Saturday, March 26, 2011

Watercolor Florals ages 12 to 14

I have such a huge amount of pride in the work that my students do. Just have a look at these watercolors on quarter sheet watercolor paper.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Focal point, flowers, ages 8 to 11

When you look at a clock on the wall, it is in focus. What is around the clock is a little blurry. The clock is a focal point. We did the same thing with flowers. The background is blurry colors so the sharper painted flower becomes a focal point. This gives the students options on backgrounds.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Night ages 12 to 14

It is challenging to paint a night scene. The colors change, artificial light, glow, values.... It can also be exciting!  16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas board.

Add on books, ages 8 to 11

This is a project that I got from a fellow blogger who got if from a book by an artist who corresponded this way. Yes, I simplified this, but the students had so much fun.
We took card stock, 8.5 by 8.5 inches. I have 8 students so I taped 8 sheets together and folded accordian style. We listed everything round that we could think of on the blackboard to use as inspiration if we needed. Then each student drew a picture on the front with something circular going off the edge. Then passed to the person on the left and drew a continuation of the circle on the next page. In the end, everyone got their book back with 8 different pages done by each student in the class. Confusing?  Just have a look below.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Tree Seasons, Ages 8 to 11

Color mixing is fun. So the students designed a tree, drew it, and divided the illustration board into quarters. Then used tempera paints to paint each section in one of the four seasons. Can you guess which is which?

Kandinsky mosaics, ages 8 - 11

We talked about abstract work and looked at some Kandinsky images. The students picked a Kandinsky image as inspiration and used magazines to cut out mosaic type colors. They glues the colors on illustration board and used some black yarn over the top for added interest and direction. Having to choose and cut the pieces gave the students time to consider and plan their project.