Earth Day Art- Garbage Portraits

Earth Day Art- Garbage Portraits

If you don’t want to take the garbage out, use your creativity and turn your trash into beautiful artwork!

When we think of art materials, we typically think of things like paint, clay, ink and paper. Garbage isn’t something many people would put on their list of favorite art supplies! But why not?!?! Think about some of the things we throw away. There are so many different shapes, sizes, textures and colors waiting in the trash bin just begging for a little creative energy to turn them into something more!

This Earth Day dig in the trash, find some fun recycled “garbage” materials and create an amazing self-portrait!

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ART KIDBIT: Junk Art 

Junk Art, also referred to as Recycled Art, can be defined as an art form that uses old or used items or day-to-day trash to create something which is brand-new, attractive, and in some cases useful. 

MATERIALS NEEDED:

  • Paper grocery bags, cut the paper bags to approximately 10x16 (1 per kid)
  • Garbage/recycling items (bubble wrap, foam pieces, plastic bottles, newspaper, sponges, bottle tops, etc.)
  • Tempera paint
  • Brushes
  • Craft glue
  • Hot glue and glue gun (if necessary)
  • Scissors

DIRECTIONS:

  • Hold up your various pieces of garbage. What part of a person could each piece be? Think about the different shapes of parts of the body (rectangle=arm, leg, torso; circle=head, eyes; triangle= nose, skirt, etc.). Are you inspired???? It’s time to get messy!
  • Get out your paints. Paint your paper bag one of the primary colors (red, yellow or blue). Set it aside to dry.
  • While your paper bad is drying, choose some garbage items and start to arrange and alter them to create your portrait. Don’t forget to add details like clothing and hair after you have the basic shapes arranged.
  • Once you have all the pieces arranged, transfer them to your dry painted paper bag and glue everything down with craft glue. For special parts that need more stick, you may need to use a hot glue gun.
  • Finally, add a little more paint to your Garbage Portrait’s outfit, if desired.
  • Now, it time to show if this amazing transformation from garbage to gorgeous!

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Ice Cream in a Bag!

Ice Cream in a Bag!

Make your own ice cream at home without an ice cream maker!

Ingredients:

2 cups heavy whipping cream

2 cups half-and-half cream

1/2 cup white sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 bag crushed ice

4 cups coarse salt

Other Supplies:

2 pint-size resealable plastic freezer bags

1 gallon-size resealable plastic freezer bag

Gloves or towel to protect fingers

Directions:

1.  In a pitcher or large measuring cup, stir together the whipping cream, half-and-half, sugar, and vanilla extract until sugar has dissolved.

2.   Pour about 1/2 cup of mixture into a pint-size plastic bag and seal carefully, squeezing out extra air. Place each sealed bag into a second pint-size bag, again squeezing out extra air. Seal carefully.

3.  Fill each gallon-size plastic bag about halfway with ice and add 1/2 cup coarse salt. Place one sealed small bag into the large bag, squeeze out most of the air, and seal the large bag.

4.   Wear mittens or thick gloves, or wrap the bag in a towel to protect hands against the extreme cold. Shake and massage the bag for about 5 minutes or until mixture thickens into ice cream. Add more salt and ice to the outer bag if ice cream hasn’t formed after 10 minutes of continuous motion.

5.   Remove the outer pint-size bag before you open the inner bag so you don’t get any of the salty ice on your ice cream!

 

 

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Spring Break Art Activities!

Spring Break Art Activities!

Keep your kids busy over spring break with these fun art projects!

No school days don’t have to be a no learning days! Here are some fun (and educational) art lessons from the Kidcreate Studio blog.

 Cassatt Monoprints
Click here to go to blog post.

 

 MondrianBe Square . . . Make a Mondrian Inspired Masterpiece!
Click here to go the the blog post.

 Escher Tessellations
Click here to go to blog post.

 I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream! (Claes Oldenburg and Wayne Theibaub) 
Click here to go to blog post.

 Action Painting (Jackson Pollock)
Click here to go to blog post.

 Magnificent Monet
Click here to go to blog post.

 Haring’s Pop Art People!
Click here to go to the blog post.

 

 

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I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream!

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream!

Ice Cream Sundae Art Project

Are you looking for a fun art project to try at home? Here is a project for all the ice cream loving kids out there!

This project was inspired by the amazing food art created by artists Claes Oldenburg and Wayne Theibaub. Click on the links below to learn more about these great artists!

Materials needed:

Model Magic (primary colors and white) Model Magic is available at Target and Michaels. 
(Or make your own Model Magic-  Click here to learn how.)

