Wednesday, December 19, 2018

A Home-School Christmas

Our Home School ART Club made beautiful tooled foil birds. 

These can be hung as Christmas tree ornaments or several could be hung on a mobile. 

A bird template was printed for each artist and traced with a pointed wood tool to a sheet of heavy-gauge tooling foil. The project was first placed on a piece of felt to provide a bit of cushion for the tooling process. 

The artists then tooled patterns within each section to resemble feathers and/or artistic textures as desired. They flipped the foil from the silver to the gold side as they worked to create 3-dimensional textures and patterns.

After the tooling was completed, they could choose to leave them as is, or to add color.  

Sharpies preserved the shiny surface and worked well as long as the artists was patient and didn't press too hard (which might damage the tooling).

Craft (acrylic) paint filled in the spaces more easily. The paint dried to a mat finish over which additional patterns could added.

(Note: The 3-D bird can be painted after assembly as another option.)

Once completed (tooled and colored or not), the bird parts are carefully cut out and assembled. The wings and tail are crimped to the body and stapled in place. Then we punched a hole on top of the wings and strung a wire hanger through it. 

We found that adjusting the wings helped to balance our birds.

Thank you to United Art and Education for this great project idea.

Home school art club members have plenty of open studio time as well. They work on all sorts of self-directed projects during this time, such as Joseph's mixed media painting, The Three Kings, shown below.

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