We had our last Art Around the World class of the semester this week. To wrap things up we ended the semester using our drawing and paintings skills together in a watercolor resist project. Our country for the final week was Japan. We read The Beckoning Cat, by Koko Nishizuka. And then watched a slide show accompanied by Japanese music, that I had prepared on my laptop. The kids were so fascinated with the technology I didn’t have to pause once to quiet anyone down. Computers can be magical in the classroom, but more on that later. Here is one of the examples of artwork I included in the slide show:
So using crayons we drew trees in black, brown and dark dark blue. Then, as we went to paint in the leaves with watercolor we watched as the watercolor “ran away from the crayon!” as Hudson, age 6, put it.
And below are my two project examples. One I did before and the larger one I did for my demo:
This past week, December 4th, my Saturday Art School Ceramics students worked quickly and diligently to get all of there work ready for the final show, Saturday the 11th. Here you can see the two types of glazing options I gave these students. Just like the session before them we had buckets of glaze for all over dunking and plenty of fun underglaze colors, for them to paint on with brushes. Some how, by some miracle, everyone finished everything by the end of class. It’s not often you can get a whole group of students to work as proficiently as these guys did. I was really impressed.
^ Above from top to bottom: A student uses underglaze to add funky colors to her design. An amazing sculpture of a house sits on the table waiting to be glazed. A student dunks her polar bear in a bucket of glaze called “milk” that will, when fired, look… well, milky.