Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Gallery- Blog Carnival of Art Projects for Kids Edition #2

Welcome to the October 1, 2009
edition of
"The Gallery"
Art Lessons and Projects for Kids.

Our very first issue had four wonderful contributions. This time around the baby has grown (much like my real baby) to eleven contributions!
In honor of the similarities the theme of this carnival is
"The Baby Edition".

Kris Correira presents Solubility, Capillary Action, Math, and Art posted at At Home Science.This looks like such a fun project and pretty simple too! Even those of us who are science challenged should not be afraid to attempt.

Jimmie presents Make or Draw a Giraffe posted at Jimmie's Collage.
This is a neat online project that we participated in. Giraffes can be drawings, paintings, 3D crafts, anything! A great theme for your next project and a great way for children to see their art displayed online. .

Jimmie always finds the coolest things around the web! Even if I know she hasn't posted something new, I always check her tagfoot steps to see what new goodies she has located. This was a real gem and inspired this next submission.

Julie presents Giraffe Scratch here at Miss Julie's Place. Here is an additional art lesson to accompany all the giraffe fun that Jimmie found.

Jessica presents Create Your Own Picasso Painted Collage
posted at Art Smarts 4 Kids
For those of you who aren't familiar with Jessica's blog, it is time to get so. Jessica has complied an extensive resource of art history and projects that could keep an art teacher or home school going for a long time. This particular project is very simple, but has a high impact both visually and educationally.

Angie in GA presents a trio of lessons at The One Thing: Art Lesson #6 The Art of Kandinsky and the use of Lines posted at TheOneThing.

Giotto Inspired Art Lesson posted at TheOneThing and

The One Thing: ART LESSON posted at TheOneThing.

Angie's blog was new to me, but I sure am glad to have found her. She really approaches her lessons from a Charlotte Mason philosophy and she and her boys have ended up with some pretty impressive projects.

Dana presents Henri Matisse & Icarus posted at school for us, saying, "I loved the first edition of this carnival and thought I'd share a previous post." Dana and her daughter seem to be having so much fun in their home school! Be sure to pop over there and join in. The Lego video of Daedalus and Icarus is definitely worth the trip!

Tisha Smith presents ART with Mrs. Smith: palm tree posted at ART with Mrs. Smith, saying, "This is one of my favorite lessons because we all love the fantasy of tropical sunsets and it's so fun to hear kids talk about the colors in the sky when the sun sets."
I wish I had been in Mrs. Smith's art class when I was in elementary school!

Debra presents Bb is for... posted at Ryan & Debra Snow Family. What a great project for the younger kids. Like Debra, seeing the kids work area or palette is almost as much fun as seeing their completed work!

Barb has another great site and it's not just for art either. Be sure to check it all out, but start with this fabulous project...

Barb presents Great American Artists For Kids: Tiffany Glass Project posted at Harmony Art Mom, Barb says,
Thanks for hosting this great carnival and I look forward to seeing the next edition.

Thanks to you Barb for submitting this great project and to everyone else as well!

Until our next appointment, have fun creating with all these great ideas!

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of
the gallery, the next deadline is October 27th.
using our
carnival submission form.
Past posts and future hosts can be found on our

blog carnival index page

Technorati tags:

, .

Monday, September 28, 2009

This past week we learned about Austrian artist Gustav Klimt. If you know Klimt's work, you may think that not an appropriate choice for a kids class. For the most part, I would agree, but he does have several family friendly pieces and his contribution to the art world is still significant. Not to mention he is one of my favorite artists. Though his life was not one we Christians can admire for his high morals, he had few, his work is still exceptionally beautiful. He used a lot of gold in his paintings, being the son of an engraver helped him to become an expert at the gold leaf process.
For this project you will need examples of Klimt's work. Allposters.com is a good resource. There is even a children's book called Klimt and His Cat by Berenice Capatti and illustrated by Octavia Monaco.

The narrator is the cat and Klimt's world is seen through its eyes. It is in no way a complete biography but it is a kid-friendly way to introduce this particularly controversial artist. There is some nudity in the book, so be prepared. I take no shame in my censorship and placed post it notes over questionable images. I also did not let kids view the book on their own so they could not "peek".

