A Fun Place For Kids to Explore Their Creativity

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Animal Project "Amigo"

My students just love drawing dogs, for this project I use a work by Ron Burns as our inspiration. Ron is known for his colorful dog portraits. Ron begins each portrait with the eyes. "Their eyes hold nothing back, whether it's love or fear, heartbreak or admiration. Every portrait begins with the eyes, they have to because from there all the life and personality radiates outward," he says. In our lesson we are inspired by Ron’s painting “Amigo”. We focus color and space, I encourage the students to have fun with the color. We use sketching pencils, and oil pastels or mediums such as acrylic paint to create our work of art.

Step #1: Draw light guidelines across the center and down the middle of the page. Draw a egg shaped oval for the head.
Step #2: Draw the dogs eyes and snout.
Step #3: Now draw his large ears.
Step #4: Draw the body as shown below.
Step #5: Draw the floor and add your own details.

Step #6: Finish your colorful dog and have some fun. The examples below the students used acrylic paint to create their colorful dogs.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

The Kraken - Mythical Beast Project

I just finished a summer camp all about mythical beasts and one of my favorite was "The Kraken" a giant sea creature. Probably no legendary sea monster was as horrifying as the Kraken. According to stories this huge, many armed, creature could reach as high as the top of a sailing ship's main mast. A kraken would attack a ship by wrapping their arms around the hull and capsizing it. The crew would drown or be eaten by the monster. What's amazing about the kraken stories is that, of all the sea monster tales we have, we have the best evidence that this creature was based on something real.

 Materials: Heavyweight sketching paper, sketching pencils 2h and 2b.

Step #1: Draw guidelines down the center and across the middle of your paper. Draw a oval shaped football for the body of the Kraken. Add a line down the middle of the oval and across the bottom third of the oval as shown below.
Step #2: Draw a circle for the eye and a oval for the ear hole. Draw fins that are like can openers.
Step #3: Draw some tentacles that are long and flowing, make sure that some overlap.

Step #4: Draw tails at the end of each tentacle.
Step #5: Draw the shell of the Kraken, think of it as giant turtle shell.
Step #6: Time to add your detail with hatching (single lines) and cross hatching (cross lines). You can add color if you like of just keep it in pencil. Have fun, be creative.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Picasso Rooster "Le Coq"

I needed a animal drawing for one of our programs and I came across this fabulous Picasso Rooster from 1938. I fell in love with the line, shape and color of the this Picasso pastel. Pablo Picasso was one of the most famous and prolific artists ever. Picasso had tremendous diversity and abundance to his career. The Rooster is a work from 1938 when he was experimenting with color and line. Picasso had a great love for animals and birds, he even named his daughter Palamo which means dove in Spanish. We find several works where used chickens, roosters, sheep and goats. Picasso used line, color and shape to create emotion and movement in this work. Our lesson works with shapes, lines and color to create our rooster, we use combination of watercolor pencils with pastels.

Materials: Heavyweight paper, sketching pencil, water color pencils and pastels either chalk or oil.

Step #1: Draw guidelines across the center and down the middle of the paper. Start with a oval for the mouth and smaller oval for the eye. Then add another oval for the body as shown below.
Step #2; Draw the mouth and eye, then add the roosters comb and neck.
Step #3: Draw the Rooster's waddle and head feathers, then add his legs and feet.
Step #4: Draw the wing and the Rooster's tail.
Step #5: Its time to add some feathers and texture through the use of lines.
Step #6: Choose the mediums to bring your rooster to life. Have fun, be creative.