Art Classes

Christmas Collage

happy_hollydays_collage_by_mara_branco

It is that time of the year that we pile a lot of paper advertising all the christmas supplies that we can imagine, and more. Well, this year instead of throwing everything in the recycle bin I decided to do something out of it. I decided to make some collages and here is the result. Not bad, I think … I was surprised, since this is not something that I usually do.

First I selected the images that I liked the most from all magazines, catalogs, flyers, etc. cut them and grouped them in different categories, like colors, shapes, styles, etc. As I stared to do that ideas popped in to my mind, a piece of paper here a piece of paper there  and when I realized a composition was done. Sort of!
xmas_collage-2_by_mara_branco

Once I had all my images pre-mounted in a paper with the right dimensions and in a place that satisfied me I had to make the background.

I used acrylic paint and painted the background in a different paper. With the background ready and dried I just had to transfer my composition piece by piece and glued them with glue stick on top of the background.

Happy Holidays!

xmas_collage-1_by_mara_branco

Symmetric Clown

clown_by_mara_branco

I did this project with my fourth and fifth graders to help them understand the concept of symmetry. With a half  pre-drawn  clown the challenge was to draw the other half of the clown in a symmetric way.

 

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Big hungry fish

I saw this project on a Spanish blog (Plastiquem) and thought it would be a good project to do with my students of 4th and 5th grade.
I did one myself as a test, to be able to show the children as an example. I’ve noticed that it is important for them to see the final product, they are always more enthusiastic and willing to work.
And so it was! They began by drawing an innocent fish, with the page folded in half. Then they opened the sheet, extended the lines and added large teeth to the fish. Some were so enthusiastic that they added small fishes in the fish mouth, victims of the evil and big hungry fish!!!

Scarecrow

This was one of the projects for this fall. Drawing a scarecrow!
The kids where amazed when I showed them the drawing.
For this project I just used watercolors and a fine black marker to trace the drawing after dry.

I instructed the kids and remembered them of some basics that I taught them before, so they could start.
In silence they started drawing, some more focused and precise than others. After they finished the drawing it was time to use the watercolors and “give life to the nice scarecrow”.

And here are the work in progress of some students.

Optical illusion

What a wonderful class I had today!

This is an old visual illusion practice.

The kids were fascinated with this drawing and the illusion that it creates.

They really worked hard to draw their own illusion.

Simple waved lines and the dark and light areas create the idea of tridimensional forms.

It is fun to play with it.

You can see the kids’ work bellow.

Watercolor Dolphin

This month I am teaching art class, as a volunteer, to third and fourth graders!

The first project was to paint a watercolor dolphin. After a brief explanation about the watercolor basic techniques I showed them how to draw the dolphin.

The most difficult thing is to break the kids habit of bearing the pencil down the point too hard. This habit makes it difficult to erase the drawing because the pencil line will have dug into the paper. Also the watercolor will not cover the strong lines. So … the word of the day was soft lines :)

Since we din’t have time to wait for the colors to dry, I told them to outline the drawing with crayons (black, white or color)  to prevent the watercolors to blend.

They did a good job as you can see in the pictures bellow

Parrot drawing

ParrotParrot step by step drawing

This week I had the opportunity to give an art lesson to second graders. It was great to see their happy faces when I showed them the Parrot drawing. This was going to be the project for the art class. Fifty minutes of silence, attention and dedicated work resulted in amazing drawings.

I showed the kids how to get started step by step. First I asked them to draw two guidelines across the middle of the paper. This is a very important step to start drawing in the correct place, otherwise they will tend to start drawing in a corner or a small area of the paper. Because of this I taught them the notion of space and the relation between the lines.

Then I showed them how and where to draw the Parrots’ outlines. When the outlines were ready it was time to fill the body with the feathers’ pattern. Finally the Parrots’ drawing was ready to be traced with a black pencil and colored.

Here are the amazing works of the second grade kids!

Mermaid Collage for Kids

Collage became part of modern art in the begining of  the 20th century. The word “collage” derives from the french word “colle” that means glue.
Essentially collage is art made with bits of colored paper, newspaper, photos, old artwork and other objects glued to a canvas or paper.

The above the pictures show the kids coloring, cutting, and assembling different forms using old white pages.

First they colored the old white pages with different watercolor colors. Then, when dried they cut the paper in the  desire shape and glued it on a paper previously colored with an ocean blue. This is the final result.

Recycling Toilet Paper Tubes

Art can be a messy job but it is always fun.

flower box

My new work with the kids brings the recycling principle again. This time besides the newspaper and cardboard we used the toilet paper tube.

It’s amazing to see the things we can do with that! To give you an idea of what we can do just take a brief look at the great work of Junior Jacquet and Yuken Teryua.

Toilet Roll Artwork

Toilet paper tubes art by Junior Fritz Jacquet

Jacquet is an artist that loves working with paper and has created a series of small masks by bending and folding empty toilet paper rolls (*).


Yuken Teryua is 
a Japanese artist who cuts trees out of paper bays and cardboard toilet paper rolls (*).

Toilet Roll Artwork

Toilet paper tubes art by Yuken Teryua

Ok!
back to my project with the kids. We wanted to make pretty flowers to be applied on a hand made recycled gift box. To accomplish this we smashed the toilet paper tube into an oval shape then we cut it. After this we colored all the pieces and glued them together. Now we were ready to apply the flowers into the gift box.

The gift box was made with cardboard and painted with acrylic. It was made with the exact size to fit mom’s gift. Surprise! When we craft we are able to make creative gifts and also the packages for them.

The kids loved this work so much that they didn’t want to stop. Try it and you will find an endless world of creativity and solutions that will surprise you.


* The information an photos about Junior Jacquet and Yuken Teryua were collected from www.borelist.com/2010/11/amazingbeauty-of-toilet-paper-roll.html

Kids Acrylic painting

Acrylic painting on canvas.
Painted by a 2nd grade kid.

 

Art work from kid’s in the 5th grade.