Saturday, November 17, 2012

A Lesson in Realism

This lesson was taught a few weeks ago and I thought it might be too advanced for my younger students, but all in all, they did a fantastic job.  At a glance, it looks like a hand, wow, how exciting, but there is alot involved with the lesson once we peeled the layers.

The students were taught the concept of Realism, and we used their hand as our sample.  We also taught them about patterns, movement, and shading.  It was pretty intense when we started on our ribbon that wrapped around their finger.  Although it is a simple line, its how you shade it in that makes it look real. 

I wish I had more pictures, but again, its so hectic after class that I forget to grab the camera.

Here are a few results:

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Oil Pastel Cats

This was a really fun lesson with the kids.  All their personalities came out on their artwork.  Some kids had vibrant colors. Others had great patterns and fun backgrounds.  It was a lesson to introduce them to abstract art as well as to teach them about oil pastels.  Here are some results.

Chalk Pastel Pumpkins

October was a busy month, then again, it seems like every month is busy! I am just getting around to posting the chalk pastel pumpkin lesson.  I have so many more pictures of these to post, but here are a few to get your started.  The kids did a great job learning how to blend and use the chalk to create shadows and shading. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The New Session Has Begun

Wow, time really does fly!  I cant believe its been almost a month since my last post.  We had a break inbetween sessions and life just got busy, as it always seem to do.

I love this time of year.  I like to teach projects that coincide with the seasons, holidays and this festive time of year.  We started the session off painting frightening Frankensteins on wood blocks. 

This weeks lesson we will be doing a chalk pastel pumpkin lesson on matte board.  Lots of pictures to come, and lots of lessons planned for the coming weeks. 

Don't forget, if you want to enroll your child in Session 5 (which starts in December), and are NEW to our studio, you must register in November.  Due to a high demand, there are very limited spots available. 

Thanks for allowing me to do what I love! 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Oldie but Goodie - Falling Back Lesson

This is a lesson that has been used by many art teachers.  Its a great lesson where it teaches the children a little bit about perspective and also allows them to be really imaginitive and create fun and crazy self-portraits. 

I demonstrated to the kids how things that are close up appear large and things that are far away from us, appear small.  Using that rule, we went to work on our drawings and created these fun "falling back" people.  They could be self portraits or just a random person.  I had some kids make theirs look funky, athletic, sassy and one little girl even made hers pink. 

They had alot of fun doing this, they got to spread out and draw on the floor and escape for this one hour of class, thats what its all about.

Now, the results:

Monday, August 20, 2012

Pop Art

Last weeks lesson we focused on a particular type of art called Pop Art.  The students learned a brief introduction to the world of pop art and were asked to choose between a gumball machine or lemon.  Some students, chose neither, and decided on other fruits and even flowers.  As long as they followed the pop art criteria, I gave them the creative freedom to choose.

We used black sharpie to trace our design then painted it in with acrylic paints.  Here are some of the results: