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We're always looking for new ways to display art around our home. These ART CANDLES are easy and low cost. They make unique and art-ful gifts--perfect for grandparents and teachers.
Artwork is completed on tissue paper and then melted to the candle using a heat gun. (Some tutorial will say you can use a hair dryer. We don't recommend it. It doesn't get hot enough to do the job quickly.)
Check out the video links to see how easy it is. The video on the sidebar is really short; the one on the bottom is a full tutorial!
Our Open Studios on Saturday mornings during November and December are featuring all projects that are "gift worthy." These candles are in the line-up! If you don't want to try this at home, you can simply drop the kids off to make them with us!
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?
Our 2015-16 schedule will have a new class for adult artists who want to hone their drawing skills. Fundamental Drawing will meet once per week and will focus on skill development, exercises, and instruction.
And the best news, it's completely FREE.
Although, these are considered advanced classes, the desire to learn and grow is more important than the current skill level. You can be a beginner in these classes and be JUST fine!
Drawing Fundamental class will operate on a 12-week curriculum. We will repeat the lessons and drills every 12 weeks. (Repetition is a wonderful thing.)
Each class is 60 minutes long; following each class, the studio is open for another 60 minutes for practice and additional feedback. The second hour is completely optional.
WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS CLASSES:
The emphasis will be on drawing as REAL as possible--not because realistic drawing is better than abstract, but because realistic drawings demonstrate that we have command of our skill!
Our class meets four times per month (any "fifth days" will be taken as a day off). After these 12 lessons have been taught, we will cycle back through them. Artists may join at the beginning of any month, regardless of whether we are in Week 1, 5, or 9.
Below is the 12-week outline for our Fundamental Drawing class:
Week 1 - Drawing accuracy lesson 1
Week 2 - Drawing accuracy lesson 2
Week 3 - One point perspective drawing
Week 4 - Two point perspective drawing
Week 5 - Drawing from photograph (non-moving objects)
Week 6 - Drawing from photograph (moving objects)
Week 7 - Still life drawing (shading, highlights, textures)
Week 8 - Still life drawing (contour, scale, perspective)
Week 9 - Figure drawing lesson 1 (from photo)
Week 10 - Figure drawing lesson 2 (life)
Week 11 - Portrait drawing lesson 1 (from photo)
Week 12 - Portrait drawing lesson 2 (life)
Tuition is always free but registration is required.
School starts this week and we're as excited as anyone else! Capturing the excitement of the first day is a important ritual for most families. Soon our facebook feeds will be flooded with smiling kiddos with fresh haircuts and new backpacks. Read below with some of our best tips for getting a great back-to-school pic!
Great photos don't happen if you're stressed, running behind and unprepared. If you want to capture a great photo, begin the night before!
The Big Day
We used paper templates to paint our wood sign. We uploaded our templates for anyone who wants to download and print paper ones like the ones below. Completely free: [here]
Remember the purpose
Yes, we all want a perfect picture. Remember the bigger purpose of this day. This day is about celebrating and documenting the excitement of a new year. Grab the photos but not at the expense of ACTUALLY enjoying your morning together and experiencing the excitement.
But maybe your morning just isn't going well. Scrap the photo ops and be present in the moment. Second-day of school pics are just as good!
We were blessed this past month to host a number of groups for private events and classes. Two northland elementary schools hosted summer workshops at the studio. We have all the audio-visual equipment, tables and chairs to accommodate groups as large as 45. They worked most of the day preparing for the upcoming school year, but we took a break to paint and be creative! It’s so valuable for teams to learn and grow together creatively!
We also hosted a private class for the Epilepsy Foundation of Missouri and Kansas. They needed custom artwork for their 5K banners. We designed a special project to fit their needs. Orange Easel provided the space, supplies, and instruction. They provided the artists! The result was our Faces of Epilepsy self-portraits. Check out a few of them below:
Let us be your group’s Makerspace
Studio rental rates, project prices, and supply costs vary greatly, but we'd love to chat with you about customizing an event just for you!
To get the conversation started, [click here]
Orange Easel Celebration
We are incredibly thankful for our community and our families who support us. Thank you for an incredible first year. We are blessed.
a few event photos
The Orange Easel Story:
Do you know the Orange Easel Story? We didn't start here...
Our first Orange Easel Glitterfest was a HUGE success! We spent two days playing with glitter. The memories and trail of tiny sparkles will much longer.
Our artists complete three pieces of glittered artwork...a zentangle-inspired glitter scratch art, a glittered magic wand, and a Miro-inspired mixed media piece.
We also painted a collaborative backdrop for our group photo and popped balloons filled with glitter!
Check out photos from both days of GLITTERFEST in the gallery's below. GLITTERFEST *will* return next summer. We're already planning ways to make it BIGGER and BETTER!
Thursday's Glitterfest photos
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Friday'S Glitterfest Photos
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