Thursday, August 16, 2018

Acrylic Painting Camp and Fall Classes

Stay tuned for the fall schedule, it will be posted shortly! 

This summer's Acrylic Painting camp for artists age 9-12  was a huge success. I am slowly catching up with the photos of all the work we completed. Here's a few shots from one of our still life painting days.


Paintings are 5"x5" acrylic on wood panels




We started by doing contour line studies of the fig, followed by detailed sketches with shading, then went on to our paintings.


Group shot!


Our model, essential for observational drawings!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Kids Summer Art Camps



2 spots have opened up for next weeks art camp! 7-9 year olds, Monday to Thursday from 1-4. 


I am back from an amazing 3 week vacation and feeling so inspired! My family had the pleasure of spending the day at The Collateral Repair Project in Amman, Jordan. The staff at CRP are doing amazing work with refugees. Summer camp for the kids was filled with activities putting smiles on kids faces that have been through so much. My daughter and I lead a fun portrait painting class with kiddoes😍 


We started by drawing our portraits in crayon.


Kids were encouraged to be creative with their color use and to fill the page with color.





Heart breaking to see a little one paint tears on her portrait.


We had a large group of 24 kids ages 6-9.


One of the finished portraits.


CRP also has a daycare where younger children can play while their parents meet with volunteers, attend workshops or classes.
Check out their website, become a monthly or one time donor at https://www.collateralrepairproject.org/  

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Kids Summer Art Camps are enrolling

Summer Camps have a few open spots. Checkout the details on the classes page



Nothing like a quick trip to New York to re-charge the creative batteries.
Good art, a good friend, good food, good music...here's a few black and white shots from my walks in Harlem, Central Park, Queens and Brooklyn.



More about this magical place in the next blog post!




















Friday, May 18, 2018

Kids Summer Art Camps

Summer art camps  are now enrolling. Check out all the details on our classes page. Small class sizes fill up quickly!


We have had a buzy, beautiful spring in the studio. 
We took advantage of the beautiful weather to draw, paint and collage about tulips in the garden.


The following week we started our tissue paper impressionist inspired gardens.


Students tore yellow, greens, lilac and blue into strips and leaf shapes, then collaged them onto canvas with acrylic gloss medium. Starting with blue and yellow colors and building layers to create backgrounds and middle grounds. 


On day 2, students cut dark green stems and leaves and created their flowers. 




This is a great project for all ages. Students learn brush control, building layers, composition, observational skills and everyone makes something beautiful!






Our models.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Goldfish Fish Paintings. Inspired by Matisse

For this project students were inspired by Henri Matisse's Goldfish painting.  We re-created a setting in the studio to paint from. We learned about a complimentary color palette, drawing cylinders, and building layers of color. Students worked with liquid watercolors for a beautifully saturated finished product.




Step 1: Draw at least three thumb nail sketches to determine a composition and correct proportions. 


Step 2: Lightly sketch the composition onto water color paper.


Step 3: Start building layers of color starting with light washes. We started with leaves and stems, then areas that were blue.



Step 4: When the green and blue areas were dry, students started on the orange areas.


We keep scratch paper close by to test colors if needed.


The last step is going over  the original pencil lines in black ink. This project was done over the course of 3, 1 hour sessions

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Relief Printing




This is my new favorite project with the older students,  exploring radial symmetry in the form of handprinted tiles.


Their designs start with the block positioned like a diamond and the center line going from corner to corner. Students need to draw knowing that the sides will line up to create new shapes where corners meet and sides meet!


Planning, printing stations, and a tidy work area are crucial.


 Students print with multiple colors. I have the students works from dark to light and within a color family.



On the back of each block mark one corner as "top," this is really important to make sure the image is in registration.


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!


Finished!!!



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.


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