2020 UPDATE.(Scroll down further in the post to see the art lesson ideas.) Since posting this lesson, I took a history of photography course. I feel a few changes and addendums are needed. It's still a great lesson - but there's more to it than an activity and some peripheral artists. There's science here! The … Continue reading Sun Made Copies of Awesomeness (again)
I am not a very original person. Most of the projects I do are crafted from lessons I photocopied at my first school and have made alterations on. Some I make out of samples of crafts that I could never think of myself. Finally, I love to pull ideas off Pinterest. There are so many … Continue reading Art Teacher Blogs. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! (Winslow Homer)
It's October - which means Dia de Los Muertos is right around the corner! I imagine all other parent art volunteers are thinking of what Halloween or fall project to do while I sit here wondering if it's not too soon to start decorating the halls with sparkly Calaveras. Both would be beautiful of course … Continue reading Dia de Los Muertos!!
The Project: POUR PAINTING Each student was given a wooden structure and cups of paint in a rainbow of colors to choose from. After learning about Holton Rower and watching a video of the artist and his assistants in the studio, the children were instructed to think about color patterns and combinations – and how they … Continue reading Pour Painting
The best part of this lesson was watching the kids. Ani Hoover is a new favorite of mine. http://www.flandersartgallery.com/artistprofile/ani-hoover I talked to the kids about modern artists. They're alive! And.... They don't always use brushes and paper. Ani Hoover uses spray paint, PVC pipes, templates and makes her own "paper". Finally, I found a use … Continue reading The most fun. Ever!
How to Present a New Art Lesson It can be scary as an Art Docent when you are considering a new project for your class. What worked for your second grade student may not be easily adapted to the fifth, but you're going to try. If you're modifying or making one from scratch; new lessons … Continue reading That cool thing you saw on Pinterest that you want to try with the kids……
I thought this PBS artice was super inspiring. Creativity is the freest form of self-expression. There is nothing more satisfying and fullfilling for children than to be able to express themselves openly and without judgment. The ability to be creative, to create something from personal feelings and experiences, can reflect and nurture children's emotional health. … Continue reading Fostering Creativity
Mehndi, the art of henna painting on the body, has been practiced in parts of India, Africa and the Middle East for centuries. Henna is a dye procured from a tree: Lawsonia inermis, whose leaves when dried and mixed with boiling water stain the skin with mahogany color. Dried henna plant leaves are made into … Continue reading Mehndi – Henna Tattoo
A fantastic Lesson from Pepperpaints Painting Like Dale Chihuly Chihuly is well know for his glass works but his paintings and his painting style is also impressive. Click the picture below to see a few google images of his paintings To mimic Chihuly’s style of painting we layered paint on to canvas through several steps. … Continue reading Painting like Dale Chihuly
Let gravity do the work - Pendulum painting I remember playing with those plastic disks with the pencil holes in them. How precise and careful you had to be to exert the perfect amount of pressure to keep the cogs of the spirograph from skipping. Spirograph, drip, pendulum, pour... I've been trying to tie this type … Continue reading Don’t cry over spilled paint