Monday, February 16, 2015

Gnome Hut

My good buddy Ginger over at Paintbrush Rocket made these fabulous huts with her students. I thought they were adorable and  couldn’t wait to do these with my students.

Since we are studying Monet I wanted to have my Art Club students (in grades 3rd and 4th) create a 3-dimensional garden project.  
We looked at photos of Hobbit Houses and Gnome Huts for inspiration. I presented the question? If you lived in a small hut, where would it be? 
In the mountains, in the fields, or in the woods, etc? 
The students loved this project with such delight. 
One hut was a money hut and all the windows had coins in them. 

We created a 3-D Landscape background. We folded a piece of heavy tag board and used tempera paint to paint
 a horizon, ground and sky.

Students created landscape details out of painted paper in the shape of flowers, trees and clouds. 
Hint: to get the tagboard to stand by itself, cut 2 slits an inch from the fold. When the tagboard folds the slits will pop out.

Students made their Hobbit houses from gift wrapping paper tubes and preassembled cone shaped tagboard roofs . They applied cloud clay over the tubes and roof, then added details. You can mix the cloud clay together to get new colors. 
This was also a fun process for my kiddos!

Tempera paint in various colors
Painted Paper scraps
Cloud Clay or any air dry clay in various colors
Paper Tubes and Tag Board

Enjoy Creating a fun Gnome Hut!
Laura :)

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Friday, February 13, 2015

Crazy Hearts Club

Art club students created these wild and crazy patterned hearts collages. We meet every other Wednesday morning before school. This group is comprised of 4th and 5th graders, boys and girls. 
Sometimes I think it is a social club and I am their entertainment! 
But, at the end of the class they always surprise me with such unique and fun projects!

We used model magic to create the hearts and glued craft sticks together. 
We painted the sticks and let dry.
The next session we painted the hearts and added more patterns
to the background.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Love, Laura

Hope your painting today!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Rex Ray Collages

Rex Ray   1956 - Feb 9, 2015

I am sure by now, all of you out there know I just love painted paper. There is a depth and texture that painted paper contains, the colors are so rich and exciting. 
While I was creating some fun projects for my current unit on Space: Cosmic Creations
I stumbled across the talented artist Rex Ray. 
 I truly fell in love with his style of art. The organic shapes layered on top of geometric backgrounds and the complimentary and analogous colors displayed were so striking. 

Just a little background on Rex Ray, he is a San Francisco based fine artist, whose collages, paintings and design work have been exhibited at galleries and museums across America. 
Check out his fab website here
He started creating small beautiful collages after working all day as a graphic designer to relieve the stress of any negativity that he might have been privy to that day.  I decided let's follow in his foot steps and create some positive artwork for our school hallways.
These projects were created by my 5th grade students.

Day One - Design and Painting
After we examined the beautiful paintings created by Rex Ray, students used pencils to draw patterns using some type of repetitious line or geometric shapes. Next, students used analogous tempera paints to paint the background.

Let Dry.

Day Two- 
Cut and Glue Organic Shapes

Students used various colors of painted paper to compliment their previously painted projects. 
We discussed the curvy lines found commonly on organic shapes. 
We brainstormed some fun ideas like
 seaweed and leaf shapes as well. Students jumped right in and created beautiful shapes.

 Once they had their shapes all created and cut out, they glued them neatly onto their backgrounds.

Construction Paper 
Tempera Paint
Various shades of Painted Paper

Have fun creating your own collage paintings 
inspired by Rex Ray!


Sunday, February 8, 2015

The Great Wave

Claude Monet was taken with the beauty of Japanese Art especially woodcuts. In addition to painting and gardening Claude collected Japanese Art. 

His home in Giverny, France had 231 woodblocks and Hokusai’s art was one of them. Many of Hokusai’s paintings were primarily landscapes. This inspired Monet to paint landscapes and eventually his waterlilies series.

Keeping with our Thematic Unit : Colors of the Sea, my 1st grade students created these beautiful paintings inspired by Hokusai. We used the wonderful book- 
The Great Wave 
written by Veronique Massenot 
illustrated by Bruno Pilorget

Hokusai’s most famous work is The Great Wave. 

It depicts a huge wave threatening boats off the land of Kanagawa. Many believe that the wave is a tsunami but actually it is a large wave on the open sea. In all of Hokusai’s prints of the wave series, Mount Fuji always appears in the background.

Step 1
After examining this colorful book and its vibrant images, students created a gray value scale on the construction paper background using various shades of gray pastels. 

Students shaded the lower part of their paper with dark charcoal gray, then proceeded with the lighter grays towards the top of the paper. 

Step 2
Next, students took dark blue paint and painted the wave and water. We used the letter “C” to make a wave. After the dark blue, students used a lighter blue on top, then added white to represent the waves.  I love seeing the brush strokes in the waves.

Students used a foam brush to create the white crest on the waves.

12 x 18 Various shades of light construction paper
Gray Pastels
Blue and White Tempera Paint
Large brushes

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Let's Celebrate Creating Art

I was totally surprised and speechless 
when I was contacted by 
Amanda from the Art of Education
to say that I was voted 

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 As I said before,
 I am so excited to be selected amongst these awesome bloggers!! When I started out a few years ago  
I was so happy to see there were other Art teachers across the country and world who were creating fun projects and sharing them online.

So let's take the time to look at all the great blogs
and celebrate creating Art with our kiddos!

Keep creating!