Tag: Getting Started

  • Holiday Project – The Nutcracker

    THE NUTCRACKER – A Christmas Tradition, the Nutcracker ballet has long since been a festive tradition in cities all over the world. Children and adults alike look forward to attending a performance of this delightful ballet; often as a yearly Christmas tradition. The Nutcracker was used as the inspiration for our lesson. We used of… Read More

  • Artist: Charles Wysocki “Shall We”

    A fun artist for the holidays is Charles Wysocki (1928 – 2002) his whimsical animal painting and drawings are a “purrfect” subject. Charles Wysocki, was born in Detroit, Michigan. From the time he was a little tot, he always wanted to be an artist. He loved using cats and other critters in his whimsical paintings… Read More

  • Animal Drawing: Holiday Amigos

    Sorry we did not post any projects over past few days, we were in Pasadena visiting our daughter. Today we are going to a fun animal project called Holiday Amigos. Materials: Heavyweight drawing paper, sketching pencil, sharpie, watercolor pencils and/or chalk pastels. Step #1: Draw light guidelines across the center and down the middle. Draw… Read More

  • Artist: Vermeer “Girl With Pearl Earring”

    I always try to introduce different artist for students to learn about portraits. Recently we used the Dutch master Vermeer as our Inspiration. Johannes Vermeer (1632 – 1675) was a Dutch painter who specialized in exquisite, domestic interior scenes of middle class life. Vermeer was a moderately successful provincial genre painter in his lifetime. He seems… Read More

  • Animal Drawing: Vermillion Flycatcher

    I wanted to do a project to warm up on this chilly winter day, a this little guy does the trick. The Vermilion Flycatcher, is a small passerine bird that can be found in the southwestern United States. The species grows to about seven inches in length, males are bright red in color, with dark… Read More

  • Flower: Poinsettias

    Euphorbia pulcherrima, commonly known as poinsettia or noche buena, is a species of flowering plant indigenous to Mexico and Central America. It is commonly known as poinsettia, after Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States Minister to Mexico, who introduced the plant into the US in 1825. I used Sachiko Umoto Illustration School book for… Read More

  • Artist: Van Gogh Sunflowers

    Vincent Van Gogh (1853- 1890) was son of a Dutch pastor in The Netherlands. He was a Dutch Post-Impressionist painter whose work had a far-reaching influence on 20th century art for its vivid colors and emotional impact. Little appreciated during his lifetime, his fame grew in the years after his death. Today, he is widely… Read More

  • Animal Drawing: Audubon Winter Cardinal

    I am always looking for animal projects for our students to create, one of favorite artist to use is John James Audubon.We used John James Audubon work as our inspiration for Winter cardinal. John James Audubon (1785 – 1851) was a French–American ornithologist, naturalist, hunter, and painter. He painted, catalogued, and described the birds of… Read More

  • Animal Drawing: Holiday penguins

    Penguins are a great subject for holiday projects. In this project i use a simple figure eight design penguin. Penguins are a group of aquatic, flightless birds living almost exclusively in the southern hemisphere, especially in Antarctica. Highly adapted for life in the water, penguins have countershaded dark and white plumage, and their wings have… Read More

  • Artist: Paul Klee – Cat and Bird

    One of my favorite artist is Paul Klee, his work is simple and complicated at same time. Paul Klee was a Swiss artist and teacher from the early 1900’s who liked to turn things he saw into simple geometric shapes. His “Cat and Bird” painting from 1928 is a classic example of his philosophy. Klee… Read More