Showing posts with label art project. Show all posts
Showing posts with label art project. Show all posts

Sunday, February 7, 2016

African Art Project (Continent Study Activity): Papier-Mache Calabash

As part of our geography studies, I like to include some art projects that reflect those typically made in the countries found on that continent.  Since we began our study on Africa, we have been a bit behind in actually creating any.  Well, it was the holidays when we started, so that is my lame excuse.

Fear not-I have one to show you (pretty easy and fun too) and we will do a couple more before we complete this continent.

I checked the library and found The Kid's Multicultural Art Book by Alexandra Terizian.  Looking through, I thought the Papier-Mache Calabash bowl [page 102-105] would be a great activity for my son.  I had all the supplies too-which saved a run to the craft store.

Basically, you use papier-mache to layer newspaper over a bowl and then let it dry for each layer. After you have an amount that is thick, but not too thick-you will have the child paint a base color (two coats) to seal it.  After that, they can decorate it using typical geometric designs many African artists use.

I guess my son was feeling pretty patriotic, 
because his colors reflect our flag. 

Here are a few helpful tips:

**Cover your work area!  The papier-mache paste is messy!!
**Choose a medium sized bowl otherwise I think it will be too big for most.
**Let the puppy really dry before trying to pry it off the bowl (I suggest a plastic bowl as the base, so it will give a bit for ya) because it will be a nightmare to take off if it is still damp.
**Expect shrinkage (and no this is not a Seinfeld episode) as ours was very round after taking it off the bowl. Then I guess with the heat on-it shrunk. After a couple of days it warped to an elliptical-shaped Calabash.  We just laughed a bit then accepted it's new look.
**Have a few different widths for the paintbrushes to give the artist options.

And there you go.  Easy peasy-just a bit of time needed between drying and removing it from the base bowl.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Nature/Art Idea: Crayon Rubbing build right into the table

So this is part II of the really neat art ideas I saw at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, WI.  This little ditty was a part of the children's area.  I have seen my share of crayon rubbing ideas-but this one takes the prize for being totally awesome.

They made a rough (but smooth-sanded) looking table for kids to sit around, then some crafty person(s) etched in all sorts of nature related items.  Like a leaf and a dandelion.  So cute and convenient.  The kids simply grab a piece of paper and sit down where they want to create a picture. There was also chair rail/thin book shelves around the corner for the kids to leave their art work for display.

For a home/daycare/school application-I should think this could be done on wood boards if etching a table isn't your thing.  This would be great for a Nature Center idea too.  I have been to many and have never seen this.

The best way I can figure out as to how they did this was to first create/build the table (they told me it was made in house-so I guess that is what she meant), then they obviously sanded and smoothed it before they etched in designs (thinking maybe with a wood burning tool) that was either free hand or traced.  Then it looked to be coated with clear a clear coat of stain-or two.

I had to share-this was just too good not to.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Tiger Eyes Art Project for Geography

So as we move through our world geography, I try to find some fun art projects relating to the countries within the continent we are studying.  Currently we are on Asia.  We have made a wind sock and Origami animals so far.  I wanted something fun and different but wasn't sure what we would do next-until somehow, someway I came across this from the Crafty Classroom.  It's a really cool activity.

Tiger Eyes (India) 

I chose to do a Bengal Tiger and 
my son chose to make a White Tiger

Love this Two-Part Tutorial. I did notice the pics seemed a bit out of order when filling in the eyes, so read through it first.  We ended up adding the other colors prior to the black lines, then went back through it to adjust the look. This is an oil pastel project so you will need those and a nice pastel paper to complete it.  I only have a black construction paper backing on them right now because my card stock was not long enough.  


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Artist Study: Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh

An intense man with close cropped hair and red beard gazes to the left.
image from Wikipedia

The coffee table book showcased a lot of different pictures
 you won't usually see in the children's editions.
BUT please preview-I saw a few nudes
in the ones I checked out from the library.