Paper plates

Brown tempera paint

Elmer’s glue

Paper

Pencils

Crayons/Markers/Colored pencils

Directions:

  • It’s always a good idea to draw out your ideas before your start working with Model Magic, so let’s start with pencil and paper!  Draw your dessert with pencil and then add in the color and details with crayons, markers or colored pencils. Get as detailed as you want. Be creative and have fun!
  • Now it’s time to get out the Model Magic! Did you know that Model Magic colors can be mixed together? Take a ball of each of the colors you would like to mix. Knead the colors together to combine. The longer you work at it, the better the colors will mix. Working with Model Magic like this is a great way to learn color theory (red + blue= purple, blue + yellow= green, red + yellow= orange ). Mix away and create the colors you need for your sculpture.
  • Now that your colors are ready it’s time to start creating your delicious sculptures! Using the paper plate as your base, start with the dish for your sundae and work your way up. Don’t forget to refer back to your drawing as your work.
  • It’s time for the finishing touch, chocolate syrup glue! Mix a small amount of brown paint and glue together. Then, drizzle the mixture over the top of your dessert sculpture.

For more information about these artists, click on the links below-

Claes Oldenburg

Claes Oldenburg on Wikipedia

Claes Oldenburg’s art available to view in the Twin Cities (from ArtsConnectEd) 

Visit the Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen Spoonbridge and Cherry scuplture at the Walker’s Sculpture Garden

Wayne Theibaub

Wayne Theibaub on Wikipedia

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My Miro!

My Miro!

Joan Miro was a Spanish Surrealist painter who created colorful and abstract paintings with shapes, colors and lines. His paintings were fun and funny! They sometimes showed oddly shaped animals or people. The ideas for his paintings often came from his dreams or from simple things he saw around him like a bug on the wall or a spec of dust. He loved to use red, yellow, blue, green and black in his art.

Google Joan Miro to see many examples of his work. You don’t have to travel far to see a real Miro piece of art. The Minneapolis Institute of Art has several.

Project #1- The Art of Shapes

Materials:

  • Paints, markers or colored pencils in red, yellow, blue, green and black.
  • Large sheets of white paper


Directions:

  • Draw or paint 3 shapes on a piece of paper. You can use squares, circles, moons, stars or any shape your imagination can dream up!
  • Next, connect the shapes with lines. Straight lines, squiggly lines, zig-zag lines, what ever you like.
  • Add some smaller shapes to fill in the spaces left on the paper.
  • Color in some of the shapes.
  • You have created your very own Miro!

 

Project #2- Feel It!

Materials:

  • Paints, markers or colored pencils in red, yellow, blue, green and black.
  • Large sheets of white paper
  • Paper bags
  • Interestingly shaped objects (You will need to have a friend or family member help you with this! Have them pick out objects and put them into individual bags. Don’t look in the bags- it needs to be a surprise!)

Directions:

Put your hand into a bag with a mystery object. What shapes do you feel? Using shapes and lines draw what you feel!

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Escher Tessellations

Escher Tessellations

Relativity

M.C. Escher was known for the “impossible structures” shown in his art. He was also considered the ‘Father’ of modern tessellations.

An example of one of Escher’s “impossible structures” can be seen in Relativity. Look at this picture. Try to figure out which way the people are walking. Can you do it?

Escher’s art is filled with mathematical relationships between shapes, figures and space. He even wrote papers on math later in his life. Amazing since, as a child, he didn’t do well in math class!

Try this tessellation
art project at home-

 

Supplies-

  • Index card
  • Large sheet of white paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Scotch tape
  • Black marker
  • Crayons, color pencils or paints

ART KIDBIT: 
TESSELLATIONA tessellation is composed of a picture or tiles, mostly in the form of animals, which cover the surface of a plane in a symmetrical way without overlapping or leaving gaps. That’s a pretty complicated definition for something that looks like it is made out of interlocking puzzle pieces! Escher 49 is an example of a tessellation.

Instructions-

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1) With your pencil draw a line from left to right across the index card. The line can be straight or squiggly. (Figure 1)

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2) Draw a line from top to bottom on the index card. Again, the line can be straight or squiggly. (Figure 2)

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3) With scissors, cut along the lines. You should end up with 4 pieces. (Figure 3)

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4) Rotate the pieces so the outer corners (corners marked x on the diagram) touch. Tape the shapes together. Now you have created a stencil for your tessellation. (Figure 4)

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tesselations_figure55) Look at the shape you created. What does it look like? Does it look like a flower, a turtle or maybe a frog? Decide what it is going to be. You will be coloring it in later. We decided that the shape in our example would be a flower. (Figure 5)

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6) On your large piece of paper, use the stencil to create a repeating pattern. If you did the stencil correctly, your outlines should fit together like a puzzle.  (Figure 6)

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tessellations_figure77) Use your crayons, color pencils or paints to color in each of your objects. Alternate colors to create a really cool pattern. (Figure 7)

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