Coiling Pottery

Summary

This week we will be coiling pottery with sculpting doe. Coiling is a method of creating pottery. It has been used to shape clay into vessels for many thousands of years. The coiling technique allows potters to build stonger and taller walled vessels. 

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Materials

Sculpting material - Yootoh

Sculpting tools

Process

  1. First get familiar with the sculpting material by making some basic shapes such as a sphere, cube, cylinder or cone.
  2. Flatten a round piece of clay to about half a centimeter thick for the base of your vessel.
  3. Prepare the coils by rolling them out by hand. 
  4. Cut the first layer of coil and place it around the parameter of the slab.
  5. Pinch / scrape the coil with one finger into the slab.
  6. Place the next layer of coil and pinch and smooth with the previous layer. *When pinching and scraping, make sure that one hand is supporting the wall on the opposite side.
  7. Keep adding layers. You can add up to three at a time before blending and smoothing.
  8. Make the pots rim.  
Coiled cups by Aara Lee

Coiled cups by Aara Lee

Kids Anatomy

Summary

In this lesson we will study about the human anatomy by drawing our  body and labeling some key body parts. 

All art, whether it is a children's book, fashion, architecture, industrial design, fine art or an instructional manual, involves people in some way. Most of us will encounter a situation when we will have to draw people to illustrate a point so it is very helpful to have some knowledge of the human anatomy. 

What you need

  • materials sketchpad
  • pencils
  • permanent markers
  • pastels
  • crayons
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Body Parts

Head: hair, eye, nose, mouth, teeth, ears, chin

Torso: neck, chest, stomach, hips

Arm: shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, fingers

Leg: knee, ankle, foot, toes

What you do

  1. Starting with your head, draw and label your facial features such as your eyes, nose, chin etc. 
  2. Next draw your torso and branch out to your limbs. Label all the basic body parts.
  3. Trace over your pencil lines with a permanent marker. 
  4. Color your drawing with pastels and crayons. Use markers and pens for finer detail work.
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Glass Decco

Summery

In this activity we will create beautiful stained glass artwork with Glass Deco. Students will first conceptualize their designs on paper before they make their own Glass Deco artwork. This activity helps children improve their fine motor skills by having them squeeze correct amounts of paint from tubes and coloring inside of lines.

What you need

  • Pencil
  • Sketchbooks
  • Permanent black marker
  • Markers
  • Glass Deco
  • Acetate Film
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What you do

  1. Brainstorm different themes for your glass deco designs.
  2. Sketch a design for your glass deco art. Be imaginative with your ideas and choice of colour.
  3. Choose 1 idea that you like and outline it with a black permanent marker and colour it. The design should be no bigger 10 x 10 centimeters square.
  4. Place a sheet of clear acetate over your design and trace the outlines with black glass deco paint.
  5. After you are finished, put it aside and allow the black lines to dry. 
  6. While is it drying, make another design repeating steps 1-4.  
  7. After outlining your second design, return to your first design and check if it has dried by touching it gently with your finger.
  8. If it is dry, colour in your outlines and do the same with your second design.  

Glass Deco Themes and Ideas

  • plants
  • animals
  • cars
  • dinosaurs
  • bugs
  • flowers
  • marine life
  • machines
  • alphabet
  • clothing
  • shoes and handbags
  • seasons
  • weather
  • time
  • fast food
  • garden
  • fruits and vegetables

Drawing Your bedroom in One-Point Perspective

Summary

In this lesson we will be drawing our bedrooms in one-point perspective. This is a fun and educational way to learn how to use perspective. Perspective is a fundamental principle in art and is applied to many types of artwork including paintings, product design, architecture and more.

