Saturday, June 11, 2011

Art Camp!

Whew, I've had a fun but exhausting week doing an art camp.  We did 20 hours of art- and they did some amazing work!  I wanted to do projects based on the theme of summer but somehow it morphed more into a theme of art history mixed with summer.  I'm not going to share ALL the projects here, because we did SO many- but here are a few of my favorites.....

"Great art picks up where nature ends" Marc Chagall
This one was based on Chagall and his style of using all sides of the paper- my little six year old students were asked to include a self portrait with something they love,  a house, tree and some flowers- they turned out GREAT!

We studied warm and cool colors and then they drew and painted two sunflower still lifes.....
Sunflowers like Van Gogh
Sunflowers in warm colors

Sunflowers in cool colors
Fishy Color Wheell

Color Wheel of Loooove
 I always focus on some element of color theory, so it seemed like a good time to do color wheels, talking about primary, secondary and tertiary colors......

This was my favorite project of the week.  In researching for lesson ideas, I kept stumbling across story quilts in the style of Faith Ringold.  BUT, I didn't like any of the ones I saw that were done by kids in the same age group as my guys, so I made up my own based on "Artist Speak".  We talked about what artists do and made a list of words-some theirs and some mine- here's what they came up with.   

Another favorite- just a simple tracing of their hands with a lifted finger to provide a resting spot for a butterfly.....some careful coloring and creative drawing and voila! another masterpiece!


LuLu Kellogg said...

Look at all this sweet goodness from these wee ones!

I am back from my art event in Texas and am now trying to catch up with everyone's Blogs :)


Netty said...

These wonderful children are so lucky to have you. Some fab art as well and totally love that one finger idea, am going to try that. Annette x

Fallingladies said...

Totally beautiful artwork!!! LOve them all!

Kiki aka Victoria said...

Yay Stephanie what a beautiful uplitfing and such inspiring work being magical..lovely pics and such beauty in all you do! I think working with children creatively and artistically is so magical and inpsiring..they are so amazing arent they? wonderful post...shine on...Fabulous!!

Kathy said...

wow what beautiful fun pieces they created.. it's amazing what they can do... you are a fantastic teacher..

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm so impressed. These six year olds can draw better than I, and they paint better, too. This is one remarkable post and one unbelievable week you spent at art camp. Thanks for sharing some of your favorites.

Jaime Haney aka ArtsyFartsy.Me said...

I love the art of children... just magical. Art Camp looks like so much fun and how lucky for them to have such a fantastic teacher!

artangel said...

Oh I would have LOVED to have been to this when I was 6 (to be frank, I'd probably still love to go to it now lol!)

Children's art is so free and vibrant - in particular I think the "warm-coloured" sunflowers and the hands with the butterfly are beautiful. You are obviously an inspirational teacher :)