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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Don't Lose Your Marbles!

by Andrea Mulder-Slater

This KinderArt Blog post is truly from the "making art from any old thing" files.

The supplies are simple: Paint (we used tempera), marbles, a plate, an empty box (we used an empty blueberry box) and paper.

First, place a piece of paper in the bottom of the box. We were lucky - our box was exactly the same size as an 8-1/2" by 11" sheet of paper. Then, squeeze some paint on the plate and have your child or student dip the marbles into the paint.

Next, the marbles go into the box - on the paper.

Then - the fun begins! Have your child or student hold the box and turn it this way and that. The marbles will roll around, creating patterns. Also, the paint will begin to mix as one color collides with another. We used an open box - but wouldn't this be fun in a closed box? A pizza box perhaps? That way, the completed image would be a total surprise.

My girl had a blast and the finished works of art are delightful - as you can see...

Try it yourself and keep creating!

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Friday, February 3, 2012

Yellow and blue make... magic

by Andrea Mulder-Slater

As teachers and parents, sometimes it's easy to forget that simple, is sometimes better, when it comes art education. We look at our keen and interested students and children and naturally, we want to share wild and wonderful materials and techniques with them at every turn. However, it is important to remember that the process and not the product is key - especially with younger children.

So - remember to take time to follow the lead of the littlest ones in your home or school classrooms. Because, in their worlds, yellow and blue don't just make green...

... they make magic.

Keep creating!

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Numbers, Paint and Jasper Johns

Do you want to create art with numbers? 
If so, simply gather cardboard or poster board, pencils, safety scissors (or a knife -- with adult assistance), paint, brushes and magic markers. Glue and glitter are optional. 
Ready set go and choose a number, any number. 
Next, draw your number, nice and large on cardboard or poster board. 
Then cut the number out. 
Finally, draw some fun designs on the number shape and using magic markers or paint, fill in the designs. You might also wish to add some glue and glitter when you are all finished.
Did you know...
Artists throughout history have used numbers in their artwork. One of these artists is Charles Demuth, an American painter who lived from 1883 to 1935. One his most well-known paintings is called "The Figure 5 in Gold". This painting was inspired by a poem by William Carlos Williams who wrote, "Among the rain and lights, I saw the figure 5 in gold, on a red firetruck..."

Another artist who loves to use numbers in his art is Jasper Johns, an American artist born in 1930. He hides numbers in his paintings and collages so you really have to look closely to find them.

Now you know.
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Lesson: Andrea Mulder-Slater
Illustration: Geoff Slater

Monday, January 16, 2012

Milk, Tempera and King Tut

by Andrea Mulder-Slater
Would you like to add a little zing to your paintings? 
If so, simply gather some canned condensed milk, powdered tempera paint, a mixing bowl, paintbrushes and paper.
Ready, set go and put a small amount of powdered tempera into the mixing bowl. If you don't have powdered tempera, you can use chalk dust or even food colouring instead. 
Next, add a few drops of condensed milk to the tempera. 
Keep adding more condensed milk until you have a nice, gooey mixture that's not too thick and not too runny. 
Then, take your newly created paint and start painting a picture. Because you have used milk instead of water to make your paint, your painting will have a nice shiny gloss to it when it dries. 
Store all of the unused milk paint in a lidded container in the fridge.
Did you know... 
Some of the oldest paintings in the world were painted with milk paint.

According to the folks at The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company in Groton, Massachusetts, "Cave drawings and paintings made 8,000 years ago, even as old as 20,000 years ago, were made with a simple composition of milk, lime, and earth pigments. When King Tutankhamen's tomb was opened in 1924, artifacts including models of boats, people, and furniture found inside the burial chamber had been painted with milk paint."

Now you know.

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Keep creating!
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