How To! Activities

 

How To!: Make a Dot and Spot Abstract

You will need:

  • Black construction paper
  • Assortment of tempera paints
  • Q-tips
  • Small paper cups

 

 

 

 

1. Choose two contrasting colors for each of the circles. The colors should be opposite each other on the color wheel or be contrasting by light and dark.

2. Make one dot for the center of the circle. Then make dots of the contrasting color all around the first dot. Be careful not to have any of the dots touch each other but space them apart carefully. Continue alternating colored circles for about eight layers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Make another dot on another section of the paper repeating the process with two new colors, varying the number of circles of colored dots.

4. Repeating the process, continue as if some of the circles are behind other circles or run off the page. Completely fill up the black sheet of paper with dots.

 

How To!: Make Paper Plate Flowers

You will need:

  • 4 paper plates
  • Scissors
  • Liquid watercolors
  • Paint brush
  • Stapler or Glue

 

 

 

 

  1. Cut each of the four plates into a flower design with each plate smaller than the former one.
  2. Curl all the edges of the flower petals up towards the centers.
  3. Stack the flowers on top of one another and then staple them together. Or glue can be used between each layer.
  4. Paint with the watercolors.

Optional: You can use round stickers for the center of flower and add cut out leaves.

 

How To!: Paint Watercolor Trees

How to artworkYou will need:

● Watercolor or white paper
● 3/4” Masking tape
● Watercolor paint
● Paint brush

 

 

 

 

 
1. Cut watercolor paper into narrow strips. This example is 3” x  12”. Make a border around all the edges of the paper with masking tape.

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2. Paint inside the tape frame with random colors or mountain and sky landscapes or whatever background is desired. Be creative as you like. Let background dry.

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3. Carefully remove tape and paint black tree and  base of grass. Roll the brush between thumb and index finger as the brush is dragged at and angle across the paper to help create random and varying line width branches. Make the tree as tall as you like and break into white space border.

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How To!: Draw a Self Portrait

How To Amy Feng 10 PittsfordYou will need:

  • Pencil
  • Black and white self portrait photo of student
  • White tagboard
  • Extra fine tip Sharpie marker
  • Tracing paper
  • Optional: transfer paper

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Put tracing paper over the photo, trace the outline of the head and features and a few of the more dominant shading shapes.

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2. Transfer that drawing to tagboard with transfer paper in between the tracing paper and the tagboard or by scribbling some pencil lines on back side of the tracing paper so when the drawing is traced over again it will transfer onto the tagboard.

3. Use an Extra Fine Sharpie marker to create value from light to dark shadows on the face and background. Use Hatching, Cross Hatching, Stippling or Random Marks to create various value changes and patterns.

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How To!: Make a Clay Owl

How To Art OwlYou will need:

  • Any type of Sculpy, air dry or kiln clay
  • Clay tools
  • Wire
  • Glaze or paint

 

 

 

 

 

1. Roll out clay to make a rectangular flat slab of clay about 1/4” thick.

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2. With clay tools cut out the shape of the owl. Make sure to cut the top of the owl long enough to fold over, to create the head and beak.

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3. Score beak, fold over top of clay making sure to leave a channel to put a wire through for hanging. (Flair the sides a bit to create the “ears.”)

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4. Use extra clay to make, score and attach eyes. Add any additional feather details with tools. Glaze or paint owls to your preference.

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How To!: Make an Abstract with Hands

HOW TO ART Max Wilson age 7You will need:

  • Black Sharpie Marker
  • Oil Pastels or Colored Pencils
  • White Paper
  • Black Paper
  • Scissors

 

 

 

Students studied Pablo Picasso’s “The Three Musicians” as an introduction to Abstract Art, suggesting that some art is like a mystery that needs to be solved.

1. Students trace their own hands several times on the white paper with black Sharpie markers. Hands should overlap each other at different angles with various amounts of the hand traced on the paper in order to make interesting intersecting lines.

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2. Students make one or more, various sized “frames,” cut out of the black paper, to highlight a specific section of the drawing.

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3. Oil Pastels or colored pencils are used to color just inside the “framed” section, either just warm colors or just cool colors.

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How To!: Draw a Self Portrait

Amy Feng - Age 10

Amy Feng – Age 10

You will need:

  • Pencil
  • Black and white self portrait  photo of student
  • White tagboard
  • Extra fine tip Sharpie marker
  • Tracing paper
  • Optional: transfer paper

 

 

 

 

 

1. Put tracing paper over the photo, trace the outline of the head and features and a few of the more dominant shading shapes.

2. Transfer that drawing to tagboard with transfer paper in between the tracing paper and the tagboard or by scribbling some pencil lines on back side of the tracing paper so when the drawing is traced over again it will transfer onto the tagboard.

3. Use an Extra Fine Sharpie marker to create value from light to dark shadows on the face and background. Use Hatching, Cross Hatching, Stippling or Random Marks to create various value changes and patterns.

 

How To!: Paint an Owl

You will need:Michael Shi - Age 6

  • Pencil
  • Watercolor paper
  • Watercolor paint
  • Black and white crayons

 

1. Using a pencil, draw a large circle for its head in the top half of the paper, leaving room for stars and a moon above it.

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2. Draw a large tear drop shape just below the head. Then draw two legs and claws that curve to the left and right to show them gripping the branch. Continue the branch off the page on both sides. Wings can be drawn at his sides or up about to take flight. Owl eyes are its distinctive feature with two smaller circles inside both those circles. The triangular beak is then connected to the eyes with two parallel lines. Lastly draw two “ears” on the top of his head and a moon in the sky.

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3. With the black crayon trace over all your pencil lines, adding small details like spots or short hatch marks on the owl and/or the branch.

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4. With the white crayon, color in the moon pressing hard and possibly the whites of the owl’s eyes. Add stars in the sky and any details on the owl such as zig zag lines or spots.

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5. Paint all the background around the owl, right over the moon and stars, with black paint mixed with a little blue or purple and a lot of water. Paint the owl with some subtle contrast colors like yellow, blue and/or brown, painting right over the crayon details. The crayon markings will resist the watercolor paint.

 

How To!: Design a Fish

How to Art Meena Potter 12 PittsfordYou will need:

  • Black Paper
  • Tag Board or Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Light Blue Tempera Paint
  • 2B Pencil & White Pencil
  • Crayola Construction Crayons

 

 

 

1. Draw a simple outline of a fish on cardstock or tagboard paper that is almost the full size of the black paper. Cut it out.

2. A small piece of rolled up tape can hold fish stencil on center of black paper. Brush blue tempera paint away from stencil edges onto black paper. Cover the black paper with blue paint.


3. With the white pencil, design various shapes and patterns on the fish, leaving black areas around the shapes for contrast.

4. Color the shapes with various crayon colors, blending colors in some of the shapes and leaving some solid colors.


Optional: A thin layer of Modge Podge can be brushed on after coloring.

 

How To!: Mesh Weave

How to mesh weaveYou will need:

  • Cardboard
  • Yarn in various colors
  • Orange or Onion Mesh bag
  • Masking Tape
  • Scissors
  • Optional: Big plastic needle

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Trim cardboard to make a frame. Cut a simple, irregular shape from the inside of the cardboard such as a star or heart.

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2. Tape a piece of the mesh bag to the wrong side of the frame. Trim excess.

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3. Using a plastic needle weave various colors of yarn in a random pattern through the mesh. Wrap a piece of tape around the end of the yarn if you don’t have a needle to weave.

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