I’m teaching art again!
It’s so much fun to get my creativity going and make a big colorful mess! I’m so excited about it, in fact, I’ve decided to share the projects we do each week so you can enjoy them as well!
I attended an open house and provided a craft, a little preview to the art classes to come. Younger kids printed with sponges of various shapes and older kids cut out their own shapes with paper and used them as a stencil.
This is my example of a leaf stencil design I cut out (stencil in the upper right of the photo) and dabbed acrylic paint over it with a wide dry brush.
I moved the stencil over a bit and dabbed a different color and then once more with yet another color to get this effect.
I’m now leading a weekly young kids’ Intro to Art class at our local home school center this fall.
Day one was a success! We learned some art history about mosaics as well as primary colors and how to get the secondary colors. Now you can join in with some of our fun art projects!
Intro to Art: Primary and Secondary Colors
Color Wheel and Mosaics with Tissue Paper
black poster board (optional)
Primary Colored Tissue Paper
glue (or mod podge)
Tissue Paper Color Wheel
|when dry the secondary colors show up better|
Cut 4 large squares, one from each of the primary colors, red, yellow, and blue, from tissue paper.
Glue onto white paper. I let the kids figure out for themselves how to position them so they were overlapping to get each of the secondary colors: purple, green, and orange. I helped the younger kids with positioning where necessary.
Dab with finger or brush a bit of glue (mod podge works better, but is more expensive) over the tops of the tissue as well and the secondary colors will show up better when dry.
Some of my students cut a circle around the finished product, to make a color wheel circle. This is optional.
Then I brought out the reference books listed above. I talked a little about the definition of a mosaic and the origins. The oldest found have been in ancient Greece and were made of stones! There, now you can impress your friends with your extensive knowledge of art history!
I let the kids look these over and left them open to pages I had bookmarked with great photos of ancient mosaics for them to study if they wished.
Tissue Paper Mosaics
|I didn’t get to see them when dry, but this was my favorite!|
Pass out clean white paper and pencils.
I asked the kids to draw a simple shape, such as an animal or house, or a simple design.
Then glue squares of primary colored tissue on them as if they were tiles, overlaying as needed to get the secondary colors.
Brush glue over the top where pieces overlap for better color, if desired.
I drew a large outline of a turtle for one very young student and he glued on the squares:
When finished, mount on the black poster board.
It really makes the
colors pop and gives it a finished quality. Just a little glue along the
edges on the back of the white paper and press into the middle of the
black board. Too much glue and the white paper will warp and bubble up.
One child used only yellow and blue, when dry it should look much more green with the glue brushed over the top.
Some kids cut tiny squares and other shapes. Some laid them in nice neat rows. I love to see how all the children interpret and create their own works of art in such variety. As varied as they themselves are.
I wish I had gotten pictures of more, but I didn’t think to this time until they were headed out the door. Now that I plan to share each project with you, I’ll be prepared to capture better photos. At least lets hope!