Thursday, July 21, 2011

Final Two Summer Classes - Ice Cream and Watercolor Pencils!

(I wanted to have an entry for each session, but I soon fell behind on updating. Therefore, this will be a longer entry including the third lesson of Session III and the fourth lesson of Session III.)

Lesson 3, Session 3:
I really wanted to bring out different paints then the watercolors, but it was so hot outside (where some of it would be completed), that we just stuck with watercolors indoors.

First of all, most of the bookmarks were finished. Each student completed 3 or 4 bookmarks using watercolor, the salt technique, stamps and even ink pens. I had them laminated at Staples and punched a hole in the top, and then the students strung the ribbon through. They made the bookmarks for themselves or as gifts for others. Their choice.

We began the second part of the palm tree silhouettes, since their backgrounds were dry from last week:
We then began "The World's Tallest Ice Cream Cone" This project also helps students with size and building on their paper. I gave the students a long tall piece of watercolor paper and they drew out their cone and scoops. I encourages them to use the salt techniques and other watercolor techniques on different scoops to add variety. Eventually adding a background color was also essential.

This is where that lesson ended, about mid-way through the ice cream project! We also used intermission times with drying to practice a fun seran wrap technique. The only problem with the seran wrap technique is it requires a lot of time to dry to get the best effect and it needs a heavy book placed on the project while it dries.

You get some fun effects once it's completely dry and you pull off the plastic. I love this technique!

Unfortunately, it requires more patience than other techniques. Still, if you put the heavy book on the plastic and place it outside on the hot porch here int he summer, it certainly dries quicker. Just make sure you don't forget about it on the porch in the event of summer dust storms and thunderstorms. Ack!

I used the technique on the top scoop of my ice cream cone:

Lesson 4, Session 3:

Last session of the summer! Time to finish those ice cream cones!

The last of the bookmarks were also completed:
I then introduced them to Watercolor Pencils. They're like regular colored pencils, except they're made with Watercolor Paints. Therefore, after you draw the design, you wet the drawing with a tiny brush and water to "activate" the watercolor look.

We did a "complete the picture" project with their first try at watercolor pencils. The students went through a magazine and cut out a face or another picture. They glued it down and then used watercolor pencils to "complete it". Here is Mikelle's that she did previously:

And I demonstrated to the students with this one:

The choice of what picture to cut out and complete certainly wasn't limited to "people".

The blue and green areas on this camping one still need to be activated with water:
With the time remaining, students were able to use the watercolor pencils and see what else they could come up with the effects. One student certainly enjoyed it and completed one picture after another! And all the food stuff certainly made me hungry!

So that was the 2011 Art Lessons! Thanks for a Creative Summer!

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