Flower Portraits

  Artist Georgia O’Keefe once said “Nobody sees a flower really; it is so small. We haven’t time, and to see takes time – like to have a friend takes time.” Her most famous works are large scale flower portraits. Georgia zoomed in on each flower and illustrated their form to help us witness the fineContinue reading “Flower Portraits”

So, what green do you mean?

Green is my favorite color. Mostly because, in my eyes, I believe it to be like no other hue on the spectrum. Green is never considered blue, nor yellow. But orange can labeled as tomato or even yellow-gold. And purple, well add a drop to many of blue and it becomes indigo. Now, Green, this shade has soContinue reading “So, what green do you mean?”

Color Wheels need not be a Circle!

Young artists were offered the challenge of designing and creating a color wheel that was anything but a wheel. View a few of the selected images below or click here to learn more about the process behind their unique creations. Before embarking on our primary, secondary and tertiary journey, we gathered together to arrange color swatches in the formation ofContinue reading “Color Wheels need not be a Circle!”

Hues, Tints and James Turrell

To jump start a painting unit, I had students explore hue and tints via concentric circle paintings. I wanted them to understand the difference between a hue and a tint, so we first mixed a hue using primary colors, then added the color to a pile of white a little at a time.   EachContinue reading “Hues, Tints and James Turrell”

Materials for creating self-portraits

An integration with mathematics, students measure the parts of their party, divide by 2 and use collected data to create a miniature version of themselves in a self-portrait. First collage, then drawing… Students first create collages of humans using simple geometric shapes. They then draw their collage and use details to enhance their art.  Continue reading “Materials for creating self-portraits”

Art/Science: Fossil Study

It is important for students to understand how artists and scientists share many work habits, one of which is utilizing the page as a “study” for multiple observational sketches. While learning about fossil formation in Science, students study ammonites and trilobites in the art studio and record their lines, shapes and pattern using brown andContinue reading “Art/Science: Fossil Study”

Winter Landscapes

Have you ever noticed the night sky during a winter’s snowfall? It is a stunning mixture of purple, magenta and blue. First grade artists created winter landscapes using these colors to illustrate the beauty of the winter sky. We learned about the art of Barron Krody, a local Long Island landscape painter who paints on anContinue reading “Winter Landscapes”

Hand Painted Paper

Ever wonder how Eric Carle creates such vibrant and crisp, delicious illustrations? His secret is painting on archival tissue paper. The papers above were made with tempera on tissue paper. If this photo excites you, read on. Construction paper collage can be a become redundant when you work with the same colors and textures. IContinue reading “Hand Painted Paper”

Expressing Emotions through Color and Line

Music can transform any ordinary experience into something profound. Humans are inherently musical beings. As one of the first art forms, it is written in our DNA. For this selection of art activities, I play a collection of songs that have a strong emotional quality and allow students to explore color and line to expressContinue reading “Expressing Emotions through Color and Line”

Materials Workshop: Painting with Children

This image displays all the necessary tools for a self-service painting session appropriate for children ages 5 and up. I will set up one muffin tin, sponge and water bucket for two students to share. You can of course use this set up with younger students, just know that the act of filling each circleContinue reading “Materials Workshop: Painting with Children”

Watercolor Blow Painting

This unconventional way of painting will open up students to new ways of using tools to make art. They usually think it is silly and therefore their care free demeanor helps to create a fun and relaxed atmosphere. controlled blow painting creating a tree A more mindful and controlled work of art, this tree paintingContinue reading “Watercolor Blow Painting”