Pissarro and Harvest

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arTree magazine is celebrating the fall with you! In the November issue you can learn about Camille Pissarro and one-point perspective. We’ll show you some easy tricks to make your paintings stand out! You will discover the secrets of the corn mazes and create your own! You will paint on leaves and test your creativity. You’ll dry apples to make fall decorations and create fall art in your backyard!

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South American mirrors

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Last week, the Art around the World class visited South America. We have explored the South American geography, culture and art. We looked at various fabrics and noticed the bold, bright colors and vivid patterns. Then we replicated that effect with our mirrors.

Kids created their own patterns – some of them used geometric shapes, others used organic ones… some kids used only colorful sharpies, other added a lot of gems and sequins. They started by cutting a circle out of a paper and gluing a circle out of aluminum foil into the middle of it. Then they drew several circles (getting larger from the center) and filled them with their unique patterns. It was super fun and easy for all of the kids (K-5)!

Warhol’s animals

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Today my Little Artists learned about Andy Warhol, Pop Art and the Factory! The last couple of weeks we have talked about colors and today we focused on colors in animals. We found an animal for each color and then looked at Warhol’s paintings/prints to see how differently they looked.

Each child then chose one animal print to decorate and color and got four copies of it – to really see the difference. We traced the animals with sharpies, added patterns or shapes and then colored them with different crayons. It was a very easy project and it was very interesting to see how differently the kids approached the project. It was fun!

Monster-making workshop!

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Halloween is getting closer so it was a time for the monster-making workshop! It was a lot of fun! We created so many monsters that I cannot even list them all here… we use purple watercolors and straws to create purple people eaters, eyes, noses and mouths from magazines to create collages of you spooky monsters, we made monster puppets and cookies.

We also played some games. We carried big, fat spiders on the spoons, we threw flies into the (masking tape) spider web and we used balloons and static electricity to make our tissue-paper ghosts fly! We danced and snacked, listened to a story… and all of that in hour and a half. I would just like to know if the kids were as tired as me! Probably not!

Alexander Calder’s Nose Monsters

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Alexander Calder invented more than mobiles – he invented nose monsters! 

We made those with the Little Artists as well and they loved them! We Just took a paper rectangle (with a little hole in the middle) and drew eyes and mouth. There was no need to draw the nose because that was going to be their real one! I even brought a mirror for them to see how spooky or funny they looked.

Now we are ready for Halloween!

Calder and mobiles

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Today my Little Artists and I talked about colors in motion. We talked about the mobiles they had above their cribs… and that Alexander Calder was the first person who made them, almost a hundred years ago. Why? He loved sculpture but thought that it missed something–movement. So, he tried to find a way to make his sculptures move.

Then we discussed the most important thing when making a mobile: balance.

What is a balance? It’s the way of spreading your weight equally so that you do not fall.

Why is important? If the sculpture was not balanced right, it would drop to one side and would not move much. It needs to be just right so that it moved in the air.

We also balanced ourselves – on our feet, on masking tape on the floor and on bumpy dots.

After that it was time to make a balancing sculpture. We drew pictures on our colorful circles and then folded them in in half. I helped them attach the pipe cleaners inside, made a hole on the top and attached a string. The kids tried to balance it on their finger and then went on to add the fun part: play dough.  They worked hard to balance their sculptures so that they did not lean too much to one side. Surprisingly easy for everybody (even the 3-year-olds). It was wonderful!

Symmetrical Castles and quills

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This week, the artists at Woodside Elementary visited Europe. We have learned everything there is to learn about castles: why there were built, where and when, why where they built the way they were, what materials were used, why did they have small windows and moats… We have also looked at a lot of pictures and found out that a lot of the castles are symmetrical.

For the art project we made our own castle: symmetrical cutout of a castle made out of brown recycled paper. Then we glued it onto a black piece of paper and decorated the castle the way we would have if it were still Middle ages. We used real quills!

Kids used huge goose feathers (with the 45-degree cut on the bottom) dipped in ink to add bricks, windows, gates, vines and anything else they wanted to their castle. They had a blast and were amazing!

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When we were done, we had couple of minutes to spare so we made out family crests as well. Everybody got one template and decorated it with whatever they wanted. Some kids took it seriously and drew stuff that represented their family the best, some took it silly and drew a dragon sitting on bacon… nevertheless, they had a blast!

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