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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Spring Peepers & baby animals, kids' drawing class, 4/17/18


Baby animals - bunnies, squirrels, otters, kittens, raccoons, and a fawn somewhere. Thank goodness one of the students knew what an otter looks like and was able to draw up a sample for us!

We did not get to hedgehogs, dragon related animals like salamanders and snakes, or pandas!

See more about peepers here:

And something about otters? ....



Saturday, April 14, 2018

Koi kite pics - made in the video demo

Paper koi kite watercolor demonstration



Make a paper koi (carp) kite with me! Just a sheet of  8 1/2 x 11" copy paper, some scissors, some crayons or watercolors, and go to town with it! You'll see most of it in this video where I make the kite and decorate it with watercolor. But you can use crayons just as easily, as I did in the example that I copied from.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Cherry blossoms and trees for the Japanese spring festival in Washington DC. Student art display, adult drawing class, 4/9/18

We used photo references for some warm-up practices, then did a full sheet final drawing as desired.
Practice exercises:
Blind contour drawing
Continuous line drawing of the same pic
Continuous line drawing of another image
Continuous line drawing of a blossom close up
Blue shape negative spaces of the sky areas behind the puffs of cherry blossoms

Friday, April 6, 2018

Red riding hood and wolf, Fairy tale papercuts in honor of Hans Christian Anderson, adult art display, 4/2/18


We did these paper cuts in honor of Hans Christian Andersen. His birthday was April 2nd. He wrote lots of fairy tales but also made papercuts - just using scissors and paper. 

Take a piece of copy paper folded into quarters. Snip up into the paper   In the long fold, cut up around the figure, whether it be the wolf or Ridinghood. Return to a frame that you will now cut around.  You can see that some people cut around the frame and some people simply cut their figure out. You can also pierce into the paper rather than cutting up into it, and cut around the frame.  You will return to your starting point. If you wanted your figure to stay as one big sheet, then you have to make sure that there is a connection rather than cutting the figure off. I did a demo of   the red Ridinghood figure but I was so confused as to what I was doing that it really didn't look like anything other than like a tree. Someone was able to follow along with me and that image came out looking much like the tree that I did . Then I made a drawing of what it should look like very roughly and someone else did their cutting from that. It is placed against a green background so there is a green Ridinghood rather than red Ridinghood. 

Red riding hood and wolf, Fairy tale papercuts in honor of Hans Christian Anderson, adult art display, 4/2/18

Red riding hood and wolf, Fairy tale papercuts in honor of Hans Christian Anderson, adult art display, 4/2/18