Showing posts with label tempera. Show all posts
Showing posts with label tempera. Show all posts

Friday, March 2, 2012

Shady Little Shamrocks- A St. Patrick's Day Art Lesson

Shade: A color mixed with varying degrees of black.

Tint: A color mixed with varying degrees of white.

What you will need:

Paint- I used tempera for this.(Green, White, and Black)
Cardstock or watercolor paper

Start by making a heart template. Cut a small piece of cardstock in half and then cut out half of heart shape. Open to reveal a perfectly symmetrical heart. Use the heart template to create a three leaved shamrock. (You could create a four leaved- clover, but St. Patrick actually used the three leaves to help explain the idea of the Trinity to his Irish parishioners.)
Add a stem. Be sure to make the stem very thick.
Draw three gradually smaller hearts and stems inside each of the larger shapes.
In the center shapes paint with your base color of green straight from the bottle. In two of the shapes add white to the green and paint the next ring. Add white again and paint the outer ring.
In the other two shapes, add a drop of black(a drop is really all you need-it is very powerful!) and paint the next ring, another drop of black for the outer ring. Add some grass and maybe a rainbow or a leprechaun! You could also wait for the paint to dry, cut it out and glue it to another background.

Stay tuned tomorrow for more shamrock art and a little more about St. Patrick.

Also a little sneak peak at some projects I've been working on...


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Painted Paper City Skyline

8 1/2 " X  11" cardstock cut in half length wise.
tempera paint or acrylic in various colors including black, yellow, and purple.
oil pastels
old credit card
decorative edge scissors
 old toothbrush

This piece was created in stages.

The background was stapled together to create the panoramic length and first painted purple over the upper 2/3 of the pages and allowed to dry. 

Then black paint was added  over the purple layer and texturized with an old credit card that had been trimmed with decorative scissors. 

We combed through the black paint to reveal the under layer of purple. 

The lower 1/3 was painted yellow. 

Once that was all dry we added stars by flicking white paint off of a toothbrush.

For the buildings we started out by created several colors of painted paper and adding texture in the same manner as the background was done. 

After they were all dry, we used the shape template from this lesson in combinations to create buildings on the unpainted sides of the paper. 

Then we added details with black oil pastel and metallic markers. 

The buildings were cut out and glued on to the skyline at the bottom edge of the paper.

Highlights and shadows were added with white and respective building color oil pastels.

Optionally you could use a layer of Mod Podge to seal the whole picture and leave a shiny finish.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Thiebaud's Tempting Treats

One of the hardest things to get art students to understand is that the process of creating art is far more important than the finished result. That being said, there are days when I really love my job all the more because the kids end up with absolutely gorgeous results. Today was one of those days and this was one of those kind of lessons that are a perfect fit for kids.
Wayne Thiebaud is best known for his dessert paintings and honestly what kid doesn't love dessert? This lesson presents an opportunity for kids to engage in fantasy, creativity, and wish fulfillment- all without a tummy ache or trip to the dentist.
Be forewarned, however, this lesson may result in overwhelming urges to visit Baskin Robbins or Coldstone Creamery!
We started off by watching this video about Thiebaud I found on YouTube and posted over at Artist of the Week for kids. After this we looked at individual pieces and discussed the shapes that the artist used to create all these goodies. From oval to cylinder and triangle to wedge. How to layer scoops on an ice cream cone, or half-circle sundae dish, or how to frost the cupcake, or add meringue and layers to pies, or even how to represent a slice taken out.
The kids were given free reign as to how many treats could be in their pieces, as well as their size and arrangement. We did discuss how artists use their space and that even though the individual objects may be small, there are enough of them in varied sizes to fill the space. We also discussed how artists tend not to leave backgrounds white or just plain but somehow tie then into the foreground. I am so very pleased at the results.

Most of these pieces were completed in tempera paint but a couple were done with this technique-color with washable marker and then use a Q-tip dipped in water to spread the pigment around. The result is a watercolor look without the hassle of watercolor paint and brushes.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Giotto Plaster of Paris Fresco Project- Finally!

I must apologize for my tardiness in posting this. Moving covers a multitude of indiscretions however and I will stick to that excuse :).
What you will need:

Plaster of Paris
Giotto Black Line
Plastic Plate with at least a half inch well
Tempera Paints
Paint brushes
Acrylic Glaze/Varnish

1. First prepare the plaster of paris. Directions usually call for a ratio of two parts plaster to one part water, but for this project equal parts works best.
Start by putting about one cup plaster in the plastic plate(you could also use a cheap and small disposable aluminum pan) and then add one cup of water. Stir with a plastic fork until all the powder is liquefied and then let it set. It should set up rather quickly, about half an hour or so. Because you want to paint on it while it is still a bit wet, don't wait much longer than that.

2. Tape your black line picture to the outside edge of the plate. I cut mine to the same size and shape of the inside of the plate which was a cool geometric shape. The plate itself was interesting enough to become a nice frame.

3. Trace over the image in the black line with a firm hand. Not to hard or it will crack the plaster but hard enough so that you feel the pencil pushing in to the soft plaster a bit. When you are all done you will have a relief of the black line image on the plaster.

4. Now you can paint! You can either use the tempera paint straight from the bottle on to the plaster or you can use the egg yolk mixture method that artists like Giotto and Michelangelo used. (Go here to see the how to and whys of the method).

The last thing the artist was about to say was how permanent the medium is. ( I would say so since Giotto's frescoes are over 400 years old!)
Most books will tell you to use tempera powder and mix that with a mixture of egg yolk and water, but I have mixed the egg yolk straight with regular tempera paint with excellent results. Generally you will want to mix one teaspoon of water per egg yolk and then mix with an equal amount of tempera paint.

5. When you are done you can add an acrylic glaze to protect the piece and make it shiny.

As the plaster and paint dry, the paint will become part of the plaster. It is a really cool process though definitely not one for sissies! It is not forgiving of mistakes or slow workers. This piece is pretty small and it will truly make you appreciate the wall and ceiling size murals of fresco painters like Giotto, Michelangelo, and Diego Rivera.