It's one of the properties we love most about them. (Or hate, right?)
In this art project inspired by Meri Cherry's blog post, I thought I'd show you how we fully embraced the BLEED this month and used it in a simple geometic artwork. (P.S. If you don't follow Meri Cherry on all channels of social media, you're really missing out!)
Obviously, this can be done with any shape, but we're working with heart today because Valentine's day is just around the corner.
So far, we've done this project with our Fourth Friday crew, valentine's day bonus classes and our preschool classes. Honestly though, the person who has had the MOST fun making these is ME. (Grown-ups, if you need a meditative, stress-free painting invitation--this is it.)
The process is simple:
Step One: Lightly draw hearts on watercolor paper.
You'll want to make sure that they overlap just slightly. Make sure your hearts are sized appropriately. Too small and they are tricky to paint (especially for young kids). Too pig and they might dry before you get to the next one and then they don't bleed!
Step Two: Paint each heart one-by-one.
When you connect the two hearts, the colors will bleed together. Go with the flow and try not to move the paint around once it starts bleeding. Just move onto the next and let it do what it wants.
You ready for this? Here's the bleed in action:
Notice that the LAST thing I did after painting the heart shape was connect the two wet hearts.
I could paint these hearts for hours. I hope you have fun testing it out. I'd love to see your results once you're done. Tag us on IG or on Facebook @orangeeaselart!
This is part two of my musings on art in the dark lately. We just finished our Light and Dark unit with our preschoolers (read more here) in the studio. I'm hoping THIS post inspires you to incorporate dark play into your home.
Although my kids are almost teenagers, I remember what winter was like with kids cooped up all day. I remember the post-nap, pre-dinner hours being the worst. It was cold. It was dark. And everyone was cranky.
On these short winter days, my kids would BEG to play in the dark. They would help me pick up the main rooms in the house (I told them it was for safety) and once everything was clean...er, I mean, safe, we would turn off all the lights in the house. Then, we would get out the different lights and PLAY.
The possibilities are limitless. Just normal play is novel when you have to use a flashlight to see it.
But of course, art is our favorite kind of creative play. And since we're an art studio, I've compiled a list of some of my favorite Art-in-the-Dark ideas for home use. No fancy supplies needed. Just some basic art supplies and a light source. (there's a light source list at the end too)
Capture the Shadows
Build a Light Box
Mess-Free Finger Painting
Paint right on top of the light and see those colors in a whole new way! Fill a gallon zip-top plastic bag with a few dollops of paint. Secure the edges and top with clear packing tape and tape flat to the light table**. Artists can squish the paint around in the bag to mix the colors. Older artists can even draw designs in the paint.
**You can do this same one in light too. Tape to a window or glass door and the sunshine will make a similar effect. Plus, the vertical work surface conditions those core stability muscles and shoulder muscles that all kids need for great fine motor skills.
Shadow Puppet Theatre
Start building your collection of illuminating toys! Here are some of our favorites:
Got junk mail? And old magazines?
We've used magazines to create surrealism collages and paper mosaic projects but this something new. Instead of chopping-up the photographs, we'll be using them WHOLE as a beginning canvas.
If you try it out a home, let me know how it goes! Remember, not all artwork has to be fridge-worthy to be extremely valuable. The process that we go through to create art is just (if not more) as important.
Valentine's Day Puffy Slime
Light and airy. Like playing with fresh-smelling marshmallow dough. This slime is great by itself, but for extra special occassions, try making a few different colors (different batches) and and swirl together to create a beautiful visual effect.
Click the video link below to watch our facebook live video for the recipe and instructions:
Valentine's Day Slime with Heart Confetti and Glitter
This slime is more dense than above and made with clear glue so that those pretty, sparkly add-ins can really shine.
Click the video link below to watch our youtube video for the recipe and instructions:
Borax Solution for Slime
This week, we tried something new in our preschool classes: We used sumi ink and brushes to draw.
Since our class was all about caterpillars today, we drew caterpillars. I think you could draw anything. Butterflies would be fun. And I can't wait to do self portraits like these (It's on the schedule for one of our summer classes).
We began by looking at photographs of caterpillars and talking about the different parts of a caterpillar. We learned that there are different kinds of caterpillars that have different features. I had the children give me directions on how I should draw a caterpillar on the white board.
