IMAG1519_1Since it’s St. Patrick’s Day this Monday, I decided to talk about monochrome and how to make the color green. Art Club children (8-14 year olds) know that blue and yellow make green, but for the most part, they haven’t experienced making it and the many hues of green. Each participants got a 6″x6″ piece of posterboard and drew a picture on it. Then they learned how to mix blue and yellow and make green; from very dark to very light green. Each made their own green palette and proceeded to paint their image.


Monoprints… again

I’m addicted to printmaking and monoprints. I always try to find a way to include some kind of printmaking in to my art class. I introduced the kids in Art Club to a type of monoprint I did at UF during my summer semester. You roll ink on a slab or non-porous table top, place a piece of paper on top (without pressing down!) and draw on it. Where ever the pressure is, the ink will transfer on to your piece of paper. For example, if you us a stamps, it will make a mark on the paper where the ink is.

After they are done drawing, they lift up their paper and see their image. We did this a few months ago and again for Valentine’s Day. These images are from a few months ago when we did it on plain white paper.

monoprint monoprint2 monoprint3 monoprint4

I used Speedball Block Printing ink (waterbase) and a brayer. Rolled ink in front of each kids, place a piece of paper (I used white construction paper) and pencils to draw.


Pop-up Art / Diorama

Art Club is back!

For our first art club meeting, I decided to do something fun, easy enough, but that can also be challenging. This project is slightly different than a diorama, since we don’t use a box to create our art in.

We used old foamcore sign panels, which I cut up in small pieces, poster board for the background and regular paper for the images popping out. Here’s a list of supplies:

  •  old foamcore signs (cut about 1/2″ square)
  • markers
  • elmer’s glue
  • scisors
  • posterboards (or cardboard)
  • white construction paper or regular paper
Gulf stream by Homer Winslow

Gulf stream by Winslow Homer

We started the project by learning foreground, middleground and background. I showed the painting Gulf Stream by Homer, asking children to see what elements were closer to them (foreground), second closest (middleground) and the furthest (background). This exercise helped them understand how to construct their own artwork.

Drawing a background

They started by creating a background on their piece of posterboard. Then, on the piece of paper they created elements to be cut out and glued on the background. Depending on their creation, some objects would be closer, or popping out more, by gluing 3 or more pieces of foamcore. The objects that were further, would pop out less, only gluing 1-2 pieces of foamcore on the back of them.

cutting drawings to add to their background


adding elements that pop-out

adding elements that pop-out