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Wellesley, MA 02481

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A Process-Based Art Studio For Kids

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January 7, 2019

We created various images of a variety of animals in our Fall 2 Session: Animal in Art. Of all the projects we did, my favorite one had to be the Bear Hug collage that one group of conscientious 6 and 7-year-old artists made over the course of three classes.

In preparation for this project the artists made a large batch of painted papers inspired by the colors and textures found in nature. The goal of this project was to create a wooded landscape with appropriate animal wildlife. Our process began by looking closely at the work of Katharine McEwen in the children's book, Bear Hug. We talked more about the illustrators uses of line, pattern and shape. There was a brief discussion about perspective, overlapping layers, and ways to try and convey depth in their work, but since that is such a difficult concept for artists of that age, I did not spend a lot of time on the topic. I simply sketched several layout ideas on the white board for them to use as inspiration.

Day 1:  Ea...

June 8, 2018

I have recently committed to a month of Rachelle Doorley's #TinkerSketch Challenge where she provides a basic prompt each day, that I then try and turn into some kind of visual representation of that word. Now, I tried this same challenge (with different prompts) back in April. And I went strong for several days. But then I went on vacation with my family, and found it harder and harder to get back to it. Ultimately, I quit. (I hate it when I do that!)  Then, I let the nasty gremlins in my head convince me that there was no point in the exercise to begin with. Some trials were naturally going to be more successful than others, because some days I just have more time to sit and think and sketch. But many days, I don't have time to even try, or at least that is what I told myself... Otherwise, I would have had to admit that I was afraid of being judged, and still am. I ask myself questions like:  What if it isn't good? What if people make fun of it? What if people roll their eyes at me,...

September 6, 2017

As the Labor Day bell tolls, and we say goodbye to the long, hot days of Summer, we want to take a minute to reflect on the terrific experience we had during our two weeks of Summer Art Camp, here at Art House 103.

The camp was offered in 3-hour blocks for 5 consecutive days. Each day began with a new theme, and a creative snack was offered in between projects. One day we might have used a water/fish theme to decoupage an ocean night light, or try our hand at Gyotaku print-making, which is the ancient Japanese art of printing with fish. Another day we might have introduced an artist, such as Wayne Thibeaud, and tried to replicate his work with deserts, by using donuts as still life subjects, which then became our snack!

We had a lot of fun with tie-dye, and water guns, and shaving cream. But the most exciting day, by far, was our Action Jackson (Pollock) Day. For those of you who do not know, Jackson Pollack was an American artist who is most known for his prominence...

May 4, 2017

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