Thursday, June 28, 2012

Great Artist Copy Cats

Just finished up another week of art camp! This week was the "Copy Cat" Painting Workshop, where some of my older and more advanced students copied paintings from some of history's most famous and influential artists. I'll be posting more detail and pictures from these classes, one artist at a time, in the up- coming weeks.

It turned out to be a very artistically challenging week as students really focused on painting what you see, instead of painting what you "think" you see, or just what you "want" to paint. We encouraged students to pay attention to details like lines, shapes, value, brush work, composition and negative and positive space. We also learned some interesting facts about each artist. They did an outstanding job on all their paintings!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Crazy Hair Portrait Paintings

This painting idea of Crazy Hair Portraits was inspired by a lesson I first saw on Pinterest, but it came from Mrs. Brown's Art Class website. I adapted the ideas for paints, and to teach the concepts I wanted to emphasize for a younger age group. 

We learned about lines; how many different types of lines there are, how they can show texture, motion, mood, etc.

We learned the terms "portrait" and "abstract".

We learned about the color wheel - primary and secondary colors.

We learned about patterns with lines and with color.

We learned about cool and warm colors.

There are a ton of great teaching possibilities with this lesson.

These were done by students between the ages of 7 and 10.

We used acrylic paint on a 16 x 20 stretched canvas.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Girlz Just Wanna Have Fun Painting Camp

Great girlz week of art camp!
We did hair...

Iced cupcakes...

Peaced out with a polka dot party...

And designed our own dresses.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Be A Painter Workshop

Just wrapped up week two of summer camps with a four day "Be A Painter" workshop.
We learned about mixed media and painting with acrylics.

We practiced drawing skills by looking at shapes and lines.

We learned about horizon lines and symmetry.

We learned about perspective and warm and cool colors.

Look for details on each project in the weeks to come!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Every Summer Has A Story

I love mixed media!

A little collage can add so much to a painting and give it a fun whimsical element.

Students simply cut out letters and used Mod Podge to apply them to their paintings.

Now all you need is a beach house to hang this masterpiece in!

Happy Summer Vacation!

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Painting Mermaids

These are done with acrylic paints...

20 x 16 stretch canvas...

Sketched in mermaid design with watered down paint...

Focused on brush strokes using lots of cool colors...

Added our "bling"...

Love the colors in these! My students suggested the wild hair colors!

These were painted by 2nd - 5th grade students.

They painted them in a two hour workshop.

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