Tuesday, February 20, 2018

What spring looks like to me....

What an amazingly lovely spring (?) day!

The kids spent class working on drawing and then painting pictures of their visions of spring. We worked together on the drawings for a bit in the beginning of class, practicing drawing different flowers and chatting about our ideas and memories of spring. As the kids became absorbed in their work, they added so many interesting and beautiful little details:bees, snails, trees, clouds, rain, shining sun, birds and butterflies! Inspiration passed back and forth between the kids with ease. Here are a few drawing process pictures for you.

 And here are the final pieces! Beautiful colors and brushwork!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Fly, Eagles, Fly!

In honor of our Superbowl winning Philadelphia Eagles, we painted eagles in flight!

The kids followed along with step by step instructions to draw their birds in flight and then we took the time to carefully paint our eagles. Once the kids felt good about how they had drawn their eagles, many of them went on independently to add other details. Keep an eye out for trees, nests and eggs, all pure kid inspiration.  Here are a few photos of the eagles "in process".

Both the drawing and painting were challenging because of the fine motor control involved but the kids managed beautifully. These eagles show so much spirit and personality. And the kids certainly were enthusiastic about the Eagles big win!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

ROBOTS (Part 2!)

This morning we painted our robots with glorious metallic paints! The kids had a warm bronze and a cool silver to choose from. Most of the kids tried at least a little bit of each color. I encouraged the kids to paint carefully and to be sure to paint ALL of the cardboard so that their robots would look like they were really made of metal.

 When all the robots were painted we lay them out to dry and took a little time to color. The kids brought home their coloring today, so you can take a look!

When the robots were dry, we pulled them back out again and added details. We had a selection of sparkles, color squares (the kids made these at the beginning of the year for a different project), pipe cleaners, Q-tips, paper clips, pennies, feathers and an assortment of beads. Here are the completed works! Enjoy!

A special congratulations to Ashley who was absent last week and managed to build her robot, paint it and add details in a single morning!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

ROBOTS! (Part 1)

Today we began one of my favorite projects -- BUILD YOUR OWN ROBOT.

Robots are the coolest! Not surprisingly, the kids have ample cultural knowledge on both what robots look like and what their uses are. So when we asked the question, "if I could design my own robot, what would it be like?" the answers were many!

We began with a large piece of black construction paper and some pre-cut pieces of cardboard. The kids used the cardboard to construct their robots one shape at a time, beginning with the largest pieces (body, head and limbs) and then moving to details. Over the course of a busy class we saw robots begin to emerge that had: wheels, buttons, hats, bracelets, crowns, belts, lightning bolts, along with limbs, faces and bodies of many different sizes and shapes.

Here is a sneak peek at the process. There won't be any pictures of individual work today - you'll see those when the kids are done!

Because this project is so intuitive and hands on, and because the kids are free to pick, change and arrange shapes as they please, they are constantly making new discoveries. "Hey, this triangle doesn't have to be a hat, it could be an ear!" Rectangles turn into hair. Triangles attached around the sides of a double thick square make a muli dimensional diamond controller (whoa!). The kids made so many new discoveries and were inspired by one another.

This gave us a chance to talk about how artists often borrow ideas from one another. To make work that inspires someone else is a compliment and should be received as such. Instead of feeling protective of ones work, we can feel generous and happy knowing that someone else admires what we have made.

The robots look amazing. Next week we will be painting them with silver (or gold, or bronze!), turning them into powerful, metallic masterpieces.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

My Winter Home

This week we finished up a secret (shhh!) present for Donuts for Dads Day.
Dads, you’ll see your present in a couple of weeks!

Then we began a project entitled “My Winter Home”. The kids chose between purple, blue and black paper. Then we drew our houses on the page with white oil pastel. The kids spent time remembering and imagining all the important details of their homes. Let’s talk about doors, windows, roofs, doorknobs, walkways, shutters, chimneys, everything! We added a ground line in the back and then our houses were sitting pretty, ready for color.

Then the kids colored their houses as they pleased with oil pastels. We didn’t limit ourselves to the “real” colors of our house but instead chose colors that gave us the feeling of being home. I noted lots of bright warm colors. :) Sky and earth also received colors at the children’s discretion. As a final touch we added snow with Q-tips and white paint in anticipation of the snow we expect to see this afternoon.

These little houses are so sweet. The kids worked hard on them and I think their effort really shows. It’s also easy to see the love they have in their hearts for the places they call home.

If you'd like to see a few "work in progress" photos, scroll down!


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Holidays are almost here!

Congratulations! Today you will come home to find the your lovely children have arrived with their art portfolios! Included in the collection is almost all the work they have done for the year.

The only pieces you will not find are the ones that are currently hanging for the holiday show (and self portraits which will hang for graduation). Today, in addition to handing back work, we did a quick lesson on symmetry and practiced different ways of drawing snowflakes. Then the kids decorated the "frames" for their winter landscape pieces with their names and snowflakes of their choosing. They are now hanging in the sanctuary!

I'm excited to see you all at the holiday show! Please remember to collect your child's art work before you leave on Friday. Thank you for sharing your little artists with me. I can't wait for the New Year and to continue working with them! Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Winter Trees!

Today we finished up our final piece for the holiday show!

We began by working with pieces we made by gluing green tissue paper onto watercolor paper. We flipped the paper over (so that they had a clean white page to work with) and did a quick lesson on drawing evergreen trees. Step by step we drew three trees (all different sizes) and then cut them out.

After that we took a few minutes to experiment with different compositions. The kids moved their trees all over the page until they found their favorite arrangement. Then we glued the trees down. Now for the really fun part! We got out a nice collection of beads, stars, sparkles and silver tissue paper strips and the kids decorated their trees, snow and sky as they liked!

Next week we will do a quick lesson on symmetry. The kids will then have a chance to "frame" these pieces with black paper and decorate with (mostly) symmetrical snowflakes. Then we will review the work from the year and pack it up so that they can bring it all home to you! Don't forget to pick up your child's displayed art work at the end of the holiday show!