My art students continued to work with the oil pastels for part of our session. I think these oil pastel pictures will take a few sessions to complete and that’s okay!
I also gave them a lesson on one point perspective so that they understand better that objects change size as they receded into the background of a picture. It can be very mathematical and empowering once the concept is understood. Follow the mathematical formula, and you’ve got a picture that makes sense, with all lines returning to the vanishing point!
Here’s some pictures of the one point perspective lesson.
Since these girls are third graders and up, their abilities and attention span vary, so each project I give them is carefully thought out with them in mind. I prepare each item so that their sewing experience will be fun and the end result will be something they will treasure.
The sleeping bag was made like a long, oblong shaped, padded pillowcase. All they were required to do was to fold it up and stitch the sides. The results are so cute and they are loving them already!
Snow days and baby showers have caused me to be a bit lax in my blogging and I apologize!
The doll workshop is moving right along. The girls chose fabric patterns for the sleeping bags and I prepared them during the week along with making baby shower favors (my son and daughter-in-law are expecting their first child in April). I will share a little of that too!
This session concentrated on completing the kitty doll’s faces and sewing more of the nightgowns and dresses. They are getting so good at threading the needle and making knots at the end! So proud of them!
Here are some pictures of this session!
I also showed them how to drape fabric on a dress form and pin trim on to see what looks best…..in other words……designing on a dress form! I showed them a picture of an actual dress form and they got to use my tinier pin cushion dress form!
I think they had a fun session!
My art club students will be using oil pastels to create a picture on canvas board. When completed, these drawings should appear just as oil paints from afar. They are easy to blend using your fingers and additional color can be applied to get lots of texture.
The students were especially excited when they got their canvas board! They each did some sketching first so they knew what they were going to do on the actual canvas. Each student made a very light pencil sketch on the canvas board and then began to apply colors.
Because my students range from ages 7-13, I usually get a wide range of abilities and interests. Animals are always a popular subject! Some students like to do animeé types of animals and others go for the more realistic type! I enjoy the diversity!
Here are some pictures of our oil pastel adventures!
Since there was sooooooo much snow this last few days, school was canceled along with my doll workshop 😔
I have been busy developing a small fairy doll that the girls will make after they finish their cat doll. The first one came out a little bigger than I wanted, but I decided to go forward with her anyway and I’m so glad I did. She’s adorable and I had fun with her today……you’ll see!
First things first! I made another fairy doll who came out a bit smaller and I think she’ll be easier for the girls to form from the clay ( cornstarch/ baking soda clay).
These fairies have movable arms and legs, making them a ton of fun to pose and play with.
My two little fairies spent the morning choosing fabrics to make their skirts out of. Which one is your favorite? They are having such a hard time deciding!
Then it was time to shovel the snow. The blue fairy decided to come outside too and experience the snow even though she’s not quite finished yet. I still have to make a skirt for her, give her wings, and name her of course! Any suggestions?
She did get a little cold out there but she had fun making a snow fairy!
And today is Valentine’s Day ( and my ‘Darling’s’ Birthday!) so I want to share these gorgeous roses with you! Happy Valentine’s Day to all!
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The snow that we have been having has upset our schedule so we missed one day of art club. In our second session, I showed the students how to use the pastels in a different way for another effect.
The pastels will give you a different look just by the way they are held and pressed against the paper. Using the edge will produce a line effect. Laying the pastel down flat and pushing it across the page will give color to a larger space.
We also used water and brushes after filling in some color on the paper. This produces a watercolor effect. Students can then go back into the picture with a dry pastel and ‘accent’ parts of the picture.
Here’s my example:
Here are some of the pictures my students created!
I think they are doing very well😃
Most of my doll workshop girls were just about finished stuffing the cat dolls and now had to sew all openings closed. I always demonstrate and review stitches they learned in the first workshop. We reviewed how to thread the needle, make a knot at the end, and start their first stitch. The ‘ladder’ stitch is the best one to use for closing openings secure.
I also had the girls put their name next to swatches that they chose for a nightgown and a dress for their cat doll. This will make my life easier in that I only have to cut one for each child and not several. The choice was already made by them…..very easy!
The last thing we did was to stuff the smaller kitty with stuffing. I will have pictures of these next time. They come out very cute!