Since 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.
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)
- elmer’s glue
- posterboards (or cardboard)
- white construction paper or regular paper
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.
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.