Friday, August 23, 2019

More Awesome Abstract Art!

Heroic Roses,  1938

"A drawing is simply a line going for a walk."            
                             ~ Paul Klee

For our last art project of the summer, we painted like Paul Klee! 

This 20th century Swiss-German artist was an Abstract-Expressionist. Much of his work is comprised of bold black lines, striking forms, and vivid color. 

Just our style!!!

First we painted bold black lines to create interesting shapes and forms. We filled maybe two of them in with additional patterns.

After the paint dried, we filled in each section with color. We mixed our own tints and tones for most of the colors. (We used liquid tempera paint.)

Many of our artists mixed their own brand new colors and named them!

A few went back over their black lines after the colors were added and others didn't.

These paintings are so exciting and bold!  I just love the freedom of expression that I witness whenever we create abstract art. Plus, it's just plain FUN!!!

These artists ages ranged in age from six to twelve. 

Our thanks the the Imagination Tree for this awesome abstract art project idea.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Grizzly Bears!

This past week we created these Grizzly Bears. We learned the difference between grizzlies and other types of bears, and we learned that grizzlies are at the top of the food chain in the forests where they live and an important part of the overall ecosystem. We also learned that they were once endangered and could become endangered again.

First we painted paper lots of different shades of brown. You can see our little grizzly bear helper checking out our young artists' work.

Next we painted our the sky for our backgrounds.

Then we painted the forest right over the sky.

Next, we cut out and assembled our bears. These bears are BIG, which can be a challenge for some young artists when drawing the shapes (on the back) and cutting them out. Kids often make things way too small.

The pieces of the bear were assembled and glued down. Then we used oil pastels to add facial details and glued the bear to our backgrounds.

My sample

Check out That Artist Woman for details about how to create this fun, 
mixed-media project!

Friday, August 09, 2019

3-D Abstract Art!

We created abstract art in    3-D while recycling cardboard at the same time!

This project was really fun and we loved the results.

We started with a piece of cardboard, maybe 8" x 8." we cut and glued long and short strips of more cardboard to it with ordinary white glue. Then we glued more on top of those. 

Lastly, we painted the whole thing with acrylic paint. 

Cool, huh?

We also made 3-D scribble art! Just draw a big scribble on an ordinary sheet of paper and color in the sections using solid colors, patterns, or both. Then cut out the entire shape and cut into the shape somewhat on your lines. Finally, twist and turn it until you can seat it on a 4" x 4" piece of construction paper and staple it down. 

Viola! An awesome paper sculpture.

More Abstract Art!

The artist is essentially a channel."                    ~ Piet Mondriaan
We made abstract art like Piet Mondriaan, collage-style.
Mondriaan's style of abstract art is fun to create using cut pieces of colored paper. We glued the paper squares and rectangles to our substrate (white 12" x 18" sulphite paper).

We then glued black strips of paper between each color. We also added some surprises here and there. See of you can find them!

We also created another kind of collage-style abstract art using painted paper cut in similar shapes for unity. 
Kieleigh's Triangle Collage.

Shea's Circle Collage

Metallic Abstract Art - My Sample 

Joseph's Metallic Abstract

Awesome Abstract Art!

   Composition VIII,  1923

"Open your eyes to painting... and stop thinking!..."

       ~ Wassily Kandinsky

Awesome abstract art begins with Russian artist Kandinsky, at least in my mind. He had a deep understanding of the power of color, shape, form, and the beauty found in art. 

He is considered the pioneer of  abstract art; and I love the huge variety of  non-objective imagery found in his work!

To create our own Kandinsky inspired abstract art, we first examined some of his paintings, especially the shapes and images in Composition 8, shown at the top. 

Then we took turns choosing images, shapes, and forms that will drawn in our paintings with black Sharpies, along with any specific instructions, like thickness of lines, large or small, overlapping, etc.  

After everyone had a turn to be the "art boss," we continued our work with colored Sharpies, adding our own details and colors. 

Next, we filled in additional areas with oil pastels, and blended a few of these colors for an element of softness.

We then painted our masterpieces with cake tempera, being sure to thin our colors like watercolor to create a resist when painting over our oil pastels.

Although every artist followed the exact same instructions from the "art bosses," every abstract piece developed differently.

Each artist's personality and unique style emerged from the art he or she produced. 

Some pieces were quite delicate or minimalist.

Other artists used a limited palette with very interesting results.

Still others made very bold use of shape, line, and color. 

This pieces were done in the opposite way. We randomly painted first, then we added patterns and outlined various shapes and forms that we found within the painting. Some shapes were abstract and some were objective, like hearts, a bulls-eye, and an octopus. 

“The artist must train not only his eye but also his soul.”

~ Wassily Kandinsky