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Wired butterflies


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Wednesday Afternoon Art Class students recently explored sculptural techniques as they created butterflies from non-traditional materials.

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Beginning with craft wire (and the photographer’s finger in the way) students began to form the various shapes for the butterfly.

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Students used a clothes pin as a base for the body as they employed flexi-sticks and wire together.

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There was a lot hand manipulating involved as students built their butterflies.

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Focus and concentration were employed in the development of the small sculptures.

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Everyone was excited with the outcome of their first sculptural experience!

Art Camp Jr.


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Art Camp Jr. was held this past week, and all of the kids enjoyed our theme of bugs.

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On the first day of camp everyone explored building their own imaginary bug out of found objects in the Art Junction.  The second day, campers worked on painting and designing their bugs.

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Campers also created chalk art bugs using many new techniques.

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Campers also used watercolor paint to begin a bug painting.

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Adding marker to the watercolor design, campers defined their images with strong lines.

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Examples of some wonderfully fun bugs.

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Picasso said that “every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once they grow up.”  I think I know the answer: continue to make art with kids.

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Finally we explored mixing primary and secondary colors with paint scrapers.

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Everyone enjoyed the action and texture created with scrapers and paints.

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Art Camp Jr. was a wonderful time of exploration, creativity and plain old fun!

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Scratch art bugs


For our last home-school art class of the spring students explored using a stencil design along with scratch art paper.

Scratch art is a unique art form using scratchboard. Scratchboard is a wooden panel coated with a layer of white clay and then sprayed with a layer of black India ink. It was developed for the professional scratch artist.

The original design is lightly scratched into the black ink surface using very delicate tools, concentrating on lights and darks until the desired effect is achieved. Each image is literally thousands of scratches allowing for precise detail and control of lines, enabling the artist to bring the piece to life. The picture can then be painted with acrylics or watercolors, etc., or left as a black and white.

Scratch art paper that we use is commercially made in many different colors and patterns, and students only need use a wooden stylus to create their etched image.

With the addition of a stencil design students have a design or pattern to use as an aid in removing the black from the paper and revealing the multiple colors underneath.

Lots of creative exploration and fun was enjoyed by everyone!