This year I am really trying to have doing art a bigger focus in our life. It has been going pretty well so far and I thought I'd share a few things this week. These art projects were lately inspired by the wonderful ideas from Patty at Deep Space Sparkle. She has such easy to follow lessons & ideas that are readily doable with a minimum of supplies necessary for most projects. LOVE that!
A few weeks ago we were on a Blue Whale kick and thus resulted these very blue pieces :: We loosely followed the ideas for the whales in this 3 Ingredient Art plan. We chose to do a wet watercolored background rather than the tissue paper collage background, although I really like that one too. (Next time ;-)
After we ventured around with the whales for a bit, we dove into a Coral Reef study that of course led to looking at scads of pictures and videos of tropical fish, coral reefs, and such. Here is some fun postcard artwork that my crew created, and are still working on casually when the inspiration arises :: These pieces were influenced by the tropical fish lessons in this set, also at Deep Space Sparkle. Rather than do another larger size watercolor, we thought postcards would be fun and different.
Sean-Paul's Fish (not a postcard)
I thought these turned out really well, and gave everyone an opportunity to do some great sketching before using the watercolor paints. We used pan paints for this project, although we really like wet watercolor paints too. The postcard size was fun too as it gave them some perspective in creating smaller pieces rather than one large painting. Good stuff!!
In terms of art appreciation and picture study, our focus this term has been on Vermeer. I am using these combined art and music appreciation plans by Harmony Art Mom to include Haydn into our days as well. I know she calls this a "mini-unit", but it is truly meaty enough to glean some great art and music appreciation for several weeks up to a couple of months depending on interest. We happen to be very interested in Josef Haydn as Seamus has learned and performed all three movements of Haydn's Cello Concerto in C very adeptly and so we love to hear pretty much anything by Haydn ;-)
I hope these ideas inspire you to do some fun art with your kiddos and view and listen to some great art and music. Many blessings in your week ahead!