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! I would like to put some of these pieces to use, possibly small prints on Etsy, Society6 has come to mind and I have always wanted to write a children's book. An animal picture book appeals to me as well. 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 will get back to more regular posts and hope to evolve MaryMaking to a broader concept, including more children's art lessons, tutorials for creatives and personal art work. Thanks to anyone out there still following! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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.