Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Fairy Tales and Fantasies

 Aladdin's Magic Carpet





"My Monster and Me" inspired by
Where the Wild Things Are






Royal Self Portraits
Kinder and 1st grade






What a fun theme this has been for my two groups of young students.  We flew over rooftops on magic carpets, created out own monster friend to interact with and became a royal for a day.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Tigers and Pandas

This week my groups of students focused on tigers and pandas in my Animals of Asia classes. I gave the children a lot of free reign in terms of media, colors, and style in creating their artwork. It's not something I always do. But I find summer the perfect time to be a little less structured and really allow a sense of play and experimentation. I had children from Kindergarten through 9th grade in the same class. And I could not have been more pleased with the way they worked together and encouraged one another. Next week we'll be "visiting Europe" on our last stop of our animal art tour around the world.











Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Blogger Interrupted

I have been absent from my blog for months. I do apologize! I have had one technical difficulty after another - crashed computer, multiple blogger issues, blah, blah, blah. If you follow me on instagram, and I hope you do (@marymakingart), you know I have been working on the #100dayproject. I have been creating a mixed media collage each day using leftover materials from my art classes. Below are a few of my pieces. I'm at day 95 - so it's come down to the final sprint!  It has been a great experience for me to tap back into my own creativity, beyond children's art projects, and really challenge me to work quickly and be resourceful.

As for art classes - I am at week 4 of my Animals Around the World children's art class series. We are focusing on the animals of each continent every week. We have created cheetahs and lion portraits from Africa, Pete Cromer style koalas and printed landscapes with kangaroo for Australia, and orcas and emperor penguins for Antarctica, This week we will make raccoons and red foxes for North America. It's the perfect 7 week (our school district's shortened summer this year) theme for our 7 continents.

I hope you are all enjoying your summer! Talk soon!  











Saturday, February 24, 2018

Endangered Animal Art

 Amur Leopards - Acrylic on Roofing Felt
They are the most endangered member of the cat family - 
with only about 35 living in the snowy mountains of Russia and China.
In 2012, Russia declared 650,000 acres of protected land in an effort to save the world's rarest cats.

 Baby Orangutans - Chalk pastels and watercolor
These "man of the forests" spend 90% of their time in trees of Borneo and northern Sumatra.
Deforestation, to make way for palm oil plantations threaten the habitats of Asia's only great apes.

Sea Otter - Chalk Pastel and Watercolor with Salt
Sea Otters are protected in the United States under The Endangered Species Act of 1973.
One of their biggest threats today is pollution, including oil spills.

Blue Whale Tail Clay Necklace 
Blue Whales are the largest and loudest animals on the planet, 
with hearts the size of  Volkswagon beetles.
Their biggest threats today are environmental and climate changes.

Last months' Endangered Animal Art was a wonderful opportunity for my students and I to learn some interesting facts about these animals and the steps being taken to save them from extinction. And as an added bonus, my 1st through third graders created some beautiful artwork featuring these wonderful creatures.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Got Cardboard?

Recycled Cardboard Art Projects

If you're like me, you have some leftover cardboard boxes from the holidays, courtesy of Amazon. 
(I asked my friend who works for UPS, if they are bitter about Amazon Prime and the onslaught of deliveries they bring, not to mention the 2-day delivery guarantee. He just smiled politely.) 😉
I love coming up with ideas to utilize this humble material. I think it makes a great canvas for a variety of projects. And there is something so satisying about creating "something" from "nothing". Once cut out with an X-acto knife, this tropical fish was created using some craft acrylics and magazine pages with a 2 inch circle punch for colorful scales. I raided my craft closet and used various materials to add some extra punch: puff, paint, sequins and glue combined with black paint for outlining. You could use whatever you have on hand. I glued some twine to the back so it could be hung. This would be a great project to do with the kids over the rest of your winter break.


More Cardboard Creative Fun!

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Canada Geese











For some reason, winter art lessons tend to be my favorites. And throw in a bird subject matter and I'm really in my happy place. These Canada Geese (not Canadian Geese as I have come to learn) were created on 12 x 18 black construction paper using chalk pastels. My students always ask me if they are allowed to add hats, bows or other various accessories to their animal creations. Well it is the giving season, go ahead kids!  For the backgrounds, I gave a limited palette of acrylics to dry brush on to their pieces of roofing felt from dark to light. A splattering of snowfall was added before gluing their cut geese. (1st through 4th grade artists.)

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Fall Art Sampling


 Matisse inspired Apples - Andie, 1st grade


 Process Art pieces with lots of media play -1st - 3rd grade

 Inspired by Picasso's "Sylvette" sculpture - 1st graders


 Acrylic on roofing felt - Inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe - 1st grade


Mixed media with weaving - Maddie, 5th grade


Grumpy Cats on Color Fields - 1st - 4th grade

Here are some of the projects my students have created over the past couple months. I have enjoyed visiting some old favorites, as well as incorporating some new projects ideas. I have made an effort to focus on media play and process based art fun. Up next, Winter Wonderland Art Fun. Perfect for our SoCal temps!