Virtual ArtLab : Castles & Unicorns

Create a castle or other magical structure using recycled materials.

Mt. Lebanon Public Library has invited me back to create two programs for grades 3-5 based on the Summer Reading theme of ‘Imagine Your Story.’ Matt’s Maker Space has sponsored these programs so that they can be FREE for participants!

Castles Prints and Structures | Friday, August 7 @ 3:00pm on ZOOM | Register

Materials:

Recycled cardboard tubes, corrugated boxes, cardboard egg containers, and food boxes like pasta and cereal 

Masking tape

Scissors 

Glue stick or liquid school glue 

A variety of scrap paper, liquid paint or paint sticks

Styrofoam plates or trays

Pencil

White paper

Washable markers

Paint brush

Water container

Paper towels

Unicorn Weave video!

Unicorn Weave | video will be available August 14 @ 3pm

Virtual ArtLab: Shields and Dragons

Create decorative shields with materials like cardboard and aluminum foil

The Mt. Lebanon Public Library has invited me back to present virtual projects for K-2 students presented by Matt’s Maker Space!

Check out my how to create a Decorative Shield video here

Required Materials:

Cereal box

Corrugated cardboard, foam stickers, styrofoam plate, modeling clay or model magic

Aluminum foil

Glue stick

Black paint or black oil pastel

Masking tape

Optional-

Paint sticks or sharpie markers

Gems or sequins

Virtual ArtLab Zoom Class | Friday, July 30 | 3-4pm | Register

Required Materials:

Watercolor paper or thick cardstock

Watercolor paints

Paint brush

Table salt

Spray bottle

Oil pastel or crayons

Aluminum Foil

Washable markers

Water container

Paper towels

Scissors

School glue and/or glue stick

8.5 x 11 or larger colored paper or cardboard

Optional-

Magazines

Google eyes

Keep an eye out for 3rd – 5th grade programming in August!

Virtual Mini Makers: Monsters and Fairies

Puffy Paint Monsters!

Our second virtual Mini Makers, presented by Mt. Lebanon Public Library, will be a live Zoom class! I will post a short video with tutorials in the next week so check back.

Required materials are listed below:

Puffy Paint Monsters

-washable markers

-aluminum foil

-spray bottle or damp paper towel

-watercolor paper or white cardstock

-shaving cream

-Elmer’s School Glue

-container for mixing

-spoon or popsicle stick for mixing

-spoon or paintbrush

-googly eyes, eyes drawn with Sharpie Marker or cut from magazines

-optional : glitter or sequence, yarn, tissue paper

Fairy scene

-Magazines (Home and Garden types are the best)

-Scissors

-Glue Stick

Virtual Mini Makers Video: Bubbling Brew, Color Concoctions and Magic Flower Crowns

My beautiful Studio Assistant, Grunt

Watch my first Mini Makers Virtual Lesson on my YouTube channel here

If you want to create with me, check out the material lists per activity:

Bubbling Brew:

White distilled vinegar

Baking soda

Food coloring or liquid watercolor

Eye droppers (pipettes) or turkey baster

Shallow dish

Glass or plastic cups or an ice cube tray

Color Concoctions:

Clear glass or plastic containers

Water

Food coloring or liquid watercolor

Eye droppers (pipettes) or turkey baster

Shallow tray, plate or bin

Optional:

Water Beads

Glitter

Beads

Small plastic animals

Flower petals

Magic Flower Crown:

Washable Magic Markers

Coffee Filters

Paper Towels

Spray bottle

Water

Shallow Trays, plates or plastic table covering

A strip of card stock, cereal box or other heavy weight paper

Hole punch

Masking, packing, duct or aluminum foil tape

Scissors

Ribbon at least 1/2 inch wide

Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel and check back for additional videos!

Virtual Art Studio | Online classes for adults at Mt. Lebanon Public Library

Sketch books and Visual Diaries: Documenting Experiences and Drawing from Observation | July 8 | 3:00pm-4:30pm | Register

Begin a daily habit of creating and documenting your feelings, experiences and environment with art journaling. Learn to draw from observation and combine doodling, text and multiple drawing methods to create interesting and intimate artwork. Play around with what you have on hand and engage with members of your community for support and inspiration.

Creating a Successful Artwork: Focal Point and Building Interest | July 15 | 3:00pm-4:30pm | Register

Playing with Materials: How to Use What You Have | July 22 | 3:00pm-4:30pm | Register

En Plein Air: Take Your Tablet Outdoors | July 29 | 3:00pm – 4:30pm |Register

Recommended materials: oil or chalk pastels and/or watercolor paints, pencil, paper or sketchbook, clipboard or easel, cardboard with clip or masking tape

Don’t forget to check out the summer children’s programs here !

Digital Children’s Art Programs for Mt. Lebanon Public Library

Mini Makers and Art Lab for Mt. Lebanon Public Library has gone digital! Join me through prerecorded videos and live Zoom Chats throughout the summer as we play and create based on the Summer Reading Theme “Imagine Your Story

First up …

Mini Makers for ages 2 – 5 will be available June 3 at 3:00 pm … I will post the link to my brand new YouTube station at that time. I’ll introduce two sensory explorations and one art project

  • Bubbling Brews
  • Color Concoctions
  • Magic flower crowns

Learn Live in our Mini Maker Zoom session on June 10 at 3:00 pm | Join

I will update this list as content grows!

