Friday, March 16, 2018

Spring Art Class for Kids

The Spring session is now enrolling! Find all the info on our classes page.

Inspired by the paintings of Pablo Picasso, my 7-8 year old students created their "blue period, cubist guitar paintings." With just one pure blue, white and black paint, students had to mix at least 5 different tints, and one shade of blue for their paintings. We did this project over 2, 1 hour sessions.

Step 1: Thumbnail sketches on paper to decide on scale and composition. 
Step 2: Sketching with colored pencils onto the canvas boards. 
Step 3: Blocking in a quick base coat
Day 2:  Students painted over the base coat, being generous with their paint and allowing their brush strokes to show.

...and a few close ups because they are BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

after the first day....

My older class of 9-12 year old students worked on their "blue period, self portraits."
Step 1: We walked through the proper proportions for the face and  sketched with colored pencils onto canvas boards.
Step 2: With small brushes, dark blue paint and acrylic medium students went over their pencil sketches with dark blue paint
Step 3: Students mixed tints of blue and acrylic medium to add add tranparency to the paint and slow down the drying time, then continued work on the paintings to get a base coat in place.
Step 4: Finishing their paintings.

This student missed the first session so he only had 1 day. I love how it turned out and really wished I could have kept it for myself!


My students always inspire me! I had to go back into the studio that evening and do my own portrait. the hair is to big and i need to work on the shape of my face. Super fun to play in my sketch book at the end of the day.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Kids Spring Art Classes

The Spring session is now enrolling! Find the details here.

We started this lesson looking at the work of Mark Rothko and talking about the Abstract expressionist movement, color theory, scale and the properties of oil paints on raw canvas.    

For our scaled down project students worked with oil pastels on good quality paper.

Applying the color in layers and overlapping where the colors came together. 

The final step was using q-tips and baby oil to blend the colors even more and have them saturate and bleed into the paper. 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Matisse Inspired Collage

We are starting the year off with artist inspired projects. We read Drawing with Scissors and learned about Henri Matisse. Students created paper collages with their names.

Step one: breaking the background out into large shapes.

Step two: Medium shapes in the form of the students name. After moving around their shapes and trying out a few different compositions, students glued down their backgrounds and names.

Step three: Deciding on a "Matisse" inspired small shape and cutting out at least 8 of them to create pattern and repetition. Students also needed to include both positive and negative cutouts.

We had an extra 1/2 hour on the second day. To continue the lesson students worked on positive and negative cut outs. We started with simple geometric patterns in colors of their choice.

...and finished with more complex designs in black and white.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Kids drawing and painting lessons

Happy New Year from Studio-kids! With the group classes over, here's what we were up to in December with one of my private students.

A before and after drawing from a one hour private session. Todays lesson, round forms and shading. We never had time to draw the rolling pin, but we came a long way with the vase.

I had a snowman painting planned but at the last minute decided to spend the hour doing an abstract painting. With a limited palette of primary colours and white, this lesson was about mixing colours, but not over mixing them and letting the brush strokes show. 

Now we were ready to paint a snowman! Continuing to work on round forms and shading, a snowman would be the perfect subject. A quick first coat of blue sky with some white mixed in focusing on interesting brush strokes. The snowman is blocked in and simple shadows added.

I always like to 2 coats of paint to get the colours nice and rich. I love all the different tints of blue and the expressive brush strokes. We added some more depth to the snow and just a touch more shadow.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Kids Art Classes

Give the gift of art! Check out the classes page for the winter session. Class sizes are small and fill up quickly.

Here's some shots of the finished guitar and keyboard paintings.

Students started by doing 4 quick sketches of different composition ideas.

Using colored pencils, students sketched their drawing onto the canvas.

Students were limited to a color palette of complimentary colors for this project.

By the end of the first class all students had a base coat completed.

Day 2, students completed their paintings. The second layer of acrylic paint is nice and thick, brush strokes are visible and the paint has a nice satiny finish. I think they all turned out fabulous! The paintings are a  11x14.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Drawing lessons

A few shots from the last few weeks with one of my private students. So much growth happens during private lessons, each lesson directs what we will do next. A spontaneous portrait in a printmaking project  a few weeks ago turned into a few weeks of observational drawing. Instead of tackling the whole portrait we focused on the individual features.

Week 1, the top left eye was the first attempt with no instruction, a 5 minute drawing. The larger eye took 45 minutes of very careful observation. The nose sketches were done the following week.

My 9 year old student did such an awesome job on his eye I decided we should turn it into a collage piece. We assembled a variety of elements and then edited to make the final composition.

This is the completed project as a collage. We considered composition, color palette, texture but making sure that the focus of the finished project was always  the drawing of the eye. Its really easy to get lost in all the pretty papers and possibilities.

Here's a shot of the engraving that started the whole project. I love the spontaneity of the drawing. It was also a good reminder to do a lesson on portraits.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Paul Cezanne Apples

I love to have the students work from real life. For this lesson I set up a still life of apples on a plate with a colorful table cloth. We talked about Paul Cezanne and looked at photos of his apple paintings and then got started on our own apple still life paintings.

Week one, we penciled in our whole picture, painted the apples and outlines with a combination of tempera and acrylic paints so that they would be very rich color.

Week 2, students added some oil pastel pattern to the backgrounds and then painted with water color inks for a really saturated, vibrant finish.

I used 11x 14 multi media paper thats holds up nicely to the paint.

Students were encouraged to draw big and cover the entire page so that there was very little white paper showing.

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