Wednesday, August 14, 2013

4th Grade Art Trees!

I love this drawing project!  A few years ago I saw this project in a Scholastic Arts magazine.  Of course we have EVERY issue of the Scholastic Arts Magazine because WE LOVE IT, but I can’t find the one issue with this exact lesson in it....why is it ALWAYS like that?!?
Well using my stellar memory I was still able to teach the project and I loved all of the trees! I wish I had more pictures to share with you!

Fourth grade art lesson, art tree, watercolor tree 

Fourth grade art lesson, art tree, watercolor tree

Fourth grade art lesson, art tree, watercolor tree

Fourth grade art lesson, art tree, watercolor tree

Fourth grade art lesson, art tree, watercolor tree

Fourth grade art lesson, art tree, watercolor tree


We used water color pencils for the color in the trees.  Sharpies for the outline and pan watercolors for the background.  I showed the students a few different ways to use the watercolor pencils and they really enjoyed using them.
It is a great project for lettering, patterns, design, repetition, color and design.

Have an amazing Artsy Fartsy Day! 
~Bag Lady Rebecca

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Sunday Show & Share!

Photography and the Art of Nature...

flower art

....I love both.

Have a great Artsy Fartsy Day!
~Bag Lady Rebecca

Friday, August 9, 2013

2nd Grade Textured Clay Flowers!

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With some inspiration from the fabulous Pinterest, I came up with a fun project for my second graders...I feared we would NEVER get to our clay project because some all of the students were having a really hard time respecting the Art room and listening.  I hate holding projects over the kids heads but there is just NO WAY I can do clay with a class of wild animals children.  So I did...I held the clay project over them, made them earn it.  In the end they earned the project and we all loved the results...so I guess it was a win win :) In fact I loved the results so much I made some for my own yard and art garden!

Clay Flowers, 2nd Grade Art projet, clay art projects

Originally I wanted to hang the 2nd graders flowers in our art garden at school (yep, we have an art garden and it is awesome! I will have to share it with you one day!) Unfortunately by the time the class got around to doing the clay project there just wasn’t enough time get the pieces in the garden before school let out. Maybe this school year we can...

So, the steps for making these cute flowers...
First roll and cut flower shapes, I had the kids do at least 3 flower/shapes to layer on one another, varying in size and shapes.  Next use the texture tools to add different texture to each flower/shape. Then slip and score them together...we sing "slip and score slip and score slip and score"...I know, I should have been a music teacher...
Then Fire them!
Next glaze the beauties and drop a glass marble in the center and fire again!

Clay Flowers, 2nd Grade Art projet, clay art projects

Clay Flowers, 2nd Grade Art projet, clay art projects





Clay Flowers, 2nd Grade Art projet, clay art projects


Clay Flowers, 2nd Grade Art projet, clay art projects

Clay Flowers, 2nd Grade Art projet, clay art projects

Ta-Da! Beautiful art!

Clay Flowers, 2nd Grade Art projet, clay art projects


Clay Flowers, 2nd Grade Art projet, clay art projects

Clay Flowers, 2nd Grade Art projet, clay art projects
   

Clay Flowers, 2nd Grade Art projet, clay art projects

Clay Flowers, 2nd Grade Art projet, clay art projects

Clay Flowers, 2nd Grade Art projet, clay art projects

Have a wonderful Artsy Fartsy Day!

~Bag Lady Rebecca

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

ArtHouse: KinderArt MoNsTeR MaSh

We run an art class for toddlers, ages 2-5 w/ adult, at our studio in the ArtHouse.  We have a blast with this class!  The raw creative energy these little artist have is a real treat to work with! We must say the parents are pretty cool too!  For one of our classes we did a MoNsTeR theme and the kids really got into it! 

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Still to this day monsters are one of my personal favorite subject matters for art.  The possibilities are only limited to you imagination, color, shape, size, personality there is just too much fun waiting to happen! (seriously if you are ever stuck on what to sketch, create with clay, collage, sew or whatever material your working with... ask a little monster for some help!)

