Sunday, July 9, 2017

The Number Book.

[The Number Book]
Please click on this link and enjoy reading this book, digitally!
Two years ago, Kaelyn was at Kindergarten and she sometimes wrote number backwards. Camille and I decided to help her by writing this book. We discussed with her and made the number alive for her, especially with Camille's drawing. We hope this can help some young kids. 1 says, let's go line up!

Number 2 says, let's look front.

Number 3 follows.
Number 4 points at number 5.
                                                                                        Number 5 checks on number 6.

Number 6 and number 7 are chick chatting.

Number 8 tries not to roll!

Number 9 does not like number 10. They are not looking at each other.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Family Portrait

Lately, we talked about perspectives and foreshortening is one of the techniques that artists use to create illusions to fool viewers' eyes.

To make it more personal, I used "family" as a theme to teach this lesson.
This pose is like a yoga pose. The upper body parts need to be limited to a very small shape to make it work and the heads are shown only the top and a little bit face.  

Pencils, color pencils, sharpie, watercolor. 

Simple Art with Real Objects

To stimulate creativity, I found this idea on Pinterest. It is about using some real objects to create an image that are totally not related to the objects.

We used images of "objects" from magazine and we brainstormed for ideas. Then each of us made line drawings based on the object that was chosen. 

This project became a collaboration and we had lots of fun. 

Materials: magazine, scissor, glue, index card, black ink pen.

Imaginary Friend(s)

Art Assignment: Imaginary Friends
This project was inspired and was a response to a show by PBS, called, Art Assignment. 
Each episode has an "art assignment,"  that artist(s) gave you and the viewers could post their creative project based on the assignment. 

I found this artist, JooYoung Choi, is very interesting. She was born in 1982 in South Korea and was adopted when she was one year old to Concord, New Hampshire, where Asians were minority. One of her projects, Comic Womb, was about racial and adoption issues, including her personal experiences.  

The assignment she gave to the viewers was to create an imaginary friend. Ms. Choi has created many imaginary friends in her drawings or in 3D format like puppets. Her assignment is very playful and fun. Therefore, I made one myself and asked my students to create one as well. 

We sketched the idea of this imaginary friend, then included it with self and finished in a painting. There are many possible ways to create this one imaginary friend and we can use different kinds of media to make one. 

Please check this assignment through this link:

Name: Flipper. Love Swimming/Great Listener/Release Positive Energy

Monday, June 19, 2017