Materials needed:
Print or photo of Gustav Klimt's "The tree of life".

Metallic gel markers (we used Prang, purchased at WalMart)
Black or other dark toned paper (pastel paper would be good, but I used scrapbook paper)
oil pastels(brown and black)

1. Have kids decide whether their composition will be vertical or horizontal.

2. Once they decide this then they should find the middle of their page on the bottom edge. Just to the left of this have them draw a curved line with a metallic gold or silver marker that starts at the bottom edge of the page and ends in a spiral. Have them move to the right a bit and repeat this curve in the opposite direction, still ending in a spiral.

3. In the middle of these two curves they should draw a "V" shape. This will create a tree trunk.

4. Now the kids get to make their tree grow. Continue to have them add spiral branches, some growing from the first spirals moving outward and some moving upward until they have just about filled the page. Encourage kids to make some spirals larger and some smaller, some going right and some left. Hopefully they will leave some room though as there are lots more details to add.

(note)There is a lot of detail to this project, so younger kids or ones who aren't into art that much may benefit from breaking this project up into 2 or 3 shorter sessions instead of one long one.

5.Have the kids fill in the tree trunk and then thicken some of the branches on the curves only. The actual spirals probably won't need to be thickened.

6. At this point the kids should add a horizon line. Have them draw a line from the right side of the trunk to the edge of the page and repeat on the left.

7. At this point have them draw in pink and purple flowers with green stems. They may add as many or as few as they like and they should be on the ground and in the tree.

8. Next they will add green triangles, stars(any color), circles, and dots. All these shapes look better when they are done in a grouping and not just by themselves randomly scattered. The dots especially look nice if they follow along the edges of the spirals. Then have them add green and blue swirls on the ground in between the flowers. Encourage variety in sizes, making some bigger and some smaller.

9. At this point have the kids start putting black and brown rectangles on the tree trunk and thicker branches of the tree. They can also add some gold or silver rectangles here depending on whether they started with gold or silver. Again encourage variety in the rectangle pattern. Some should be vertical, some horizontal, some filled in, some empty. The cloak of the male figure in Klimt's "The Kiss" is a good example of this.

When all is said and done these pieces are beautiful and very dramatic especially if mounted on lighter paper and then on black.

This was the example I made.

This is from an 8 year old student.

This was from a 6 year old student.

This was from an 11 year old student.

This was from a 5 year old student.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Baby Update- Six months

Yes, she is growing, and so am I, right along with her. It is very hard to think that I have another 14 1/2 weeks or so to go. Pregnancy is at best uncomfortable for me, and this time is no exception. I am only 5'2" and literally have about six inches of space between my ribs and my hips. Not a lot of space for a little growing person.

Despite my complaints, there are many more precious things going on that make it all worth it. This little girl loves music. If there is music playing, she is moving. Live music has an especially energizing effect on her. Daddy is a musician you see, and so is his dad, so it is in the genes- on one side anyway. I play the radio and try not to sing too loud for fear of the build up of yowling cats in the back yard.

She also loves her daddy already. He almost always speaks before or while he touches my tummy and invariably it creates a response from the little princess.

I know this is not an "art" post, but inquiring minds might want to know, so I thought I'd supply the information. In the future there will be a "baby update" link in the sidebar for those who are interested.

And while I'm at it, I will include one art related snippet. The deadline for submissions to The Gallery is quickly approaching on the 27th, so please remember to get those in. I am excited about that "baby" too!

Click on the brushes to find out how to submit an article through Blog Carnival!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Tiger Lesson

In a previous post I discussed the artist Ito Jakuchu. One of his most famous paintings is of a tiger. So for this lesson I chose to draw a tiger. Below is a step-by step slideshow of how to draw this tiger. It is a bit rough as I drew it out in paint using only my mouse. I did not add any color. In my original picture, I used chalk pastel, though in my lessons this week we will be using marker.

For now, here is the slide show...