Basic Supplies for Acrylic Painting Beginners

I’ve compiled a list of basic supplies for those interested in beginning acrylic painting. We went over this list in the first session of Acrylic Painting for Adults at Mt. Lebanon Public Library. It is not meant to be comprehensive but as a starting point for those new to the medium.

Paints, 2 oz.

Suggested Brands: Liquitex, Utrecht, Golden

Titanium White

Mars Black

Alizarin Crimson

Cadmium Red

Ultramarine Blue

Cerulean Blue

Phthalo Blue

Hookers Green

Phthalocyanine Green

Cadmium Yellow

Burnt Umber

Brushes [ https://www.dickblick.com/info/brushpdf/brushsizing.pdf ]

Round

Flat

Filbert

Painting Surface

Pre-stretched canvas

Wooden board

Watercolor Paper

Matboard or Museum board

Paint Palette

Any impermeable surface such as:

Styrofoam plate

Aluminum foil

Plexiglass or glass sheet

Plastic or glass tray or dish

Other supplies

Acrylic medium (matte or glossy)

Gesso

Easel

Artist & Craftsman Supply, 5603 Hobart Street, Squirrel Hill, 15217

Dick Blick, 5534 Walnut Street, Shadyside, 15232 www.dickblick.com

Watercolor for Adults

Students gathered at Mt. Lebanon Public Library to experiment with loose drawing techniques and watercolor in a class meant to excite and promote creating for personal pleasure because ‘Why else make art if it’s not fun?’

In our first session, I introduced gesture drawing and students practiced with each other and then toy dinosaurs as models. Next, we transitioned into mark making with 02 Micropens, using fine line methods like hatching, cross hatching, stippling and gestural. In the end, after a few quick experiments with liquid watercolor, students used vintage nature cards as reference for a three layered drawing/painting.

In our final session, we capitalized on the warm weather and sketched outdoors in the library’s beautiful courtyard.

After reacquainting students with fine line methods, we conducted a few experiments with water and oil solvent materials and then used music as a way to manipulate the speed of our brushstroke and mood of our composition. We listened to classical, hard rock and pop and the results were drastically different. One student brought along her six year old daughter, who used her whole body while dancing and painting to the music. In the end, students had about 25 minutes to bring all of the elements together for a culminating drawing/painting.

Drawing with Adults

Earlier this spring I taught a two session drawing course for adults at Mt. Lebanon Public Library.

In addition to the adult students, we had one stay-at-home mother with her three year old son. Our youngest student was a joy and completed every single activity, toe to toe with his more experienced counterparts.

In the first session, we focused on fundamentals like gesture drawing, contour drawing and fine line drawing techniques like hatching, cross hatching and stippling.

Students paired up to complete loose armature sketches, capturing the gesture of their subject. Next, they used quick ‘scribbles’ to define shape, size and location. Finally, students moved to the outside line to refine the contour of their subject. After a few timed gesture drawings, students moved onto still life drawings comprised of small dinosaur toys and bouncy balls. In this short amount of time, students practiced with graphite, charcoal and micropens.

In our final session, students jumped right into artmaking with a collaborative ‘automatic’ drawing game. Students experimented with solvencies and created a complete artwork together after group critique and a discussion about focal point.

We finished class with an extended still life study using a wide variety of drawing materials.

Two students from my drawing class, and a few others, joined me today in an Experimental Watercolor course. I’ll post more details after our final session next week.

ArtLab @ Mt. Lebanon Public Library

School is out for our local schools so the Mt. Lebanon Public Library invited me to teach a program for grades 3 – 5. This program was 100% free for participants through Matt’s Maker Space. I created ArtLab so students could explore multiple printmaking/transfer methods in a short period of time. We discussed the scientific method and tested our theories throughout our class.

Groups rotated through three stations; watercolor experiments, marker transfers and shaving cream paper marbling. Groups spent about 10 minutes making in each space, completing one or two experiments each.

In watercolor, students tested solvency and fluid paths. Our tools were Dick Blick Liquid watercolor, brushes, spray bottles, water droppers, and oil pastels.

Marker Transfers

In marker transfers, students drew an abstract design with markers on aluminum foil. When the drawing was complete, they spritzed the foil with water and smoothed watercolor paper on top.

In paper marbling, students spread a layer of shaving cream on boards and used eye droppers to apply liquid watercolor. Using a popsicle stick, students connected the color droplets with varied lines. After placing watercolor paper on top, students squeegeed the shaving cream from the paper, revealing its design.

After a quick clean-up, I demoed radial designs and students created relief blocks with 2″ styrofoam plates. We printed with black block ink on colorful paper, which became the covers for their bound experiments.

I love mixing art and science in my lessons. So many tenants cross these disciplines and both cultivate inquiry, curiosity, exploration and confidence in learners of all levels.

I’ll be back at the Mt. Lebanon Public Library later this month for an adult watercolor class and early next month for an adult/child class for ages 2 – 5.