Friday, June 7, 2019

Kids Summer art camps are here!

Summer camps are now registering! Find all the information on the classes page.

I look forward to summer camps when students can dig deeper into projects and explore a theme in a variety of mediums over the course of consecutive days. Our backyard artist studio is an inspiring space where individuality is encouraged. Small class sizes allow for personal attention and safe space for the development of ideas and friendships.

We've been working on larger format block prints with a few of my private students. The block size is 8x8. I just love it!



Day 1: Our first session was spent with a quick brainstorming session for ideas. From the studio window our Weber Bbq is visible and that was one of the ideas my student had. His father loves to grill, so we took the idea and I had my student do 4-6 different thumbnail sketches. From there, he picked his favorite and we discussed composition, design elements and pattern. A few more sketches and he had a finished drawing an hour later. I like to use a sharpie to define which areas will be carved away.

 
Day 2:  The drawing was scaled up using a simple grid and put onto the carving block, the block carved and proofs printed both by hand and on the press. With its larger size, the proof pulled on the press gave us the best results.


Day 3: With everything in order in the studio we printed the edition. I have a table set up with the press in the middle. to one side is the ink and a place to roll up the plate. On the other side a separate table with a pile of printing paper torn down to the correct size and an area to put the finished prints.
Order is extremely important to insure a good flow and keep the prints clean.



Ta da!!!!


Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Kids Summer Art Camps are here!

Kids Summer Art Camps are now registering. Find all the information on the classes page.
Class sizes are small and fill quickly!


The backyard is often the inspiration for spring art lessons. The cherry blossoms were in full bloom and I had to have everyone paint them. This lesson is a great introduction to acrylic painting in an impressionist style suitable  for all ages.


Students had to mix a wide range of values to create depth in their paintings from a limited selection of colors on their pallet. Day one, students completed a base coat  with the deeper colors. Day two, students continue to paint and brighten up the canvas.


Paintings are 9x12 on canvas boards.








Friday, May 10, 2019

Summer art camps coming next week

Summer camps will be posted next week!!!!

Happy Mothers Day! If you have a child in one of my sessions, don't look at this post until monday!!!


April in my backyard is all about tulips and cherry blossoms. Students did 2 different acrylic painting projects with 2 different techniques. Students were given a limited color palette and a detailed demonstration on brush work.  Paintings are 4"x10" on heavy weight multi media paper. Each student did 2 paintings to surprise mom with on Mothers day. There were A LOT of beautiful tulips to choose from and it was hard to just pick 2 sets. A very successful project for everyone.




I have a class of younger students, I decided that I really liked their tulips as they were, so we skipped the blue background.




 I'll save the rest of the cherry blossoms for next weeks post.....


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 studio....so 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.
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