Wednesday, June 29, 2011

More Painted Pandas

This artist is not quite 5 years old
Beautiful Charlie!

Here are some of the wonderful pandas from my K-2nd graders.
Like my older students, they used oil pastel for the eyes and bamboo, acrylic for the pandas and watercolor for the background.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Fauvist Dog Portraits






Wolfe (Yes, it says Wu Tang Clan)
This artist is a true original :)




I've done my fair share of commissioned dog portraits. They are straightforward and detailed pastels. But I really love the expressive pet portraits of artists like Carrie Jacobson.

My sister-in-law is on the board of directors for the SPCA of Northern Nevada (Reno's only no-kill animal shelter.) I thought it would be great to use my student's artwork towards a fundraising purpose or at the very least, compose prints of their art into a poster to give to the shelter. So my 4th-6th graders used a very cute terrier-mix, Sebastian (one of the shelter's adoptable dogs), as their model. They were encouraged to use analogous colors (colors that sit next to each other on the color wheel) to paint their pooch. We talked about trying to emulate Jacobson's expressive brush strokes. I think each painting has great personality. Well done all of you!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Paper Bag African Elephants

The above pieces were created by pre-K thru 2nd graders

(same background with a side view elephant )
Sharpie on paper bag

I've been working on an elephant art project that might suit my younger children more than the smaller format ink elephants. These are created using a paper grocery bag. I have used brown bags to create walruses in the past. I thought the wrinkly texture would work well with elephants as well. After drawing their animal and outlining in Sharpie, paint over with watered down gray. This step could be omitted as African elephants take on the reddish brown color of the soil that they wallow in. Lines can be darkened again with Sharpie before the elephant is cut out. The paper is gently crumpled and flattened out several times to mimic the wonderful wrinkly texture of the animal. A colorful savanna landscape is painted with acrylics or tempera and finally some oil pastel Acacia or "umbrella" trees are drawn in oil pastel.

Below are a from modified lesson from my 4th-6th graders

I think these elephants came out amazingly well considering we had just 40 minutes to complete the whole project at the end of our art camp. Half the class was finishing up other work, while the other half was ready to keep creating. (40 minutes is a bit too long for "free draw"). I had originally intended these elephants to be drawn in washable maker and gone over in water to create an ink effect. (As seen in my Indian Elephant post). But since we were crushed for time, the children shaded their elephants in charcoal or colored pencil instead. The African landscapes were done in chalk pastel.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Glue and Chalk Pastel Cats

My example on tan paper
I like the impact of the pastel on black

My 4th-6th graders created these graphic cats with gel glue on black construction paper. We followed a simple line drawing on the white board. Once the glue dried, chalk pastel was added to give their feline their own unique personality. We didn't look at Laurel Birch examples, but I can definitely see some similarities in a few. I think they did a fabulous job! It was our last day together, but I have more great artwork to post. What a nice group of kids! Offering to help clean up, an abundance of "please" and "thank you's", and hugs good-bye. Yes, these are tweens! :)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Multi-Media Pandas

I have a wonderful group of 4th-6th graders in my 3-day art camp this week. Here are a few of their finished pandas. Pandas were done in acrylic and eyes in oil pastel. Most chose to create oil pastel bamboo with a watercolor wash background. More pandas to post tomorrow, as well as glue and chalk pastel cats and artwork inspired by the children's book, "Zen Shorts".