Student Examples

By Ryan
Age 7

By Gabi Age 10

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Greek Vases

Scratch projects really have limitless possibilities. Vases are a huge part of the ancient history of Greece. They served not only an aesthetic purpose, but a functional one as well.
Different shapes had different names and
were used for different purposes.

You can learn more about those different names and purposes at this link. It also explores the different periods of Greek Pottery and how it changed from age to age.
Greek Vases Part I- Through the Ages
Greek Vases II-Shape Names and Purposes

Here is another project that is perfect for this technique. You can also play around a bit with the mediums. Oil pastel and crayon are generally what you use for these, but you can color with marker or watercolor then "seal" the color with a heavy coat of white crayon or oil pastel. Just be careful to avoid using dark colors like brown or gray as they don't show through the black very well.

1. In order to achieve a vase with symmetrical sides, start by folding a piece of cardstock down the middle vertically. Draw only half of the vase on one side. I did it in pencil first and then retraced in a heavy layer of black oil pastel.

2. Fold the paper over with the black lines on top of the blank side and then use a lidded marker to rub over the lines you just traced.

3. When you open the paper back up the vase half should
transfer to the other side in a perfect mirror image
creating a perfectly symmetrical vase.
You can then color with crayon, oil pastel, marker, or other paint. If you use paint, make sure you wait for it to completely dry before adding the layer of white to seal the color.
Once the color is done and sealed add a layer of black crayon or oil pastel.
If you use crayon you will need to use heavier pressure
than with oil pastel.
Once the black is on in an even layer, use a wooden skewer or unbent paper clip to "scratch" off the black in different line patterns to reveal the colors underneath.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Reminder to send in your submissions for the next Gallery Blog Carnival!

Just a reminder everyone, the next Gallery Blog Carnival is coming up. Please get your submissions in by September 27th!

Just click on the brushes above for the info on how to submit.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

King Tut's All Broken Up- Make an Egyptian Mosaic Paper Collage

Last week in art class we did a lesson on King Tut's Mask. You can find a great step by step lesson on how to draw the mask at
Art Projects for Kids.
Unfortunately quite a few of my students did not make it to class last week. So instead of letting all those kids miss that project or making the kids who came redo the project, I decided to combine it with my lesson on Roman mosaics. I ended up with some pretty terrific results and the kids all really enjoyed the project.

What you will need

8 1/2" X 11" white cardstock with 5 x 5 grid
(kids can either measure and draw out the grid or you can preprint one on
the cardstock like this one)

Markers(regular and metallic)

Black Sharpie Markers (fine and extra fine point)
12" x 12" colored piece of cardstock (I like scrapbook cardstock)


1. Start by having kids pick two colors. Use these two colors to color the outside 14 squares of the grid in an alternating pattern. There should be nine left in the center.

2. Draw King Tut in pencil in the remaining nine squares. Make Tut's face exactly in the center square and then follow the rest of the steps at Art Projects for Kids.

3. Once Tut is all drawn in kids can color him in as well as the background behind him. If they are using metallic markers have them use Sharpie to outline Tut.
Metallic markers are opaque and will cover up their pencil lines completely. They go over sharpie too so be careful.
The sharpie should make the line thicker though
so it will be easier not to cover their lines completely.
They can also add design to the border tiles

(Egyptian hieroglyphics of their names perhaps?)

4. Once everything is colored in, have them cut out the
squares along the grid lines.

If they have lost the lines because of coloring, re-pencil
in the lines using a pencil and ruler.

5. Once all the squares are cut out, arrange them
on the 12 x 12 cardstock leaving a uniform space
between each of the paper tiles.
These will be the "grout lines".

6. After the tiles are arranged to their satisfaction,
begin gluing the tiles down.

7. Once the glue is dry, using Sharpie to outline the edges of each tile can give a more dramatic look to the finished piece as can mounting the piece on another piece of larger contrasting paper as I did in my sample.

You can do quite a bit with this as an educational project. Put whatever you are studying in the center and then add design elements of what you've learned about that subject in the border tiles. If you were studying deserts you could put a cactus in the middle and then put desert animal designs on the border tiles. You are limited only by your imagination. This can be a good introduction to symbolism as well as color theory by suggesting kids use complimentary colors
or alternating warm and cool colors.

