Saturday, October 12, 2019

We Love Owls!

Owls' faces are so expressive! I believe owls are the perfect subject for oil pastel painting because of their large eyes and unique facial patterns, shapes, and feather textures. 

Plus, they are the perfect subject for Halloween! 

For this project, we extended our Halloween-themed inchies project to include these little oil pastel owls. These owls were created by adults and measure 4 by 4 inches.

They were painted with oil pastels on heavy black    4 by 4 inch sulphite (construction) paper.
The inchie owls below were created by children ages 6 through 12, some of whom had never used oil pastels (or even heard of them) before this lesson. I think their owls are awesome!

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

If Picasso Made Monsters!

Woman in Beret and Checked Dress

What if Picasso did Halloween?

Our Home School Art Club explored this idea by creating these spooky Halloween creatures in the style of Picasso.

Pablo Picasso asked, "Are we to paint what's on the face, what's inside the face, or what's behind it?" 

A good question -- and a great starting point for creating these unique portraits of witches, monsters, and other spooky beings. 

We started by pairing younger with older artists so that they could help one another with directional tasks.

Then we asked, how can we make our portraits similar to those of Pablo Picasso? We found several ways to do this. First, we created both frontal and profile views of the subject within the same face, using two different colors of paper. 

Picasso said, "It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child."

So we also made our artwork simple, spontaneous, and childlike, as did Picasso; and used collage techniques, as he often did. 

We also depicted strong emotion in each character's face; as did Picasso.

We used Sharpies to add linear details within each face, like hairy warts, wrinkles, and stitches! Some artists also outlined their subjects.

Then the background was filled in with cutouts such as moons, stars, and bats. Some drew patterns such as stars and swirls and spirals. 

These artists ranged in age from 4 through 15.

You can visit Mrs. Picasso's Art Room (thank you Mrs. Picasso!) for step-by-step instructions to create this spooky-awesome art project !!!

Saturday, October 05, 2019

Open Studio Art Classes!

October is a great month for "open studio" art classes. Why? Because Halloween art is exciting and super fun to make! 

Everyone either has great ideas for making their own Halloween-themed art OR is looking for spooky art-making ideas and opportunities. 

Our job is to provide a place, supplies, materials, and inspiration. Our students do the rest, because they are the artists and this is their studio. 

This week many of our artists worked on Halloween Inchies, one of our favorite Halloween projects. 

These are tiny, 4" x 4" mini-masterpieces that are fun to design and even more fun to make!

These artists decided to paint a Halloween scene. They are experimenting with color mixing, charcoal, and mixed media.
This artist learned how to blend acrylic paint colors and add an oil pastel "web" over the dried paint for his 3-D spider. 

Oil pastels are a popular medium for spooky nighttime scenes (on black paper).

A few pieces of art and cardboard tube characters made in Open Studio.
This artist traced the shape of dinosaur toys to create these realistic drawings.
(Of course, the Halloween-theme isn't required in Open Studio.)
One of our younger artists painted this a spooky pumpkin patch.
This artist created a spooky moonlit scene from a popular Halloween movie.

Many of our Friday class artists used their Open Studio to create the Halloween-themed inchies below. They might choose to frame each one, or they might mount them, grid-style, on a square of poster board. They will continue to develop their ideas throughout October for even more inchies to add to their collections!