Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Paintings, guitars and summer camps

Summer camps are now registering, click here for all the details.

New musical instruments in the house mean new musical instrument still life subjects in the studio!
I had the students do a few thumbnail sketches to start. A close up of the guitar needed to be the main subject and the keyboard incorporated into the background.

Choose a colour palette...

Complimentary colours...

More complimentary colours...

Cool colours...

Cool results...

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Summer Camps!

Summer Camps are now registering. Find all the details here, on our classes page.

Starting points...
Each student was given a small piece of the same patterned wrapping paper as a starting point for their drawings.

The object is to fill the page and not be able to find the original piece of paper.


Water soluble crayons for beautiful rich colours.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Drawing with scissors

Spring session starts April 17th. A couple spots open in the Monday class for 6-8 year olds. Get the details here.

Musical instruments in our house double as models in the studio. Students were inspired by Henri Matisse and his Jazz series of paper cut outs.  

6 year old student's finished piece! I love how playful it is.

Busy at work...

Step 1: Cutting out all the shapes.

Step 2: Arrange your shapes, layer them. Try a few different compositions.

Step 3: Ready to glue. I use colorful matt board that I get for free from the scrap bin at my local frame shop! Thanks Annie's art and Framing!

Musical models....

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Kids Spring Art classes now enrolling!

The Spring session is now enrolling, all the details are on our classes page.

The grey days of winter are the perfect time for life size colorful paintings.

Students worked in pairs tracing each other on large pieces of paper in a few different directions to create some abstract shapes.

 Starting with our primary colors...

...then mixing our secondary colors...

 Final step, outlining all our shapes in black.

Valentines inspired by american artist Robert Indiana.

Color wheels in the rain.

When we have left over paint its "free time!"

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Drawing with charcoal

The days are getting longer and the winter session is under way. Time to post pretty pictures of what  my middle school students are up to in the studio.

Still life of the day in charcoal and white chalk on some beautiful handmade paper I scored at  Seattle Re-Creative.


A delicate touch.

Charcoal is all about layers. Sketch, blend, add the highlights and finish with a few strong black strokes.

We started the session with quick 5 minute contour line drawings of sneakers.  Students were to try to keep their pencils on the paper at all times.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Handmade holidays

There are just a couple spots left in the Tuesday afternoon art class for  ages 12-15. Find the description and registration info here.

Festive and fun, hand carved, original relief prints for this years Christmas cards.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Kids winter art classes

Winter classes are posted here. Classes are small and fill up quickly!

The fall session is all wrapped up. Here's a few highlights…

American graffiti artist Keith Haring, was the inspiration for our first project of the fall session. Students worked in teams to trace each other and then filled in the negative space painting  as many different types of lines as they could think of. 

Kids in this class ranged in age from 5-8. Awesome work!

I wish we had the space to hang these all together.
A fun and successful lesson on line, positive and negative space.

I had to take advantage of all the beautiful fall colours.

After careful observation of our beautiful leaves, we discussed the organic forms and free flowing colors in the leaves and compared them to repeated structured patterns we had been creating in other projects. We also talked about the color wheel, warm and cool colors and complimentary colors. Not just a pile leaves!

Step 1: Oil pastel rubbings to get the outline of our leaves.
Step 2: Working wet on wet with liquid acrylic inks.
Step 3: Sprinkle salt onto the wet blue background ink and let them dry.

One of my favorite fall projects are pumpkin paintings inspired by Brazilian artist Romero Britto

Students had a restricted color palette and were encouraged to mix their colors to achieve a wide range of warm colours. I often have returning students, so we had substituted an apple for a pumpkin and changed the color palette to keep the project fresh.

Ta Da!

Some of the positive and negative paper cut outs put together for a striking graphic! 

One hour of art goes by very quickly and often i do not have time to take pictures! Luckily one student had held on to all the books we had me made this session and I got a quick shot. 

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