Drawing blindfolded, September 2013
Have you ever tried to use your other senses than just your sight when painting or drawing. We are depend on our vision so much that it was time to give a chance to our other senses. Our blindfolded workshop expossed our little artists to a totally new experiance. To prevent from constant peeking :), we gave our students clear crayons and white candle sticks and asked them to use their imagination, picturing the image in the head first and than draw it. White on white won't show much but use of the watercolors reveled the drawing. It was not easy after all but we had a lot of FUN.
With our eyes closed or peeking we sure had fun! It wasn't easy after all. Take a look, we did great.
Introduction to Landscape, September 2013
Cat and Bird by Paul Klee (1928).
"Believing that children were close to the sources of creativity, Klee was fascinated by their art, and evokes it here through simple lines and shapes: ovals for the cat's eyes and pupils (and, more loosely, for the bird's body), triangles for its ears and nose. And the tip of that nose is a red heart, a sign of the cat's desire." (MoMa Collection, NYC)
Is it any better way to teach our kids Math and Art in the same time?
Shapes, colors and composition. All to be found in Paul Klee's work.
In Gallery: Our students brave aproach.
Picasso Posse: What's the Avant-Garde?
Curator of Philadelphia Museum of Art, Michael Taylor explains how a military term came to describe leading modern artists in Paris before World War I. Here he focuses on Picasso's Three Musicians (France, 1921).
The three masked musicians in this painting represent comic figures from the tradition of popular theater in Italy. This Cubist concert features Harlequin playing a violin, Pierrot with a recorder, and a Franciscan friar holding an accordion. The painting has been interpreted as a nostalgic elegy to a trio of friends: the recently deceased poet and critic Guillaume Apollinaire (Pierrot), the poet Max Jacob (the friar), and Picasso himself as the Harlequin.
by Philadelphia Art Museum
Insipred by Picasso's syntetic cubism, our students made their own story (happy story) about their friends and the friendship. Visit our gallery below for more inspiration.
Three Friends: ArtBox Atelier student's artwork gallery.
Autumn, Batik and tons of pumpkins!
Today's art class was all about Batik... Well faux Batik that is. We used regular copy paper (because it crumples well), oil pastels (but wax crayons work as well), and an acrylic wash to create images that echo the technique of Batik fabric dyeing. Batik is a method (originally used in Java) of producing colored designs on textiles by dyeing them, having first applied wax to the parts to be left undyed. The wax that is placed on the textile by the artist acts as a resist and will keep the dye from penetrating that area. In some cases the wax is cracked first so that the dye seeps through the cracks forming another layer of design for the artist.
In our version of Batik we are using crayons for the wax, crumpling the paper to "crack" the wax, and then using the acrylic wash to "dye" the image and the paint remains in the cracks creating interest.We have decided to use this method to create nice and bright pumpkin projects. Fall is such a beautiful season.
We had the kids use pencil to make a pumpkin design on the white paper. Next we used bright colors to fill in the new spaces we made. When the entire paper (or most for some kids) was filled with crayon it was time to "destroy" our artwork. We wadded it up, crumpled it and then flattened it back out. Finally we added the paint wash and used paper towels to carefully wipe off the excess paint.
The "OH NO" effect on kids faces was just priceless.
Concept of Vanishing Point.
Photo credit: Melanie Viola
In drawing and painting, perspective is a method of creating the illusion of depth by means of converging lines. In simple terms that means that by taking and arranging your lines on a piece of paper, you can make your image appear as though it is three dimensional.
To make sure that our 4 and 5 years old students will understand the concept of Perspective and (at least one) Vanishing Point , we play the magic game:" Let's shrink the kids".
With the plastic rulers (as a magic wand) and a lot of space, we shrinked one student after another using Abracadabra and 10 steps back trick..... and all worked fine. We shrinked them from around 3.5-4 feet tall to 2.5 inches ;) As expected.....
ArtBox Atelier's students brave aproach.
Oh yeah, we screamed.....& screamed some more!
"I was walking down the road with two friends when the sun set; suddenly, the sky turned as red as blood. I stopped and leaned against the fence, feeling unspeakably tired. Tongues of fire and blood stretched over the bluish black fjord. My friends went on walking, while I lagged behind, shivering with fear. Then I heard the enormous infinite scream of nature." Edvard Munch, 1893. For more interesting facts about the artist here.
While we did not make this project as insane as life of Edvard Munch, our student's creativity was all about Art, Fun and getting ready for very silly Halloween. And Oh YES, we screamed....... and screamed some more !!!!!!!
In between of sillyness, we sneaked in the human face proportions, face expressions and the breathing techniques. All in one simple project. For more creative ideas, follow us on Facebook and Pinterest.
"The Scream" Edvard Munch, 1893
Leonardo Da Vinci
A painter, a sculptor, an inventor and a scientist.
One of the greatest geniuses the world has ever known.
Leonardo Da Vinci lived in Italy about 500 years ago during famous period of art and learning called the Renaissance, a time of new ideas and inventions. Leonardo wanted to learn everything he could about the world. He took things apart and drew pictures of every little detail he found inside. He was one of the first scientists to cut open dead animals and humans so that he could study the muscles, bones and organs inside.
Young artists can draw the insides of things too. Choose and object that can be taken apart easily, and draw it from the outside and the inside. It will trigger your child curiosity about the world and everyday objects. How it is made, what is made of, what is inside so let them take it apart and study it.
Mobile made from old disposable camera by JJ, 5
Creation. Destruction. The Universe.
"The Milky Way is over 100,000 light-years wide. It is called a spiral galaxy because it has long arms which spin around like a giant pinwheel. Our Sun is a star in one of the arms. When you look up at the night sky, most of the stars you see are in one of the Milky Way arms.
Before we had telescopes, people could not see many of the stars very clearly. They blurred together in a white streak across the sky. A myth by the ancient Greeks said this white streak was a "river of milk". The ancient Romans called it the Via Galactica, or "road made of milk". This is how our galaxy became known as the Milky Way." For more universe and galaxy facts check this cool kids website here.