Painting cabbage in watercolor - I have always wanted to teach my students how to paint cabbage. Cabbage is very challenging because it requires knowledge of values. Values are the darks and lights which form the object the artist wishes to paint. If the values on the cabbage are executed properly, the artist will not need to rely on line to define this lovely vegetable. Since this particular watercolor class is called “Loose and Free", I had the students spray their paper with water first and then paint. Below is the reaction of one of my students after I gave the instruction to wet the paper first.
Make Horse Sculptures from Wire - We are having an exhibit at the Vero Beach Museum of Art on Deborah Butterfield. It is a fantastic display of horses, larger than life made with metal scrap pieces and some bronze that resembles found wood pieces. The students were amazed at the way she assembled these pieces to make such beautiful sculptures.
Needle Nose Pliers with Cutter
Horse Skeleton Template
Block of wood 10" x 4"
Cut 3 lengths of wire 24" long
Place one of the wires over the skeleton of the horse and form the head.
Twist wire to close head
Form torso and bend tail
Bend second wire in half and attach to torso where back legs attach
Make a loop at each joint in horse leg (refer often to template)You should have two legs using the one wire.
Attach third wire to front of torso where front legs begin on template.
Magritte was a surrealist who was best known for his witty and thought-provoking images and his use of simple graphics and everyday imagery.This project is perfect for kids and teens. It did not go well with people with Alzheimer's, I think they are kind of living in a surreal world and this confusing to them. I used the artist Magritte as my muse. His paintings are very intriguing and spark some interesting discussion. I got this lesson off of Pinterest. This is a great site for ideas.
2 Sheets of watercolor paper on the vertical
tempura paint (white sky blue, black)
wet paper towel roll for clouds (Viva Towels are the best).
My good friend Carla came to my Intergenerational class to teach the art of Calligraphy. The seniors and teens loved it and did such a fantastic job. I decided to post this lesson so that I wouldn't forget how it was done.
Two pencils taped together
Black fine permanent marker
Black Medium nib permanent marker
Template of letters
Examples of Calligraphy
Practice copying a letter with the pencils
Keep the heel of your hand on the table at all times while resting the pencil in the cradle of your hand between your thumb and index finger.
Once you are confident, make a bigger letter of your choosing.
Make a border on your bristol paper with tape.
Draw letter inside border.
Design the letter making improvements and decorative flourishes.
I love this project. This is a fun colorful project to do at the beginning of spring.It is a great one to do with people that have limited mobility or Alzheimer's. Color has a miraculous cheering ability. Dick Blick's Liquid watercolors are so bright and pretty, a joy to work with. Be prepared for a lot of ooooh's, and ahhhhh's. .
Andy Warhol was a pop artist. He came up with the concept of using mass-produced commercial goods in his art. He called it Pop Art. Pop art is art based on modern popular culture and the mass media, especially as a critical or ironic comment on traditional fine art values.He would use commercial images and reproduce them over and over. One early example of this was a series on Campbell's Soup cans. In one painting he had two hundred Campbell's soup cans repeated over and over. Andy often used silkscreen and lithography to create his pictures.
Famous People Andy also used pictures of famous people. He would repeat the same portrait over and over, but use different colors and effects in each picture. Some of the celebrities he had as subjects include Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor.
Andy soon became a very famous celebrity himself. He opened a new studio called "The Factory". He not only worked on his art there, but had large parties with wealt...
When I teach drawing, I like to take a close up of a photo with lights and darks, turn it upside down and have the students draw what they see. This is always a successful lesson. The results are shockingly good.
Photo for copying
black paper the same size and shape as photo
white, black, orange, yellow, blue pastels
colored paper for mounting
Cut black paper to same size as photo
Fold photo in half vertically and horizontally to get middle. Trace over folds with white chalk.
On black paper use ruler to find middle and mark with white chalk.
Have students turn photo upside down
Have students look at the negative space (the spaces that are not the animal, ie. background) and copy that shape onto the paper first.
Have them measure where the features are and color in.
Don't turn paper until finished.
Results of Upside Down Drawings (Done by 8 year old children)
Result of Upside Down Drawings (done by teens and seniors)
This art activity is perfect for kids and seniors with alzheimer's disease. I wanted to find a figure activity and thought that Edgar Degas would be the perfect artist to showcase while making movable ballerinas.
History on Degas to share with group
Template of ballerina on card stock
Markers or colored pencil
Small 1/2" brads
Show photos of ballerinas observing the poses and colors.
Make watercolor hearts fun and easy. I used coffee filters and watercolor pour paints to facilitate this exciting project. It is the perfect activity for people with alzheimer's disease. This project took about 1 1/2 hours including clean up.
coffee filters (5) per person
Pink and mint green construction paper ( the mint green contrast well with the pink hearts and is light enough to not over shadow the see through coffee filters). Make sure the green paper is slightly smaller than the pink so their is a nice pink border.
Copy Paper to put under hearts while painting
Paint brushes (size med/small to make sure they dont go too fast).
Plastic condiment cups with lids
Water marked H20 in cups not resembling drinking cups. One per person.
Put 5 coffee filter together, fold in half and make a black line with permanent marker (photo a). Make sure you chang...
Marc Chagall Stained Glass Project - This week I went to SRA, the Senior Resource Assoc. in Vero Beach. SRA provides services designed to promote an active, healthy, independent lifestyle for older adults. One a week I provide a fun art project for them to do. This week was Marc Chagall stained glass windows. Marc Chagall was a Russian jew, who used memories from his childhood for imagery in his paintings. Much of his inspiration was from his religious upbringing. His stained glass windows are displayed all over the world.
For me a stained glass window is a transparent partition between my heart and the heart of the world. Stained glass has to be serious and passionate. It is something elevating and exhilarating. It has to live through the perception of light. To read the Bible is to perceive a certain light, and the window has to make this obvious through its simplicity and grace... The thoughts have nested in me for many years, since the time when my feet walked on the Holy Lan...
The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being.
8" x 8" white card stock
super fine black sharpie
good music for focus (classical Spanish guitar)
10" x 10" black card stock for mounting (optional)
clip board, paper and pencil
A small lesson on pattern before starting is good.
Very lightly with a pencil, draw a ¼ border around the white card stock.
Very Lightly draw a haphazard line starting from one end inside the border across the paper to the other end. Do not exceed the border.
Uncap your sharpie and start making patterns and shapes. Remember to fill in black in some spots for contrast.
I made these lanterns at the request of Mary from the Senior Resource Association in Vero Beach, Florida. It is the new year after all and it motivated me to research how the Chinese celebrate their New Years Lantern Festival. I was surprised to see that they have some curious traditions. They are a superstitious people and believe the color red means good luck. Needless to say, a lot of red underwear is sold during the New Years Lantern Festival.
Here is a list of supplies and instruction on how to make these beautiful lanterns.