Monday, February 29, 2016

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Children's Art: Nature Art

For a longer time I planed to do Nature Art projects with the children.
Naturally one would start with it in spring or summer, when you are out in Nature anyway. But I felt that even winter should provide opportunities to find ways to do art in nature.

First we had to figure out, what nature art would mean to us.
Previously I had different ideas of how to carry out art within nature and always felt bad about interfering too much with nature and it's intern stability. Therefore it definitely has to be very gentle.

For the children they had to understand, that the art they do in and with nature will not last very long, since we don't want to deteriorate nature.
Our first tries are therefore far from being finished art but more about the process and approach to the topic of nature art and nature art with children....

The first we tried was using a tray at which snow fell as a surface. Sunflower seeds were taken to make in this case a spiral pattern in the snow.
We talked about what to expect: Birds will come and eat our "art" up, new snow will cover it....what actually happened was, that the snow melted the other day and most of the sunflower seeds were swimming in the water ;-)

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Children's Art: Only one stroke for each of you....

Yesterday's meeting of the children's painting group was very intense.

We worked in two rounds.
For the first one I asked each child to choose on color. They got really big brushes from me. I put one large piece of white mix media paper in the middle of the table. Each child should make one stroke with it's brush. I asked them not to follow any known forms just make one movement with the brush; one child after the other.

Here are the results of this cooperative painting.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Friday, February 12, 2016

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Monday, February 8, 2016

Friday, February 5, 2016

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Experimenting with prints: The choice of paper

After I decided for water soluble linolprint-paint by Schmincke (at least for the beginning ;-)), I set up a series using different kind of paper. As expected each paper has it's pros and cons and will be good for different purposes and printing effects.
Actually I feel the second prints (without applying new paint) turned out very nicely sometimes :-)

Tuesday, February 2, 2016