Friday, August 17, 2012

New Collages on ETSY

Night Sky

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Over the past few weeks I have been collaging in my summer art studio. I have created over 20 new original collages.
I have incorporated graphic elements such as lines, pops of color, and textures in the collages. Some collages are sleek and modern, while others convey a rustic charm. I have also spent considerable time breaking down my collaging materials, analyzing them, then reassembling them in the cubist style. This collection reflects my love of nature and the natural beauty that surrounds us. 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Summer Arts at HBMS

Creating soft sculptures is a multi-step process and can be easily differentiated to meet the needs of your students. This project incorporates fine motor skills such as: drawing, cutting, stapling and painting. First students come up with an idea. The best ideas are ones that stem from their interests. If students are working on something that they know and like it is a sure bet that they will be engaged in the project. Students drew on a large piece of paper. (Make sure that the paper has been folded over like a flap so later when they cut out the object they have two identical pieces.) I use butcher paper, but any heavy weight paper will work. I recommend that the objects don't have any areas that are too pointy or narrow, because it is hard to stuff those areas with newspaper strips. Once the object is cut out the two pieces are matched up (they become the front and back), and stapled together. Leave one area open so that you can stuff the sculpture with recycled newspaper strips. Fill the sculpture until it is plump, then close up the opening with more staples. Painting is the final step and brings the soft sculpture to life. After the paint has dried students can embellish further with colored tissue paper, glitter, yarn, buttons and so on.

Summer Arts Program at HBMS

I believe that it is important that children learn to work together to achieve a common goal. Over a four day period I selected two different art projects to stress collaboration in my art classes. 
 During the beginning of the week the students worked together on a mural. The first step was to brain storm ideas, decide on a design and begin to sketch elements. It is important that children get a chance to share their ideas as well as listen respectfully to others. Students can be selected to write down the ideas and sketch out the design. The second day students began painting the mural. The final day was spent discussing how to make improvements to the mural and adding embellishments. Overall, students worked well together and the most successful murals were the ones where everyone participated. 
The second art project was a shared collage. Students glued one item on a piece of paper then passed their collage to the person on their right who continued the collaging process. Students were hesitant at first to share their collage, because they were afraid another person would "mess it up". However, I observed the students were equally creative and respectful of each other's art. The finished collages came back to the original person with new twists on the earlier versions of their collage. In the end I think everyone was satisfied with their finished collage.

Summer Arts Program at HBMS

Over the course of several days students at the Summer Arts Program at Hoff-Barthelson Music School explored painting without brushes. 
Students used golf balls dipped in paint to create paintings that had energy and movement like Jackson Pollack's action paintings. A palette of light and dark colors that worked well together produced endless combinations of unique paintings. 
Mark Making is a technique students used to create a variety of designs using the edges of index cards dipped in paint. Index card edges were used straight, curved, and bent in an L shape. Students created a variety of appealing patterns on the paper with their index cards. 
Instead of brushes students blew through straws to move the paint around their paper. Both one color and multiple colors produced interesting and organic paintings. Images naturally revealed themselves to the individual viewer.  

Summer Arts Program at HBMS

Working quickly students placed items from nature on their Sun Print paper before exposing the paper to the summer sun. UV light from the sun reacted to the paper and created positive and negative images. After the paper had been fully exposed to the sun it was placed in a water bath to stop the developing process. Once the water dried the paper turned a deep blue where it was exposed to the sun and white where objects had been place. Sun Print paper was easy to work with and offered endless creative possibilities.