Painted Ceramics

On Monday in the afternoon my Decorative Fine Arts Campers create decorative tiles, that become mini relief sculptures. They also create sculptures using the pinching and pulling technique. When it comes time to paint the finished, fired pieces I only do a brief demonstration and then let my students help themselves to paint (at this... Continue Reading →

The Wonder of Fossils

On Thursday afternoons at the Decorative Fine Arts camp, we gather rocks and leaves and bits of plants to bring back into the classroom. Then, with all the lights dimmed, I tell my students the story of how I found my first fossil while canoing down the Shenandoah River. It goes something like, "we all... Continue Reading →

More Carousel

These pictures illustrate the intense process that the middle school and high school students went through to make their amazing sculptures. For the large scale animals it was a day of wrapping chicken wire around the armatures and creating the form, followed by papier-mache and then paint. For the mini carouselers it was modeling modeling... Continue Reading →

Papier-Mâché Part 3

After all the campers hard work it is time for the bells and whistles. The pom-poms, and feathers. The customization that will add the final touches to their papier-mâché piece. I explain that there are 5 boxes of decorations for them to choose from. They can pick ribbons from the ribbon box, or marbles and... Continue Reading →

Papier-Mâché Part 2

After we have let our papier-mâché dry it is time to paint it. With a little help from our 15 year-old counselors (pictures not available) we glue on extra cardboard bits to make legs and arms and noses and propellers or whatever is needed. Then it is time to paint our papier-mâché. I quickly explain... Continue Reading →

Papier-Mâché Part 1

I begin every paper-mâché lesson by asking the campers if they have ever had an adult put way too much sunscreen on them. Maybe it was at the pool or the beach? The answer is always a groaning, "Yeessss!" Then I proceed to explain that they should all keep this in mind as they work.... Continue Reading →

Frida and Friends

To learn more about Frida Kahlo and her artwork we read a childrens book (a bit on the sad side) about her life: Frida, by Jonah Winter and Ana Juan. It explains the story of Frida's life and why she became a painter. The children actually loved it and inspired by the small creatures that... Continue Reading →

Amazing Free Paintings/Drawings

Since there is a lot going on during a six hour day at a week long camp with nothing but art (an art bonanza!) there is often downtime for a few of the students. Here are some super amazing free paintings and drawings I have captured. This is a collaborative drawing made by two young... Continue Reading →

How We Screen-Print…

The second part of our three part book making project is creating the beautiful silk screen prints that fill the inside of our books. Using the classic snow-flake-cutting technique my campers fold and then cut to create symmetrical stencils which we then use to create these colorful creations: This is very permanent ink so it... Continue Reading →

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