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Up Up!

“One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.” – William Feather

IMAG2871Here is a fun project that combines architectural drawing, shading and watercolour! It is inspired by my friend’s art piece where she drew a gorgeous house with pen and added colourful balloons using Lindt chocolate wrappers. Of course, I did not have so many wrappers and decided to ask my students to paint in their balloons : ) To make it more fun, I chose interesting nature-themed buildings for my students to look off of. They could also draw from their imagination.

Duration: 1-1.5 hours

Materials:
– Long Sheet of Paper
– Different Types of Shading Pencils
– Watercolour
– A handout of houses/buildings

 

Check out these lovely examples ūüôā

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By The Seashore

“At the beach, life is different. Time doesn’t move hour to hour, but mood to moment. We live by the currents, plan by the tides, and follow the sun.” -Sandy Gingras

IMAG2807.jpgToday, I¬†taught my students this fantastic craft activity!¬†They¬†loved painting the background, rearranging seashells and making origami sea creatures ūüôā It is a project that encompasses many different skills and presents a challenge for¬†those who like folding paper and creating 3D sculptures.

Duration: 1 – 1.5 hours

Materials:
– Large Cardboard Paper
– Acrylic Paint
– Square Pieces of Origami Paper
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– Pencil Crayons or Watercolour Paint (for the seashells)
– White Glue and Glue Gun

Optional:
– Cork (for human character)
– Mini Seashells
– Glitter

I started the class by asking my students to paint the background with various shades/tones of blue and brown. We mostly used dark and light blue, turquoise, white, brown and yellow. After everyone was settled, I spent half an hour teaching how to make very simple origami creatures: Whale, Crab, Fish and Canoe. 

I also gave everyone a handout with different seashell designs. The students could either draw their own or colour and paint the ones on the sheet. After cutting them out, they glued on all their shells and origami pieces. Some painted on a cork to create a human figure. 

Here are some cool examples:

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All Kinds Of Everything

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Project Details

In this post, I have designed a summer-themed project that explores different watercolour techniques. Young artists can learn to create different textures while drawing insects, peacocks, plants and all kinds of everything!

Duration: 2-3 hours

Materials:
– Watercolour Paint & Paper
– Needle/Scissors (something pointy)
– Saran Wrap
– Oil Pastels
– Salt
– Ruler

Instructions:
1) Download: All Kinds of Everything Watercolour Project (A handout with drawing examples and instructions)
2) Divide your artwork into 3 sections
3) Think about what animal critters you would like to draw and use the handout as a starting point
4) Sketch your ideas onto the paper and incorporate 2-3 watercolour techniques in each section


Watercolour Techniques

There are many ways to paint with watercolour. The brush size, amount of water and quality of paint are factors that will affect the finished product of your work. To create special textures and effects, many artists use tools like salt, saran wrap and needles. 

Here are some examples of common watercolour techniques:

Flat WashРCreating one value of colour by equally spreading a wet brush with paint.

Graded WashРAdding different values (dark to light) by using more water to dilute the paint.

Salt: Adding salt on top of a wet surface to create a snowflake-like quality.

Wet into Wet: Wetting the paper first before painting. This creates a misty blend of colours great for objects like clouds and water.

Resist: Using oil pastel for small designs before painting on top. Beause oil resists water, your design will show-up.

Etching: Carving out patterns and outlines with a needle/scissors before painting. This will make thin lines and designs stand out.

Dry Brush: Using a very dry brush to create a scratchy-look.  This technique works great for objects like branches.

Opaque: Using lots of paint and less water to make a dark tone, taking away the transparency of watercolour.

Saran Wrap: Scrunching up a piece of saran wrap on top of a wet surface and leaving it for at least 5 min.


Inspiration

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Snowdrops and daffodils
Butterflies and bees
Sailboats and fishermen
Things of the sea.
Wishing-wells
Wedding bells
Early morning dew
All kinds of everything remind me of you…

– Derry Lindsay & Jackie Smith, “All Kinds of Everything”

This is an excerpt from a 1970s song that I absolutlely love and this project is named after it. As the summer weather is kicking in, I¬†can’t resist staying outdoors to bathe in the sunshine and admire the flowers. So, I decided to capture these natural beauties in an artwork ūüôā

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Still Life With Fruit

As we¬†ease our way into the nice summer weather, juicy fruits will really help rejuvinize our spirits. Here is a mixed media project influenced by Kendall’s Art Post,¬†Pear Still Life Inspired By Cezanne.
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Duration: 1.5-2 hours

Materials:
– Newspaper
– Tissue Paper
– White Glue
– Acrylic Paint

Still Life is a genre of art which originated in the 16th C in many Western countries. Still (meaning inanimate objects) and Life (meaning lifestyle), was very popular because people could arrange a variety of everyday objects and recreate them in an aesthetically-pleasing way. 

