Archive for the ‘Art School’ Category
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.
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Friday, December 20th, 2013
Snow, the exciting, magical, fluffy component to winter’s cold temperatures. I hear from those who live where snow is expected each winter that the first snow of the season is the best. A blanket of white. And I must admit, when we travel in wintertime for our annual ski and snowboard trip, it doesn’t get much better than when it snows during our vacation. Today we are going to learn a bit about snowflakes and then create our own.
Snow falls from the clouds in the form of flakes that are crystalline water ice, which means little ice parts. Ice parts? Well why doesn’t snow hurt when it falls on us? Well, the structure of snow is open and fluffy so it doesn’t hurt like hail which is hard because it’s melted and refrozen. Would you like to know the largest snowflake ever recorded? It was in Montana back in 1887 and the snowflake measured 15 inches wide! Let’s take a look at some gorgeous photographs of real snowflakes. And let’s take note of the number of “arms” you see. (more…)
Tuesday, December 10th, 2013
Winter is here! Even in sunny California we have had to pull out our scarves and jackets, it’s been a little chilly! So I thought we should start off our December lessons with a winter tree scene. We learned in the Fall of the Leaf lesson that trees’ leaves start to turn and fall off the branches in autumn, but for winter you’ll notice some barren trees with no leaves at all. So it’s only fitting we create some barren trees for our wintry scene.
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Tuesday, November 26th, 2013
November is usually filled with family and trips, stories and reminiscing. When this lesson is posted I’ll too be spending time with my family, enjoying days off from work and school, hiking, sleeping in, holding my niece and chasing after my nephew. I tried to create a fun art project that allows children and families to delve into each other’s names, together. To create a Family Name Tree you’ll need (more…)