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Favorite Photo Friday: My Little Leprechaun

This is my silly little boy playing at the studio 3 years ago on St. Patty’s Day.
I recently celebrated my fourth year here & looking at this picture made me reflect on how great it was to have my son at my side while building this business from the ground up. It’s been challenging, but Avery & I have had so much fun together!

Averyboo Arts: Leprechaun Beard

Construction Paper Leprechaun Beard

March 15, 2013 at 8:22 pm Leave a comment

Pee Wee Art – Roy Lichtenstein

class: Pee Wee Art (Age 2-3)

Every few weeks I like to use a Historical artist as inspiration for class — even for our littlest students! This was a fun class inspired by Roy Lichtenstein who’s famous for his use of bold shapes, primary colors, benday dots and speech bubbles!

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Roy Lichtenstein collage project at Averyboo Arts.

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The kids got to choose from a variety of pre-cut pieces of colored & benday papers. Using a brush-on glue they pasted it all together.

Once the child was happy with their collage they were given the option to add a speech bubble. Of course everyone wanted to add one and the grownups were happy to help document what their little artist had to say about their work. Here’s a sampling….

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I realize there are people who think you should never write on a child’s work, and we usually don’t, but this was intended as a fun, interactive exercise using elements from Roy Lichtenstein’s art.  If you’re in Long Beach, we’ve added a morning Tuesday class to the schedule just for the Summer. Next one starts 7/10 – check it out!

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Pee Wee Art is an art experience class for kids 2-3 years old and their favorite adult. See website for schedule of classes 🙂

June 26, 2012 at 2:54 pm Leave a comment

Pysanky Eggs

class: Beginning Art (Age 6.5-9)

While looking for egg decorating inspiration, I came upon Pysanky Eggs from the Ukraine… I loved the bold graphic style and the use of radial symmetry in many of the designs. Then I found these cool Pysanky stamps from 1959 and developed a project around them for the Beginning Art students…

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Students learned about radial symmetry, broke out the rulers & also learned how to find center point of their eggs. The students created designs with pencil then used sharpie & colored pencil to complete.

April 13, 2012 at 6:23 pm Leave a comment

Abstract Rainbows – St. Patrick’s Day

I’ve seen A LOT of rainbows since opening Averyboo Arts. It’s the #1 subject that children like to make when they come into the studio; and with good reason – they’re so happy and colorful 🙂

For St. Patrick’s Day I decided to introduce the Little Picasso students (age 4-6) to “abstract rainbows”. I wanted to show them that rainbows don’t always have to be depicted with 6-7 bands of color spanning over a house and a flower (although there’s nothing wrong with that). Abstract rainbows can be found all around from oil slicks to paint splatter.

Little Picasso’s – tape resist, abstract rainbows

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(1) lay down 3-4 pieces of painter's tape across a piece of tagboard. (2) Use a variety of drawing tools in "rainbow colors" to fill in the shapes created by the tape. Encourage kids to "overlap" & use 6 colors in each space. (3) Save one space to be painted with gold acrylic paint, sprinkle with gold glitter. (4) Carefully remove tape. (btw - it looks like a black pencil slipped by me while setting up, drats.)


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(Age 2-3)

The littlest artist got to have some St. Patty fun too…

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Color Mixing...kids mixed green on their papers then stenciled a shamrock on top. Fascinated by the process & the different shades of green.

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With a little help from Mom, our creative tots tried their hand at abstract rainbows also (substitute gold acrylic paint for glue & glitter).

Open Studio (age 2-8) available W/F/SAT
One of our regular students came in during Open Studio to make a rainbow painting. I set her up with a canvas board and some acrylic paints ….

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By Clara... 5x7 canvas board available for purchase during Open Studio hours.

March 19, 2012 at 5:52 pm Leave a comment

Jim Dine Hearts – Valentine’s Day

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Student work from Jim Dine lesson

This year for Valentine’s Day, we made art in the style of artist Jim Dine who has made lots & lots of paintings of hearts. I really wanted the kids to focus on their brush strokes and keeping the colors separated. The age range for this project was 4-8years old. Typically the younger kids tend to want to use their brushes in a scrubbing motion & will finish quickly. I came up with a fun way to get them all to slow down and keep the colors from mixing (too much)…

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First, we folded a piece of tagboard in half. Students traced a heart-half stencil then cut the shape out. This is a challenge for the younger but they all did a great job!

 

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Next came the painting... I used a timer & the rule was that each child had to take turns and use ONE color for ONE minute. This really helped them make small dabs with their brush & distribute the paint all over their heart.

 

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The final step was to decorate their black background paper with oil pastels. I asked the kids to cover the paper (especially the edges) with "Scribble Scrabble". They were all very excited to hear the term & show me how well they could scribble.

 

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The project still left room for personal expression.

