Sunday, August 28, 2016

Art Camp: Handmade books

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Here's some hi-lights from the middle school book-arts camp that took place earlier in the summer.

Collaging cards lesson is all about choosing a colour palette and creating a composition.

I LOVE paper...

The collection for the week included a Japanese stab bound journal, a pamphlet style binding, an accordian fold book, small match book notebooks and cards.

Creating lines and textures with the sewing machine.

We used my embossing gun and metallic powders for adding details to covers and cards. 

Handcarved wooden blocks from India.

Match book style notebooks were a big hit. Zero waste!

View from the loft...

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Making color wheels

We just wrapped up an amazing week of art camp.  The studio was full of 6-8 year olds in the morning and middle school students in the afternoon.

My daughter's new bicycle has been the inspiration for many art projects this year. This was a great project to start off our week. After some careful observational drawing we turned the tires into colour wheels.

 Primary colours, secondary colours....

 Warm colours, cool colours....

...and then we mixed some tints to finish the paintings.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Summer Camps have a few spots open...

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Poofy loves to pose, Poofy loves to be pet... 

 Life drawing with Poofy...

Poofy poses patiently for pastel portraits.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Painting tints and shades

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First lesson in my acrylic painting class. Tints and shades with the Seattle skyline. 

Seattle on a typical grey day.

A painterly Seattle through rose tinted glasses!

Another nice range of colours.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Time to register for Summer Camp!

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Spring is full swing here at Studio-kids. Just a couple shots from 6-8 year old class. We started our paintings with wet on wet water colour so that our green and blue would blend together.

   While our paintings dried in the sun we went out to the garden to pick a a few branches from the apple tree. After some close examination of the branch structure we started painting. We noticed the branch was very wiggly and resembled the letter Y. Best approach was to paint the branch very slowly with our non dominate hand to get it nice and shaky!

 Dark pink, light pink and white to dip our brushes in, then quick gestural strokes. Voila! Blossoms!

Monday, March 28, 2016

The tulips are blooming!

It is spring in Seattle and my garden is going crazy. I like to edit the still life so that students can can do some careful observation for their compositions.  I was hoping for a traditional closed tulip for my printmaking class but after 30 minutes in the water, this happened!

This week we made some beautiful Monoprints.

 After printing their plates, students did another image using the same plate and the ghost image that remained. The gradual build up of layers has beautiful results.

 These 3 would be gorgeous framed and hanging together!

Tools of the trade, the humble q-tip.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Spring Classes and Painted Self Portraits...

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Inspired by stained glass, this was a fun and successful project for all ages. I had the students stretch out across the paper in a few different directions. This gave us some interesting areas of overlap. I did the tracing for my younger class. After a demonstration, older students could trace younger students as well.

Basic kids tempera paint in fun colors on a medium weight paper. When we taped these up to the windows the colors were glowing!

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