Saturday, December 13, 2014

A treat, an Art and an Advent Calendar - calm and focused -

Why is it that the week before break can be hectic or a calm, focused classroom. All around the art room can be chaos but walk in the art room doors and students are ready to create. Five days before break the art classes do an advent calendar with a treat and an art project each day. Weaving, jewelry making, clay ornaments (made & glazed), scratch art cards and gingerbread people from a sketch they draw. Projects like Gods eyes, and snowflakes can be continued over vacation or sketchbooks taken home to draw in. These projects can be given as hand made presents or kept or put on trees.

                                               5 days before vacation






4 days before vacation

wooden  jewelery








3 days before vacation

Gods eyes weaving
Smarties Pinterest Board
The Weaving Series: God's Eye (Ojo de Dios)

2 days before vacation

1 day before vacation

Gingerbread people

Monday, December 01, 2014

It's a Snow Day-Let it Snow-Snowflake Cut-day

Pinterest Snowflake Board

Decorate the halls with snow flakes. Glittery Snow Flakes.
Today we will make white paper 6 pointed snow-snowflakes for the music concert next week. Let it Snow (this is California and we get rain if we are lucky) We will listen to "Let it Snow" and watch the tutorial on how to make 6 pointed snowflakes. Fold your paper as shown and draw your design before you cut it out.See how wispy, thin your star can be. Don't forget to put your name on it and photograph on a dark piece of paper.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Zentangle Animal Coloring Book

Make an animal black and white zentangle coloring page sheet.
  • Pick an animal and draw the outline only.
  • Inside the animal include drawings about where it lives, it's habitat, food it eats, family life, friends, home and any other interesting facts you can draw.
  • Connect what you draw with zentangle lines (lines tangled) Remember you are creating a coloring page.
  • Go over your lines with black marker only.
  • Upload to Artsonia for coloring book page.



Earth Art International zentangle animals Pinterest Boards   
cool and warm colors   
spirit animals and animal totems  
Oaxaca Paper Mache animals on Pinterest  
 zentangle lessons 


zentangle - lines tangled  
habitat the natural home or environment of an animal, plant, or other organism.

- Henry Matisse 1869 –1954 - Paper Cut Outs -

Pick a one word theme and draw your ideas on your sketchbook cover.

Cut out color paper and glue on. Color the entire page with blocks of large colors.

Layers of paper and no brown of the sketchbook showing.

Last step add line drawings with Sharpie until it looks finished to you. 

Coat with "Mod Podge varnish"  to protect.

* Upload to Artsonia.

Saturday, November 08, 2014

"Save Me with your Imagination!!!" said the turkey to his Artist Friend.


HeLP ME!! said the turkey!!

Your pet turkey is going to be eaten for Thanksgiving dinner. Help your pet!! Draw a disguise and draw a hiding place for your turkey. What's your plan? Can you draw it?

When you upload your picture to Artsonia explain your plan to save your turkey. Most imaginative in each class gets a chocolate vegetarian turkey for Thanksgiving dinner.

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Burnished Clay Zentangle Snow Globe

 Draw the zentangle pattern you would like to draw on your clay snow globe. It can be a Thanksgiving or Christmas theme zentangle snow globe. You need to have at least some real things tangled up with your abstract zentangle, line, doodle, patterns.
Start out with clay by making the most perfect 2 pinch pot globe you can make. When it is as perfect as you can make it, carve your zentangle patterns in the clay. Not to deep.
Paint parts with red slip and burnish the globe by rubbing it until it shines.
Make a base with 2 circle coils for the globe to sit on.
Name and period on both clay parts.

Pinterest Board Zentangles in Clay
Pinterest Board Snow Globes