Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Sparkly Trees- Adapted for Classroom Use

As previously posted here, I spent a wonderful evening making a beautiful acrylic on canvas painting with my niece. I then adapted it for classroom use, using tempera on paper. I believe they turned out just as beautiful!

First, mix several shades and tints of warm colored tempera. I love using frosting cups because they can be lidded and stacked for storage.

On a 9" X 12" piece of heavy white paper or card stock, have the children begin adding stripes and swirls in a horizontal fashion. I told them it was like the wind blowing back and forth.

In this photo, you can see how we handled the sharing of the paint. I would set a cup with brushes in it on the table and give them a minute or two to paint. Then, I would move the cups, rotating the colors around the room. This way, the brushes don't have to be washed after every use and you don't have to mix up more than one cup of each color. Also, the paint moves rather than the student, so there are no accidents with wet brushes or papers.

If they had filled their paper before all of the colors had rotated to them, they added some small dots or swirls on top of their stripes.

Some beauties on the drying rack.

During the next class, we practiced painting trees on white paper before going on to their swirly backgrounds. This gave them confidence in their painting skills.

Here, you can see the practice paintings on the table.

Step By Step Instructions for the Trees:

1. Paint a trunk going off the bottom of the paper. It should look like a rough rectangle.

2. Split the top of the tree so that it looks like a letter Y.

Make sure that the two branches meet in the middle and are as thick as the trunk on each side.

3. Split the tops of each of these branches in half by making a V at the top.

4. At this point, we switched to thinner brushes to finish our trees.

Each of those branches are now split in half.

Remind students that branches get longer and skinnier the higher up on the tree they are.

5. To finish the tree, add a swirl to each of the ends of the branches.

Also, have students look at the tree and add swirly branches to any bare spots on the tree.

During the third class, we added sparkly gems to the skies.

You could use sequins as a less expensive option.

Another option is to have the students make roots and add a horizon line. These were painted before I decided to try the other way. I am not sure which I like better.

And THIS is a MR. WRONG. This is what happens when you have a substitute and aren't specific enough. I said to have them glue jewels in the sky, but I should have also said to make sure they kept them off the tree. Ha! I even had one student add a smiley face with gems. *sigh* Oh, well. At least they are being creative and expressing themselves, right?

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Scenes From The Art Room

Sharing some photos I snapped in my room this past week. Enjoy!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Girls' Night- Makin' Art!

Tonight, I had a fun evening with my neice, Madi. I was asked to babysit and she told her dad, my brother, that we were going to make some really cool stuff, so the pressure was on to find some projects she would enjoy.

We made two seperate projects; Sparkly Fall Trees & Printed Pumpkin Note Cards.

To make the Sparkly Fall Trees, we began coating the background and then using warm colored acrylics to add a swirling sky to our 11" X 14" cavases (found at Big Lots for $5.)

Then, we used the back end of the brush dipped in the paint to add some dots to the swirls.

We practiced painting our trees on newspaper before doing the following steps.

Next, we used black paint to add a fall tree, starting with the trunk, as shown below.

The trunk is broken in half, like a Y and then the ends of those branches are broken in half.

This is an easy way to show young artists how to paint a tree.

The branches keep getting separated in to V shapes and get longer and thinner as they get higher. We changed to smaller brushes at this point.

Keep going until you get near the top of the canvas. Add branches to fill in the bare areas.

At this point, we swirled the ends of our branches. This is optional, of course.

Madi was fearless in adding her branches. I love it!

To add the sparkle, we added gems using tacky glue.

I placed the gems in rows.

Madi added hers more randomly. Either way, they turned out beautiful!

We added a ribbon for hanging (hot glued to the back.) Her mom loved it!

We have decided to create a whole series- one for each season.

For the Printed Pumpkin Cards, we used some foam from an egg carton.

Using a pen, we drew a pumpkin in to the styrofoam.

I didn't have any printing ink or brayers, so a foam brush and acrylics did the job.

Lay the paper on top, rub, and pull your print.

We made several prints, all unique in color.

While the prints dried, we made the cards. I folded cardstock to make the cards and Madi painted a strip of grass accross the bottom of each one.

An overview of our process. You can see the painted tree sketch on newspaper here also.

I showed Madi how to add sparkling stars in the sky. Simply use a rubber stamp and an ink pad to stamp the star and then quickly shake on some glitter diamond dust. Shake off the excess and the glitter remains where the wet ink was. I think this was Madi's favorite step!

A view of the starry sky.

I spray glued the pumpkins (which we cut out) and Madi added them to the card fronts.

She added details, such as stems and vines using gel pen and then dipped her finger in paint to make the leaf. She also signed each card on the back.

A whole croop of pumkins... and a kid's shoe!

The proud artist with her cards.

All tied up and ready to give. One stack for mom and one for Madi.

Like the toy box Madi is leaning on? It is made by my friend over at Mod Mom Furniture.

It is named the Owyn and it is GORGEOUS!

And, a shout out to Artsy T for the wonderful inspiration for our paintings.

I can't wait until our next girls' night, Madi!