Book Ideas:

What Makes A Van Gogh A Van Go
Famous Artists: Van Gogh
Art Masters: Van Gogh
Vincent Van Gogh and the Colors of the Wind
Great Artists: Vincent van Gogh
Van Gogh and the Post-Impressionists for Kids
The Great Artists and their World: Van Gogh

Art Sticker Book (this is great for many periods and artists)

Picture Study Resources:

 Calendar purchased at book store

Art Calendar
Taking the calendar apart provided 12 great pictures for him to choose from.  
He now has 6 large pictures to study, which I laid out on the desk in front of his.
That way he is always looking at them.  Each week he will study one, 
then give me a narration of what it is on Friday. 

Dover art cards

Notebooking Pages:

 images for page or to study

Art Project Helps:
Art Projects - Boxed Set
image from See the Light website 

I was fortunate enough to have won the Art Projects Boxed Set from See The Light.  This awesome set contains DVDs that focus on 9 artists/styles. Sadly, I haven't had the chance to dig into these until now.  I pulled out the Van Gogh to start. I figured since my eldest daughter had given me a Van Gogh calendar last year (and we no longer needed it) the time was right to begin. [My pic is to the right. Frankly, I didn't like the oil pastels much.  Not exactly pleased with the results].

The required supplies include oil pastels (24 count) but I only had a 12 pack laying about and I didn't have to correct sized paper either.  No problem.  I made a list of items to pick up, but in the meantime, I had my son practice using these .  That way, when he started working on the actual project, he would be a bit more experience with them.

I had him draw two plastic pears first then I busied myself making lunch. When he came into the kitchen he had another paper done of a seascape.  I was impressed. When I told him to put it on the fridge, he was saying, "Look mom!"  His grandma had recently given us a Noah's Ark magnet. He strategically placed it on the ocean part of his picture which looks like it was meant to be there all along.

Finished Art Project:


Main recommended supplies for this art lesson.
I set up our own sunflowers in a vase to help my student
get an up close visual for the project.
Plus, I can use them to decorate my home later :)

My son's sunflowers drawing.
 Enthusiasm for the lesson (esp. the oil pastels)
was not there for him,  but he is not our artsy kid
so I wasn't too surprised.
Also-many of the colors/layering in this lesson are
hard to decipher due to his color blindness.
But the overall piece is quite lovely.

Additional Helps:

Pinterest has lots of ideas/links

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Salt Dough Projects that really burned an impression on us

Considering God’s Creation Workbook Only
Working thru the Considering God's Creation-unit 4, we came upon this activity for the Sedimentary/Metamorphic rock lesson.  I have not done salt dough projects in a long time-so after making the dough-I had to research to see how long we needed to bake these babies [this info was sadly missing from the guide].  Well, after a small fire (a hot pad fell down outta my pile I had used to pull the parchment paper/dough off the cookie sheet to cook the underside. I didn't see it when I closed the door-luckily the hubby spotted a small flame rising from the bottom of the oven) and then forgetting about it b/cuz it takes oh, 4-5 ish hours on about 212 degrees to bake it right [yes, it is easy to forget,  and then hubby jacked up the oven to get ready for dinner]-we ended up with a decent (albeit slightly toasted looking) project.  [sheesh!]  Let's just say this is one project we won't soon forget! is a great way to illustrate the idea of what happens with sedimentary rocks and fossils.

We did shell impressions, Bud's hand print (sentimental value) and used a big plastic dino to make tracks and then used a rubbery dino to make a skeleton impression.

In case you want to try this yourself, you will need

1 cup of salt
1 cup of flour
and water to make it pliable
a cookie sheet and parchment paper if you don't want it sticking to the pan
items to make impressions

spread out to use, bake at 212-220 degrees for 4-5 hours until baked thru. Flip at least once 1/2 way thru to bake underside. I pulled the parchment paper with the goodies on it off the cookie sheet after it had baked for about 2-3 hours-it is safe to sit on the rack. Note to self: check for dropped hot pads. Cool-use for demos.  :)

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Water Color Project instructions

I just copied/pasted my pal's instructions.  I am hoping I put the right pictures with the steps, to help you see what it should do-but folks, I am kinda guessing, so please forgive me on that. :0)

Just go for whatever happens -happens here-esp. if it is your first attempt.  I actually cut down to size, some left over white board (from Home Depot-the stuff I used for our white board in the classroom) but anything that is slightly larger than the paper size, and is hard enough to not absorb water, will do.  We used painters tape to seal around the edges.  About 1/2 inch or so around the edges-keep it tight or it will bleed, losing that nice edging.  The rest of course, will stick to the board.  Try not to move the boards if possible. Otherwise, wait until they are dry before doing so.  Otherwise, paints will run, plastic wrap will pop off and so forth.  

