Thursday, September 8, 2016


Today we made collographs, a print made from gluing three dimensional objects to a base. We created cardboard printing plates. The students cut out their own designs, glued them on a cardboard base, and used paint to create a print.

The younger students used adhesive foams shapes instead, as cutting cardboard can be a little difficult.

This is a great art project to do at home when the recycling gets full or you have too many leftover Amazon boxes from buying all of those books you just had to have for homeschool this year! If you'd like to see how a professional artist creates a collograph, check out this website.

The students also got some time to work in the sketchbooks they decorated last week. Today's sketchbook challenge was to invent their own animal.
While shirts seemed to stay a little cleaner today, please remember to send your child in play clothes. Art can be messy business!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Welcome to Art!

Welcome to another year of Thursday art class! Today the students jumped right into our first unit, printmaking, by decorating the covers of their sketchbooks with found stamps. If you'd like to learn a little more about printmaking, you can watch this short YouTube video. These classic printmaking methods, while wonderful, are not practical for the art class. We will be exploring some simpler (and less dangerous) methods over the next four weeks.

If you are looking for suggestions of art supplies and books for the home, check out the link to my Pinterest board on the right. I have not listed art histories or biographies, as there are too many fantastic ones to list, but I will link some here from time to time as they relate to the subject we are currently studying.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Tissue and Castles

The students finished their castles on Thursday using tissue paper to create a watercolor like effect. After outlining their castles with Sharpie markers, they wet their papers and applied squares of colored tissue paper.

The dye transferred from the tissue to the paper, creating masterpieces such as these:

and so many more that you will be able to admire at the Vista Oaks art show! Mark your calendars now for Thursday, March 10. More details as we get closer to the date!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Cats and Castles

The students finished their Klee inspired cats today, adding background color and finishing touches. There were lots of messy hands again today!

We looked at Klee's Castle and Sun painting, especially his color pallet and use of strong geometric shapes, and then the students designed their own castles.

Next week the students will be using a surprise process to add color to their drawings. Stay tuned for the final results!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

A Quirky Cat

Welcome back! With the new year we started a new unit, this time focusing on one artist, Paul Klee. All of the classes (even the big kids!) saw this cartoon about Klee featuring his cat painting. Afterwards, I lead a guided drawing of the cat and we discussed the concept of balance in art and the shapes used to make the cat.

We even had an alien cat sneak in during class.

The real fun began, however, when the chalk pastels were added. Yes, this is an example of why play clothes are necessary for art class!


Next week we will finish our cats and then will be moving on to humans and paint. Don't forget those play clothes!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Greek Masks- Finished!

Yes, we have reached the finish line! Today the students put their finishing touches on their Greek theatre inspired masks. A few peeks:

There was a lot of gluing and braiding going on today.

Just a few of the marvelous masks produced by the students!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Art Journal Challenge #5

Today's challenge involves paint, which is always fun! I used watercolors, but tempera, acrylic, or even liquid inks will work. You can make your own watercolors from water and a few drops of food coloring, or try your hand at making natural paints like these.

Okay, let's get started! First, drop a few colors of paint onto a page in your sketchbook or on a piece of paper. Close your sketchbook or fold the paper.

I added a few more drops of paint on top to fill in some blank areas.

Now take a look at your blotches. What do they remind you of? Can you see people or animals? What about trees or flowers? Fill in what you see by drawing in details with a pen or colored pencils.

The blotches reminded me of birds, so I used a combination of both ink and colored pencils to bring them to life. You can add a favorite quote or your feelings about what you saw in the paint spots to your page.

Here are a few quotes for inspiration:
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.

If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.