Posts tagged ‘painting’

Family Fun Nights

Once a month we have a “Family Fun Night” where parents can make art or a craft with their children & enjoy some unplugged time together. This month we made Family LOVE Paintings on 12″x12″ stretched canvas. Includes: Pizza, games & open play time too!
Check out next months FF Night here>

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Friday, Feb 22, 2013

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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

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

Klimt + LB Parks & Rec Classes

Our Little Picasso’s Class (Age 4-6) is now available through Long Beach Parks & Recreation beginning TH, June 9th. This class is my favorite to teach. I love to see the kids delve into the projects and come out feeling confident about what they made.

Here is an example of what we made last week… We looked at some kid-friendly works of Gustav Klimt and focused on his use of pattern and the color gold (ooooh, gold!). Students and parents really loved this project. It had a little of everything… drawing, painting, shapes, patterns, cutting, pasting and ,as always, room for a little self expression.

1. The kids were given a piece of transparency film and painted one side with gold acrylic.
2. Then we placed the film –wet side down– onto a black backing (the paint has to be wet to stick).
3. Dry side up, we drew our patterns & talked about alignment.
4. Lastly, students added more Klimt-like patterning & colors using paper.
Go to this link for LB Parks class info:
http://www.longbeach.gov/park/classregistration/pre_school.asp

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May 25, 2011 at 6:22 pm Leave a comment

St. Patty’s Day

Here’s all the green goodness that took place for St. Patrick’s Day this year… (click photos for larger pic)

Class: Pee Wee Art (Age 2-3)
Kids learned about color mixing, threading, and as always, exercised those little fine motor muscles while sponging, using small brushes & markers.

Pee Wee Art at Averyboo Arts

Green necklaces and color mixing shamrocks. Neil was also excited to show us on the easel that Y+B=G!

class: Little Picasso’s (Available T/TH/SA, age 4-6)
All Picasso classes this week are working on Paper Sculptures; however, the TH class was the only one making them with shades of GREEN. We used an amusement park as our inspiration and observed photos of rides while learning how to manipulate a practice strip of paper. Kids learned how to make circles, twists, loops, coils, hills, and accordian folds before starting their project. Then I let them do their thing…

Little Picasso's at Averyboo Arts

Using 3 shades of green + brown strips of paper, kids created their own amusement parks.

class: Beginning Art (Age 6-9)
Students learned how to draw a 3-leaf clover & watercolor techniques. We talked about “small scale”,  how to use” light pressure” while using our colored pencils, and how to “dilute” our paint to make a new shade of green. They also learned how to control the watercolors to avoid bleeding.

Sometimes a project seems simple at the start, but as the kids discovered, this project was a great skill building experience.

Beginning Art at Averyboo Arts

The background color also had a fine, gold glitter added to it. These came out really pretty 🙂

Open Studio
My sis-in-law came in with the family (well, some of the family, she has 9 kids!). She lives in AZ, so it was the first time she had seen the studio. She’s the one that has generously provided me with many of the fun costumes we have at Averyboo.

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Making Leprechaun Beards with the kids during Open Studio.

 

March 18, 2011 at 2:46 pm Leave a comment

Impasto Painting

During painting class, I taught the kids about Impasto (thick paint).

First we learned a little bit about Vincent Van Gogh and how he used “thick paint” to create movement, emotion and texture in his work.

Next, I showed them how to mix their own paints so that they can inexpensively duplicate the technique on their own. For this lesson, I gave them tempera paints mixed with cornstarch, soap shavings, and sand (one ingredient per color).

We learned how to create different effects using a variety of tools; then they went to work. Each student received a canvas board to paint on & were asked to keep their image “abstract”. I didn’t want the kids to get wrapped up in creating a picture, rather I wanted them to focus on using the paint.

The art looks really cool! The cornstarch paint was my personal favorite. It dried all crackly 🙂

impasto example

This is the wet paint mixed with cornstarch.

impasto paint

Dried painting.

impasto painting

The bits that look like pebbles were created with the soapy paint.

impasto painting

the end.

July 15, 2010 at 4:46 am 1 comment


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