1. There are 3 main kinds of watercolor paper -- rough, cold press and hot press (smooth) -- we used rough.  As for the paper-it is expensive-we just purchased out right from Michaels and tore them into 6 pieces each.  If you only have a few students-obviously, you can have larger papers.
Arches brand is the best and you can get books (called blocks-so you won't need a board then) .. like this... -- it is glued down on all 4 sides so you have a flat surface that doesn't move until you cut it off the block.  
2.  Using painters tape, tape paper down to a solid surface (example white erase board) not cardboard.
3. Have plenty of water, watercolors (cheap Crayola works fine) and a "good" paint brush that holds water (not one that comes with the Crayola paints), and a rag or paper towel

4. You will need some leaves-real or fake to use on the day they trace. Variety is good!

5. You will also need a pencil, saran wrap, reg. table salt, a couple Q-Tips and Rubbing Alcohol. Oh and an old toothbrush if doing the spatter technique.

Steps to paint the picture:

1. Paint the whole blank paper with water, with a big brush drip yellow and blue and red (primary colors) onto the paper.  This is called WET ON WET painting.  The colors will blend on their own, if there is enough water and fill the page.  Let dry with out working on it.

 Here you can see the various early stages....

2. Trace leaves "artfully" across your dry painting.  We used artificial ones of various sizes and shapes.
 You can see the red, yellow, blue bleeding in the background, 
the sketching of the leaves there and the saran wrap. 
Actually the purple leaf has the rubbing alcohol affect on it too.

3. Pick a leaf outline and paint it with water then with paint, again this is WET ON WET painting.  You can try part of the leaf yellow and part red = if there is enough water and paint the colors will blend and make orange.  Do other leaves that DO NOT touch.  You can also try WET ON DRY -- leave the leaf outline dry and paint on it with just wet paints.  These will not blend, they will stay the exact colors you pick.  Let dry.

 Saran Wrap look.

4. Now that everything is dry again... pick another leaf and do WET ON WET again -- take a small piece of plastic wrap (Sranwrap) and place it on the leaf while still wet.  Do not crinkle it up too much but it should have lines and over laps on it.  Do not push down on it either, it will push the paint and water out of the leaf outline.  Let it dry with the wrap on it.  When it is dry you can peel off the wrap and it will look like a crinkled leaf.

 Red leaf has the Rubbing Alcohol technique, the light blue and purple ones
also appear to have the Saran Wrap look.

5.   Pick another leaf that has everything around it dry and do another WET ON WET (use fun fall colors like green, yellow, orange, red, brown) and then use a Q-tip and rubbing alcohol.  Dip the Q-tip in the alcohol and dot the leaf.  Let it dry.  It will look like a bug was eating the leaf or cool mold was taking over.
Notice the spattered look this student got from using the toothbrush. Very nice.

6.  After all leaves are painted there are a couple of other techniques that you can play with.  You can use a toothbrush and splatter wet paint on dry paper.  You can add a new layer of paint to an already painted leaf that you think needs more color.  Try not to over work your picture, watercolor should flow like water.

 This one shows the salting results quite nicely.  
Be sure there is plenty enough water on it to absorb the salt-
not enough, the salt will just stick.

7.  When all leaves are done the negative space needs a wonderful dark wash.  We used a beautiful dark blue with some people adding a touch of purple or green (depending on if they had lots of purple leaves -- they added green, or green leaves -- they added purple).  Remember to use lots of water and it should be WET ON WET again to get it to flow and blend.  While it is still wet take a pinch or 3 or 4 and scatter it over the "water" let it dry with the salt on it.  The salt will move the paint and water out of the way in a fun star-like way.

