Laurel Burch is a fantastic artist to inspire kids to create. You can read all about her here. I did three Laurel Burch inspired projects last summer and am just getting around to posting them now. I started by showing the kids a video about Laurel and a few examples of her work, like this.
The kids quickly were drawn into Laurel’s world and noticed a ton of details that made her work intriguing, especially the way Laurel painted the cat’s eyes. After our discussion we went on to do directive draw’s on canvases. Each child had their own canvas and followed simple step by step directions to draw their cat. Then they were let free to add whatever details they wanted with paint and then puffy paint. They really enjoyed this process and each kid felt really successful. Directive draws can be really great for so many kids, especially the ones who don’t feel like they are “artists.”
Since the kids were really into the whole Laurel Burch theme we stayed with it and made popsicle stick puzzles with the same design. The kids were excited to practice the cat they had just learned to do. They helped each other a lot with this, reminding one another of different steps. The trick when doing a popsicle stick puzzle is to tape one side with masking tape while you draw so the pieces don’t move.
Lastly, we made sculpey cat pins. I gave the kids a cardstock paper cutout of the cat shape that they carved out of the sculpey. Then we added the details with different sculpey tools. The pins were really cute. I still have mine and love it. Maybe we’ll do paper mache cats this summer or cat shaped pillows. Thank you Laurel. Your inspiration lives on.
Ok, glitter art, is majorly fun and awesome. Kari Tarr did a great tutorial on Martha Stewart that totally inspired me. Plus, one of my students has been begging since the first day of camp to do glitter art. I got a few fancy glitter packs from Pearl Art Supplies. I wanted the Martha Stewart Pack but could only find it online and I didn’t have enough time for delivery. Turns out these little glitter vials go a surprisingly long way, so I have plenty left to play with. I got some balsa wood for our first go and cut it into squares about 4×4. Glittering got way easier after the first one or two. Then I found these awesome silver tiles in my art shed that were perfect for day two glitter art. I can’t wait to do a few for myself! Just put down tape, glue and glitter. It’s really simple and so satisfying. There were tons of oohs and ahhs when we lifted the tape and the lines looked so perfect. Really fun project. Highly recommend. Thanks Kari!
Art Camp 2012 is ova! I am officially on vacay and I am thrilled! We did an art show this year and invited all the parents. It was really nice. I decided to have the kids set up all their art work on long paper strips on the floor, rather than set everything up on tables. It was really cool I think. It’s also so nice to see how much the kids did in only 8 days. I think they are going to have so many new ideas and inspiration for at home crafting, which was one of my goals. I remember telling my mom I was bored ALL THE TIME when I was little. No bored campers here! (sorry the pics are a bit blurry. i was seriously rushing before all the parents arrived.)
Summer projects include; glitter art, Holton Rower paint pours, Laurel Birch painted cats, Laurel Birch sculpey cats and popsicle stick puzzles, panda family portraits, straw weaving, gelatin prints, tin foil sharpie drawings, Artist Trading Cards, heart collages, sculpey roses, hot air balloons and yarn peg people. Whew, what a summer.
I’m a big fan of Artist Trading Cards. I joined a trading club a few years ago and traded a few cards via snail mail. It was really fun. Unfortunately I stink at keeping up with most things mail related, especially thank you notes, so it sort of fizzled out. I introduced the concept to the kids at summer camp last week and they really took to it. We had mini trading sessions a few times, but mostly the kids wanted to keep their own. I don’t blame them. They did a really nice job. We helped make them special by using some japanese washi tape I got on etsy, which basically makes everything look awesome. This is a great center for when kids are done with the main project we’re working on. Here are some of the kid’s ATCs.
I saw this fantastic and super simple tutorial on pinterest and had to try it. I’m sorry I can’t give proper credit here but the link doesn’t go anywhere. I tried it with a wide age range this morning at summer camp. I had a feeling it would be a bit too challenging for the young ones (6 and 7) and I was right. We talked about it first though and they decided to give it a try knowing it might be a tough road. The 8 and ups were able to get it. And the counselors might have loved it the most. Here are a few examples. Perhaps the coolest result was an 8 year old, Sophie, who took the idea and applied it to a heart. So clever!