What you need

  • Sketchpad
  • pencil
  • eraser
  • permenent markers
  • gouache paint.
    A girl and her bedroom

    A girl and her bedroom

    What you do

    1. Begin by lightly drawing a horizon line across the middle of your page .
    2. Mark a vanishing point with an 'X' on the center of the line. 
    3. Indicate the back wall of your room by drawing a square.  
    4. Draw lines coming out of your vanishing point and align them to the corners of your square.
    5. Add furniture to your room such as a bed, desk, lamp, dresser etc... Use your vanishing point to get the perspective right.
    6. Remember to sketch your construction lines lightly and later darken the lines of your objects.
    7. Once you have finished drawing of your room, trace over your lines with a black marker.  
    8. After finishingyour outlines, paint your room with gouache paint. 
    9. On a separate sheet of paper, draw and paint a self-portrait. 
    10. Cut and paste the picture your self-portrait in your room.   
    One- point perspective termanology

    One- point perspective termanology

    Terminology

    • horizon line
    • vanishing point
    • eye level
    • guideline
    • cube
    • cylinder
    • sphere
    • ellipse
    • vertical line and horizontal line

    Drawing a Cylinder and Cylindrical Objects

    A cylinder is another fundamental shape in art. Some cylindrical shaped objects include a cup, can, bottle, pencil, and more. We will be drawing a cylinder using our imagination and through observation.  *We will continue drawing on an easel for this lesson.  

    When drawing a cylinder, a cube is often drawn first and the cylinder is drawn encased inside of the cube. The cube is used as a guide to help you construct the cylinder more effectively.  

    Process

    1. First start by drawing wire frame of a cube. Make it semi-transparent so that you can see the inside structure of it. 
    2. Draw a line up the center of the cube.
    3. Draw perpendicular lines on two of opposing sides where the ellipses will be. 
    4. Draw an ellipse on the two opposing ends of the cube. Use the perpendicular guidelines (crosses) to ensure the ellipses are symmetrical on each side. *Note that the bottom ellipse and the top ellipse are viewed at different angles so the bottom ellipse should be vertically wider.  
    5. Draw a line connecting the edges of each opposing ellipses.
    6. Draw a cylindrical shaped object such as a cup, bottle or bowl. 

    CD Art Deco

    Summary

    Do you have a stack of old CDs that you don't need? We can turn them into beautiful works of art that can be hung up on walls. It takes only a few simple steps to make and also helps to reduce waste.

    What you need

    • Old CD's (feel free to bring any old CD's along)
    • Deco Art Pens
    • black permeant markers

    CD Theme Ideas

    • plants
    • animals
    • cars
    • dinosaurs
    • bugs
    • flowers
    • marine life
    • machines
    • alphabet
    • clothing
    • shoes and handbags
    • seasons
    • weather
    • time
    • fast food
    • garden
    • fruits and vegetables
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    What you do

    1. Choose a theme for your design and draw your idea in a sketchbook.
    2. Transfer your idea onto the back of a CD using a black permanent marker.
    3. Paint inside the black lines with Deco Art pens. 
    4. Go back and refine your designs.
    5. Repeat the steps to design another CD.   
    6. Once you have finished your second CD, glue them together. 

    Painting Flowers

    Summary

    The subject for this week is on painting flowers. This week we are painting flowers. The objective of this lesson is on how to use light and shadow to create a sense of three-dimensional form.

    Artist Materials

    • gouache paint
    • pencil & eraser
    • sketchbook

    Process

    1. Sketch different flower designs from your imagination. Be courageous with your designs!
    2. Paint your designs with flat colours. 
    3. Add shadows to your flowers with darker tones. 
    4. You may also add highlights by using white.
    Painting Flowers Step by Step Process

    Painting Flowers Step by Step Process

    Some common flowers varieties 

    Some common flowers varieties 

    Cross-Contour Line Drawing - Hands

    Summary

    This week we are making cross-contour line drawings. This exercises strengthens your observational skills and makes your drawings appear more three-dimensional. 