 

The final step was to mount the heart onto the background using double stick foam tape. You can use glue, but the foam adds a 3D effect. I think the kids did a great job! Below is an actual painting by Jim Dine…

Jim Dine, "The Circus"

Jim Dine, "The Circus"

February 15, 2012 at 8:34 pm 1 comment

December

The studio was busy during the month of December. Classes made holiday themed art, kids had gift-making in mind during Open Studio and we also participated in a couple community events. Here are a few pictures I have to share…

class: Beginning Art (Age 6.5-9)
project: Glitter Winter Paintings (click image for large photo)

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Students learned about abstract landscapes, composition, planning a design, monochromatic color, tints/shades; used acrylic paints, oil pens & glitter on 9x12 canvas board. This project took 3 sessions to complete.

what: Open Studio Re-cap
I usually don’t take many photos during Open Studio, but I snapped a few this month…

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Gingerbread Lollipops, Free Card Swap, open-ended art & gift making, natural ornaments, recycled snowmen & more.

class: Little Picasso’s (Age 4-6 years)
project: Poinsettia Collage

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Students used collage technique to make poinsettia pictures. Talked about how flower petals radiate from the center, worked on fine motor skills.

what: First Fridays Community Art Walk

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The Girl Scouts had a homemade bake sale at the studio for December First Fridays. "Bixby Belle" stopped in with candy canes while the kiddos made holiday canvases.

January 9, 2012 at 6:34 pm Leave a comment

Favorite Photo Friday – 2nd Place!

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"I am diversity...."

I recently provided private lessons for one of my regular students. She’s only 6 and had the challenge of creating artwork  for a PTA Reflections project that showed what “Diversity” meant to her. That’s quite a word for a 6 year old… during our sessions we talked about the word & talked about her own cultural diversity (Indian / American). She decided she wanted to make a self portrait & continued from there. I exposed her to different styles & taught her about facial proportions, acrylic paints & image transfer technique…. She also decided she wanted to add bits of sequin from one of her Mother’s saris. Her Mom sent me a picture of the final painting that was submitted & found out she won 2nd Place in her age group for the Visual Arts category. She was the only 1st grader who won in her entire school. Great job!

December 2, 2011 at 4:51 pm 2 comments

Thanksgiving Indian Corn

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday!
Here’s a cute project our “Little Picasso’s” made (age 4-6)…

I purchased some Indian Corn at a pumpkin patch last month wanting to tie it into a class. I love the colors of the kernels & had originally wanted to do a drawing/watercolor project with the Beginning Art  kids, BUT as usual, I changed my mind 🙂

*This* was an opportunity for a sculpture project with the 4-6 year olds!

 

Indian Corn

Real Indian Corn

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First we built the armature. (1) Crunch up newspaper into a long oval shape. (2) Wrap w/ 1 more pc of newspaper burrito-style & add a few pieces of tape to help hold together.

After you have your newspaper form ready, wrap it in a piece of heavy duty aluminum foil (sorry, not shown). Once wrapped, start to sculpt  the corn shape. Pinch in one side to make it smaller than the other. This is also a good time to let the kids feel the real corn, so they can make their armature feel similar.

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Next, paper mache the armature with brown paper. We used torn up recycled paper & faded old construction paper. Torn up paper bags would also work. *Let dry.

 

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Paint the kernels with a cotton swab or the end of a pencil. Provide a variety of Fall colors and also talk to the students about patterns.

 

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For the final finishing touch, hot glue a small bunch of dried corn husk to the large end. I've had a bit of corn husk lying around for a while & finally got to use it up! Tie together beforehand with a natural piece of twine or raffia. It makes gluing quicker & adds extra cuteness.

 

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This is a 2-day project. If you plan properly, the kids can bring home a lovely handmade decoration for Thanksgiving.

One last note… I was happily surprised that the painting kept the attention of the students for about 30 mins. Sometimes tedious, repetitive tasks can bore this age group so you may want to break things up with a Thanksgiving story.

 

November 27, 2011 at 4:13 pm Leave a comment

Halloween Projects

Hope everyone had a fun Halloween! Here’s what we worked on in the studio last month…

class: Pee Wee Art (Age 2-3)

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Spider handprints, pumpkin puzzles, and mini pumpkins

class: Little Picasso’s (Age 4-6)

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Goofy Pumpkins (color mixing, cutting skills) & Autumn Spider Webs (patterns in nature, lines, cutting/pasting).

class: Beginning Art (Age 6.5-9)

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Witch Legs, Haunted Castles, Finish the Spider Drawings, Black Cat Portraits

class: Halloween Art Party

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Halloween Art Party: bug goo, free art, storytime, bat puppets, yarn monsters, & squishy eyeballs!

November 3, 2011 at 2:49 pm 2 comments

Pee Wee Art – Gustav Klimt

Our morning Pee Wee Art Class (Age 2-3) will be starting up again on Tuesday Nov 1st, 10-10:45am. You can register online or call 562-912-4800.

Here is a Gustav Klimt theme we did a few weeks ago in Pee Wee… The projects focus on process, while exposing children to art history, shape/form/texture and harmonious colors.

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Pre-prepped materials.

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Working on those fine motor skills.

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I love all the different results that were achieved with the same materials. Wish I had time to post them all! See you class!!

October 24, 2011 at 2:12 pm 2 comments

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