Saturday, September 26, 2009
Outline pressed leaves (or larger silk leaves) so the leaf shape overlaps some part of each section of the quadrant lines. We outlined the leaf and quadrant lines with crayons. This allowed the students to concentrate on making the color washes flow without worrying about them bleeding together. Each student chose two colors to use, and then chose the crayon color accordingly. Be sure they press firmly on the crayon for good contrast.
Be sure to use watercolor paper if possible, and Prang Paints. When I teach early grades, I usually avoid making a sample project, since they tend to just copy what I did, or feel that their product is not "as good as yours." I remind them that I have had many years to practice drawing, painting, cutting, etc, and since the believe I am SO old, they "get" that.
We practiced mixing colors on the paint tray, and making primary colors richer by adding bits of other colors to them. A bit of orange or red in a yellow mix makes the yellow much richer, etc. We also worked at using light, watery washes instead of heavy, pigmented, thick paint. They turned out quite well. (Below, student work.)
Friday, September 25, 2009
Last week we looked at landscapes from another perspective. We looked at the work of Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser and copied one of his works with a close up of a tree trunk. Hundertwasser was fascinated with spirals. He hated straight lines and called them "godless and immoral." His colors and shapes were related to nature. He designed buildings, coins, postage stamps, flags and clothing. He had unusal ideas about housing and art. We used his work to help us think about drawing and coloring things in a different way, realistic, but surreal. I found the base for this project on artprojectsforkids.org. The second picture is the artpiece we worked from.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Painted pumpkins in a new way! I saw this idea on the front of the Sept./Oct. issue of Midwest Living Magazine. They had two large pumpkins in a wheelbarrow full of fall gourds, etc. The pumpkins said "Welcome Friends"-one word on each pumpkin. I made Mother-in-law a set of these for her front porch. Today I made this one I plan to take to church.
I looked up tips for painting pumpkins online, and learned several helpful things. Acrylic paint works well, or black marker would too.Some sites mentioned wiping down the pumpkin before painting with Clorox wipes or Clorox rag to kill bacteria and dirt that may make your pumpkin rot more quickly. While washing, do not get the stem end soaked or it will rot. Be sure the pumpkin is dry before painting.
I used a black kids marker to lay out the lettering on this one, and found that a thin paint brush worked better for more attractive and easier lettering. I painted right over the marker. All of the paint or marker will wash off if you make a mistake. (See above pictures.) Wipe carefully and fully, then dry before proceeding to fix the mistake. I did not test if you could wipe off Sharpie marker mistakes.
If your pumpkin will be outside, spray the letters with acrylic sealer to keep them from washing away. Find clear sealer wherever spray paint is sold.