Yesterday's art kids art session was inspired by Sandra Silberzweig. As colourful and happy her artworks are was the level of our fun!!
I guided the kids along at the beginning with the basic lines of the face as Sandra does in her artworks. We talked about the use of colour and pattern and I encouraged the children to divide their drawing up into lots of areas to fill.
We used dry pastels which was a new medium to the kids. Most of them seemed to enjoy the dusty 'mess' the pastels made and weren't afraid of getting dirty.
Even though everyone started of with the same instruction for the basic lines, each child took their artwork in their own direction. It was so much fun to watch how they explored using the pastels.
All of the artworks turned out big, bold and beautiful!!
We started this session off by looking at Klimts works where his use of decorative patterns is more evident. The kids loved the gold! We looked at The Tree of Life, 1905 and discussed his use of ornament on his tree.
The kids then went on to create their own tree of life. I especially love the added decoration on this artwork!
Printmaking is one of my favourite things to do with kids. Theres something magical in it - pulling the paper up to reveal the print.
We began with relief printing - a process where protruding surface faces are inked and recessed areas are kept ink free. The kids used craft foam to create their shapes and stuck them onto a piece of thick card.
The results were fabulous!! They really seemed to enjoy rolling lots of paint onto the plate.
I love how the pattern of the card also comes into some of the prints.
After being introduced to Picasso and looking at some of his portraits, I used an idea given to me by my friend Dafna. We took one of Picasso's large portraits and divided it up equally between the kids. In this case, each one got a quarter of the picture. I asked them to enlarge their piece and to reproduce it. I loved this project so much.
Each of the works stood out on their own. They became abstracts full of bold colours and pattern. Even though they were copying, the kids included their own style in their piece.
Here is the final piece! Wonderful!