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.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

After school art classes now enrolling!

Kids after school art classes start October 1st and are now registering. Find all the details on our classes page. Just a couple spots left in each class.

What do you do with the left over paint at the end of a painting session? During the summer acrylic painting camp we started abstract paintings using what was left on the pallet. Students had about 15 -30 minutes at the end of each day during our 4 day camp.  Each student had a quick feedback session  to help them make  design  and composition decisions.  A fun way to end each day.


9x12 acrylic on canvas






It was our day of exploring the abstract expressionists. We started with Jackson Pollock. I put out a call for left over house paint and made use of some long canvas strips I had been saving. Each student did 2 long paintings.


Dribble, drip, splatter....




details...


Zooming in on a finished painting.



Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Kids Afterschool Art Classes

The Fall session is now enrolling. Classes start October 1st. Find all the details on the classes page.

It was a very inspiring summer, lots of travel, relaxing, reading and art camps. I am ready for a change of seasons and fall art classes. Here's some more shots from this summer's  acrylic painting boot camp.



Acrylic on wood panels 6"x6" by 4th and 5th grade students.








Model for the day.


Group shot!

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

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