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FUNKY SCULPTURE

By Deedra Baker, Program Director

This hands-on make & take workshop is a colorful and funky introduction to three-dimensional art. Using everyday objects and basic art/craft supplies, students will explore line, shape, and color in a sculpture that is creative and a one-of-kind!

Use whatever supplies you have on hand—this is a creative reuse project. Below are suggestions of what you can use to make your Funky Sculpture!

Supply List:

  • Cardboard
  • Toilet Paper Rolls
  • Construction Paper
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Straws
  • Colored Foam
  • Buttons
  • Beads
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Colored Pencils

Use a 4 x 5-inch piece of cardboard as the base of your sculpture. Begin to sort through the funky, found objects you want to use to create your artwork. Cut construction paper into shapes and stripes. You can then crinkle, fold, and roll the paper to make funky elements for your sculpture.

Begin to create your funky sculpture’s composition. Balance the shapes—big or little—and think about how your colors work together—complementary colors or warm & cool colors.

You can draw lines and shapes onto any of your pieces of paper to add more funk to your artwork. Begin to glue or tape down your pieces to the cardboard base. Try to utilize the entire surface of your piece of cardboard.

Funky Sculpture!

MIRÓ-INSPIRED DESIGN

By Deedra Baker, Program Director

“A form gives me an idea, this idea evokes another form, and everything culminates in figures, animals, and things I had no way of foreseeing in advance.”  — Joan Miró

This hands-on make & take workshop uses creative drawing and painting techniques inspired by Joan Miró. Students will investigate figures, animals, and things through the use of the elements of design.

Joan Miró Inspiration:

Supply List:

  • Drawing Paper
  • Pencils
  • Markers

Use Joan Miro’s artwork as inspiration. Draw lines, shapes, and forms—think about fun creatures to draw. You can start by using a pencil or a black marker to draw.

Use color and black markers for your design.

Utilize the entire paper and create an interesting composition.

GRADIENT LANDSCAPES

By Morgan Johnson, Art Room Intern

Students will paint a landscape of their choosing using a tonal gradation method to produce a sense of distance and atmosphere in their piece.

Inspiration:

Supply List:

• 1 Piece of Watercolor Paper
• Watercolor Paint
• Paintbrush
• Water
• Water Cup
• Paper Towels

Grab your supplies and let’s get painting!

Start by choosing the type of landscape you wish to depict. It could be a city skyline, rural hillside, or mountainous terrain. You will only be painting the outline of the landscape.

Then, choose the paint color you will use for the entire piece (Any color can work!).

Start by painting the first outline of the landscape (towards the bottom of the page) the darkest shade of this color. You may need to add black to your color to achieve a very dark shade.

Paint each new layer a slightly lighter shade than the last by using less black and adding small amounts of white paint or water (for watercolors) to each layer.

Try to get the final layer to an almost white color with only a hint of the original color you started with! Alternate sides of hills by painting some on the left and some on the right side of the page for a dynamic effect!

Gradient Landscapes!

ABSTRACT COLLAGE

By Morgan Johnson, Art Room Intern

“The shapes I paint are random and flow off my brush effortlessly as if they are a language I can write proficiently, but don’t totally understand. I don’t “plan” my paintings. I allow them to evolve and speak to me as I go along.” — Reggie Laurent

Using organic shapes and lines, students will create an abstract collage inspired by Reggie Laurent’s unique style.

Reggie Laurent

Reggie Laurent Work Inspiration:

Supply List:

• 1 Piece of Black Construction Paper
• 2 to 3 Pieces of Colored Construction Paper
• Crayons
• Scissors
• Glue

Grab your supplies and let’s get creating!

Using the colored construction paper, cut various shapes out to use for your     collage. These can be rectangles, triangles, squares, circles, or organic shapes. 

Cut both big and small shapes.

Start to layout and glue the colored shapes you have cut onto the black piece of     construction paper. Leave a little bit of room to still see the black paper peeking     through in between the shapes.

Using crayons, add design details, such as stripes, cross hatching, or outlines onto the glued shapes.

With a white crayon, draw a “white thread” that goes between the shapes onto the black background.

Try to emulate Reggie Laurent’s style by not overthinking the design as you create! 

Go with the flow and see what happens!

Abstract Collage!

WATERCOLOR FLOWER

By Morgan Johnson, Art Room Intern

“Colors and shapes make a more definite statement than words.” — Georgia O’Keeffe

In this playful project, inspired by Georgia O’ Keeffe’s work, students will create larger than life watercolor flowers.  Students will gain practice in watercolor shading techniques and experiment with scale in their colorful pieces.

Georgia O’Keefe Flower Inspiration: Hibiscus with Plumeria, 1939

Supply List:

• A Real Flower or Images of a Flower for Inspiration
• 1 Piece of Watercolor Paper
• Pencils
• Black Marker
• Watercolor Paint
• Paintbrush
• Water
• Water Cup
• Paper Towels

Grab your supplies and let’s get making!

Find a flower outside to use as inspiration for your piece or identify a picture of a     flower you like online.

Using a pencil, start by sketching the center of your flower and identify specific lines and forms you want to capture on your page.

With pencil, sketch the petals of your flower, allowing the edges to go off of your page (Optional) Use a black marker to outline the pencil marks.

Using watercolors, paint your flower and give it an interesting background color. 

Let the flower you choose guide the shape you draw. Most flowers will not be symmetrical or have matching petal shapes.

Watercolor Flower!

SKYSCRAPER LINE DRAWING

By Morgan Johnson, Art Room Intern

“I aim to create fun, simple, peaceful images that viewers can relate to and connect with in their own personal ways. I’ve always been attracted to drawing and enjoy the immediate response I can have on a viewer.” — Marz Jr.

Using the illustrative style of artist Marz Jr. as inspiration, students will create a line drawing by choosing iconic New York City skyscrapers to depict. Students will focus on their use of line, shape, and form by cutting out skyscraper shapes and gluing them to colored paper to create a unique cityscape scene.

Marz Jr. Work Inspiration:

Supply List:

• Images of New York City Skyline for Inspiration
• 1 to 2 Pieces of White Construction Paper
• 1 Piece of Colored Construction Paper 
• Pencils
• Black Marker
• Scissors
• Glue


Grab your supplies and let’s get drawing!

Look at the New York City skyline inspiration images and choose a couple of     buildings that you would like to draw.

Using pencil, start by sketching two to three skyscraper buildings onto your colored piece of paper. Plan your composition with space for the cutout skyscraper that will be glued on later. Draw all of the windows onto your skyscraper buildings, too. 

Using a black marker, darken your skyscraper contour lines.

On a piece of white paper, draw your final skyscraper with windows, making sure that it will fit between your others when glued onto the page.

Cut and glue your white skyscraper onto the colored piece of paper.

Add any final touches to your unique cityscape! Think about using varying shapes for the windows on your skyscrapers, such as circles, triangles, or even octagons!

The Skyscraper Line Drawing!