After school Art Class: Paper Bag Owls

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This past Thursday, the After School Program worked on paper bag owls. It was a simple and fun project!
If you would like to make one of your own you will need: paper bags, construction paper, scissors, and glue.
To follow the instructions you can visit here.



Afterschool Art: The Starry Night

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This week at Afterschool Art Class students learned about Vincent Van Gogh and his painting: The Starry Night.   We started again with a short artist bio before going into the lesson.  For this project we used:

  • Short Artist Bio
  • Examples of the Painting: A Starry Night
  • An outline of the painting: A Starry Night
  • Black paper
  • Chalk or Oil Pastels

I asked the students to use the outline that I had drawn as a starting point for their pictures.  Using black pastel students copied my example onto their own page.  They were then shown how to make many small lines (or dashes) in layers of different colours.  This was difficult for the students as most wanted to colour their pictures like they would a colouring book.   Try to encourage them to use short lines and blend those colours!  My only rule was that all of the paper had to be filled in with colour before they could call their works finished.

See you next week for Henri Matisse!

Afterschool Art Class: Picasso!

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The Afterschool Art Class recently explored the works of Pablo Picasso.  It was a super fun lesson!  We used:

  • A short biography of Pablo Picasso
  • Some examples of his portraits
  • Small mirrors
  • A chart of facial expressions
  • Student weight paper
  • Water colour paints
  • Black permanent markers

We talked briefly about Picasso and some of his paintings and then I asked the children to complete their emotion charts by looking at their facial expressions in the small mirrors.   When they had completed their charts I asked them to pick two different facial expressions to use in their portraits (Happy/Sad).  Each was then asked to draw a practice portrait with two different emotions on either side of the face.

Once finished their practice portraits they were given the water-colour paper to begin their final piece.  The pieces were painted using puck watercolour paints.  Each student was instructed t use a variety of colours.   When the art was dry students finished with an outline of their work.

Great work everyone!   Next lesson:  The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh

Afterschool Art Class: Georgia O’Keefe

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During the month of March the Afterschool Art Class will be studying famous artists in history.  Our first study was Georgia O’keefe florals.  O’keefe had a unique approach to painting flowers: She got very, very close.  In my experience with young artists having them use all of their space is very, very difficult.  Most children will draw their flower in a small corner of the page.

Before putting our flowers on canvas the children had to practice getting very close to the real flowers.  As expected most of the kids drew their practice flowers very small.  My approach was to keep pushing them to touch all four corners of the page with their flower.  When their practice flowers got large enough we switched to pressed tempra-paint on canvas for the small kids and watercolours for the older students.

Our next art class will study the work of Pablo Picasso!

Art Class meets every Thursday from 3:30-4:30 at the Carlyle Public Library.  Classes are drop-in and free but a form must be signed by a parent on first visit.

Afterschool Art Class: Drama Month

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As part of the Active Afterschool Program from South East Connections the CFY Afterschool Art Program hosted Mrs. Margaret Bell to teach active drama to students for the month of February.  Children were taught some silly games, improve acting, script reading and live performing skills.  Ages 6-13 participated.

Art Class: Zentangle Balloons


Our Zentangle Balloons were so fun to make!

If you don’t know what a Zentangle is then click here.

I had the kids use some practice worksheets from my Zentangle 1 book.  Which got them going in the right direction.  The key to this activity is to get the kids used to the idea of filling the space.  Connect your lines! Use light and dark space!  Leave no large spaces!  The results were so great and so unique to each balloon!

To top it all off I took picture of the kids pretending to hold the string of a balloon so that we could do an “up and away” presentation. ( I have lost the inspiration link, sorry!)

It’s great to see how many artists we have in our afterschool program.  I can’t wait to keep creating with them.  This February we will be working on drama!

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