He could become a good musician but made a name as a wonderful artist who combined different styles in his unconventional works. He could not decide what he wanted to be but turned into an expert of color. You guessed it, this week we are talking about Paul Klee.
I guess I know why people in Russia love bright and colorful decorations. You have to spend one year there to see that winter lasts long, long time and you wear a heavy coat and many layers under it; summer is when you wear a light padded jacket and the beginning of September might mark a start of putting on a hat and a winter coat again. Ok, I was exaggerating about summer but everything else is true. Tired of seeing gray landscape out of the window people turned to art to brighten their days and Khokhloma became a well recognized and popular ornament for tableware and furniture. Continue reading Khokhloma: Red and Black, and Gold All Over.
Painting still life is so much easier then painting people. I’ve never heard of an apple complaining: “Oh no! You’ve made me look fat in that picture!” or banana saying: “I don’t look THAT yellow, do I?” Milk jars and vases can stay motionless for hours, even days if you ask them nicely. And people? You position and position and then after only five hours they start whining: “I am tired! I need to go to the restroom!” No wonder many artists prefer painting still life. Continue reading Why Still Life? Why Not? Making Measurements For Life Drawing-2.
Gyotaku was born when Japanese fishermen wanted to record their catches and prove to their friends that they did not have pants on fire when they said they had a nice catch. At the beginning Gyotaku (jaio (fish)+ taku (rub) served only that purpose but since 1800s it became a separate form of art. Continue reading Gyotaku Where You Least Expect It.
It’s hard to be a God. Many people expect so much from him but, according to many legends, Gods already have very stressful lives. Take Ganesha, for example.
Do you feel it? It’s in the air! Christmas time, wonderful time. The weather is still awesome, but here and there you see a fresh-cut Christmas tree on the roof of a car. Yet it seems so far away; a false feeling because the eve will come quickly and your head will spin. No surprise we are getting ready now, not later, by doing fun Christmas projects like this one. Continue reading Christmas Toys Paper Mache.
When you think of Mexico you think of bright clothes, spicy food and unusual art. They are able to make extraordinary out of simple things and celebrate the uncelebrated. The Day of the Dead, for example, is one of the most exuberant and lavish holidays in Mexico with lots of festivities, treats and decorations. Being about 2000 miles away from this wonderful country did not stop us from joining the tradition if only by making the sugar skulls which are traditionally made there for the fiesta. Continue reading Calaveras Jersey Style.
This is an extremely delightful and beautiful project that is easy to do at home with the kids of different ages.
You will need:
- Small pumpkins
- Elmer multi-purpose spray adhesive. Bought a bunch here and can not be happier because we use it often.
- Assorted glitter.
- Strait pins. You can buy them at the sewing supply store or any kind of craft store.
- Beads, glitter confetti or small cloth flowers.
Step 1: Spay adhesive near the top of the pumpkins while turning them around to get the coverage.
Step 2: Sprinkle the glitter on the pumpkins and again, turn the pumpkins while shaking the jar. Allow some time to dry out.
Step 3: String the confetti with the beads and stick the needles in the pumpkins. Watch out for the sharp edges.
Step 4: Admire your accomplishment.
With younger kids you can skip the third step and move on to admiring all together for the reason that no-one wants to have prickled fingers and upset faces while enjoying a pleasurable activity.
Happy Halloween everybody!
The Scream painting by Edvard Munch can, perhaps, be compared to Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa as far as the popularity is taken into account. It has been featured in cartoons; numerous reproductions have been made with famous characters and who does not remember the Home Alone boy screaming his heart out in the moments of extreme anguish. When I told the kids that we are painting a monster they were so exited they started clapping. Continue reading Art That Screams. Edvard Munch.
Halloween brings out a lot of creativity in children and their parents. Last week we spent an hour spreading the net on the bushes and hanging spiders, picking what to wear and decorating the mantel. In addition to all that I could not wait to make our fun and easy project. Continue reading A Tea Light Monster.