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Awesome Halloween Critters

Tickity-tack! Clickity-clack!  
The giant black spider is back!
Woooo-ooo-ooo! and boooo!
The ghosts are coming for you….

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As halloween is just around the corner, here is an awesome project that combines drawing, painting and crafty work : ) 

Inspired by Art Teacher in LA’s Spider on a Web, I have added a ghost component to give students more room for creativity and practise with using warm vs. cool colours. It is amazing to see the different pastel designs and spooky critter families that students create. 

Duration: 45-60 min

Materials:
– Large black construction paper
– Watercolour or regular paper
– Smaller sheets of black/white paper
– Oil pastels (white, orange & other colours)
– Watercolour Paint 
– Scissors & White Glue

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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 Wash– Creating one value of colour by equally spreading a wet brush with paint.

Graded Wash– Adding 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 🙂

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Taj Mahal

“Every big castle was once started with a single block; despise no small beginnings. A little step taken every day builds up the hope of greater accomplishments. Do something every day!” -Israelmore Ayivor

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Are you fascinated by castles and palaces from around the world? How about Taj Mahal? Its beautiful domed rooftops and symmetrical design give students plenty of room for creativity and practice with drawing in proportion.

Here’s a template you can download by clicking on the link: Taj Mahal Template

IMAG1459Duration: 45 min- 1 hour

Materials: 
– Blue construction paper 
– Pencil/eraser
– Oil pastels
– Black pen
– Ruler

Optional:
– Sequins 

You can also encourage your students to blend colours and use different patterns! Adding sequins to the rooftops will make the palaces more majestic 🙂 

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