Sunday, August 30, 2015

Sorry students, I dropped the ball.

I really fell short in my plans to post an art project every week for you here during the summer.  It's back to school time so head back over to my other blog:  Art on my Hands to see what is happening in the Art Studio.  I hope you all had a wonderfully creative summer!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Just Paint!!

Back to school sales are on...everywhere.  If you don't already have a tray of watercolors; now is the time to pick some up really inexpensively.  I had a little fun with my watercolors yesterday and I think you would enjoy this approach as well.   First I used masking take to add some sections to my sheet of paper.  Just divide it up anyway you would like.  Next I added a color background to each section.  On the orange section shown, I took a paper towel and dabbed it to create a little texture.  Finally, I just had fun painting in each section.

I let the sections and colors guide my work and tried to experiment with my brushes and the paint and just play.  So, grab that tray of watercolors, a little paper and see what you can do with a divided painting.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Texture Safari - summer style!

I'll start this post by apologizing for it being so late.  I spent this whole week trying to come up with an easy no cost or low cost project to share with you and I was stumped.  But while visiting another site with numerous post connecting Science and Art, the idea most literally popped into my head.  I'll share more from that post later but for now here is you challenge for the week.


paper - any type recycled or new
old crayons (peeled) or charcoal

Many of you have experienced our Nature Safari in class.  If you recall, we go on a safari to discover as many textures as possible around the art room.  Now I'd like you to hit the great out doors and create a safari of your own.  Where can you find some texture?  I think my backyard will be endless and I can't wait to get started.
 Can you see the possibilities?

And now, back to that really cool blog post I was telling you about. Here is the link.  I can't wait to try out that Rainbow paper!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Free Art Experience

Carla Sonheim, author of “Drawing Lab,” would like to invite you and your kids to join us for a week of creativity and fun. Carla is joined by artist-teachers Lynn Whipple and Diane Culhane and they have created six video lessons for kids of all ages. All you need are some basic art supplies and less than an hour a day!
… and, it’s FREE!
First lesson July 27th…

Click this link to learn more and to sign up for the event.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Sometimes art should just be about FUN!

I've seen several post about painting with bubbles lately and thought it just sounded fun.  Today I headed over to WalMart and picked up the cheapest bottle of bubbles I could find.  I was wishing I had some of the liquid watercolor from school or even an extra marker or two that I could soak in the bubbles to add some color.  We have a whole bin of them at school, I wish I'd planned better.  So, I did the next best thing I could think of, I bought some food coloring.  So here is how I did this,   First I found three small containers that were big enough for the bubble wand to fit in.  I used some over medication containers that I'd been saving to make stamps with.  I filled them with the bubble solution and added three drops of the food coloring to each over.  I filled one with red, one with blue, and one with yellow.  Here is where the fun began.  The color did some really cool things in the bubble solution.  The blue one looked a bit like a whirl wind.  Here is the red one.

I used the blow wand to mix the food coloring
into the bubble solution.
 Then the fun began.  I just blew bubbles.  I used one color at a time and experimented with how closely I held the wand to the paper.  I discovered that if the bubble sat on the paper and then popped it would leave a darker ring of color in the shape of the bubble.  Sometimes bubbles popped before they made it to the paper and it splashed color everywhere.  I thought the colors might mix to make new colors but I wasn't successful in doing that.  Here is the most important thing I learned: bubble paints dry at a much slower rate than watercolor.  This was a really fun art project.  I think the finished work is very interesting as well and I think all four of my papers would look terrific hanging as a group composition.  So all you need to make your own is some cheap bubble solution, paper and something to add color to the bubbles.  Make sure to create outside.  Flying bubbles can be hard to control.
A close up.  The bottom left is where the bubble sat on the paper
for a while before it finally popped.

With bubbles still sitting on the papers

The final work, waiting to dry.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Maker Camp

Here is a free on-line camp you might find fun and interesting.  Here is the link to Maker Camp.  There are videos to follow to help you be creative every day.  Drop in occasionally or make a point to check in every day.  This might be a great resource for you on a rainy day.  Either way, have fun and make some amazing things!!  Camp begins on July 6th and run through August 14th!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Six Minute Draw - A Challenge!!!!

Hey everyone!  I was sitting here thinking about what I would like to post for you for this week and doing some web surfing for some ideas when I came up with something all my own!  If we were sitting in the classroom this week, you would walk in to sharpened pencils and a 6 x 9 paper ready to draw quietly as you turned on the creative part of your brain to begin Art class.  How about if we have a six minute challenge for each day of this week?  I'll throw an idea out and you will try to meet the challenge.   You can draw on any type of paper, your sketchbook, an old envelope, a paper bag, the back of gift wrap, you name it.  Even the newspaper will work for a drawing source if you use a marker or crayon to draw with.  With that in mind, draw with whatever you might have, a pencil, a pen, a crayon or even a marker.  If you love what you have done, shoot me an email with a picture of it and I will post it here for everyone to see.  Start with your quick six minute draw and if you like where it is going, feel free to draw and develop the work further.  You might even decide to add some value or some color as well as a background, some overlap, perspective, you be your own guide.

SO HERE WE GO..........

Monday's challenge - draw something you see in the bedroom when you first wake up in the morning.

Tuesday's challenge - draw some type of animal that you see during your day.

Wednesday's challenge - Draw something that grows

Thursday's challenge - Draw a building

Friday's challenge - Draw something that you see as small but make it really BIG

I'll be drawing as well.  Let's have some fun with this.

Sunday, June 21, 2015


Hello to all my fabulous students.  Here we are on the verge of summer vacation so I've hopped back over to add a post to your summer blog site.  So many of you showed an interest in Activity TV and the cartooning with Bruce Blitz that I've done a bit of web searching and discovered some freebies on his very own blog.  Click the link to find yourself visiting the Blitz site for some fun new challenges.

Have some fun.....