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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Paper house tracer/template sketch

I sketched this out before the gingerbread house drawing class. It is not done with rulers. I made measurements by pinching the paper. You get the idea and can see what you might like to change. Decorate as you want before you cut it out. It probably works better on card stock, but it is small enough to work with copy paper. I put slits along the tabs in this first cut-out. This light weight paper does not work well with the slit join. Card stock would probably work well with a slit join. Otherwise just glue or tape those tabs together, on the inside would be nice. The roof needs to be fastened down from inside with tape, or glue a strip of paper across the join on the inside. If you want an overhang, fold a little edge on each side. There may not be enough excess for an overhang. This is by no means an exact plan, but it is good enough to make something with

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Holiday cards calligraphy style, gingerbread house drawings, student drawings, adult and kids' art classes, 12/5&6/16

In adult class we did some calligraphy/script style marks practice before using these marks to make Christmas trees, wreathes, and other motifs. We used two colored pencils taped together to create an interesting double line.
Kids class we made a variety of marks in the border area of our papers. Students followed along with me. They tried to guess what the marks might 'be', but I managed to keep mum. It is fun to hear the kids try to guess why something is going on. It is also interesting to simply let them keep wondering and THINKING and watch how well they work things out for themselves.
We raced through at the end in tracing from a pattern that they at least got to color as a gingerbread house. They would have to wait til they got home to cut it out and put this together as a little paper house model or object, (rather than just a flat drawing). You see the beginnings of one in the display.
The pattern should have two longer oblong panels and two ends panels that include the roof peaks. My pattern has the wall panels all in one row. One could add the opposite wall to the roof section instead. The roof is formed by the two oblong panes jutting out between the peak ends. The pattern includes tabs for gluing. I say this because the cut out model on display here may be missing one of the long walls/panels.
I will try to add some version of the pattern here for people to make their own paper gingerbread house models.
The rough paper house pattern is now on the next post up:
Small paper house pattern

Native American Heritage Month - patchwork designs, kids class, 11/29/16

Folded paper squares let us create lots of 'patchwork' style designs. We scribbled up some rough pencil graphs first just to play with grid/cell drawing. The little four year old played along fairly willingly! It seems this also looks a bit like Minecraft, a game I knew little about. Now I know a little bit about it. 'Mine' is not a possessive, it refers to 'mining'.

This display shows both kids and adult.

Native American Heritage Month - patchwork designs, kids class, 11/29/16


Monday, November 28, 2016

Patchwork squares drawings & colorings, and exercises, adult art class, 11/28/16

Exercises were to draw a series of graphs: 8 x 8, 6 x 6, 7 x 7, and 7 x 7. The 7 x 7 would give central axes. Color in one color designs for the 8 x 8 and the 6 x 6. Make two color designs in the 7 x 7's.

For the big designs:
Fold up a sheet of letter paper so that you make a square out of it. I assume you know how to do that? (Fold the short side onto the long side. That should give you two equal sides with some excess. Trim off the excess. You will be left with a square sheet of paper.) Fold the square into 16 squares. Color a one color design using the squares from your folding.

New sheet: Fold into seven equal panels that will be equal or less then the square you can get out of that sheet. Make seven panels the other way so that you will have a 7 squares x 7 squares square. We used a fan fold or an accordian fold in order to get our seven equal parts. It is not as precise as measuring but we were working on the fly.) Now you will have a square that has  two central axes. Color a design using two colors.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Turkeys student art display, kids & adults, children's drawing class, 11/22/16

We did the calligraphy flourish type of turkey drawings, and then the horn of plenty cornucopia. And, the magic trick of making a patch of carbon/transfer paper. In this case it was a big guessing game to find out how to make marks appear on the back of the paper. I need this trick every once in a while when I want to reverse an image and have no light box. That strip of heart, box, circle, heart, box is a result of the experiment.

Happy Thanksgiving!

A little turkey fun!

Those snacky-poo turkeys people make look like such fun, I had to try a mini one. A way to have turkey without eating turkey!