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Making flowers like Matisse

This week our students are using tempera paint and ink to try and capture the style of Matisse. We are really enjoying the results and hope all of you do as well. Mothers day is right around the corner and I think these would make a great gift. Hint, hint!

Giant giraffes

Giraffes so giant they don't fit on the page are the subject of this weeks art lesson. Our students are using acrylic paint to bring these fantastic creatures to life. We hope everyone is enjoying this wonderful weather as much as we are. Even though that means it's a little hard to come to the studio instead of playing outside all day. That goes for Mary and I as much as the kids!

Sunshine silhouettes 

This week our students are using sharpies and watercolors to create these awesome silhouettes. Yes, I had to look that word up to make sure I was spelling it correctly by the way. Mary is teaching them about how some objects cast light in such a way that some objects are just left in the dark. Also, silhouettes are just really fun to use in art. Spring fever may have passed but also think Miss Mary my have had a beach summer vacation on her mind while planning this lesson. We will have to see what we can do about that!

Bugs in a jar!

This week our students are using watercolors and colored pencils to recreate one of our favorite memories of sping when we were kids. It was collecting bugs in a jar (we always had old pickle jars at my house) during that most wonderful time of year when everything seemed so alive compared to that boring winter that had just passed. Yes, I always let them go by the way. Nothing beat laying flat on your belly in the warm sun, in the grass and clover, digging around in a much smaller world full of these amazing and sometimes scary insects. I did find a Velvet Wasp once and his sting is something I will never forget. It was a pretty red and black and so very furry I couldn't resist touching it. I was greeted with a sting that felt like a sledgehammer to my index finger. That was one of those runs back to the house crying the whole way. It was worth it though if you ask me.

Spring landscapes

This week we all have spring fever. The students, Mrs. Mary and myself are all looking forward to spring break week after next. So to celebrate this wonderful weather (and crazy pollen counts) we are using oil and soft pastels to create beautiful spring inspired landscapes. So keep the allergy medicine nearby and enjoy this wonderful weather while it last!