September 16, 2014

Peacock Feather Zentangle - Kids Art Class

My kids art class did a really fun peacock feather zentangle drawing last week.  We used watercolor paper for our background and sharpies to do the outlines and patterns of the feather.  Then we colored in the design with watercolor pencils.  They turned out really beautiful. We attached the finished paintings to mat board.

Owl Silhouette Paintings - Kids Art Class

My art class started our new fall session with this owl silhouette painting.  We did an abstract background in sunset colors and then did our branches and owls or birds in black. 

May 16, 2014

Crafty Owl Book Bags - Kids Art Class

This was a super fun and easy project for my kids art class.  We sketched our owls onto canvas book bags (with foil liners inserted to keep from gluing the bags shut!) using fabric markers. Then we cut 1" squares of fabric to make our "feathers" and circles of felt for eyes. I had pre-cut little orange felt triangles for beaks also.  They used fabric glue to attach the feathers in rows starting at the bottom and overlapping upwards. Buttons were used to embellish. Those who finished early were shown how to make fabric circle "yo-yo's" that were then glued down as flowers or eyes.  The fabric markers worked great (much better than the hugely messy fabric paint tubes).  They turned out really cute and personalized!

Polymer Clay Bird Ornaments - Kids Art Class

Okay, I guess didn't really think this through when I planned this for my May art class.  It wasn't intended to be a Christmas project but even if I choose denial and call it a "wall hanging" we all know it's really an ornament. Oh well! The kids loved it.

It actually took very little time since we used a cookie cutter to make the bird shapes. I had a template for them to trace and cut out the wings also.  Then they used various stamps and tools to create texture in their clay.  Glass beads were also used to embellish.  I baked them for 45 minutes at 265 degrees.  And the cookie cutter (purchased on Amazon) is now relegated to clay use only.   I glazed them with a clay varnish and added ribbon to hang (not shown).