Then we passed out large sheets of paper and invited the artists to find a spot on the floor to work. I feel like for the scale of the paper and the length of our brushes, the floor was the best place for them. We handed out a small amount of ink in individual glass jars (like a tiny bit of ink...a little goes a long way!).
There's something magical about preschool line drawings. They are bold. Their subjects are both simplified and amplified. Usually we do them with black sharpies. But INK is a whole 'nother level.
Sumi ink is rich, black liquid. It paints on so smoothly. And it covers the surface quickly (which is important for preschoolers). Unlike the sharpie, a brush gives us thick lines and thin lines. And even some scratchy lines where our artists were running out of ink.
Unlike our tempera paint, the ink isn't gloppy and thick. But it also doesn't run and drip like watercolors. It's the perfect consistency.
If you try out some sumi ink at home, make sure that you protect your surfaces and wear a paint shirt!
(And get those frames ready because you're going to need them!)
Today's lesson was to nail down what a horizon line was in a landscape picture. To help us teach the lesson, we shared the book, Freight Train by Donald Crews.
It's a simple book with not very many words which enabled us plenty of time to talk about the illustrations. After reading the book, we took turns adding to a large-scale, collaborative drawing of a horizon with a train. Then each artist got a chance to make their own drawing on a smaller scale in their journals.
We returned to our art tables to find paint, pencils, markers, brushes and sponges:
We used 11x14 inch paper which is larger than our typical drawing and painting paper. Using a marker, our artists began by drawing a horizon.
Artist worked so intently to create their trains.
The sponges we're using are just inexpensive kitchen sponges that we had cut into simple shapes. They shape could be combined to make cars, wheels, smokestacks, and roofs.
In addition to how wonderfully functional the sponges are, squishing them in paint is just fun.
The creativity on each artists' train and background was really fun to witness!
Our Fundamentals class has been studying dark and light, black and white, all month long. This week, we read the book Flashlight by Lizi Boyd.
To get warmed up for class, we traced shadows in a dark room by flashlight. How tricky it is to hold the flashlight in one hand and draw with the other!
er\\This picture book tells the story of a boys adventure through the woods with a flashlight. He discovers many animal friends using his flashlight. The illustrations are primarily black and white. Only the subjects illuminated by the beam of light are in color. The darkness surrounding his is illustrated in a lower-contrast grey.
Our artists enjoyed telling the story (since their are no words) and looking deep into the shadows to see if they could see what was happening behind the scenes, unknown to the boy and his flashlight.
In reading our story, we pointed out the uniqueness of the illustrations and the artist's use of contrast. Then, we gave our artists some charcoal to respond to the story in their journal.
We used both compressed charcoal, charcoal pencils, and white charcoal. We also had blending stumps.
Artists worked inside their journals which keeps a record of each story we read.
Blending and smudging the charcoal is the best part.
Our responses to the story show the same darkness, shadows, and low contrast as the book illustrations. Some of our artists chose to document the animals while other drew the boy.
Our journals each got a quick spray with fixative and a sticker to label the date and the story. And then we moved on to the next activity! (nothing in our 90 minute class lasts more than 15-20 minutes).
Did you see a familiar face on tv this morning?
Catch the live watercolor demo by Miss Allison HERE:
Need to double check when that class starts? You've come to the right place!
Monday FUNdamentals - September 11th
Monday Art Playgroup - September 11th
Monday Lil' Artists - September 11th
Tuesday FUNdamentals - September 12th
Tuesday Art Playgroup - September 12th
Wednesday Art Playgroup - September 13th
Friday FUNdamentals - September 8th
Grade School and Up
Monday Homeschool Classes - September 11th
Monday K/1st - August 28th
Monday 2nd/3rd - August 28th
Tuesday K/1st - September 5th
Tuesday 2nd/3rd - September 5th
Tuesday JUST Drawing - September 12th
Tuesday 4th/5th - September 5th
Wednesday JUST DRAWING - September 13th
Wednesday K/1st - September 6th
Wednesday Emerging Artists - September 6th
Thursday 2nd/3rd - September 7th
Thursday 4th/5th - September 7th
Thursday JUST DRAWING - September 14th
Thursday Middle School / High School - September 7th
Friday Young Maker's Club - September 8th
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