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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Overlap Cat

Ins"purrr"action by artist Dani Hasse
I like this picture because of it's simplicity, repetition, overlapping, and humor.
I will take this example and

Use it as a launch to teach kids about overlapping in order to show illusion of depth.
I will give simple examples of how to draw cat torso and faces. 

What you see below is just what I have prepared on my own as a teacher.
When I do this with my students (k-5th grade),
 I will then post those example of the children's artwork.

Pencil drawing

Show them
That by marker outline, you can emphasize the design and make it stand out. 

Show kids how variety of patterns and colors can make the cats more interesting and unique. They can use colors that are unusual and unnatural. 

Line landscapes

This is a random idea I had for teaching landscapes to elementary art kids...
I use my daughter as my "Guiney pig". 

I started by telling her to draw a fat fluffy line across the top of the page with bumps going upward. Then another below going downward... 
I just started giving line instructions by improv. It was fun to see what my mind could come up with! 

When I was done giving instruction of lines, I tried to get MAisy to tell me what she thought it was a picture of... 
She did pretty good. Coloring will later make it more easy to communicate the ideas. 

Add emphasis by using Sharpie over the pencil lines...
Done with line by line step by step....

An alternative cityscape

Tabitha's stARTing to color...

Finished piece by Maisy (7 yrs.)

Finished piece by Tabitha (34 yrs.)

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Falling Emojis

- 12 by 18 construction paper (medium to light color value)
-Smaller construction paper or scraps in a different color than background piece
-white small paper
-black marker
-white crayon or colored pencil
-black crayon or colored pencil
This part could be done with pencil first, or if confident enough black marker can be used first. If pencil first, outline with marker afterwards. 
Beginning in 4 corners, draw 5 curved lines following each other's contour.
Next to & I between the first curved lines, begin drawing more in groups of three or four...
Continue drawing curved lines in open spots getting smaller and closer together with each layer...
Continue until page is filled. 

Use a black crayon on overlapped curves. Use a white colored pencil on the furthest edge of curve. 

May need to first Explain how shadows appear when overlapping occurs. Whatever is underneath gets a shadow. 
Draw three circles on smaller colored paper & three groups of touching circles in 3 various sizes. 
Cut out circles.group by size. 
Glue down smallest circle in the middle area of curves where it visually receds the furthest back. Glue down the largest circle close to edge of paper. Glue down the medium circle in between the 2 circles. 
Glue eyes on circles according to size. Use marker to draw pupils, mouth, and optional arms. 
My first grader did it....

Inspired by Op Art Dinosaurs from


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Construction Paper Trees

Eloise Renouf
Fall Trees
Supplies Needed
2 large pieces of consturction paper
Cut a variety of shapes out of the construction paper. 
I folded the papers and cut multiple out at once. I did not end up using them all, but they were there as possibilities.

Draw a line down the center of the trees with a pencil. This is the main line or trunk.
Draw lines (of any kind, be creative) coming from the trunk.
Make sure if you have multiples of one kind of tree, use the same kind of line as you did before
 (stay consistent with tree types).

Lay out tree tops onto paper
Plan the Taller ones in back and shorter ones in front.
Hard concept- if a tree is on top of another, it will also be lower on the plan.
This can be altered on the next step when drawing the trunks too :)

Draw trunks of trees coming from the center stem of cutouts...


The Artist Rizzi
The above artwork is from

This overlapping construction paper shapes with Sharpie idea could be done with 5th graders using the idea of James Rizzi too. 
I saw this idea and loved it. Can't wait to try it with kids!

Trees and their Roots

I have been hit over the head with this repeated design lately. 
The image of a leafy tree with the repeated image of the root system below. 
Every time I see it I am fascinated by how the top of the tree's branches is basically a symmetrical image of the roots. 
So, this gave me an idea... 
Teach kids to draw trees and roots by focusing on the "branching off" of the limbs. 
I would begin teaching the branching of technique with this lesson below...
Then roll into the pictures beneath...

1. Fold a large paper into quarters with the center point of the paper being in the bottom right corner...
Draw the trunk thick at the bottom and as you go up the center begin branching off into finer limbs.
2. Outline this with a Sharpie...
3. Open up the paper and fold just in half (instead of quarters) and trace the Shapied lines onto other 3 spots with a pencil on a tracing table or a window.
You should end up having an image like this...
4. The tree at the top of the paper can be the bush. I try to explain first to the students that we look UP to trees. So, we see the inside and underside... kindof like an open umbrella. 
So... I have them draw a "cloud"like line that cuts off some of the tips of the limbs (see in the photo below the pencil tipped limbs that got cut off?). 
Then draw an oval guideline around that keeping the the center bottom line of the tree. 
5. Around this oval guideline, make a larger "cloud" around it. I emphasize that it does not have to be perfect or else it looks too fake. 
6. Draw in lines that go up the trunk and bend with limbs to act as texture for the bark. 
7. Use stippling for the bush, making the inside of the "Umbrella" the place that has more condensed stipples to show the shadow of the bush. SPread the stippples out further on the top of tree.
Final after the bush is added...
8. Go back to the roots and add more branching off...
Optional color-
Horizontal lighter/warmer lines for the root side
Concentric Circles with darker/cooler lines for the sky.
* I was coloring the sky randomly, but when I was done, I wished I would have only used cool colors for the sky. This would POP out the white bush and POP out the roots giving the lesson an entire new dimension.... live and learn :)

Top 2 Bottom Text Lines

Brooke B. 8th grade 2014
Shanna R. 8th grade 2014
Todd W. 8th grade 2014
Indy R. 8th grade 2014
Pablo O. 6th grade 2014

Anjel, 6th grade 2014
I got this idea for the typography lesson from
and the frame idea from Natalie @ Elementary 

I call my version...
Head to toe Text
Begin with drawing horizontal lines (slight diagonal, curvy, or straight) running across page with your pencil. You should draw about 3-5 lines. 
After this, use text (name design, phrase, quote. Poem...) on lines. Make sure each letter's top and bottom both touch the lines and text should be spread as far out as possible stretching the span of line. I had to do this lightly with pencil and much erasing till it fit just right. 
When text is done in pencil, outline in thick black Sharpie marker. 

Use markers, crayons, or colored pencil to color in each area between the letters. Try not to use too much dark colors because it will blend in with black lettering and complicate reading if words. 

Fancy Frames
I measured this farm just specific for my Text Zhead to Yoe picture. I placed the paper I wanted to frame on the larger black construction paper centered and traced with pencil. I drew another box inside that line as a "lip" for the frame. Using a gold Crayola Colored Pencil, I made symmetrical designs all around the paper. 
I then cut the center out. I cut the four corners of the cut out center and glued them in the inner corners of the frame to act as braces to hold the picture in place. 
I then laminated the frame and cut the braces free to put the picture in and behind the frame. This way if I ever do another picture the same size I can change them out.