Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Good Dog Carl

 (this pup is waiting for his balloon 
string to finish the piece)

 My experiment for the project

Inspiration page

I haven't done an art lesson inspired by a children's book for a while, so I thought it was time to give it a go. I found Carl's Afternoon in the Park by Alexandra Day in my shelf, and thought it would be perfect for my Multi-Media Art Class. The children created a textured back ground using acrylics and sponges to mimic Day's beautiful painted illustrations. The dog and balloon were done separately using chalk pastels and charcoal. Emphasis was on shading and shadow for these elements. The children followed a line drawing lesson for the puppy, but were encouraged to make adjustments to make it their own. Cut out balloons and dogs were added to their painted background and last a balloon string was added to bring their piece together. Cute pooches guys! Artwork by ages 7-9.


  1. Wonderful pictures! I like the shading on the ballons, the cute puppies! So nice work. Thanks for sharing.

  2. These are very lovely pictures. I like the individual looks of both the dogs and the backgrounds, but I also like the movement in the pictures, I can almost feel the dogs jump. Thank you for sharing this wonderful idea.

  3. Thanks again Mary for a wonderful lesson. Your children do great work!

  4. These are fantastic Mary : )


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