 Nice mix of the techniques on this beauty.

8.  Once you are all done and it is dry, take off the tape and look at your painting.  Notice how the different layers (or washes) show through.  That first step of yellow, red and blue can be seen in interesting places, like where the salt moved the water.  Or where a leaf has a sunny hue under it but is painted green too.  Figure out which side is up and make sure you sign and date your work. 
 This is a very young 4 yr olds. So even the little guys can make a keepsake!

Be proud of your hard work and patience.  It is amazing how everyone can use the same instructions and they all look so individual and unique!  Remember to not worry about "mistakes" after it is all done and you look at the whole picture it looks like you wanted it to do that and it wasn't a mistake after all!

 Another 4 yr old's-quite impressive~

Here is a good website to see some more watercolor techniques...

 Darker background choice on this one-bleeding, salt 
and Rubbing Alcohol show up nicely on this one.

Good leaf color changes, outlines and leaf variance 
(and my boy is color blind so he cannot even appreciate 
some of these dark colors, esp. the deep purple 
and grays-but still not too shabby!)

There you have it-our co-op kids' works of art! I will post the stray student's pic once I get it-she was absent that last day.

 Be sure to frame your beautiful pieces of art too!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Easter Craft-mini bunnies

Now, Easter is my fav. holiday/biblical celebration, and we know full well that it isn't about bunnies and chocolates and plastic eggs.  But it is fun to create a few crafts that scream "spring" and this is one of them.  If you don't like to mix bunnies with your Easter celebration, this would still be a fun craft for spring or when you study bunnies/animals and what not.

You will need to do the following to make your bunnies:

*1/2 and 1/2  or small milk containers-one per child (rinse and rinse and then do a final rinse with a touch of bleach in the water to kill any milk and smell that may remain-let dry completely)

*stapler (staple close the opening you pour the milk from. I waited until I cut the ears/sides out to make it easier to get that area cut out-but you can do this first if you wish)

*Sharpie pen to mark out the ears and sides to cut along (I did this and even cut it out-saves time and it is not that important for the kids to do). They should take up the better part of the top, you can trim it down a bit so the ears don't touch (b/cuz the cotton fuzz will)-stop at the fold near the pouring area.

*scissors and a sharp pointed cutter to start the ears.  I cut the ears out first, then did the side trim.

*hole puncher-make a hole in the middle of the top rim of the container.  This is where you will pull the whiskers thru.  I actually had the kids put the pipe cleaners thru before gluing.  I had 2 pipe cleaners per bunny, but it is up to you. You can use pipe cleaner or yarn or whatever you have that looks like whiskers.

Yes, have the kids wear old clothes: glue, fuzzies and reg. boys gone crazy junk 
will get all over their shirts.  

*Pink paper for the middle of the ears. Cut out smaller than ear size but it doesn't need to be perfect, the cotton will cover a lot of it.  Glue on the ears in the middle of them.

*glue, a container for it and paint brushes. It is simply easier to "paint" the glue on the box than squeeze it on.

*Cotton balls.  I had a bag of 100 and I have plenty left (we did 2) so hopefully, that will help you judge the amt you need [1/3 bag or so was left over].  Have the child glue the sides, add cotton balls and keep going until the outside of the bunny is filled in nicely.  We tore the balls into smaller pieces for the ears (front) and to fill in spaces.  I suggest packing them in good on the facial area, esp. around the pipe cleaners. Pack them in tight to hold those in place and puff up the face as they wish with layers.  Glue a big puff on the rump for the tail.  We glued/cotton balled the back of the ears down a bit and my ds also did one row on the insides.  You will stuff the center with Easter grass, so you don't need to be too worried if it is plain on the insides.

*add googly eyes, and a pom-pom nose (or you could use a button, paper, etc.) and your bunny is ready to go.  Let it dry good though, before adding grass and placing on your table.  Stuff with grass and add some eggs/goodies to finish it off.

Hippity Hoppity Easter is on its way.