Monday, August 4, 2014

Just Plain Crabby

Not  me.
 The artwork.

Yet another catch-up post.
This one is from the beginning of the Summer. 
School started today in the Atlanta area even though it's just the beginning of August.
 Some see the start of school as the end of Summer. Not me.
I will hold on to Summer until the bitter end.
So this beachy, crabby project fits the bill.

This was a guided project in that we all did our outline work together 
and then we got creative and gave our crabby guy some serious personality.

This is the best kind of project.
 After the basic shapes are down the artists get busy adding color and texture.
 We talk about color and tools and they get so into the painting process. 
They just paint and chat and it is so fun to be in a room full of creative children. 

Aren't they awesome and fun?? 

Love the polka dot water.

And this guy?? He cracks me up.
 I can just see him shifting his eyes from side to side before he takes off down the beach.

Actually, it's hard to be crabby when you are laughing at these fun paintings!!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Daisies Are The Happiest Flowers

Do you know what movie that's from??
 I love Meg Ryan and I agree.
 I love cheerful, roadside daisies.
 I also loved, loved the show "Please Don't Eat the Daisies" when I was young.
 ( That'll date me, for sure.)

Someone dropped off an unwanted canvas - a large one. Yay!!

I spent a couple of cold, wintry afternoons painting a giant stylized daisy on the canvas.

It was red, so first thing - a turquoise base coat.
Then some basic shapes to create a stylized daisy.
 ( This is what I use my kitchen tools for!)

Outline in black.
My go- to Sherwin Williams paints.

Just filling in with cheerful daisy-ish colors.

 This color is Pickle.
 I want to have the job where I sit around looking at fabulous colors 
and thinking up their names.
SW, call me. I'm available.

Someone at church gave me the canvas so back to church it went.

The next daisy inspired project was painted at
 a little art camp with my favorite 4 and 5 year olds.

They made these canvases for their Moms :)

Then at the beginning of the Summer the stylized daisy painting
 inspired a project at another art camp.

The artists ranged in age from kindergarten to 4th grade 
and they created some pretty amazing line work.

Again, each one is so unique.

They definitely got creative with their colorways.

Aren't these fun? Didn't they turn out great?
I like them better than mine!

Friday, August 1, 2014

I Love Paintsticks.

I love paintsticks.
True story.
Sounds silly but I have a zillion projects with paintsticks.
I almost hate to use them to stir paint :)

A while back I had a super fun art day with a group of 4th and 5th grade girls. 

I had lots of creative activities planned but I decided to cover the basics before 
I turned them loose with a bunch of exciting supplies. 

We used a paintstick to learn about the spectrum and color mixing.

This may seem remedial to you for 4th and 5th graders but a few years ago I saw an adult do a little segment on Good Morning America
 and she said the primary colors were red, yellow, blue and green.
Maybe she was nervous but I never got over it :)
So I run through a color lesson in a variety of fun ways when I have an art activity with children. 

A little paint, a little color mixing fun and ... ta-da! Rainbow Sticks!!

** My nice Sherwin Williams guy, Todd, gives me paintsticks for the children to use :)