One day when our Artist to Artist group met back in 2009, we took inspiration from books by Leo Lionni.
The younger set of kids really took to the chameleon story, A Color of His Own. I made a stencil out of cardboard ahead of time so they could sponge paint their own chameleons.
As soon as Grace & I saw the marbled illustrations in Pezzettino and Mr. McMouse we wanted to try that out!!
It ended up being super easy.
1 cup starch
1/4 tsp. alum
drops of acrylic paint
mix the liquid starch and alum, then add the drops of paint. The first photo shows one of our artist swirling the colors.
It’s best to have at least one dark color with your lighter colors.
Swirl them around with a wooden skewer, comb, feather, or tip of a knife.
Then lay your paper on the surface of the starch for just a few seconds then rinse under running tap water.
Let them dry for 2 hours.
One idea for the prepped paper is to cut out letters:
We will use the other marbleized pages to accent other pictures inspired by Leo Lionni!
from the class~
***Today we are visiting one of our projects from 2009:
The kids’ art group started nearly 10 months ago with the book artist to artist. We meet Tuesdays and “visited” nearly all of the artist in the book. You can see some of the results and books we explored here.
We finished the book and even held a gallery showing last month. Friends and family stopped by to admire everyone’s art. That was a blast, the little kids played downstairs, the older kids all piled into Grace’s room and adults gathered in the living room and kitchen. Loads of laughter, snacks and genuine apprecation of the kids’ work filled our home.
We decided to continue through the summer, meeting every other week. Now we are delving into many different styles of art.
We’ve done glue batik ~
This weeks feature artist is Grace!
They began working on a mixed media piece with this as inspiration , created by Grace in 2007.
the older kids started sorting through catalogs (mostly Magic Cabin)
to find a common theme (like “summer” in Grace’s example above), cut out three pictures, and then draw around them.
Next time we met they will prep the foam board with acrylics and
decide what they can add to give their piece dimension. (like the shells) It will probably end up being a three week project.
***The Artist to Artist group was so much fun! We have done many art projects and classes since then, but that particular group is one of our favorites.
Artist to Artist is a fantastic book and a great springboard for exploring multimedia, pen & ink illustration, watercolors… so many techniques to learn. But really any picture book could be a springboard and any age can learn from the artist’s work!