Today in art class, the girls made splattered drinking glasses using inexpensive glasses, Folk Art enamel paint and tooth brushes. The clear splattered glasses are apparently fancy, juice drinking glasses that the girls plan on keeping for themselves. Kaeleigh and Maddie each painted 3 or 4 glasses in two hours. They are planning on using the remainder for gifts this holiday season. A really nice thing about this project is that the kids have something they can use! Plus, kids love to splatter paint and moms like pretty glasses. These glasses are top rack dishwasher safe once baked or air cured for 21 days according to directions.
Today was art day with Kaeleigh. We were going to spray paint her Eiffel Tower wooden model, but the wind and weather wasn’t cooperating. We had to improvise. Today was paint whatever you want day. I painted a panda, which I will spare you the pics. Kaeleigh had been practicing drawing dragons and wanted to paint a dragon. Soon into the session, things went sour. I must say however, her background of bright red was smooth, even and the entire canvas was covered. If you have ever painted with kids, you know this is a big deal. It is hard to cover the white! Long story short, the dragon didn’t work out which gave Kaeleigh and I the opportunity to discuss failure. Failure is perfectly okay. Some of the best learning comes from failure. We learn through repetition, mistakes, practice practice practice. I had to use a Taylor Swift analogy but I hope the point got through. She vaguely knew who Michael Jordan was so it was just better to use an example of a person she actually knew about. Taylor Swift did not get to where she is by not practicing and not failing.
Kaeleigh wanted to throw her painting away. I told her that was fine…AFTER SHE FINISHED it. Poor kid. She was not happy with me. I told her she didn’t have to like it, but she had to finish it and wait a few days before making a decision to keep or toss out. That little girl, on the verge of tears kept on painting and by the time our session was over, Kaeleigh had completed a unicorn abstraction. That gave us another opportunity to learn. Kaeleigh now knows the difference between abstract and abstraction. I think this little unicorn is pretty darn cute and I was so proud of her for finishing.
I read this essay to Kaeleigh today: Advice for Kids Frustrated with their Art.
This was an experiment I worked on today. I have been practicing salt paintings with diluted poster paint on canvas boards and thought today I would try using acrylics. That was tricky, but I really like the end result. Unlike poster paint, acrylic paint holds the salt so this painting has some good actual texture as opposed to illusion.
This is a pastel drawing or painting I made based on Mr. P’s mountain video on YouTube which I also did with the third graders. So fun…for adults too! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=nMiyNwQJ13w
Today the kids got to experiment with pastels on black pastel paper. I believe one of the phrases used to describe the experience was OFF THE HOOK! Others included fun and epic. We drew two pictures and the kids chose one to hang in class and one to take home. These are the drawings they chose to hang on the class “art clothesline”. Please forgive the clothespins in the photos. Our subjects today were cityscapes and mountains because…Albuquerque. I know I had an “epic, off the hook” time. I smiled when a few of the kids asked where they could buy their own pastels. One even asked what kind of paper she could use at home if she didn’t have the good paper. Awesome! Hat tip to Mr P at https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=nMiyNwQJ13w!
Today, Kaeleigh wanted to paint Simba for her show and tell/talent show tomorrow. She will be playing the drums and showing her Simba painting. She painted Simba for her friend, Elise. I found a really nice tutorial here: http://www.easydrawingtutorials.com/index.php/disney/88-draw-simba. First, we used watercolor pencil to draw Simba on our respective canvas following the instructions in the tutorial. Kaeleigh was a little worried because of all the extra marks, but she was excited to see that those extra sketch marks could be removed with water. I think she liked her new little trick. Then, we painted him with acrylic paints, finishing up with a thin glaze of yellow over the entire painting. She did a really nice job. Her friend is gonna love it!