    What you need

    • sketch pad
    • pencil
    • markers and crayons
    • Subject matter: fruits or other objects
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    By Richard & Aara Lee

    Part One - Hands, Flat Horizontal Contours

    1. Trace both your hands onto paper with a pencil. 
    2. Select several colours you want to draw contour lines with.
    3. Start with the darkest colour, drawing the lines horizontally, about 5cm apart, drawing over the contours of your hands. 
    4. Add more contour lines with other colours you have selected, from darkest to lightest.  
    5. Continue drawing lines until you are please with the results.
    6. Lightly colour the background and foreground.  *cool colours appear to recede into the background and warm colours seem to advance
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    Part Two - Hands, Fruits or Objects, Full Contour

    1. Choose a fruit or another simple object like a pencil, fruit, scissors or book. 
    2. Make a line drawing of the object. Do not include any shading.  
    3. Select several colours you want to draw contour lines with.
    4. Choose your darkest colour and draw the lines, fully rapping around the object horizontally. 
    5. Add more contour lines with other colours, from darkest to lightest. 
    6. Lightly colour the background and foreground if you see it fitting. 

    One-Point Perspective

    Summary

    Perspective is a fundamental principle in art and is applied to many kinds of artwork. In this lesson we will learn how to draw a room interior in one-point perspective. Before drawing our rooms, we will review some basic drawing principles and terminology.

    Terminology

    • horizon line
    • vanishing point
    • eye level
    • guideline
    • cube
    • cylinder
    • sphere
    • ellipse
    • vertical line and horizontal line

    What you need

    • Sketchpad
    • pencil
    • eraser
      Room interior drawing in one-point perspective by Richard Lee

      Room interior drawing in one-point perspective by Richard Lee

      What you do

      1. We will first review some basic terms for perspective drawing: horizon line, vanishing point, eye level, guideline, cube, cylinder, sphere, ellipse, ground, sky, vertical line and horizontal line.
      2. Draw a cube in one-point perspective, then draw the same cube in different distances. ie near, far and floating. *Remember to sketch your construction lines lightly and later darken the lines of your object.
      3. Try drawing other basic shapes in perspective such as cylinders and spheres. 
      4. After you have mastered drawing these forms, try drawing more complex objects such as a car, chair or cup.
      5. Last, draw your room interior.  You may draw a room from your imagination or use photo reference. You may also draw our studio classroom. 
      Drawing in one point perspective overview

      Drawing in one point perspective overview

      Painting Fruit

      Summary

      In this lesson we will be learning how to paint realistically. Fruits will be our subject matter for its simple shapes and bright colours. This exercise is meant to help you get familiar with painting. We will practice painting with gouache (also known as postercolours). 

      There are probably an infinite numbers of painting techniques but artists generally use two main types. The transparent glaze approach, where you start with lighter colors and layer darker ones on top. There is also the opaque method, where you paint thick opaque layers of paint on top of one another. I like to use a combination of both. The method you use depends on the kind of look you want to achieve and the type of paint you are using. *Don't try to copy exactly what you see, make it look better instead.

      How well you can paint is influenced by your drawing ability and age. And as with any skill, it takes an intrinsic desire and commitment to become skilled at it.

      Materials

      • gouache paint
      • sketchbook
      • pencil & eraser
      • tissue
      • various fruits as a subject matter
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      Painting a bell pepper

      1. Sketching: Selected a fruit and lightly sketched it with a 4B pencil.  
      2. Underpainting: Apply a gouache underpainting with a thick round brush. The colors are flat and there’s hardly any detail or shading.
      3. Painting shadows: Paint the shadows on the fruit. 
      4. Highlights and Detailing With Brushes: With a thin brush, add details such as highlights and some lighter accents. 
      5. Critiquing: Afterwards, critique your work. Taking a short break to view your painting with fresh eyes, can help you better see areas that needs improvement.  As a rule, don't try to copy exactly what you see - make it look better.

      Painting Fruits - Still Life

      Inking: Wild Patterns Illustrations

      PART 1: Inking Patterns

      Summary 

      Learn how to ink patterns with fine tip pens. There are an endless number of inking techniques, we will practice a few of them in this lesson. Inking is frequently used in illustrations for newspapers and comic books for it's visual contrast and reproduction qualities.