These are examples completed by two of my students.

This one was done by a 13 year old student.

This one was done by an 11 year old student.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Giraffe Scratch

Jimmie inspired me to do this lesson which though super simple, can get a little messy. But the amount of fun you have is directly indicated by the amount of mess left behind, right? So here is a fun giraffe project!

You will need:

cardstock(the smooth surface works best for this type of project)
crayons or oil pastels
wooden skewer(shiskkabob stick) or unbent paper clip

1. Draw the giraffe in pencil according to the steps below. When finished, outline in sharpie and
erase any extra pencil marks you don't want.

2. Color with crayon or oil pastel with firm enough pressure to create an even surface- white is the enemy! Vanquish it!
(if there are areas you want to stay white, color them in with white- there needs to be two layers of materials for this to work properly)
Be creative with your colors! If you want a blue giraffe with orange spots then go for it!

3. Here comes the scary part! Once the paper is completely covered with color, add a layer of black over the entire picture! Again you will have to use a firm pressure, but you should still be able to see the design through the black.

4. Use the skewer or paper clip to "scratch" off the black. Try to scratch in different patterns to add more texture and visual interest!
(this is where things get really messy with scratched off crayon or pastel bits, you will want to cover your area or work outside.)
Clean up can usually be accomplished pretty easy from hard surfaces with baby wipes and or hand sanitizer- the alcohol breaks down the oil.

To see another project done in this technique,
check out
Art Projects for Kids scratch turkey.

Another variation of this project can be done
with colored glue and chalk pastel.

For a thorough tutorial on the process
check out That Artist Woman-Stained Glass on Paper.

While you are busy making giraffes, you can learn about them too with these very interesting giraffe facts at Buzzle.com

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

And the Winner Is...

Thank you to all who participated in the first issue of the carnival either by contributing submissions or comments. As promised one of those lovely people will win this cool little table top easel. The winner was chosen via a random number generator which just so happened to be #15 who just so happens to be...

Mary who has a great little blog called A Merry Note.

So all Mary needs to do is email me her shipping info at msjuliesartclass@aol.com so I can forward that on to my sponsor.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Marc's Mares

I have recently redone this project to reflect a Wizard of Oz connection. What could that possibly be you may ask? Why it was "a horse of a different color" of course!

I also repost this today to ask for some help. If you like drawing horses, I am looking for submissions for a horse themed art show to benefit my local equine therapy group, Healing Horses. It is their mission to better the lives of all children, especially those with disabilities and processing disorders like Autism and Asperger's Syndrome through interaction with horses. The show will run from October 1st through 31st, so I will need your submissions no later that September 17th. You can email them to msjuliesartclass@aol.com or if you would like more information.
Be sure to include your first name, age, and email address. If you'd like you can include a picture of yourself, but that is not necessary. Prints will be made, framed, hung, and offered for purchase. All the proceeds go to Healing Horses. Those chosen for the show will receive a certificate of participation and a photo of the horses used for this therapy.

To learn more try these books...

Franz Marc was a German painter famous for his brightly painted animals that were slightly cubist in nature. To learn more about him you can visit my post about him at my other site Artist of the Week for Kids. For now, we will just delve right into a project. May was horse month in my art room(unfortunately so was the worst morning sickness I have had to date) so though I wasn't posting here, I was working on projects! Today you will see the first of these.

To begin you will need

sharpie marker- black
oil pastels

The drawing instructions look like this...

At this point you will want to outline the horse in black sharpie.

Then decide whether to use rectangles, circles or triangles
and then draw them in pencil over the
outlined horse.
Be sure to overlap often and to make some shapes
smaller and other larger.

Here is what rectangles might look like.

Now you will want to use the oil pastels to outline all the lines. Be sure to use bright, bold colors like Marc did. He was not aiming for realistic colors but ones that would make a dramatic impact.

Keep all the lines inside the horse's head the same color, use a different color for the mane, and a third color to outline all the lines of the background.

Once that is done, use a Q-tip to blend the edges inside each shape.

Here are some student examples.