Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Clearly blogging is not my thing. Hopefully you follow me on facebook and instagram. @studioartforchildren there you can see current work by my students.

The year is almost over, but still want to say THANK YOU for voting Studio Art for Children as one of the top 5 Art Classes for Children third year in a row!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Thank you for voting Studio Art for Children as one of Boston Parents Paper's Top 5 Art Classes for Children!!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Brice Marden

Students studied the work of Brice Marden before starting a multi-week-long project inspired by his art. Marden is known for his serpentine, calligraphic drawings with layered networks of lines. Marden's work is often inspired by Chinese (hanzi) and Japanese (kanji) characters, and at times uses sticks as extender tools to draw with. Students were introduced to hanzi and kanji characters and were challenged to make both small and large calligraphic patterns on various papers, inspired by Asian letter characters and Brice Marden's work. During the first stage of the project, students worked at tables and made drawings using twigs as drawing tools by dipping the sticks into ink and then working to make calligraphic markings with an unconventional tool. In a related exercise, students were instructed to smudge charcoal over their pages before using sticks and ink, and later, after the ink had dried, they worked with erasers to reveal original paper color in various "negative shapes" which they discovered between their markings. For the second part of this project, students were given larger tools that forced additional challenges. Students were given yard-long sticks and ink and tempera in bowls and palettes on the classroom floor, and while standing above their paper, they made wonderfully unpredictable calligraphic drawings with increased accidental markings. For these preliminary exercises, students were challenged to think about "varied line, and shapes," and to "consider the space displaced by these markings," and to "value using multiples layers" by understanding "why certain materials and mediums came first when layering their markings." These first experimentations prepared the students for their final project, in which they used acrylic on canvas boards and painted networks of layered lines, forming crisscross shapes with brushes and various colors. In their final Marden-inspired project, students were asked to think about what they learned from making their preliminary drawings and were challenged to transfer their understanding into their final paintings. They were encouraged to consider color as a way to "activate the illusion of space." They were challenged to "pay attention to which colors appear to come forward in space, and, which colors appear to push back into space." The results of these projects are quite sophisticated for these young artists in grades 2-5.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Ming Vases

I saw this wonderful lesson on an art blog. I tweaked it a bit. We learned about Ming Vases, we discussed the time they were originally made, uses for them, and that they were traditionally blue and white. Students learned about how to draw vases using imaginary guidelines and ellipses to understand the form. Keeping in mind the light source they blended various blue oil pastels gradating light to dark. White acrylic paint was painted over the oil pastels and we used toothpicks to scratch out patterns and designs. When they were dry we cut them out and placed them onto patterned paper. I set up a vase and lit if from one side so students could see what the shadows would do. Applying what they learned from this observation they used charcoal pencil to put in their shadows. I'm so pleased with the results! I love the play of patterns. The students spent quite a few weeks on these and I believe it shows!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Summer Camp 2012

Studio Art for Children has been experiencing some technical difficulties. Still working on them, but now can do some posting! Here are some fun times from this past year's summer camp. I'm working on summer 2013 dates and will post on blog as soon as they are ready.


In painting class we made our own tempera paints from chalk. We ground the chalk with a mortar and pestle and added egg yolks and water. I read them the book A Boy Named Giotto by Paolo Guarnieri so we could be inspired by the amazing Renaissance painter who used paints that were ground from pigments that derived from minerals and flowers. Then we painted a landscape inspired by Giotto.

Sketch Booking Below

Cezanne inspired still lifes

 Asian inspired scrolls on rice paper. The students used ink with sumi brushes for the branches and tempera paint for the blossoms.

Jackson Pollock fun!

We made multiple prints from a printing plate where the image was drawn on with glue. After the glue dried we used brayers to apply the black ink. After the prints dried we chose one to hand-color with watercolor.

 After studying Chuck Close's finger print portraits, the students made their own from photos we took of them. Please excuse the poor quality, I just couldn't pass up posting them.