      What you need:

      • pattern inking exercise
      • 0.50 Fine-tech pens
      • black fine tip brush markers
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      What you do:

      1. Look at the ink patterns in the exercise. Think about the patterns were drawn and try to reproduce the patterns.
      2. After you are finished inking the patterns, make your own unique patterns designs. 

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      Part 2: Wild Patterns Illustration

      Summary 

      Continuing from the 'Inking Patterns' exercise. We will make ink illustrations utilizing the patterns we drew in the previous lesson.  

      What you need: 

      • Inking Patterns (previous lesson)
      • Pencil
      • paper
      • 0.25 or 0.50 Fine-tech pens and black felt tip brush markers

      What you do:

      1. Beginners: Choose a preexisting template drawing to ink your patterns with.  Advanced: Sketch some designs that you want use for your illustration. It can be an animal, your initials or plants. View some preexisting templates examples to get inspired. The designs must consist of clear simple shapes so that you can ink patterns inside of them.  
      2. Outline the design with a ink pen.
      3. Using you're 'Ink Patterns' as a reference, fill in each shape of your drawing with a different pattern. First draw them with a pencil and trace the outlines with pens.

       

      Wild Pattern Illustration

      Initial Logo Design

      Summary

      Design a personal logo with the initials of your name. Develop the step-by-step process of conceptualizing your ideas. Your design should symbolize aspects of your personality — It should represent you. 

      What is a Logo?

      A logo is a symbol that represents or stands for something. A logo visually communicates information quickly and effectively. We can all recognize the symbols of famous brands (and symbols), with just a quick glance.

      Discussion Questions

      1. What are symbols? How long have they existed?
      2. What types of symbols exist today? Why are they so important?
      3. How do symbols represent other ideas or concepts?
      4. What is the difference between a symbol and a logo?
      5. What is branding and who uses it?
      6. What do you feel when you see the logo of your favorite brand?

      What you need

      • pencils
      • sketch pad
      • markers
      • poster colours (gouache paint)

      What you do

      1. Draw several thumbnail sketches of your logo design. Your ideas can reflect your interests, values, personality, dreams, hobbies etc.
      2. Choose 3 ideas that you like the most and develop them further. 
      3. Progress to colouring your sketch designs with markers. Remember to also choose the colours that represent you best.  
      4. Show your designs to other classmates for feedback. Explain the reason for your designs.  
      5. Choose the idea that you like most and make a large pencil line drawing of it on a large piece of quality paper. Refined your logo design.  
      6. Outline the pencil lines with a black permanent marker.
      7. Paint your designs with poster colours.

      VIDEO Initial Logo Design

      Environment: Sculpt an Endangered Animal That You Care About

      Summary

      Continuing from the endangered animals poster lesson, we will make a sculpture of our favorite endangered animal. In this two part lesson, we will first sculpt paper clay animals and in the second class, we will paint them.   

      What you need:

      • Paper clay 
      • chiseling tools 
      • thick water-based paint (gouache)
      • paintbrushes 
      • water containers
      • some newspapers
      • Additional Materials: paper cups, paper towels

       

       

      Part 1

      1. Referring back to the previous lesson, talk about some animals that are endangered. Why are they endangered of becoming extinct?  ie. elephant, panda, jaguar, chimpanzee, killer whale, sea turtles, vulture, parrot, penguin, hippopotamus, dolphin, penguin, giraffe, leopard, jaguar, rhinoceros.
      2. Make sketches of the animal you want to sculpt. 
      3. Take some paper clay and get familiar with it clay by sculpting some basic three-dimensional shapes such as a sphere, cube, cylinder and cone. Try attaching the shapes together with water and sculpting tools.  
      4. Sculpt your animal. Use various sculpting tools make the details of your animal. 

      Part 2

      1. We will review colour theory and how to mix primary colours to produce secondary colours.  
      2. Refer back to your animal sketches, select and mix the colours that you will need to paint your animal. 
      3. Paint your animals. Start with the lighter colours first and darker colours last.   
      4. Use a small brush for detail work and look for any area that needs touching up.  

