Month: July 2013

Summer Studio: Canvas Art

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This was a fun, easy project to do with my First, Second, and Third grade Studio. I gave each of the students a canvas of their own to block off areas with the blue painters tape. We talked about how they would be creating geometric shapes on the canvas using the tape. I made sure they thought about how the placement would affect the outcome.  I had to remind them to run their fingers along the edges of the tape to be sure that the edges were sealed- although we still had a few that bled through. Overall they really enjoyed the project and they turned out great. The first layer of paint went on pretty thin, so I had them keep the tape on and the next day they went back a second time to add some more color and visual texture to the paint. Some painted stripes, swirls, stars, dots.

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Summer Art- High School Portraits

Using her iPhone photo as a reference, she created a self portrait with charcoal on Canson paper.

Using her iPhone photo as a reference, she created a self portrait with charcoal on Canson paper.

Summer is in full swing here at home. School days have been replaced with pool time, gardening, weekly road trips and of course lots of art. My daughter was only able to take a fundamentals class in the 9th grade because of her busy band/music schedule. While I was volunteering at the HS as a judge for the art show, I spoke with the AP Art teacher and we agreed that we needed to get her into the AP art class in the fall. I have been working with her over the years and now we are going full-speed ahead with daily sketches and studio time. Last week we focused on the self-portrait. We sketched figures and worked on the proportions of the face. She is a huge fan of Manga so it was a stretch to get her to draw realistically. I had her look through the book 500 Portraits so she could the endless possibilities. She chose her favorite portraits out of the book and after discussing what style she liked, I suggested and demonstrated the materials she should use.

I am constantly amazed at the outcomes of my students (and daughter) I tried to cover many things that I learned in college that I wish I’d known for high school. She is so proud of herself, and I am looking forward to sharing more of her work. Above is her first “real” self portrait. I had her use charcoal- a media she’d never used before. It’s a great start to the summer.

(I did not notice my 10 year old son was in the living room listening in on the lesson while he played on his itouch. Next time I’m having him join in…)

The portrait my 10 year old drew in my sketchbook.

The portrait my 10 year old drew in my sketchbook.