We had so much fun last week at theater camp as the kids recreated a super fun book about the origins of the pretzel! They were so creative coming up with costumes and the set. It is really amazing the things they can think of when given the opportunity to use their problem solving skills!
This week our Thursday class learned about Kandinsky and his famous circle paintings. Then we took liquid watercolors and made our circle paintings. I had several students get stressed because they were having trouble making their circles perfectly round. I just sent them back up to look at Kandinsky's painting because his circles weren't perfect either! That seemed to give them more confidence to create! With Easter coming up, I thought it was a nice play on Easter eggs too!
It's Artist of the Month time!! Meet Sophie... This is her second semester in art class and we look forward to seeing her every week! She keeps us laughing with her "rock star hair" and funny stories! Not to mention she is never short on creative ideas! Let's get to know her...
1. Age: 6
2. Favorite Artist: Jackson Pollock
3. Favorite thing to do in class: Splatter paint!
4. Future career: Artist
Go Sophie Go!
We talked about a lot of different Pop Art during our Spring Break Art Camp, but my favorite (as always) was Andy Warhol! I really love learning about him because most of the kids have seen some Andy Warhol inspired art at some time in their life.
First we talked about Andy Warhol's art studio which he called "The Factory." We carved out robots in our foam and made colorful prints. The kids were so creative with their robots!! It's hard to see all the details in the pictures.
Next we looked at the Andy Warhol's cow paintings. We talked about all the fun colors and how you can make ordinary objects interesting by adding fun colors. Then we drew our cows and painted them with extra fun colors. The kids got so creative with their backgrounds and the way they added color. I love watching the fun stuff they come up with! Over all we had so much fun learning about Andy Warhol (or Andy Warthog as the kids called him)!!
Meet our Artist of the Month for March… Christian! Christian always keeps us laughing in our Big Art Class on Thursday afternoons, and he is never short on creative ideas to add to his artwork! He recently came in 3rd place for his age division in the Hernando Parks Art Contest!
Here's a little more information about Christian…
1. He wants to be an architect when he grows up which he has known since he was 2 1/2!
2. His favorite artists are Kandinsky and Rodrigue.
3. His favorite project in art class so far was the oil pastel & watercolor snowman.
We love Christian and are SO excited to see what his future holds! :)
In this week's Advanced Art Class we discussed color value and silhouettes. Each artist decided on one color and we used white to create different values of the color. We created silhouettes of an object that represents us then added the colors in layers around our silhouettes.
Remember those black sheets they used to pass out in elementary art. The ones you could scratch and amazing colors would shine through. Sometimes you would even catch a glimpse of a metallic foil underneath. That was always one of my favorite art lessons.
There is something so cool about layering different mediums to create something unexpected. This week we created our own scratch art sheets using oil pastels, black paint, and toothpicks.
The kids worked so hard on their oil pastel abstract art that was going to be our base it was sad to cover them up with the black paint. I reassured everyone that we would see those awesome backgrounds again. Once the paint dried we used toothpicks to scratch our designs. It was like magic!