What is "The Green Art Box?" A collection of environmentally friendly kids' art projects that are; clever, imaginative and easy-to-create! Inspired by the reuse of common household recyclables! A handy resource for teachers, parents
PROJECT OVERVIEW: For preschool on up Study the DIFFERENT shapes of Fall leaves and create art using each leaf as a stencil to trace its shape. This project also studies different 2d textures such as: print, solid color, patterns and pictures.
SUPPLY LIST: - 4, 8"x8" squares of brown grocery bags (measure and cut the squares from a bag) - 4, different shaped leaves (the leaf should fill up the majority of your 8" squares, aim for about 5" sized leaves) NOTE: Avoid multiple leaves on a stem, just use single leaf shapes) - pencil - scissors - ruler - glue or tape - The following four different scrap (keyword) papers all need to be about an inch larger than each leaf, so about a 7" square). Again, try to use scrap-type papers: 1) - 1 sheet scrap paper with PRINT (newspaper or magazine prints will work best) 2) - 1 sheet scrap paper with mostly SOLID COLOR (can have some different colors or texture but should be mostly solid) 3) - 1 sheet scrap paper with a PATTERN (think polka-dots, plaid, stripes, or random shapes like clouds or balloons). 4) - 1 sheet scrap paper with a PICTURE (could be a scrap photo, illustration, painting, etc) NOTE: let the picture get cropped into your leaf stencil, we don't want the whole picture to be perfectly fit into leaf, rather it should look like it is bleeding off)
DIRECTIONS: 1) Find 4 different shaped leaves (the leaf should fill up the majority of your 8" squares, aim for about 5" sized leaves) NOTE: Avoid multiple leaves on a stem, just use single leaf shapes. Press in book if they need to be flattened some.
2) Cut and measure 4, 8" squares from brown grocery bags. Set aside.
3) Lightly trace in pencil the.... a) outline of leaf #1 on the center of your scrap PRINT paper. b) outline of leaf #2 on the center of your scrap SOLID COLOR paper. c) outline of leaf #3 on the center of your scrap PATTERNED paper. d) outline of leaf #4 on the center of your scrap PICTURE paper.
4) Carefully cut the leaf shapes out of each paper piece (so that you end up with 4 leaves in the different paper types).
5) Apply a thin layer of glue to the back side of each leaf cutout. Adhere ONE leaf cutout to the center of each brown paper square. Press firmly and lay book on top so the cutouts dry flat.
6) Once dried, decorate your room for Fall with these pieces or make a book... its up to you! Go a step further and identify each leaf, and label the leaves with their tree :)
Diya’s Snowman Painting
A little birdie recently shared this cute painting with me, created by a
young Canadian girl named Diya. I believe Diya took my idea of drawing a
10 hours ago
Art: the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.
Abstract Art: art that does not attempt to represent external, recognizable reality but seeks to achieve its effect using shapes, forms, colors, and textures.
Character: a printed or written letter or symbol.
Collage:a form of art in which various materials such as photographs and pieces of paper or fabric are arranged and stuck to a backing.
Color: the property possessed by an object of producing different sensations on the eye as a result of the way the object reflects or emits light.
Color Wheel: a circle with different colored sectors used to show the relationship between colors.
Contrast: enhancement of the apparent brightness or clarity of a design provided by the juxtaposition of different colors or textures.
Creative: relating to or involving the imagination or original ideas, esp. in the production of an artistic work.
Decoupage: the decoration of the surface of an object with paper cut-outs, which is then usu. varnished or lacquered.
Draw: produce (a picture or diagram) by making lines and marks, esp. with a pen or pencil, on paper
Embellishment: a decorative detail or feature added to something to make it more attractive.
Font: a set of type of one particular face and size.
Pattern: a repeated decorative design.
Portrait: a painting, drawing, photograph, or engraving of a person, esp. one depicting only the face or head and shoulders.
Primary Color: any of a group of colors from which all other colors can be obtained by mixing (Red, Blue, Yellow).
Silhouette: the dark shape and outline of someone or something visible against a lighter background
I am an illustrator/designer, owner of Broken Box Designs, LLC. I'm addicted to artsy things and obsessed with color! As a child, I was always coloring/drawing/doodling. As an adult, it is truly a dream to do this now as my career.
My illustrations are fun, colorful, full-of-life, and energetic. They are unique, yet trendy and will "dance" off the page! My style is whimsical, child-friendly and imaginative. Further, my illustrations are custom created to suit each client's specific needs.
I have over 10 years of illustration and design experience. I am a Summa Cum Laude graduate of The University of Akron, with a Bachelor of Fine and Applied Arts.
I am a published children's book illustrator, my work can also be found on many websites, blogs, newsletters, etc.
Please check out my website (www.brokenboxdesigns.com) for portfolio samples and to contact me to get started bringing your ideas to life!
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