In an attempt to share more in depth what Yellow Bird Studio is all about, we are starting a new weekly update format. Now that we are six weeks into our art enrichment classes, we are excited to share with you a weekly Featured Artist! We also want to begin Reflections, a place where we share a quote or the latest news on the value of creativity and the artistic process. Our Studio Inspiration section will cover what you can expect we will be doing in our various classes, and last, our You Can Do It will hopefully inspire you to get creative at home!
This week we are proud to share with you the work of one of our Art Club students, Colin K. Colin is an avid Pokemon fan and wanted to create one of his favorite characters, Chesnaught. Colin went through the process of sketching what he wanted his rendition to look like, then moved on to looking through the studio materials and finding what he needed to assemble it. He then used paper mache and mixed acrylic paint to get the perfect shade of green. He used white felt to get the look of the hairy patch on the character's chest. Through the process he encountered struggles with getting the arms to stay on. He did not enjoy the slimy nature of the paper mache step and his studio teacher, Ms Pamela, provided lots of encouragement and assistance. His amazing creation now stands next to his bed in his room and is joined by another Pokemon character, Foakie, that he made during our summer camp Puppets Week. Great job Colin!
This week during Hand in Hand Art, Paint and Puddles class and Open Studio, we will delve into the world of motion in art. Our primary inspiration will be cars, but we will also experiment with other things that move and go, even trying our hand at making art that moves. Check our class schedule and calendar for dates and times you can come by and make art!
You Can Do It!
Our Open Studio project of making little fairies and people using pipe cleaners and wooden beads was so popular! However, it is really fun to just put open ended materials like beads, buttons and pipe cleaners out for the kids and watch them make beautiful things. Just buy a bag of pony beads, buttons and pipe cleaners from the craft store and put them on the table in an attractive way that entices the kids to try and create. Don't get caught up on something looking "real" or representational- some of the best creations are freestyle! Beads and pipe cleaner projects are best for children ages three and older.
Here is a link to one of our favorite creative blogs, Art Bar, which has great inspirational photos for you to make it!