Add comment October 22nd, 2010
Posts filed under 'classes'
We were crazy for owls this past fall. These were made using upholstery fabric scraps. Both kids and adults created these unique pieces.
Making these owls was a hoot. One young lady decided to have her birthday party at the studio, with the theme of…you guessed it, OWLS. She and her friends each made their own distinct owl.
This upholstery fabric looks so much better as an owl, then on a sofa; check out the button eyes and reclaimed cork board nose.
Add comment January 15th, 2010
In the summer camp Old Fashioned Crafts, we made pantins, a French paper doll similar to a jacking jack. Digging through the big bin of recycled papers to choose our designs in half the fun!
Borrowing from an “old fashioned” type of game, we played Pin the Ear On Van Gogh on the patio during our break. It didn’t matter where the ear ended up, we were all in stitches!
These gentlemen are sporting their King Tut hats, made from recycled grocery sacks in Egyptian Camp.
In addition to creating lots of art with Egyptian themes, another hightlight was excavating hidden treasures from ancient rocks.
This camper leaves Egyptian Summer Camp with enough projects to fill a pyramid including a treasure map, a scarab necklace, a mummy and more!
In Asian Art, we studied what one student called the “calm nature” of the art and images. We used water colors to make beautiful paper kimonos.
We often noticed that the colors in our kimonos were the same colors we were wearing in our clothes!
In Found Objects camp we used fallen palm fronds to create animal faces; the shape lends itself to an awesome elephant, but we had a few giraffes and one rhino to boot! The garden patio provides a nice alternative to inside; we stay cool and the paint dries fast!
Another studio favorite is the postage stamp art; using cancelled postage stamps as the muse, students create a scene based on the image. In this case, this second grade student used a 1970′s stamp of the moon landing and shuttle lauch to create a space scene.
Found Objects camp included these odd birds made from recycled plastic bottles.
In Intermediate Art Skills, students in grades 5th-7th worked on the elements of art and design by drawing from a still life. It’s hard to tell the difference between the real objects and this student’s amazing rendering. I think Cezanne would approve.
Inspired by Gustav Klimt’s take on the forest, Intermediate Art Skills students did their own versions, choosing which season and corresponding colors was best for them. We also chose from faux wood paneling scraps to make our trees; notice one student’s idea of placing a Klimt figure in their spring forest (below).
For our middle school camp we took students to San Francisco for 5 days. On day one we took in the amazing murals of the Mission District; this student is looking at a mural of an alley of murals while standing in an actual alley of murals….upon our return we created murals and many other aspects of our trip to San Francisco. After the one week trip we spent a week creating the Living Map of San Francisco in the studio showing the different neighborhoods and points of interest.
Add comment August 30th, 2009
This family class provided a chance for everyone to explore materials from nature. There were Mom and Dads and kids of all ages using bark, shells, beach glass, seed pods, branches, pine cones and more to create mini environments, mobiles, and sculptures, such as this face and bird.
Add comment May 8th, 2009
Eye candy like you never seen it before! This class was a big hit; we couldn’t stop making them, eating real cupcakes as we worked on the sculpture.
Each cupcake was highly specialized, made with sweet, artful ingredients. We were in awe of one, then someone else would finish, and we then be in awe of the next one!
Fun to make, and great as gifts for Valentine’s Day, and Birthdays. The Moms are coming back for a Mom’s Night Out with Cupcake Art! Cupcakes are so tempting, you want to eat more than one; with Cupcake Sculpture, zero calories; 100% fun.
Add comment February 1st, 2009
Contructed from recycled wood scraps, families assembled their table/altar and began the process of creating mini-offerings like fruits and vegetables, cakes and pies, pan de muerto (bread of the dead), flowers, and other details. Using skulls and skeletons to enhance the altar, families explored many different combinations, making each altar so unique.
These sisters worked side by side making great pieces; notice the mini-papel picado hanging under the left altar, requiring patience and skill with scissors.
Using wood scraps, thread spools, and other recycled and reclaimed materials, the altars came alive…and the skeletons were dancing!
These mother-daughter altar pieces were award winning! Can you see the wine bottle, newspaper, and the bounty of fruits and vegetables? These are no ready-made Costco deli platters!
Add comment October 30th, 2008
With an assortment of speciality papers, recycled materials, pressed leaves, vintage postage stamps and more, participants decoupaged on 3-D forms, including bird houses. In family classes, kids and adults can enjoy the process of creating together, colloborating or working on individual pieces.
These decoupage pieces were done on wood laminate squares, and below is a decoupaged wooden tea box. The layering and creative compositional elements can draw you in….and then HOURS pass by…getting lost in decoupage is so fun!
Add comment October 30th, 2008