I have to start by thanking Natalie Waggenspack for being incredibly generous by sharing her art class ideas on the Internet. I fell in love with this project and decided to let kids in my class have a go. I hope that she would have been proud of what they achieved! Soooo …we started by looking into the art of Tony Orrico and the way he uses his body as a tool to draw. Inspired by him and the music we played during the class, children created very energetic paper designs. Those designs were then cut and used as background collages to our animal portraits. For the eyes and noses we used India ink, acrylics and oil pastels, and once dried we collaged them onto the backgrounds. To give it even more detail the kids were encouraged to work on top of the work by using pencil, sharpies, oil pastels and acrylics. This project took more than three weeks but the results are of a high quality, detail and ready to be proudly framed and hanged! Well, well done all 🙂


This project was run by my good friend Mekette, girl who saved the day when I couldn’t make it to the studio….but as always spirits were high and results are lovely! Thumbs up to all 🙂


Today we spent a whole hour listening to music, the rhythm, tempo and reacting to it on paper. Kids worked in pairs, every now and then changing their drawing partners. The artists that inspired us were Tony Orrico and Heather Hansen. It was noisy, messy, funny and most importantly not precious. Boom!



This project started by tracing the chosen image of an animal by using the continuous pencil line … while doing it, kids were encouraged to imagine the same line occupying the three dimensional space.  Once they were happy with their traced pencil images the next step was to translate it into wire structures and results are phenomenal!


We are continuing with dogs as our main subject, and why not?!…who doesn’t like a dog! 🙂
Looking into the decorative aspects of the Folk Art and trying to be creative with it, so some are more “bling” then others. Lots of colour, lots of patterns, and lots of talking, so some are more finished than others…I say, it is all a part of the creative process and the results are beautiful!


Last week we were looking at the ‘Scribble & Gesture’ style of drawing while peeking at some work of an artist Alberto Giacometti, and initial sketches of an architect Frank Gehry.  I love kids reaction to it …”what’s that, that’s not a good drawing! We can do that!” … yes of course you can, so let’s do it!!!!

And here they are, some fab, expressive and energetic drawings of dogs and occasional dog poo…bravoooo! 🙂


We were inspired by the bird illustrations I found on the Internet, unfortunately and sadly I have forgotten the name of this brilliant illustrator 🙁 … but maybe by seeing the kids work somebody might recognize and remember the artist’s name. Fingers crossed 🙂


How to mix colors on the palette, how to navigate your small working area, how to tell a story through the picture,  how to create an illusion of space by using shades and tints…and how to share some school gossip while producing some fine work. This is how they do it!  

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