      Shapes and Colour Theory — Watercolours

      Overview

      We will learn about primary colours and how to mix them to produce secondary colours, using watercolour paint.  Basic shapes will also be reviewed.

      Did you know

      The 3 primary  colours RED (magenta), BLUE (cyan)  and YELLOW can be mixed to produce the entire spectrum of colours on the colour wheel.

      Materials

      • watercolour paper
      • watercolour paint
      • paintbrush set
      • permanent black markers
      • pencils

      Process

      1. You will be introduced to the primary colours RED, YELLOW and BLUE.  We will use them to produce secondary colours: orange green and purple.  
      2. We will review a variety of different shapes: circle, square, triangle, oval, rectangle, star, octagon & pentagon.
      3. We will draw some basic shapes in our sketchpad for a colour-mixing painting exercise. After sketching our layout, we will outline the drawing with a permanent black marker.
      4.  With a painting palette of 3 primary colours: red, blue and yellow, we will mix 2 of the primary colours to produce secondary colours: orange, green and purple.  
      5. Make a 10 step colour gradiation from 100% intensity to 0%. 

      Typography: Word Expression

      Summary

      In this lesson we will choose a word and design a visual representation of it's meaning. You can express the meaning of a word by choosing a suitable font, playing with the arrangement of the letters and manipulating the typeface. 

      Understanding typography design can help you design covers for school reports, design a personal website or create a personal logo. The applications are far-reaching. 

      What is Typography?

      Typography is the art of making written text visually appealing, expressive and legible. Typography design involves choosing appropriate fonts and modifying text sizes, colours, letter spacing and layout.

      What you need

      • pencils
      • sketch pad
      • markers or pencil crayons
      Examples of various word expression designs.

      Examples of various word expression designs.

      Use colour to enhance the visual meaning of the word.  

      Use colour to enhance the visual meaning of the word.  

      List of words to choose from

      fire, water, angry, sad, cold, hungry, mad, happy, sick, strong, thin, hard, soft, ugly, pretty, soft, light, thing, heavy, old, free,  etc.. You may also use other words that are not on the list.  

      What you do

      1. Select a word that you would like to design.
      2. Draw several thumbnail sketches of your word design. Play around with the font style, thickness of the lines and the arrangement of the letters.
      3. Choose ideas that you like the most and develop them further. Ask for feedback from your classmates.
      4. Colour your designs. Choose colours that best conveys the meaning of your word.
      5. Once you are finished, explain your design.
      6. Next, design your name in a way that it represents you.

      Understanding Light and Shadow

      Description

      This lesson will help you gain an understanding of light and shadow by closely observing and drawing basic shapes under various lighting conditions. 

      Terminology

      • center light - the exact point where light hits an object, perpendicular to it's surface
      • highlight - the part of an object that is hit with light, not quite perpendicularly
      • halftone - the part of an object that is exposed to a light source but even less directly
      • terminator - the dividing line between the light and dark part of a spherical object
      • core of shadow - the part of an object that is not in contact with direct light
      • reflected light - light that is bounced off of objects and reflects onto other objects
      • occlusion shadow -  the part of the shadow that is almost completely blocked from light
      • cast shadow - dark area, usually on a flat plane, where light from a light source is blocked by an object
      • light source - things or devices that produces natural and artificial light
      • composition - the placement or arrangement of visual elements in a work of art

      Materials

      • pencil & eraser
      • sketchpad
      • still life setup 

      Process

      1. We will review some terms related to light and shadow.
      2. I will give you a technical explanation on how light and shadow works.  
      3. After that,  I will demonstrate how light and shadow actually functions in reality by using a spot light and some basic shapes.  
      4. Later we will observe and draw a still life under several different lighting conditions. The subject matter includes a sphere, cylinder, cube and a 3D hexagon.

      That's me drawing some three-dimensional shapes.