how to fold and cut a 6-sided snowflake and we make at least three of them. We also cut a really fancy one out of a doily!

4) Now it was time to arrange our cutouts on the banner and glue them down. We also punched out lots of tiny snowflakes and added them to our banners.

5) We finished the banner by using gold paint for printing golden snowflakes (from rubber stamps) and for additional sponge work.

6) Next, we punched holes along the bottom and added a fringe.

7) The last step was to select a nice birch branch to attach to the top of the banner and twine or yarn to hang it with.

We would like to thank Green Bay Art Room for this great wintery mixed media project idea!

Saturday, December 21, 2019

More Christmas Cars!

More Christmas Cars!

We created this Christmas Car project two years ago, and it was so much fun I thought my new students would enjoy it as well! 

This project is a good introduction to illustration art. It is not intended to be realistic, but at the same time it involves using symmetry to draw a car as well as a number of different artistic techniques. 

We started by folding our paper in half and drawing 1/2 of our car with black oil pastel. Then we folded it back in half and rolled over it with a brayer. 

When we unfolded it we could see the faint outline of our car on the white side of the paper! 

We went over the lines with our oil pastel to complete our car. Then  we drew in Christmasy details such as a wreath or bow over the grill, a Christmas tree, and stacks of gifts! 

Next we painted our cars and everything else with cake tempera paint, and we added silver tempera paint to the chrome bumper and grill.     

We filled in the background with tinted color (by adding white to our paint) and we splattered the painting to create snow. 

This painting was fun, but our artists really had fun splattering their artwork!

Created by a 5-year-old, this Christmas car has a Rudolf nose on the grill!!!

You can find detailed instructions for this project at
Deep Space Sparkle.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Santa Folk Art

This week we celebrated Santa through the ages and as he appears in other countries.

Also known as St. Nick, Kris Kringle, and Father Christmas, he brought toys and goodies to children on Christmas Eve just like our present day Santa. 

However, early images of Santa looked quite different than the Santa we know today. He wore long coats of various colors and ornamentation. 

He often carried Christmas trees and variety of items such as food, toys in baskets, large pockets, belts, and shoulder bags. 

The children were very interested in these nostalgic images of Santa Claus and wanted to create their own. 

This art project is an extension of Patty's lesson from Deep Space Sparkle, which helped us to create our own sweet Santas wearing beautifully embroidered coats.  We used 12" x 18 "blue sulphite paper for this project.

After drawing our Santa with black oil pastel, we painted his face using flesh tone craft paint. The rest of the painting is completed in tempera paint, starting with the white beard and fur. 

Next, we added Santa's coat, remembering to double-load our chosen color with a bit of white. We refrained from washing our brushes in water; instead we wiped them on our painting mats and kept right on painting! This kept us from watering down our paint.


We then painted the background with broad strokes of icy colors, again by double and triple loading our brushes with cool colors and white.

We painted in the boots and mittens, and we allowed everything to dry. 

The next step was to draw various patterns and designs on the coat with construction paper crayons. 

Lastly, we re-outlined our Santas with black oil pastel and added the eyes, nose and mouth.

I love these lovely Scandinavian-style patterns and designs!

Our artists ranged in age from 5 to 12 years.