Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Summer Art Fun

 






We created our jellyfish using masking fluid and watercolors


Tempera paint sticks and watercolor with salt


How beautiful and ethereal is this snowy owl?!




Acrylic and Watercolor


Acrylic


Masking fluid, watercolors and paint pens


Amanda Evanston inspired "1,2,3 Elephant"




Clay Cake Box From Cassie Stephen's Book


Chalk pastel and watercolor


Hedwig from Harry Potter


This was a Fun Summer in my art space! Thanks to All my "Marymakers" for spending some creative time with me! Salt and watercolor for the Win! 😁

Monday, April 20, 2020

Abstract Cardboard Masks

Ella, 2nd grade


Raya, kindergarten


 Charlize, 2nd grade


 Kiran, 1st grade
(This shape reminds me of Keith Haring's dogs - Love it!)


 Harper, kindergarten


 Kate, kindergarten


 Thalia, 3rd grade


Katherine, kindergarten
(My kinder girls were very adamant about wanting their masks to be "cute")
Love the blond locks


Mira, 3rd grade



Scott, 5th grade







 Got cardboard? Here's a fun project to utilize any scrap Amazon or pizza boxes. Parents can help younger children cut out the base or face shape of these masks. Since these are abstract, get creative with your shape. Have your children divide their face into sections with a permanent marker and paint with different colors. Facial features can be cut with scissors using thin cardboard using leftover cereal, soda or cracker boxes. Encourage them to be creative with their shapes for eyes, nose, mouth and ears. These can be colored with markers, oil pastels or paint. 

Once their facial features are cut out, they can play around with where they'll be placed on their base. These are abstract, so eyes don't have to be side by side. Have fun! Now they can be glued down using regular school glue. Last, if you have a junk drawer, you can encourage children to embellish their masks with buttons, bits of hardware, soda can tops or anything else you can think to utilize. 


This was a lot of fun for my wide age range groups. Everyone felt successful and it is a great way to teach children that they can create art from a variety of recycled materials.

*Note: For inspiration, check out the work of Kimmy Cantrell and Eric Straw!

  Recycled food and beverage boxes for facial features - easy for the kids to cut out

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Paper Bag Owls

Now felt like a good time to revisit these owl projects 
using lunch bags or grocery bags as your canvas.

Many communities are setting out luminaries to honor healthcare professionals.


Graphic Owl Luminaria


Supplies:

Brown school lunch bag
Black Sharpie Marker
 Sharpie Markers in Assorted Colors
Battery Tea Light Candle



Kids can get creative with lines and shapes in
creating their graphic owl - here are just a few ideas
After black lines are drawn, color away!

*Many communities are lighting luminaries to honor healthcare professionals.

Lunch Bag Owl 
Stuff these paper bag owls with old newspaper to create fun standing creatures

Supplies:

Black Sharpie Marker - Fine Tip, Chisel or King Size
Chalk Pastels
2 brown paper lunch bags
Scissors and glue
newspaper or tissue paper



After you have drawn all your Sharpie lines, add color to your owl using
the side of your chalk pastels with light pressure
Stuff bag with crumbled newspaper
Cut out wings and ear tufts from a separate bag and glue to your owl



Grocery Bag Owls

Barn Owl
Fun facts: Barn Owls have a distinctive heart shaped face,
 their flight is silent and they don't hoot, they shriek

Supplies:
Brown Grocery Bag, cut into a rectangle
Fine and Ultra Fine Tip Black Sharpie Markers
Chalk Pastels






For a simple, finished composition - on a piece of black construction paper,
create a full moon with chalk pastel and add some stars with a white Sharpie marker.
Just cut out and glue your owl to the backgroud.
(those veins though....lol!)


Great Horned Owl
The Great Horned Owl is named for the tufts of feathers (not ears) that sit on top of its head. The ears are actually openings in the sides of its skull, hidden by feathers, down on the sides of its head.

Create sketchy loose lines with Sharpies
Add a little more color with chalk pastels



Supplies:

Brown Grocery Bag, cut into a rectangle
Sharpie Markers in Black, Brown and White
Chalk Pastels
Create a backgroud of your choice

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Sea Fantasy Garden



Fanta"Sea" Garden
Teens and adults- create your own artwork inspired by artist Yellena James. She has lots of examples of her beautiful art on Pinterest to inspire you.
 Here is a step-by-step to create your own design. 



 Start with a few circles in the center of your paper. 
Add some smaller circles inside them. They kind of look like olives.


 Add some sea plants. These look like lines with long raindrops attached

 Add a series of lines inside your circles and some more sea plants

Here is a different style of coral-like plants you can add


Stack these pointed curves to fill in some gaps
 How about this sea flower using small stacked circles?

 Or these "U" shapes that overlap one another?
 Maybe some raindrop shapes and rows of dots or small circles


 Add these elements all around your circle shapes
to create your fantasy garden or come up with your own ideas

Fill up your page with as many details as you'd like
Feel free to add your own made up sea plants or abstract shapes 
Draw or trace your drawing with Sharpie or ball point pen


Now it's ready to add color using markers or colored pencil or whatever you enjoy.


 This is just thin black pen and markers on printer paper



This was created on 5x7 cardstock and is ready for color
using markers, paint or colored pencils



I have added links to the materials you can use for this method.
Start with a light watercolor wash on watercolor paper
After it's dry, use a fine tip permanent black pen, and Any of the following for color: Gelly Roll pens, Bic Metallic Markers, regular markers, colored Sharpie markers,
Posca Pens or any paint pens and white gelly roll pens.

Here I took it a different direction with a painted background and used collaged circles and gel pens and metallic markers on top.

Get creative and think of different designs using these shapes and add your own ideas.  
Send me a picture of your work so I can create an online gallery to share your art!