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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Arctic animals - kids art class display, 1/28/20

Lynx, arctic hare, arctic fox, arctic unicorn pony, snowy owl, mouse, polar bear, Midnight sun, ....we did not get to the reindeer.
Work by both children and adults. So nice that everyone draws together.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Winter sports - children's drawing class, 1/21/20

We used black colored tear drop shape papercuts to create winter sports figures in the manner of pictograms.

We have skiers, skaters, snowboarders, snowmen, snowballs, snow forts, sledders, and igloos here.

Happy Chinese New Year, of the Rat! Digital phone drawings, 1/25/20

Happy Chinese New Year, of the Rat! Digital phone drawings, 1/25/20

Let’s just make it a good one. We can hope for a good one too. Or at least, make it as good as we can.

Last year was the year of the Pig. I think that was how Cat ended up with Pig. I’m not sure they’re ready to part. Does Rat replace Pig?
Does Rat join Pig, and Cat? Do Pig and Rat go around together? Maybe Pig and Rat take turns with Cat!

Monday, January 20, 2020

Monday, January 13, 2020

Winter barns in snow scenes - adult art class, 1/13/20

Winter barns in snow scenes - adult art class, 1/13/20

We worked from two reference photos. First we did a set of exercises in effort to try to see the photos in a different manner than we are used to. The first exercise was to color in the dark shapes without using outlines. The second exercise was just the same thing color and shapes, but use two colors. The next exercise was on the second photograph. Draw the sky shapes by just coloring the shapes. Working around a tree, a bare winter tree, you might find imagery in the branchwork such as elephant heads, old-fashioned shoes, and other critters.
We also did a continuous line drawing for one of the exercises.

For the final drawing they did as they wished - as the large drawing working from either photo or both or whatever!

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Snowflake papercuts display, child and adult art display, children’s drawing class, 1/7/20

We folded copy weight paper to get a big size square from the sheet and cut off the excess. Then we folded the square in half on the diagonal 3 times. Open back to the first foldover. Mark a spot along the crease revealed by opening back. Cut from one corner to the dot and then cut from the other corner to the dot.

Then go to town cutting out little pieces thru the thickness from the fold. You can cut circles and hearts and any kind of shapes you want . Just makes sure you're keeping the whole piece whole.

Open the papercut to see your surprise. Color another sheet with darkish colors as a contrast to show your snowflake. Fasten with some tape rolled over like a double stick tape. Or glue it. Or don't do any background. This child colored the papercut too. We also tried crayon rubbings over the papercuts.

I know this needs a more explicit and easy to follow instruction, but it will have to do for now. Besides, you can probably figure out how to do this without instruction!

Evergreens in Snow - papercuts, adult art class student display, 1/6/20

Class worked hard trying to follow my instructions for this yet untested idea. We have done variations on it over the years. The difference here is that the foldover flap with the cutouts stays attached to the background panel. Before I write out or draw up instructions, how about treating this as a puzzle to solve!

There must be a way to post answers - in the comments! Do try it!

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Happy New Year 2020! Digital phone drawings

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year! And if it isn’t, there is always the next. Somewhere deep down inside, everyone must believe this in some form or another. How could one want to go on otherwise?
Love our new day, our new year, etc.

Cat and Pig love the New Year! ‘Touch’ drawing, 1/1/20. ❤️- CK

2020 will be the Year of the Rat. Will Cat start hanging with Rat, or will Cat stay with Pig? Hmm - there could be two Cats... 

Jumpin’ Johnny black eyed peas New Year’s Dish
Cat and Pig try black eyed peas and  Hoppin’ John for New Year’s. ‘touch’ drawing, 12/30/19. ❤️- CK

Happy New Year Library!
Happy New Year Library! Digital phone ‘Touch’ drawing, 12/30/19. ❤️- CK