Sunday, March 22, 2015

Amate Paper, Folk Art Paintings

OK, this was kind of a hit and miss projects, I had some turn out really great, some good pieces, and then some that really struggled with this project.  I did this one with second grade, and if I did it all over again, I would try with third or fourth graders.  It was just hard for some kids, drawing big, not mixing colors, don't detail before you get a couple coats, don't paint the whole paper...  This class is pretty mature for second grade, so I wanted to challenge them.  Some definitely did beautiful work, but hard to manage with large class size.   I'll try in a couple years with third grade.  However, here are a few that successfully completed their project.

This lesson stretched over about 5 weeks, way too long, and many are still not done.  We have taken a break for now and we will revisit our unfinished work in May.

These are painted with fluorescent tempera paint and outlined with black sharpie.

Monday, March 9, 2015


Ahh, the Texas Longhorn, it is a majestic animal.  It is one of those animals, that when our family is driving through a rural area of Texas and we spot one, everyone of us gets excited.   You don't see one everyday, but your always on the lookout.  During my pinterest hunt over the summer, I came across an artist that did a wonderful abstract Longhorn. While I checked out his etsy site, it seems to be long gone.  Here is his site, if you'd like to check out his other work.

While these really don't look anything like his work, is inspired the use of color in our Longhorn interpretations.

And, interestingly enough, it looks like Beth Carter and myself are studying the same subject.  Great minds think alike!  Go on over to It is Art Day!