Archive for the ‘Art School’ Category
Tuesday, April 15th, 2014
Mexican Folk Art is one of my favorite types of art because each piece is so unique and different. No two are the same! It can be made from many materials and used for decorative or functional purposes. Some items you might see are wall hangings, metalworking, leather, weaving, pottery, toys, and lots more. Artists who specialize in this type of craft did not learn it in school, but rather have learned through apprenticeship. This is when a younger generation works alongside someone older who has worked in the field for many years and can pass down their methods and skills to the next artist.
Take a look at this gorgeous example of Mexican Folk Art in pottery. (more…)
Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
Over the course of our Art School series, we’ve explored many different forms of art—from sculptures to wearable art, still life to masks, and collages to mosaics. Today we are going to add to this list by exploring an art form that people of all ages enjoy and has been around for many generations, and that is knitting. (more…)
Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
Face painting is a favorite activity for most kids and gets them excited no matter their age. But today we are going to do a little twist on the typical face paint by turning it into an art lesson, a social studies lesson and an exercise in fine motor skills. And for a bonus, your child will be doing the painting. Yes, you heard me right.
For this lesson your child will need: (more…)
Wednesday, March 5th, 2014
In art you will often find geometric shapes and organic shapes. What’s the difference?
Geometric shapes are things like circles, rectangles, triangles, etc. They have edges that are clear and we can often refer to them as ‘rigid’ (except in the circle).
Organic shapes are more curved and non-rigid. Their shape seems to flow and can be created with just your hand; no tools, like a ruler, necessary. They’re usually asymmetrical and can be found in the natural world. You can see them in fruits, plants, and animals. Today we are going to create some organic shapes. Shapes I like to maturely refer to as blobs. We’ll also learn a fun way to create ‘movement’ with our shapes.
You will need construction paper and oil pastels for today’s lesson. That’s it! (more…)
Tuesday, February 18th, 2014
Today we head into the kitchen to make our own all-natural dye. (more…)
Thursday, February 6th, 2014
Stained glass has been considered a work of art for a thousand years, but it’s usually found in the windows of churches or other important buildings. We learned about one stained glass artist in our Watercolor lesson here. But today we are going to move down through history to the modern works of stained glass, which can now be found in sculptures and three dimensional structures.
When researching this lesson, I came across the beautiful work of a Brooklyn based artist named Tom Fruin. Let’s take a look at this gorgeous example of modern stained glass, this sculpture is on exhibit in Europe. (more…)
Tuesday, January 21st, 2014
I love an art project that not only can work for all my kids’ ages and grades, but also utilizes things we have lying around the house, in abundance! This lesson does just that. We all love a little inspiration, eye candy if you will. And magazine images of landscapes, foods, nature, etc. can do just that for our kids too. Depending on your child’s age we will touch on different areas of focus you can emphasize throughout the project.
You’ll need to get your hands on a few magazines, paper, scissors, pencil, glue stick and either crayons or colored pencils. (more…)
Tuesday, January 7th, 2014
With each passing year, my kids become more and more aware of time and the change that it brings. This year I wanted to connect art, mainly sculpting, into our first 2014 lesson. I wanted to mark the New Year with words and meanings that my children felt were important to them.
In researching clay sculptures, I kept coming back to the clay tablets that were used long ago by scribes to write down important events of the day. Reading this, I couldn’t help think about how cool it would be for our kids to create their very own clay tablet! A clay tablet filled with things that they look forward to in 2014, with words or phrases they hold dear.
You will need: (more…)