Monday, February 21, 2011

Art Night - Go Green!

The first Art Night is coming! 

Get your 'green' on Friday, March 11 from 6:00 - 8:00. 

Kiddos make a cereal box assemblage using "green" materials and the color green. Enjoy cheese pizza, juice boxes and have fun! Parents have two whole hours to do whatever your grown-up hearts desire! 
$35 per child age 4 to 11. 10% Sibling/Church Member Discounts Apply. 

Only 8 spots left so let me know quick!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Same Project/Different Kids

There are many things I love about teaching art, but right there at the top of the list is how individual children interpret the exact same project. There are developmental aspects, of course. We simply don't have the same attention span, fine motor or abstract thinking ability at four as we do at ten. And then there are the unique personalities that come into play.

This project was based on Kandinsky's Farbstudie Quadrate. The children were given oil pastels and told to make concentric shapes in various colors. They could pick the shape.

This little guy is four, and as you might guess, his name starts with M.

Here is how a six-year-old interpreted the project. She felt the need to put black lines between each area. She also carefully planned out her colors, making all the center dots first, then coming back and placing an oil pastel in each block for her next color. After she used those to make a second ring, she continued her process of placing all the oil pastels as markers then adding rings.

Here is the most traditional interpretation, by a ten-year-old rule follower.

And last the renegade. This young lady, age eight, had her own, fabulous agenda!

Friday, February 4, 2011

"...and here is the moon."

Why is the process more important that the product? This is why:


This was a Mark Rothko exercise. You know, big rectangles of color. In the beginning there were rectangles, I promise. The artist, age 4, penciled them in and started painting them. Then the process took over and next thing I knew, voila! As she painted the bit of yellow in the corner she said, "and here is the moon." She enjoyed herself immensely and she can tell you a bit about Rothko to boot!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

A "Riddle"

This young artist had quite a plan for her Rothko abstract. When the parents arrived she asked each one if they could guess her "riddle". See if you can figure out her concept. (Hint: Look at the real Rothko on the upper right corner.)