August 1, 2017

A couple of days into the holidays, and my two girls (aged 8, and 5), dug out the marbling inks from the art cart. It was to be a marbling morning! I emptied out two plastic Ikea drawers as trays (I'm sure I'll sort that junk out at some point), filled them with water and grabbed a stack of paper. We set up outside as it can get a little messy, and space is needed to lay out the sheets of paper to dry. It's so simple. Put a few drops of ink, into the water, swirl around with a stick, carefully lay a sheet of paper onto the...

June 21, 2017

Today I am testing out the sculpture technique we will be using in the Autumn term classes. 

Cutting Henri Matisse inspired 'gerbe' shapes, free hand, known as 'drawing with scissors'. Matisse developed this style in his later years, when he could no longer paint or draw, due to ill health. In this activity, shapes are then applied to a balloon using a water based sealant called 'Mod Podge', and a brush. There isn't a right or wrong way to arrange the shapes, as long as they overlap in places. In class we will use oil paste...

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