Sunday, August 23, 2015

Update on the Artist Trading Card Swap

I wanted to give you an update on the 1st annual, MiniMatisse Artist Trading Card Swap.  As you can see, I have been working a lot on my #ProcessPigs project... Don't worry, I haven't lost my mind, in the next couple of weeks this will all unfold for everyone.  You will have a good idea of what I'm doing with that project.  In the meanwhile, I wanted to let everyone know the ATC's swap has been GROWING!!! 

So as of right now our Swap has 47 schools participating.  We are estimating about 3000 cards to be traded as of right now.  Most of the cards are coming into the trade from within the United States, but there are schools from Belgium, Puerto Rico and Canada.  These cards are from all ages, and all school settings.  I'm excited to have both homeroom and art classrooms involved.  This is going to be BIG!!  

I presented at The Art of Educations, Online summer conference.  This year I presented on Artist Trading Cards! There was a lot of information at the conference about the 'how to' implement ATC in your classroom, but I would like to invite all to participate in our worldwide, 1st annual, MiniMatisse Artist Trading Card swap. Here is what you do... 

First Fill out the form below...

Next make quality ATC's with your class or program.

Then, mail the cards and the mailing form (click here) to Hassan Elementary. All information is on the form, but feel free to email me with any questions

Finally!!  We send back the same size trade that you sent us.  This will have cards from many other schools that participated in this Mass Swap.  The goal is that you will get back your cards by Jan. 1st, 2016 (but most likely before).

All are invited to participate, all ages, all schools, all classes (you don't have to be an art class), home-schools, community programs... I have been working HARD at trying to set up for my 4th grade to participate.  They will be making ATC's this whole year.  I have created some examples of ATC's and some flipped lessons, and I'm sharing them all with you.  Please feel free to take a look and use all the ATC information on this blog (click here) or on my website (click here).   

Come join us!!  We are excited to trade!

I have some other really exciting things to present to you in the upcoming weeks about this great opportunity, so stay tuned! 

Friday, August 21, 2015

#ProcessPigs, Sumi Ink

I found some tools and materials in my classroom that I didn't know what they were... so I just knew I needed to research and make a pig using these materials. 

These are the two videos that I found... Video's by Esteban Martinez.  This first one really hits on my question... What is this?  at about the 3:50 mark. 

I knew I needed a brush, so I watched this video too.  Learned a lot from it.

Then I made my pig... In this pig we celebrate failure several times... Watch and continue to read and you will see why.

It took me several times to figure out the 'chop'  Here are a few of my practice chops below.

Check this out... When I finally get the chop correct, I end up printing it upside down.  Bummer!  Good lesson, and because of my mistake, I will be sure to remind my students not to make the same mistake.  I really learned from not getting it right the first time... second time... third time... well you get the picture.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

#ProcessPigs, Watercolor Crayons

I love the way this #ProcessPigs, turned out.  The variety of colors and the medium was a lot of fun to create with.  I received Reeves Water Soluble Wax Pastels from Liquitex at the National Art Education Convention last year.  I have heard this medium also called watercolor crayons.  Over the summer I finally had a chance to give them a try.  They are a very fun and engaging medium.

Below you will see that I started this process with a drawing of my pig.  I needed the wax pastels, and water and I was ready to rock and roll!

Check out the very short video of how this process went.  Keep in mind, I time-lapse the video so it's very quick.  I always take my time and do my best work, but I wanted to show you how I used these wax pastels quickly.

I liked that I was able to use this medium dry, or wet.  I thought it was fun that the colors could mix and blend.  I used the crayons themselves to blend, but I also did some experiments and mixed them using a wet brush as well.  The only drawbacks to the medium is that it's very soft and young artist might break these easily.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

#ProcessPigs, Acrylic Paint

Acrylic paint is a lot of fun to use.  I tried to use some different processes than I'm used to with this process pig.  I usually use paint brushes to apply my paint but this time I tried to use palette knives a bit.  Below is an image of pallet knives.  What other tools can you use to apply paint?

Watch this video to see the process of this pig.

From watching the video, can you explain what Gesso is?

I used spray paint for the background to incorporate the 'theme' colors for my #ProcessPigs.

You heard me say that I used a lot of layers of paint to create that pig.  Talk to a neighbor about what I mean by that.  What does it mean to add layers to a painting?

Take a look at the final image below.  What are some things that you notice about the final painting?  Do you see texture?  If so, is it tactile texture or visual texture?

Friday, August 14, 2015

#ProcessPigs, Watercolor

Watch the very quick video of this #ProcessPigs that was created using watercolor. Once you watch the video, take a look at the images below.

Can you guess why I choose to tape the paper down when I was water coloring?  Do you have to tape the paper down to be successful?

Did I use light drawing or dark drawing?  Did I add all my details on the drawing?  Why do you think an artist would make these choices?

Now look at the picture below, What are some of the tools you see in these pictures?  

I used 3 techniques for this watercolor 

1.  WET-ON-WET: This is where you get your paper wet first and then you add your paint. What do you think happens to the paint when you use a wet on wet method?

2. DRY BRUSH:  This is when your paper is dry, but your paint is wet.  What do you think dry brush is good for?  Why would an artist want to use dry brush?

3. SPLATTER:  Splatter is when you get paint on a brush and tap it so the paint falls off onto your paper. Why would an artist splatter paint?

Do you see the test strip in the image below?  Why would an artist want a test strip of paper?

When the painting is all dry, the tape is removed.  What do you notice about the painting when the tape has been taken off?

Talk about the painting.  Is this a nice and neat job?  Does it look like a pig?  What colors did the artist use?  What would you suggest to the artist?