Thursday, October 30, 2014

Happy Halloween Haunted Houses, teen class

We talked about how different types of lines can give us a different feeling in our art projects. Curved lines are softer and friendlier. Jagged and angled lines can give a threatening feeling, feeling of height...
The students used their knowledge of lines and made some pretty creepy watercolor and ink houses.

and my example

Wire Action Heros - ages 7 - 10

The students made up an action hero and made a fun poster. The heros were so creative. From cat girl, to pet hero, to lawn mower man... Then we made them into wire/pipe cleaner figures stapled to painted wooden bases. I am so sorry that I did not photo the posters. The students did a great job. But the wire figures are just as nice!

my example of super hero art girl! 

Friday Pet Portrait and Pizza Class- age 8-11

Friday classes are added as I have time to add. The students have a great time painting, eating pizza, sharing riddles and making friends. Below is an example of the work from our pet portrait class.

Pumpkin Time - ages 7 - teens

This was a fun project we did in the student, teen and friday classes. Such a bright project to do as the days are getting shorter.  Here are just a few of the examples showing nice texture and color transitions. Acrylic on 11x14 inch wrapped canvas.

Action Wire Figures, ages 9-11

The students picked an action and drew a thumbnail to choose color and position. Then they posed the figures in wire and pipe cleaners and stapled on a painted wooden base.


 ice skating

 balance beam




 walking dog

 deep sea diving


Halloween Dioramas - ages 7-10

The students made a list of some Halloween items and then drew a small thumbnail of a scene they could use in a diorama. Below are 2 examples from the class.

Black Glue and Watercolor Owls, ages 9-11

I found a black glue, owl project online and just knew my students would have a great time with this.  They all did a wonderful job!

Pumpkin Lessons- Teen Advanced

This is the advanced teen final pumpkin paintings using only red, yellow ochre, black and white acrylic paint on 10x14 canvas board. Yes, only 4 colors! It is a great lesson in really looking at values and color mixing without the distraction of many other colors. Please read below to see how they got to this level.

my 4 x 5 inch example

They started with a simple pencil drawing 

and then did 2 small 5x7 inch value paintings.
They looked at the light bouncing back from the white table cloth, shadows and light direction...
There is a wonderful difference between the first and second painting.
The subject is more familiar so you can notice more of the light in the second painting.
The brushwork is also more confident.
Nice job!
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