We did blob paintings MoNsTeRs:

fold paper, open paper,  put paint on one side and then refold paper on crease and smoosh the paint around.

When the kids open the paper there is always excitement! The little artist then twisted and turned the paper until they saw their monster. They added cut paper, feathers and more to make the little monster come to life!






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We did handprint mOnStErs:
Paint each hand a different color and make two handprints!
The little artists then added googley eyes and drew on their handprints to awaken the sleeping monsters in them!




ArtHouse, KinderArt, toddler art, Moster art, clay, painting, handprint art

ArtHouse, KinderArt, toddler art, Moster art, clay, painting, handprint art

ArtHouse, KinderArt, toddler art, Moster art, clay, painting, handprint art

 Last we made clay MoNsTeRs!!
We used crayola model magic clay, googley eyes, pony beads for teeth, feathers and pipe cleaners for hair, arms and whatever else the monster had growing out of him!

ArtHouse, KinderArt, toddler art, Moster art, clay, painting, handprint art

ArtHouse, KinderArt, toddler art, Moster art, clay, painting, handprint art

ArtHouse, KinderArt, toddler art, Moster art, clay, painting, handprint art


 We love our little artists and all of their creations!! You should try a class at the ArtHouse with your little mOnStErs, I know mine love it!
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ArtHouse, KinderArt, toddler art, Moster art, clay, painting, handprint art

Have a wonderful Artsy Fartsy Day!
~Bag Lady Rebecca




Sunday, August 4, 2013

Sunday Show and Share!


This is an example I did for our Art Links class (those ever so cheery middle schoolers) this past school year. The project was personalizing items with paint pens.  We will post about the project and show examples in the near future!

This is done on the back of a clipboard and I discovered yet another medium I love working with, water based paint pens!!


Wishing you an Artsy Fartsy Day!
~Bag Lady Rebecca

Friday, August 2, 2013

Summer Art Explorers!

We ran a really fun class at the ArtHouse this summer called Summer Art ExplorersAll of the art supplies were made by the kids!!

The kids made dyes out of all natural materials, onions, blueberries, beats and more.  Once the dyes were made we tie-dyed t-shirts with it!  

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We made our own watercolor paints from common kitchen supplies and then created one of a kid paintings!

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We even marbled paper using milk...this one got a lot of ooohs and awes from the kiddos!



Of course we had to make our own sidewalk chalk...what is summer without sidewalk art!


Not only were the kids really proud that they made all of the supplies they really got creative using them.

Just one of our many creative and fun classes at the ArtHouse!
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Have a great Artsy Fartsy Day! 
~Bag Lady Rebecca

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Oaxacan inspired paper Mache animals!

The fourth graders (one of my favorite classes...shh don’t tell the other grades) studied the folk art of Oaxacan animals.  I have an interactive video that I show the class, I also show them real examples that I own.  We do some research on the ipads and get a good understanding of the art!







Then all the fun begins! Using recyclables and loads of masking tape the kids create the shape and base of their animals.  It is always fun watching trash turn into crazy creative creatures of art!

Then we paper mache the animals with newspaper strips. 



 




Instead of painting the animals we use colored construction paper. We paper mache small piece of colored paper on top of the newspaper.  It adds an excellent bright base color and makes the pieces stronger! 

I do this project at the end of the year when I have mountains of scrap paper! 

**There is constantly kids coming in the art room asking if they can help...of course, you can tear the colored scrap paper or tear newspaper strips! I always have a box of torn newspaper strips for paper mache projects to fill and use throughout the school year.  Having kids who want to help do this task saves me hours and students, who’s hands are covered in the gooey goodness of paper mache, much frustration!**

Once the color paper is on and dry the kids paint patterns on and add little doodads.  The results are great! Take a look! 




4th grade art, paper mache



4th grade art, paper mache





4th grade art, paper mache



4th grade art, paper mache


4th grade art, paper mache

4th grade art, paper mache


Enjoy your Artsy Fartsy Day!
~Bag Lady Rebecca