Friday, October 29, 2010

Art Room Spotlight

One of my favorite and most inspirational sites showcasing art lessons for kids is Deep Space Sparkle. So I was honored and excited when Patty, art teacher extraordinaire, asked if I would like to be featured on the Deep Space site. Please visit and scroll down for the Art Room Spotlight link to see the article featuring my home-studio school and blog. And thanks so much Patty!

Deep Space Sparkle

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Completed Giacometti Sculptures

Here are some of the completed Giacometti sculptures. The children really took to this project and were so productive. If the stages are messy, tactile and fun, I think we can accomplish anything!

Our sculptures grouped together and compared with the master.

Heavy Walker

Tall Female

 Arms Wide Open

Low and Lazy

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Giacometti Sculptures

My students and I worked as sculptors and created figures inspired by Alberto Giacometti. We talked about how the figures made us feel. They are tall, lonely, and held to their bases with heavy feet. They are textural and monochromatic. I showed them photographs of the artist with his works and they could see how he looked like his artwork. We then talked about the process of casting a metal sculpture and one of my students wanted to know why we weren't going to do our sculptures that way. Since my studio doesn't have the capacity for a foundry, I made things up to them by letting the paint their sculptures with metallic acrylic paint.

We each started with an 8" square base of corrugated cardboard and four 12" lengths of light garden wire to create an armature. I've seen this lesson done with pipe cleaners as well, but I just couldn't cover them up! We began by placing the legs onto the base where we thought our figure should stand, and then poked the wires through the base, bent about a 1/2 " of wire flat long the bottom, and taped it there. These two lengths of wire became the bottom of the torso and legs. The third length became the arms, and the fourth was shaped into the head, neck, and upper torso. Next we took large pieces of aluminum foil and molded them around the wire armature to flesh out the figure's shape. The final stages were to wrap the foil with strips of plaster gauze to harden and solidify the sculpture and then to add a coat of acrylic paint. The children got to choose from copper and bronze. The final projects are coming up on my next post!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

25 Posts and Even More Followers!

Proud to be posting for the 25th time here at My Adventures in Positive Space! And what is even more satisfying is the community of bloggers who are artists, educators, crafters, parents and more, who have been so supportive, and who have found my blog worthy to follow. Thank you all! And please keep posting all of you wonderful and creative people!

Below is a sculpture I made with one of my classes to help demonstrate the art of Alberto Giacometti. He seemed triumphant, so I decided to add him to this post. Pictures of the class in action and final works to follow— and maybe I'll find my source of inspiration to cite as well.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Flower Field Perspective

This is a lesson in basic one-point perspective that I found at I loved the choice of subject matter to create a colorful and stunning image. The children created a landscape image of Holland (home to famous artists like Van Gogh and Rembrandt) by drawing a horizon line and vanishing point. Long rows of tulips, hyacinth and daffodils were colored with oil pastels. Silhouettes of windmills and farmland were added to the horizon line in black.

One of my classes took some very interesting turns. Some students followed the lesson as explained, but we always talk about using artistic license! So one student asked if she could create her landscape as a night scene. I said yes, as long as she could utilize several colors. Another wanted to do a night scene in the winter. We then talked about how the landscape would change in the wintertime. For example, there wouldn't be any flowers! But her idea didn't falter and she created an interesting multi-colored scene as well. I love how she made a smoking chimney to keep the farmers warm. Sometimes you just can't forsee what kids will want to do with a lesson. Hurray for their vision!