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  • Ocean Prints
    The students in my summer art classes really enjoyed this two day project.  Day 1 they cut or tore tissue paper for their background.  They used a water/glue mixture to create the overlapping layers on mat board.  By day 2 the mat board was dry and flattened (one reason I keep those heavy books around!) and it was time to create the printing “stamps”.  They drew their sea creature onto adhesive backed foam, cut it out, then stuck it to a piece of cardboard.  Using  a brayer, they rolled ink onto the stamp, then stamped repeated images.  I encouraged them to Continue Reading...
  • African Art
        These simple drawings enable students to explore line, shape and color.  The African figures can  be seen as walking toward the viewer or away, since there is no facial definition.  The border reflects  elements in the figure drawings....
  • Blue Dog
           Students enjoyed learning about George Rodrigue and his famous Blue Dog.  They really came to love Blue Dog and the acrylic on canvas paintings turned out beautifully, with several shades of blue to indicate shading and depth....
  • Romare Bearden Collage
            Students poured through magazine pictures, visualizing how to use them in a new way to create this street scene inspired by Romare Bearden.  I took the time to cut pages out of magazines that were appropriate for this project.  They used colored construction paper as the buildings, then embellished them with magazine pictures and colored pencil sky....
  • Self Portraits
             These 4th and 5th grade self portraits are inspired by Roy Lichtenstein and his Benday Dot art.  We looked at several examples and then took pictures of the students.  Using the Sketch Me phone app, we converted each photo to a line drawing and printed it. The students then traced the line drawing onto printed dot paper.  We taped the paper onto the large windows in the hall for easy tracing.  They  used colored pencil to fill in the areas and the dots.  This multi-step process took several classes but the students really enjoyed it. They loved the idea of Continue Reading...
  • “POP” Art
        The art of Roy Lichtenstein was the inspiration for this lesson in the Modern American Masters art enrichment class. The students used bright, heavy duty poster markers which allowed for good coverage.  They loved making the letters look 3 -D and understood the value of leaving some negative space....
  • Rainbow Fish
          These lovely Rainbow Fish were done by Kindergarten and First Grades.  They started with a watery background, then drew & painted after it was dry.  They practiced both wet on wet and wet on dry painting techniques....