Humans from all cultures, past or present, have created art and that art is influenced by the time period and the culture in which they live. Our lives are filled right now with being at home with our family. We are staying home and staying safe. What kind of collage can you make from magazines, newspapers, and thin cardboard boxes that shows something important in your life. A collage is a picture made by sticking different pieces of paper to a backing. Will your collage show your family or something from nature? Will it be somethings from your imagination? Will it be funny? Watch the slideshow to get some ideas, then ask your family to help you find some scissors, an old magazine, and some glue. I'm excited to see your collage so please email a photo to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy creating.
Here's a special Earth Day Challenge for those of you who are feeling extra creative this week. Make art about the environment celebrating the world we care for, send a picture to email@example.com and I will add it here for everyone to enjoy.
Sometimes artists use traditional materials like pencils or paint to make art. Other times they find things that are supposed be used for different purposes and make art out of them. Now is the perfect time to get inspiration from artists like Alexander Calder, Betye Saar, Robert Rauschenberg and Louise Nevelson. These famous assemblage artists put together found or unrelated objects often using untraditional art materials. For this week's art challenge, you will create a temporary sculpture of an animal out of found materials. First watch the slide show to see how my family created our animal assemblages. Next think about what kind of animal you want to make. Look around your home for things you can use to create your sculpture. Start with the biggest shapes like the head and the body and then add the smaller details on top. When you are done, take a picture of your animal assemblage and email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will add your art to this website! Happy creating.
Artists use color to express emotions and to communicate ideas. Can you find color in your everyday life to create a temporary sculpture or a collage? Watch the slideshow to see how my family found color around our home and then see what you can make. Send me a picture at email@example.com of your finished color creation and I will share it with the Thurston community on this website!
The challenge this week is to see if you can create a creature using textures. Texture is the way something feels. It can be bumpy, smooth, scratchy, sandy, fuzzy etc. We looked around our house for objects with texture and made a collection. Next, we placed the objects under our paper and rubbed the paper with the side of a crayon. You can do texture rubbings with pencils and other drawing materials too. We started with the big shapes like the body, head, arms and legs. Then we added details like eyes, nose, and mouth. Finally, we added texture to the background and inside our shapes. Can you find the texture in the world around you? Watch the slideshow for ideas. I'd love to see your Texture Monsters. Take a picture of your finished Texture Monster and email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org I will add the first ten to the website for everyone to enjoy!