Our grade school classes have been designing their own two-color screens for tshirt and bags and more! Check out what our class looks like when they FINALLY get to print!
Some of the final projects:
Something for your Monday Morning! Join us each Monday at 10am for some art ideas that you can do at home as well as the inside scoop on what's going on in the studio!
Step 1: Preparing your "Tie Dye"
Step 2: Dying your Eggs
Step 3: The Reveal!
If you try this at home, share your pictures with us by tagging us @OrangeEaselArt on Instagram or by posting to our facebook page.
Local artists are invited to attend our Egg Decorating Workshop on Saturday March 26th. Tie Dye will be one of SIX stations we'll have set up! Click here to learn more.
Approximately HALF of our art class time is spent NOT making art.
A great deal of our time is spent looking at our art and talking about in-progress art hanging on the wall.
We're learning so much by doing this exercise:
We're identifying WHAT we like.
Everyone has different tastes and styles. What are you drawn to? Miss Allison loves the color orange. Miss Sara loves the color grey. Admit it, you've got a color. Maybe it's the one color that you always gravitate towards on the clothing rack, or the home decor items. Maybe you're drawn to paisleys, Or polka dots. These are things that are good to know about your own personal tastes. It's also important to NAME these styles. Ornate, sketchy, minimal, modern, classic, bold, high contrast, intricate, etc. The better we can TALK about our art, the better we can understand it.
We're finding out what "good" means.
Set style aside for just a second. We all know "good" when we see it. Everyone in the class can identify the "good" art. Yes, we make art that isn't good. We all do. That's nothing to be ashamed of or to shy away from. "Not good" art is simply one step towards something great.
But back to the "good".... What characteristics make it "good"? Strong composition. Balance. The rule of thirds. Clear focal point. Tension. Attention to detail. Completeness. Contrast. Harmony.
Breaking down "good" into parts makes it's achievable for everyone. When we can see the components that make-up GOOD art, we can also see what's missing from ours. Where it's lacking. We're identifying the next step. When our class is looking at a body of work, we can more clearly see OUR next step: The direction we need to go. Changes we need to make. Things we need to focus on. It's important that that discovery comes from the ARTIST...it's not handed down from the instructor.
But what about FEELINGS...
One more REALLY important thing...we're not great at critique yet. We don't know all the right words to describe what our brain sees. We stumble over the words and use lots of pointing and gestures. Getting the message across AND being tactful at the same time is just too much to ask.
Because of this, the art on the wall during these discussions is often NOT from the class in session.
Our community of artists will keep their art in their hands. The art on the wall is from a sister class who is doing the same project. Discussions can flow freely when the artists know that the friends who made it aren't in the room. Afterall, they aren't trying to hurt anyone's feelings; they are working to learn the vocabulary to accurately and objectively (and kindly) describe art.
Because that's what artists do.
Take it step further...
Here are some ideas to ADD to this project:
VIDEO TUTORIAL FROM MISS ALLISON
Friday night was our 2015 Studio Fall Party. An important part of our Orange Easel Mission is to create a COMMUNITY of artists and makers. We do this by continuously looking for opportunities to bring those makers together into our space.
Artists of all age came together to MAKE and DECORATE and EAT and ENJOY the community! Thanks to all who came! We look forward to doing it again next year!
Event Photo Gallery
ART IDEAS FOR HOME
Try pipe cleaners as a fun and colorful building material.
Toothpicks and marshmallows (or grapes) work together like tinker toys!
Cut some paper squares and check out a library book on origami, the Japanese art of paper folding
Watercolor trays are inexpensive and easy to clean up. Experiment with different technique, like wet-on-wet painting or adding salt to the wet paint.
Make a super-shiny, home-made paint from sweetened condensed milk and food coloring
Make microwaved puffy paint [recipe here]
Use old magazines and scissors to create a picture. Henri Matisse called this "painting with scissors."
Print photos from a special trip or season and collage them onto a canvas
Cut words from junk mail, magazines, and newspapers to write a special message
Play a game of "Simon Says" Drawing. Each person can take turn being "Simon."
Explore Zentangles and mandala drawings.
Increase the novelty of drawing by using different papers...newspapers, phone book pages, or even aluminum foil.
Fold a stack index cards in half and staple along the fold to create a mini drawing book.
Pre-draw a simple frame onto the drawing paper and let your child fill in the frame.
Pick fall leaves and doodle on them with silver paint pens
It's important to note that you should make art WITH them. And, your kids don't care if you can draw. As a matter of fact, they probably think that you draw really well. (Please, don't tell them otherwise!)
Most students already attend a weekly art class in school. Why should elementary, middle school, and even high school students take art classes OUTSIDE of school? Isn't it the same thing?
There are many ways that our big kids benefit from regular weekly art classes OUTSIDE of school. Here are just a handful:
We've had out 3Doodlers for a month now and I finally feel comfortable writing a short review of the product. If you're not familiar with the 3Doodler, check out the video link below for the newer 2.0 models:
Our studio invested in a few of the 2.0 because they were quieter and lighter and not too much more expensive than the older model. We currently have three of the 3D printing pens. We've used them for two classes and the our instructors have had a chance to play with them.
Here's what we've learned:
Check out the video of the butterfly Miss Allison made from a translucent blue PLA plastic:
Want to play with a 3Doodler?
Orange Easel is an Art School in Liberty MO. Our blog here is written by the instructors at the school.