Monday, November 13, 2017

Fall Colors

We started this lesson looking out the window and observing all the beautiful fall colors. Students painted gloss acrylic medium onto heavy mattboard and then painted on the tissue paper. 

Week 2, we again started our session looking outside, this time observing and describing the shapes of tree trunks. Students then painted their tree silhouettes.

Our artwork is never complete without a signature!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Drawing lessons

Bicycle studies to kick off the fall session. This lesson is all about composition, different types of lines, creating value with charcoal, and getting messy. Once they have their 3 boxes drawn, i take away the erasers! Mistakes are opportunities to continue your drawing.

Students start by doing 3, 5 minute studies in pencil.

The first study is a contour line drawing of the entire bicycle.

The second study, I ask students to do a close up of one part of the bicycle.

Often, students do not zoom in very close, the 3rd study is another close up of a different part of the bicycle. A second chance to zoom in on details.

Students then have about 1/2 hour to do a detailed charcoal study of the bicycle on the rest of the page.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Kids Fall Art Classes

Fall classes are now enrolling! Classes are small, reserve your spot soon.

Here's a few shots from this summers Color Camp for 6-8 year olds.  

Students started with primary colors, mixed their own secondary colors and then created tints of all their colors to make a bicycle color wheels.

We used our color wheel paintings through the week to understand complimentary colors and create color palettes for paintings.

Kandinsky inspired watercolor paintings with oil pastel resist.

Oil pastel self portraits with ice cream! 

A 7 year old student

0ne of my 8 year olds...

another 7 year old

a six year old student

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Printmaking and Kids Summer Art Camps

Still a couple spots left  in the summer camps. Find the dates and details here.

One of my favorite classes of the last year! Reduction, lino-cut prints. Reduction printing is the process of printing multiple colours from the same block.  Students start with a quick sketch to plan the process, the colors and the order of carving. The lightest color is printed first with a small amount or nothing carved away. The added to challenge to this project was the tile effect and radial symmetry.

 All four corners of the block should have a design or interesting negative space in them.

The lightest color is printed first with a small amount or nothing carved away. We always print proofs to test colors, registration and to see if we if we like it.

The sides of the blocks also need to line up so that when block is printed a larger image is created.

Ready to print the second colour.

A very strong graphic image, we decided it didn't need its second colour.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Seattle Skylines and Kids Summer Art Camps!

Their are still a couple spots open in each of the summer camps. Click here for all the details.

Seattle skylines are always a popular theme. Students mixed tints and shades using black, white and a colour of their choice.  

Drawing through wet paint is great way to add lines and textures.

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....

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