Archive for the ‘Artist Materials’ Category

After we ate homemade banana bread, shared what they wanted to be when they grew up, read the book the many faces of the face by Brigitte Baumbush and viewed many self-portraits from books, the girls were ready to get started on their own self-portraits. I gave the girls drawing paper, their own 4B drawing pencil, and invited them to experiment with their pencil and get used to using it. What kind of lines or shapes could they draw? Dark/light lines? Shading? I think it’s important to feel comfortable with an artist material before jumping into a project. I also provided charcoal that they could experiment with as well.

Next, I gave the girls another piece of drawing paper and had them draw their self-portrait using just their imagination. When finished, they turned their paper over and I gave each girl a mirror and a step-by-step guide to drawing a self-portrait (made by Deborah F. Lawerence). They followed steps that helped them think about where their eye, nose, and mouth line might be, thinking carefully of where each feature is. This was challenging and the outcome might not be exactly what they were thinking it should be, but they worked so hard and were so focused! I am so proud of them! I was able to take some pictures of their “Before” self-portraits, but ran out of time and wasn’t able to take any of their “After” self-portraits. Sorry about that! I hope you enjoyed all their hard work.

I saw one of the girl’s mother and she shared with me that her daughter was practicing at home. I love it! Those girls are so inspiring! Happy Drawing!

REMINDER: No class on April 22

Our next classes will be on:

Thursday, April 29 – Storytelling

Thursday, May 6 – Featured Artist

Thursday, May 20 – Culminating Celebration!


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St. James, Winter 2010, Artist Materials, Week 3

I found this week’s art project on a fabulous website, http://www.artprojectsforkids.org. This resource has art projects of all kinds for all ages. It is a wonderful resource. I found a project on How to Draw Winter Trees. Before we dove into our project, we went outside to do what artists do…OBSERVE. We observed the bare trees that were outside the school. We had so much fun looking up and all around and noticing the shapes and details of the branches.

Using a black oil pastel, the girls learned how to draw winter trees, focusing on a “Y” shape. They added branches, a horizon line, and a blue background for the sky. Of course, I love how the girls added their own creative details…a squirrel in it’s burrow, berries on the branches, and snowflakes. Lastly, they dropped watery, white tempera paint all over the paper for some added snow! Here they are working so hard…

The beautiful final works of art!

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St. James, Winter Session, Artist Materials, Week 2

Materials waiting to be used…yarn, ribbon, Q-tips, glitter paper, pom-pom balls, cotton balls, paper, tissue paper, pipe cleaners, and felt. 4 panels on an accordion book to be creative with all white materials to create winter scenes. Let the creating begin!

Focused girls also having a little fun with the materials.

The girls love sharing their work, and I love hearing them share! What I love about open-ended materials is that every artist has a different way of using them. Some girls chose to use the cotton balls to make a snowman, while others chose to use yarn for a snowman. Snow queens, winter owls, and snowballs all made an appearance in the various winter scenes. Accordion books are easy to make and there are so many ways to use them. The girls had a great time creating winter white scenes!

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I leave every Thursday afternoon honored to be with the girls and inspired by their innate creativity. This week we focused on collage. We were inspired by two books this week… A Child’s Day, an alphabet of play by Ida Pearle and Let It Shine by Ashley Bryan. Both books display brilliant cut-out collages using vibrant papers and colors. Bryan’s book celebrates three songs, “This Little Light of Mine,” “Oh, When the Saints Go Marching In,” and “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.” The girls and I had fun singing through the book! The girls pored over various collage books before getting started on their own.



The girls chose various materials…magazines, ribbon, cards, tissue paper, construction paper, etc. to glue on white illustration board. They had no trouble getting started. Every week they focus on their project and the creativity flows.






Every girl created a different, unique collage! How wonderful!


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