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Friday, April 30, 2010

Polymer Clay Basket Weaving

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Friday, April 23, 2010

Claymation for Kids

A group of students whom I've taught for about three years declared claymation the best class ever! Here is Cassie's parody of Indiana Jones. It's no secret that we're still figuring this out, but it has been so much fun! Come join us for classes this summer! video

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Popcorn Drawing Project




This is a fun still-life project. I gave the students No. 2 pencils and blending tools. We started by drawing value sketches of paper bags and individual popcorn kernels. Both objects are great practice.

I brought in popcorn for all of the students to eat, and then set up this still-life. I was happy to find these old-school popcorn bags at a local party supply store! I let the students choose between black and white background paper and then we used prismacolor pencils. All the drawings turned out very well! Look at the foreshortening Lily added when she wrote popcorn on the side of the bag. Excellent work!

Check out an additional lesson to go with this in From Ordinary to Extraordinary.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Jungle Collage (Henri Rousseau Artist Study)






I LOVE collage. I might offer a whole session of classes on it someday. There are such an amazing variety of papers out there. For this lesson I mainly let the students use different shades of green as well as the splatter paper we had created in a previous class. I read a children's book about Henri Rousseau, and then we created these jugle collages.

Splatter Paper (Jackson Pollock Lesson)


This day was so much fun! A parent had given me a huge roll of paper. We took it outside in the dirt and rolled it way out. Then we all took acrylic paint and palette knives and spread and splattered paint everywhere. One of the boys flung paint over his head and ended up with a green mohawk!

Monday, April 5, 2010

How to make Miniature Potatoes out of polymer clay (Fimo or Sculpey)






Learn how to make miniature cake here.  Or check out the tutorials in my etsy shop!