Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Musical Artworks

One of my students is a cellist...

After experimenting with carving several small blocks it was time to work on multi color print. 

With reduction printmaking the colors are all printed from the same block. Starting with the lightest color. We experimented with colors on a separate piece of paper and decided on a palette of blue.

One of my private classes is made up of 4 siblings ranging in age from 6-11. We spent 2 sessions working on still life paintings of a guitar, keyboard and chair. We discussed composition and started with thumbnail sketches of different possibilities. There was a bit of frustration in the class so we finished the session with a group critique. Each student had to share their favorite part of each others work and could offer a piece of constructive feedback. Usually the parts of the painting that students are unhappy with are my favorite parts. The parts with he expressive brush strokes, the intuitive painting and raw edges.

The six year old was not happy with the results, I think its my favorite of the 4!

Nine years old.

Eleven years old.

10 years old.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Spring Kids Art Classes: Now enrolling!

Spring seems to finally be on its way in PNW! Spring Art Classes are now enrolling. All the details are on the classes page.

Students in all of my classes have been busy learning about printmaking and original prints. Here's a quick look at the Collograph prints made by the some my students. Students were given a choice of self portrait , city scape or their house. 

I have a small "baby press" that I use for printing. The press is always a big hit with the kids.

Printing plates are matt board scraps with paper collage to create  subtle variations in height.

My older students did self portraits.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Printmaking Lessons

This is definitely one of my favorite printmaking projects to do with the kids.

Simple, bold images produce stunning results as the page gets covered.

I use easy cut and I keep all the scraps to make little blocks myself, more on that later...

Hanging to dry...

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Charcoal drawing

I have a random selection of thrift store chairs in the why not draw them!

Students spent about 20 minutes with each chair, looking carefully at its proportions, the position of the legs and its curves.

Charcoal drawings are all about layers, smudges and more layers.

The 3rd chair was a faster 5 minute sketch to capture all the lovely wrought iron curves.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Winter Classes now enrolling!

Art Classes at Studio-kids would make the perfect present! 
Winter Classes start January 28th and are now enrolling. Check out the classes page for all the info!

Its been a month of printmaking in the studio and I couldn't be happier! I love teaching the kids all about original prints. For this project students created collagraphs. Our printing plates were matt board with paper shapes cut and glued on to create a slightly raised surface. Portraits in the style of Picasso's cubist work was the suggested starting point for the kids but I am always open to their ideas.

 Students are 9-10 years in age.

Original prints are 6"x8" printed in a limited edition of less than 10.

Students love using the printing press for this project!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Block Printing Tile Patterns

I am a big fan of tiles and put this project together to challenge my older students. There are so many lessons within this single project. Planning the design, color theory, registration, organization and keeping a tidy printing station.

The design is drawn on a diagonal. I encourage students to have something carved away in the 2 opposite corners. The sides of the diamond need to have symmetry for the design  to grow as the tile is rotated during the printing. 

Start with a finished sketch that is drawn to size. A piece of paper covered with graphite will be our transfer paper. On the original drawing mark one of the back corners with a T, also mark one of the corners of the back of the block with a T. The T's need to be lined up before tracing the image for each color. We also make a small sketch of the full layout of the final image showing where the t's will come together. Its important to always start at the same spot.

For the first printing, start with the lightest colour.  Only the areas that will be white are carved out. 
Start by printing one print on an extra piece of paper. This is the "proof" print. It's where you'll see if there is enough ink on the block and how the colours look on top of each other before printing on the large sheet. You'll also see if you need to carve anything else away.

For the second printing carve away all areas that will remain yellow.

For the third printing carve away all that will remain blue.

Tools of the trade.

The finished piece! Measures 20"x 20" and will look fabulous is a modern white wood frame!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Falling leaves water color project

The fall session is under way...  

Beautiful fall colors to inspire a water color study of warm colors and cool colors.

I do like to mix up the paper formats so this time a horizontal format to emphasis the falling leaves.

Students worked on 15x6 water color paper sheets, oil pastel, water colors and some salt effects.

I asked the students to try something different in each leaf.

Students range in age from 6-8 years old.
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