Screen Shot 2016-05-28 at 8.23.50 AM.pngThis project will introduce students to the concept of still life and how artists used different tones, shades and colours to make objects look realistic. For example, a pear can be composed of a variety of colours (yellow, orange, green, etc). 

 

Using tissue paper, students can overlap small pieces to create a blend of colours onto their fruits. This will add contrast to their work and a cool 3D effect .

 

Below is a great example:
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Mother’s Day Paper Flowers

In this craft tutorial, I will be teaching you how to make 3 kinds of flowers with simple folding procedures. The Kusudama, Dahlia¬†and Hyacinth Flower look elegant and beautiful in a combo (something great for Mother’s Day :))

Duration: 1.5-2 hours


Let’s start with the Kusudama flower!

You will need:
– 5 square pieces of coloured-paper (one for each petal)
– 1 Pipe Cleaner (for the stem)
– White Glue/Glue Gun

1. Fold the square piece of paper diagonally in half.
2. Take the 2 side corners and fold towards the middle so that their edges meet.

3. Create a tulip shape by folding each triangle diagonally outward, aligning the edge with the bottom layer.
4. Open each flap completely and push down on the paper, creating a kite-shape.
5. Fold the two top corners downward.

6. For each side triangle, fold the shape in half by moving the outer edge inward to meet the top edge.
7. Fold the whole piece in half and secure the petal by gluing the 2 parts together at the center. 

8. Repeat these steps 4 more times to make your completed kusudama flower. It is easiest to glue the 5 petals together using a glue gun.

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Next is the¬†beautiful dahlia ‚̧

You will need:
–¬†Tissue or Crepe Paper
– Scisscors
– White Glue
– 1 Pipe Cleaner (for the stem)

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  1. Cut out circles of different sizes
  2. Fold the circles in half 3 times to create a “pizza” shape
  3. Cut out 2 bumps at the top to create a heart shape
  4. Open up your pieces and glue them together
  5. Add a pipe-cleaner and something pretty for the center of the flower such as a button or pom-pom ūüôā

Finally is the Hyacinth plant (curly flower)!

You will need:
–¬†1 half piece of green paper (for the stem)
–¬†1 long piece of coloured paper (for the flower)
– Scisscors

– White Glue
– Tape

STEM
Roll the piece of paper diagonally from one corner to the other & use a little bit of tape at the end to secure the final corner in place.

FLOWER
Fold one side of the long strip about 1 cm into the middle.
Open up and then start cutting strips from the other side towards the creased line. 
Roll each strip until it meets the very end.

Turn the flower over and spread white glue on the long strip that was not rolled up.
Start curling the flower onto the stem and keep going until the end is reached.

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My Friendly Lion

“Intelligence entails a strong mind, but genius entails a heart of a lion in tune with a strong mind.” – Criss Jami (Diotima, Battery, Electric Personality)

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How about a craft featuring the king of the jungle? ūüôā Making your friendly lion will involve fun painting techniqes and also working with fabric.¬†

Duration: 45 min- 1 hour

Materials: 
– 1 large paper plate
– Watercolour or acrylic paint
– Black Marker
РCardboard Paper 
– Fabric (felt, cloth, something furry!)
– Construction paper (orange and yellow)
– Q-tips
– White glue

In this project, I gave each student a pre-cut lion body which was made out of cardboard paper. This way, the lion head will have more support when put together and students can easily decorate the body with construction paper or fabric of their choice. My favourite part about this craft is that children can use Q-tips and paint their own decorations (dots or patterns) on the lion’s head.¬†

Here are some vibrant examples!

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Toucans & Tropical Birds

“It’s impossible to explain creativity. It’s like asking a bird, ‘How do you fly?’ You just do.” -Eric Jerome Dickey

One of the most fun animals to make in arts and crafts is the bird because there are just so many variations! With 10-13 year olds, this is an activity that really sparks students’ interests¬†and allows¬†them to think and explore a variety of ways to¬†make their dream bird come true.

The toucan is a great example because its body structure follows the shape of a paper plate. To make the tail, you can cut off the extra paper left underneath the beak and attach it to the end of the body.

Duration: 45 min-1 hour

Materials:
– Large Paper Plate
– Pencil/Eraser
– Acrylic Paint
– Scissors
– Glue stick/Glue gun

Optional:
– Feathers
– Popsicle Sticks (for the branches)
– Construction paper (for the background and leaves)
– Cloth (clothing for the bird)

Students can also use different colours and add their own materials. Here are some examples:16-04-23-21-03-03-548_deco

Sometimes, students will really like to make their bird in a completely different way and that’s okay! It’s all about being creative and having fun ūüôā¬†

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