Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Straw-Blown Cherry Blossom Trees

Recently we worked on a unit using India ink, while studying different parts of the world. One of the most fun lessons was creating a cherry tree in blossom. These trees are indigenous to eastern Asia. Countries such as Japan Korea, and China depict them in prints, paintings, and even on currency.  First we used drinking straws to blow drops of ink across the paper, until a pleasing array of branches were formed. After the ink dried, students added blossoms and leaves to their composition with a watercolor brush. The variety of images really impressed me, and the kids had a great time with such an offbeat approach to creating a image on their paper.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Art Teacher Blog Directory

I've been meaning to do this for a little while now, and I finally have gotten a chance. Although I try to keep a nice blog listing posted here at My Adventures, this promises to be quite a directory. I'm happy to be part of it!

Do you want to join an art teacher blog directory?  Add your link and then copy and paste the whole thing to your blog.  Pretty soon you will be linked up with art teachers from all over the world.

Click here to visit 'Vivid Layers'and register your blog!