We call this "dangerous art." It gets their attention.
The rocks are hot (heated in the oven) and the crayons just ooze over the top, encasing the rock in a marbled rainbow shell. The process is oh-so-satisfying in itself. But the product is also delightful: a silky, swirled treasure stone.
We've created a video tutorial for you to try this out at home with your young artists (or old artists--Our instructors love doing this one!). Here's what you'll need:
Orange Easel Video Tutorial
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For older artist, the results are stunning and the design possibilities are endless. For younger artists, the process of squirting out the shaving cream and dropping the color is great for fine motor development (not to mention, it's fun to play in the colored shaving cream when your done!).
For a edible version, try whipped cream instead of shaving cream. The colors aren't as bright, but it's safe for the really young artists to put in their mouths.
Step One: Squirt the shaving cream into the pie plate.
You need complete coverage but it doesn't need to be deep. We usually look for about half an inch. You can use a spatula to spread it evenly around when your done squirting it out.
Afterward, you can drop in more color, swirl again, and repeat the printing process. Or, you can just enjoy the shaving cream as a sensory play invitation.
We recently use our shaving cream prints to make planets. We splatter painted a piece of black construction paper with white paint and then glued on the marbled planets.
These printed papers are perfect for collages (think spring flowers, fall leaves, etc). They also make a beautiful set of notecards!
Not everyone can make it over to the studio over Christmas Break so we brought some art ideas to you via Facebook Live. All of these tutorials use the basic art supplies and stuff we figured most people have around the house. If you need a new activity to keep the kids occupied, check out our tutorials and let us know how they go!
MONDAY - Paper Mosaic Art
TUESDAY - Ice Art
WEDNESDAY - Salt Dough Sculpture
THURSDAY - Fun with Weaving Art and Pom Poms
FRIDAY - Griddle Art
VIDEO TUTORIAL FROM MISS ALLISON
Looking for new ART ideas for Earth Day? These are three of our favorites that focus on REDUCING, REUSING, and RECYCLING materials in a new way!
A simple printmaking project that you can try is a monotype (you can only use your template once!).
This monotype is made by removing color to create a subtractive image. It challenges us to draw the negative space!
Our Drawing Fundamentals class has spent the last two weeks focusing on ACCURACY. Accuracy in rendering a subject, either from a photo or from still-life, is one of the first skills that we work on. Angles and shapes fit together in the proper scale and proportions.
Talented artists who can render accurately have amazing EYES. It's not just the hands that draw. We would even argue that hands aren't even the most important tool in drawing. Drawing begins with the eyes and an awareness of how these angles and shapes fit together.
One of the best ways to train our eyes to SEE these relationships is through drawing on a grid.
Grids break up the large page into smaller, more-manageable spaces. They give us a roadmap to follow. It's easier to plot a point and hit the target if we narrow the playing field!
Below is an example of a simple grid drawing.
The original line drawing is on the left and the artist's rendering is on the right. Completing this drawing without a grid, is much more difficult! (We know. We tried!)
Click here to download a printable grid and simple line drawing that you can try at home!
(Easter-themed, because we're dreaming of spring!)
Splat painting is a FAVORITE activity of our Orange Easel artists (and instructors). It involves throwing paint-soaked cotton balls at a wall. When the paint balls hit the wall, there's a very satisfying (and surprisingly loud) "SPLAT" sound and the paint flies in all directions.
We do this at the beginning of all of our Studio Art Birthday parties.
We even did it once with ACRYLIC paint as a permanent installation:
Want to know how we do it? It's really an easy set-up. (Clean-up is another story)
HOW TO SPLAT PAINT
Step 1 - Cover your wall in butcher paper.
Understand, the paint will splatter outside of this paper. Paint splatters EVERYWHERE. We wash our walls every weekend; we have a glossy paint on the walls, and the paint wipes off with elbow grease and water. Cover your baseboards if they are white. Nothing worse than scrubbing baseboards. If you don't want splatters on your ceiling, cover it about five feet out from the wall.
Step 2 - Fill containers with paint.
You'll probably want to use washable paint. If you're looking to do something permanent like our speech bubble, you need to spend LOTS of time on step one. We use a washable tempera paint made by Colorations. Thin the paint slightly with water. The thinner the paint, the better the splatters. But, if you get it too thin, you'll have dripping, running paint on the wall. Think of the consistency of melted ice cream.
Step 3 - Get some cotton balls.
We use about 100-120 cotton balls for five cups (40 fluid oz) of paint. It usually takes our artists about 10 minutes to get through 100 cotton balls. We use regular size cotton balls, but the jumbo ones work too.
Step 4 - Set up a clean up station.
We think it's easier (and faster) to do clean-ups with a basin of water instead of sink. You're really just looking for "clean enough". (i.e., Clean enough to grab another cotton ball) We have a dish pan from dollar tree that we fill with a couple inches of sudsy water. Place some towels under the bucket to catch any water that gets splashed outside. Place a couple hand towels (or bath towels) nearby to dry hands. This keeps the floor safe--more on that later.
Step 5 - Go over the rules.
Our only rules are that:
You aim at the wall (we understand that sometimes we miss).
You look before you throw (no throwing paint balls at other people).
You WALK instead of run, skip, gallop, spin, sprint, etc (the floor gets slippery)
Step 6 - PAINT!
We like to turn up the music really loud for this part.
Splat Painting Video
Safety, Best practices and clean-up notes
Our floors get really slippery.
It's caused by the combination of paint splatters from the wall, paint drips from transporting the paint balls, and watery hands from artists who are too eager to dry them off thoroughly. Our instructors constantly wipe the floors with large bath towels. We're not trying to CLEAN the floors. Just dry them off!
Barefoot is best.
In our studio, we go barefoot for splat painting. Our paint is washable. But that doesn't mean that mom wants to wash your shoes.
Action shots are really fun but hard to catch. We like to take video to catch the action. Afterwards, we ALWAYS take a group photo in front of our masterpiece!
Mop the wall.
In three years of splat painting, we've cleaned a lot of walls. At the Orange Easel studio, we clean up our walls by mopping them! We have a large wet mopping pad from Norwex that we use; it reaches the high corners and the large scrubbing pad covers a large surface area on every swipe.
If you splat paint, we'd love to see that photo that you took...send it to us so we can see your masterpiece!
We made some watercolor handprints in the studio this morning. If you haven't used this type of paint to make handprints, you should give it a try!
We used a washable watercolor paint tray from Michaels. Using a spray bottle (from Dollar Tree) we saturated the paint cakes.
Because Everything Should Smell Like Pumpkin Spice
Orange Easel is an Art School in Liberty MO. Our blog here is written by the instructors at the school.