This year the Picassos made a lovely little card but because I know they sometimes do these things at school I wanted to include an element that was unique to art Class. They used a material called masking fluid to block out areas for their designs and then painted using liquid watercolors.
Of course they wrote on the inside and for my Saturday class I even got most of them to create a logo at the back for an extra bit of creative fun!
Happy Mother’s Day!
My Doodlebugs created some sweet little cards this year and although they look simple your darlings had to work really hard to make them! Basket weaving is hard y’all!!
Take a look as they find their rythmn and a very special Happy Mother’s Day to you all!
This precious lesson focuses on a basic line drawing, painting and creating the illusion of space while telling the encouraging story of Number One Sam by Greg Pizzoli. The moral of this children’s book is a positive and uplifting one for young children: winning isn’t everything!
They will finish putting all the pieces together and painting the background in an upcoming class!
Our Number 1 Sam pieces are all done and they are as adorable as ever... even if Sam mostly looks like a mouse! 😆🤷🏻♀️
This lesson calls on us to look at the shapes and lines in the old truck but I was especially drawn to a landscape piece here and asked them to imagine the truck driving through an old bumpy road with lots of fields and greenery all around. This gives us the opportunity to add so much movement, color and texture.
They loved drawing the truck and I took the opportunity to stress that they’re not just ‘learning to draw a truck’ they’re learning how to break a complex thing down into smaller shapes so they can draw ANYTHING.
This is will be completed in another class but take a look at what they’ve done so far.
They added details using oil pastels on both their trucks and landscapes. They learnt how to distress the truck so it looks old and used the oil pastels to create texture and depth to their landscapes as well! A job well done!
Amelia Earhart was a pioneer pilot in the world of aviation because she was an excellent female pilot in a field that was dominated by men. Amelia decided to take flying lessons when she was twenty years old. Six months into her lessons, she bought her own plane!
Amelia set many records, including being the first woman to fly over the Atlantic Ocean and as the first person to fly solo over the Pacific Ocean. In 1937, she attempted to fly around the world! Unfortunately, part way around the world, Amelia and her plane disappeared, never to be found. Amelia is remembered for her bravery and as an inspiration for women.
This piece is inspired by a picture in the book and the chikdren drew and painted a happy Amelia up high in her plane and they used chalk pastels to make the hat and the wings on the plane look 3D by adding darker and lighter areas to create depth.
This term all my classes are starting off looking at Things that Go! So I thought it would be cool to give this group a bit of a history lesson and let them see what the first air craft looked like!
I love the story of the Wright brothers and how their curiosity, grit and experimenting led them to fly the very first airplane in 1903. The world would never be the same!
This lesson features a beautiful watercolor scene and delicate line drawing of the Wright brothers 1903 “Flyer.” The use of loose watercolor techniques captures the windy day of the first flight over the sandy dunes near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Salt added to the wet watercolor “sand” gives a sandy texture to the watercolor piece.
ABOUT THE WRIGHT BROTHERS
Orville and Wilber Wright are the inventors and pilots of the world’s first successful airplane, built and flown in 1903. As young men, the brothers operated a printing press business and then a bicycle repair shop. Their knowledge of bicycles became a foundation for their experiments in designing a powered aircraft.
What child isn’t fascinated by machinery and things that move? This term my little artists are going to spend some time examining how these things are made up and how we can use shapes and lines to draw them!
Today’s challenge? A tractor of course! We used our circle tracers to get us started but all my kiddos drew these just by following along step by step from the whiteboard 😊
La Casa Azul or the blue house is the childhood home of artist Frida Kahlo as well as the home which she shared with her husband, artist Diego Rivera.
The house is now a museum brimming with all the vibrancy that these two personalities crammed into it. We looked at some interesting pictures of the inside and talked a bit about Frida’s life and her struggles before getting started sketching and painting one view of this charming property!
Today my little ones made some lovely keepsakes! The muchachas made sweet ‘no-sew’ purses out of felt and decorated them with flowers or flores!
My muchachos made ‘no-sew’ pillows and we helped them to stick on a decoration out of felt and they learned the Spanish translation of course!
Take a look at them in action!
These colorful marigolds are the flower of choice during the annual celebration of Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead.
We talked a bit about what this is and then they also counted to 34 in Español! 😄
These kiddos are marigold-making rockstars! My little tricks made the process really easy and fun so they could literally do no wrong here! They also created a vase for these lovely blooms to be placed in and focused on those fine motor skills to follow the patterns I set out for them for the border.
Be a fly on the wall in our art room! Take a look at what we do, how we do it and the smiles that I get to see week after week :)