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Rainbow Giraffes

“There are people who can achieve huge success in life, while adding a bit of fun and a splash of colour to this increasingly grey world.” -Peter James

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Check out these cute giraffes, a fun activity to start off the day! All you need to give your students is a pre-cut giraffe figure with yellow and pink construction paper. Then, you can prepare smaller rectangles of different colours for your little ones to cut into small strips. Dont’ forget the spots too- Glitter or scrunched up tissue paper would look amazing : )

Duration: 15-30 min

Materials:
– Assorted Construction Paper
– Black Permanent Marker
– Tissue Paper
– 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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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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Fruit Platter

Watermelon, cherries and pears that are juicy,
Tangerines, pineapples and everything fruity!
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This is a fantastic and “refreshing” project for the start of spring and summer. With pre-cut assorted paper, young artists can cut out their own shapes and add their ideas to the platter. 

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Duration: 45 min-1 hr

Materials:
– Half Paper Plate
– Assorted Construction Paper
– Markers
– Scissors

– Glue Stick/White Glue

Optional:
– Black paper (for the background)
– Mini-Umbrella 

Check out these creative examples: