Welcome to the Jubilee Reach After School Art Studio for students from Lake Hills Elementary. On Wednesday afternoons, we will offer a variety of creative activities. We are passionate about kids and art and are excited to have the opportunity to work with the students! We invite you to take a look at what we are doing…
~Sari and Robin
April 4, 2018
What celebrates spring more than the cherry trees blooming? We learned about the Japanese festival of the cherry blossoms and how the flowers’ short-lived existence symbolizes their appreciation of beauty and the fleeting nature of life. Blowing paint through a straw provided a fun way to to create a tree trunk with many branches. Students then mixed shades of pink for the blossoms, and finally added some dimensional blossoms made from tissue paper. Japanese art is often signed with a signature stamp, so students made a scratch-foam stamp with a Japanese word or symbol to print in the corner.
March 7, 14, 21
Frank Stella, an American artist, created giant painted geometric canvases and abstract sculptures. He has been creating art from the 1950’s to the present. The student artists, inspired by his work, used geometric and organic shapes of cardboard as their base and applied tempera and acrylic paint using various techniques to create relief sculptures. Frank Stella was inspired by the artist Jackson Pollack, who is best known for his large splatter painting. Students used the “splatter studio”, along with brushes, sponges, rollers and squeeze bottles to add color, pattern and texture. Each piece is a unique composition of painted shapes.
February 28, 2018
City Skylines at Night
We read the story called, “The Night I Followed the Dog”, and also looked at the Seattle city skyline at night, noticing the lights, shapes of the buildings, how the sky and clouds look, and what makes a particular skyline unique. Students identified some famous skylines such as New York and Paris. Then, using an assortment of supplies students created a skyline at night.
February 7 and 14, 2018
Inspired by the American artist, Jim Dine, students enjoyed mixing colors on the paper using dabs of acrylic. Then they created a small painting and cards to share on Valentine’s Day.
January 31, 2018
The painted faces take on a whole new look! Included is a painted background to mount them on.
January 24, 2018
Expressions in Clay
Using a super soft baker’s clay, the class explored how small changes in eyes, mouth, and eyebrows can dramatically change the expression. Then they created a human or animal face with the clay.
January 17, 2018
Using the art elements of line, space and color, students enjoyed creating their sculptures and had wonderful stories to go along with them!
January 10, 2018
We discussed the difference between recycle and upcycle. Recycle is breaking a product down and making something new from it. Upcycle, also called creative reuse, is using unwanted items and making something useful or beautiful and of better quality than what they started as. We used old cardboard to make some very unique portraits.
January 3, 2018
Everyone has made a snowman from three stacked circles, but what would a snowman look like close up and from an angle? Students started with a few curved lines, added a snowman’s features, and created a perspective drawing. The next step was to paint the snowman’s body, hat and scarf. Finally they made it snow all over the painting!
December 13, 2017
More Pop-Up Cards!
Another opportunity to make a pop-up card, in time for winter, holidays or just for fun!
December 6, 2017
Mexican Tin Art
Mexican tin art, also called “hojalata” is a popular art form that dates back to the 16th century. Traditionally the tin is cut, shaped and embossed, and often painted with colorful lacquer paints. We used 36-gauge aluminum and embossed on a soft foam surface with a dull pencil. Students started with a small piece of aluminum to get a feel for the medium, and then sketched their idea for the final project. Colored sharpies were used to add color.
November 22, 2017
Using some simple techniques, students created wonderful pop-up cards, celebrating a birthday, special friend or Thanksgiving!
November 15, 2017
Tint and Shade Seascape
A tint is a color with white added to it, and a shade is a color with black added to it. Students created a gradient color study with four sections and then tore or cut them apart to create a seascape. Having the dark color at the bottom and gradually getting lighter gives the perception of depth. Next we folded origami ships in varying sizes to float in the sea, with the largest in front and the smallest in back, also to show depth.
November 8, 2017
Finishing the Color Wheels
Placing their favorite black and white circle in the middle of the color wheels, the combination of the complimentary colors with the black and white really makes them pop!
November 1, 2017
Black and White
Students enjoyed exploring black and white using pattern, paint, oil pastel, sharpie and colored pencil.
October 18 and 25, 2017
Masks are always fun to create! Using cardboard, paper and a collection of accessories, students made classic theatre half-masks with a side stick, just in time for the Harvest Party!
September 20 and 27, 2017
Complimentary Color Wheel
The first step of our color wheel is the background. A full sheet of paper is painted in the primary and secondary colors. We experimented with different tools to paint with. The mini roller was a definite favorite! Next, the wedges are cut out and artists will create an image to repeat around the color wheel, mounting the image on the complimentary or opposite color. This shows the strongest contrast of those two colors.
September 13, 2017
Using the painted papers, students created fish and and a background using chalk and white tempera paint to make a pastel-colored sea and sky.
September 6, 2017
Painted Papers: some new techniques
Welcome back to after school art! Today we used rubbing plates and crayons for texture and followed with tempera paint to create some unique painted papers that will be used for a seascape mural. We read the book, Sky Colors, to challenge the way we see art and to feel free to take chances (for example: the sky doesn’t have to be blue!).
June 21, 2017
End of the Year Fun!
Using the elements of art: color, line, space and shape on lips or a mustache, with a Tootsie Pop poking through to hold it to your face! Happy Summer!!
May 31 and June 7, 2017
Stuffing and stitching is lots of fun and every pillow is unique!
May 17 and 24, 2017
Collagraph Printmaking: printing on fabric
Using acrylic paints, the fabric prints will become pillows!
May 10, 2017
Collagraph Printmaking: printing on paper
Using tempera paint and a foam brush, students printed with their printing plate, in four colors on a 12 inch square of paper.
May 3, 2017
Collagraph Printmaking: the printing plate
A collagraph is a composition of materials glued onto a “printing plate. “ In our class, we used cardboard as the plate and foam sheets as the material. When the glue is dry, a brayer with block printing ink or a brush with paint is applied. The paper is then pressed onto the surface to produce a print. Students will use their printing plate to print on paper and fabric.
April 26, 2017
Step by Step Drawing
Drawing is simply lines and shapes put together to form an object. With step-by-step worksheets from the website called “Art for Kids Hub”, students can successfully draw images on their own.
April 19, 2017
The eye of a photographer sees light, details, shadows, highlights, shapes and how they interact with each other. Photographers explore different types of light, texture and composition. Using photography with an artistic eye, students searched for letters inside the building, outside on the playground, or created them by manipulating objects. After choosing a word, they photographed each letter in black and white.
April 5, 2017
Free Choice: students practiced their skills to create an assortment of designs.
March 29, 2017
Springtime Printmaking and Poetry!
Etching into styrofoam sheets is a simple and effective way to explore the art of printmaking. Spring was the subject of inspiration. Here is the collaborative poem:
Sunny, swimming, super fun for picnics
Playing baseball, football, soccer
It’s hot and I like playing outside
Nests with baby birds
Growing flowers, green leaves
Time to clean the house
I love springtime
Many bees, bugs and worms
Everything is beautiful and green
Written by: Dejah, Angel, Damian, Saniyah, Roxanne, Edwin, Alondra C., Justin, Alondra A., Nina, Alan, Kevin
March 22, 2017
Spring is here! Students first contributed ideas for an acrostic poem about springtime. Next they used origami paper and made colorful three dimensional shapes by folding, cutting and taping. We hung them from the ceiling in the classroom.
March 15, 2017
African Kente Cloth
Colorful kente cloth is made by the Ashanti and Ewe people of Ghana and Togo, Africa. Hundreds of years ago, only the royalty wore kente. Today it can be worn by men and women, often for ceremonial occasions like festivals and weddings. Kente cloth is woven on narrow looms, and then sewn together. The art of creating kente is passed from generation to generation. Each pattern has a different meaning, and colors are used symbolically: green is for a bountiful harvest, blue represents love, ivory represents joy, yellow is wealth and royalty, and black is spiritual energy. There is a legend that the first kente was made by two friends who went hunting in the forest and watched a spider spin a web of beautiful, intricate patterns, and then returned home to re-create what they had seen.
Each student made a strip of four rectangles, using colorful foam sheets and paper, along with acrylic paint, stamps, and metallic markers.
March 1, 2017
Found Object Faces
Inspired by a book called “Faces” by Zoe Miller and Dan Goodman, we used cereal boxes turned inside-out as our canvas to create a face of any kind: animal, human, abstract or realistic, using an assortment of found objects, from computer parts and bottle caps, to wood and fabric scraps.
February 15, 2017
Molas from Panama
Molas are a part of the traditional dress created and worn by the Kuna Indian women from Panama. They are made by stitching together several layers of brightly colored cloth and cutting into the layers to make a design. The technique is a reverse applique: instead of sewing onto the top of the cloth, the artisan cuts through the layers of fabric to expose new layers. The edges are then turned under and hand-stitched to the lower layer of fabric. The result is a design that is textured, colorful and very beautiful. Kuna women attach the molas to their blouses. Many of the designs are geometric, and others reflect Kuna life including animals and birds.
Inspired by the cloth molas, students made a paper mola by cutting and adding layers of colored paper.
February 1 and 8, 2017
Valentine’s Day Cards
Valentine’s Day is around the corner! Students will create original works of art to mount on a card for someone special. The techniques used are: painted papers with reds, purples and pinks, a mini oil-pastel or watercolor painting, an etched foil relief, and a pop-open creature with a Valentine’s message.
January 25, 2017
Chinese New Year Celebration: Cooking and Art
In honor of the Year of the Rooster, we made spring rolls, one of the traditional foods for the Chinese New Year. We used a PCC Kids Cook recipe, and the students eagerly chopped onions, cabbage, garlic, rice noodles, and grated carrots and ginger. The vegetables were sauteed and then rolled into small wonton wrappers. To finish, they were brushed with oil, baked in the oven, and served with sweet chili sauce! Delicious!
We also made a stained glass mosaic including red glass gems for good luck! Using mosaic techniques with tumbled glass, the stained glass effect is achieved by floating the glass in a plastic lid filled with clear glue. After waiting four to five days for the glue to dry, it is removed from the lid and hung in the window, reflecting its colors with the sun!
January 17, 2017
Collaborative Poem and Art
Students used words and phrases to describe what winter means to them. We combined everyone’s ideas to create a collaborative poem. Watercolor, tape resist, paint, and oil pastel were some of the choices used to illustrate the poem.
making a snowman,
and throwing snowballs!
a white cat covered in snow,
leaves falling off the trees,
snowy mountains and polar bears.
skiing and ice skating,
tube sledding down big hills,
building a fort and rolling in the snow!
soft when you touch snow with your hands.
a big fluffy sweater and a warm puffy jacket.
drinking hot cocoa,
being warm and cozy,
spending time with my family.
happy and fun,
pretty and white,
icy and cold…brrr!
Saniyah, Roxanne, Nate, Kevin, Heidy,
Evelin, Evan, Edwin, Dejah, Damian,
Briana, Angel, Alondra C, Alondra A, Alan, Adee
Adee, Alan, Alondra A, Alondra C,
Briana, Damian, Dejah, Evelin,
Heidy, Nate, Nina, Roxanne, Saniyah
January 11, 2017
Simple folded paper, sharpies and crayons were used to make fun, creative creatures, with a surprise inside when the paper is unfolded!
January 4, 2017
Making Stone Soup!
For the culmination to our puppet theater project, we made soup from stones, just like the story! Students eagerly chopped a variety of vegetables and put them into the pot with the stones. Chicken broth and egg noodles were added to make a delicious soup, served with crackers, milk and fresh fruit. Everyone enjoyed the feast!
Stone Soup is a classic folk story with origins in Europe. The version we used for the puppet show was adapted for theater with all the characters as animals. The original is the story of three soldiers looking for food and lodging in a village where strangers were not trusted and no one wanted to share their food, until they heard the idea of making soup from stones. Of course the stones were just a way to grab the attention of the villagers and make them ultimately realize that if everyone gives a little, everyone will benefit. The story’s message is community and sharing, and also that everyone has something to offer, whether it’s for the soup or in our lives. As the soup simmered, we read yet another version that took place in China, and instead of hungry soldiers looking for food, the main characters were three monks on a journey to discover what makes people happy. At first no one wanted to share but, “something magical began to happen among the villagers. As each person opened their heart to give, the next person gave even more. And as this happened, the soup grew richer and smelled more delicious.” In the end, the monks discovered that happiness was a simple as making stone soup!
December 14, 2016
Puppet Theater! Part 6: The Show
It has been a learning experience for everyone involved! At the last minute we decided to record the kids’ voices telling the story so they would just have to focus on their puppet movements. The only time where all the actors were present was the day of the show! The kids pulled together, taped both stories using lots of expression, and even a little improvisation, and then performed both stories for family and friends!
November 23, 30, December 7, 2016
Puppet Theater! Part 6: Rehearsal
We discovered that reading a script into a microphone, animating your puppet, and moving out of the way for the next person to perform, is quite difficult!
November 2, 9, 16, 2016
Puppet Theater! Part 5: Finishing the Puppets and Rehearsing
The puppets are complete and we started rehearsing the puppet plays! In between practicing, students created a torn paper collage of a leaf. We will continue to rehearse weekly for our performance on December 14th.
October 26, 2016
After working on the puppets, the kids were excited to celebrate the annual Autumn Party! Many dressed in costume and everyone enjoyed the games and treats. After being photographed, students designed beautiful leaves to adorn the tree.
October 12, 19, 2016
Puppet Theater! Part 4: The Puppets
We have been busy creating a variety of puppets for our scripts. The characters in both stories are animals, so students made ants, owls, a bear, kitty, blue jay, porcupine, lion and more! Different styles including stick, sock, and paper puppets were made using many different materials, from acrylic paint on cardboard, to felt and fleece, buttons and beads.
October 5, 2016
Puppet Theater! Part 3: The Script
The theater is complete and we are ready to read some scripts! Today we read two stories, Stone Soup and Why Ants Are Everywhere and students chose their parts. Next we will have our puppet-making workshops.
September 28, 2016
Puppet Theater! Part 2: Finishing the Theater
Today we brought in the theater, and it’s made from cardboard! It is very sturdy but we will reinforce the structure by gluing some pieces of wood to the inside of the theater walls. Students did a great job sawing wood, drilling holes to install the curtain rod, and gluing the wood in place.
September 21, 2016
Puppet Theater! Part 1: The Facade
For the next few weeks we will build a puppet theater, read some scripts and choose the parts, make the puppets and finally, perform a show!
The first step is to paint the cardboard pieces that will decorate the front of the theater using some techniques the students have done in the past with acrylic paints and a variety of painting tools, warm and cool colors, and metallic accents.
September 15, 2016
We read a story called “You Be You!” by Linda Kranz about a colorful rockfish named Adri, who discovers that there are all kinds of fish in the sea, each one with unique qualities and characteristics. Students created their own fish using the elements of art: texture, color, line, value, shape, form, and space. Each painted fish is one-of-a-kind! There were some painted papers left over from last year’s class and they were used as a base for the fish. Oil pastels and sharpies were added, and as a final touch, they squeezed glue and sprinkled it with glitter to make the fish shimmer and sparkle!
“There are millions of fish in the deep blue sea. That’s what makes the world so colorful and beautiful!
Life is a grand journey. You be you!”
September 7, 2016
To start the new school year, stylized portraits were created with colored pencils, markers and black sharpie. They included the artist’s name, favorite color, food, sport or activity, subject in school, pet, and anything else we should know about them!
Summer Art and Cooking Camp: August 15-17, 2016
We had fun for three days creating visual and edible masterpieces!
Monday’s theme was “Northwest Native”. For our art project we first read a book called, “Whale in the Sky”. It describes how the Northwest Native Americans pass stories from generation to generation by carving images into a totem pole. Each student chose an animal to depict and made a section of a totem pole from cardboard and cut paper. Our northwest cooking was vegetarian chili and the recipe was from Beecher’s Cheese, a local cheese company. We chopped lots of fresh vegetables, added beans and spices, and named it, “the good vegetable food”. Served with blue corn chips and chopped cilantro.Yum!
Tuesday’s theme was “Europe and Impressionism”. We took our art supplies outside and painted just as the Impressionist artists did almost 150 years ago, looking at nature and mixing bright colors using oil pastels and adding a blue wash for the summer sky. In the kitchen we made two sauces for pasta: Genovese pesto with fresh basil, garlic, olive oil and pine nuts, and a fresh tomato sauce. We served both over pasta with fresh grated parmesan cheese. Delicious!
Wednesday’s theme was “Fantastic Fruits and Vegetables”! Our art project was a torn paper collage of a fruit or vegetable. In the kitchen we made green smoothies, and a dark chocolate mousse made from avocados, maple syrup, vanilla, and cocoa powder! Sweet and healthy!
Students did a wonderful job in the kitchen chopping, mixing, serving, and tasting!
June 8, 2016
Balloon Art!….end of the year fun!!
June 1, 2016
Students contributed to a collaborative poem about summer by writing words or phrases that describe how they see, smell, taste, hear, and feel summer. Together their words form a sensory poem. Illustrations were made using the medium of their choice.
a sensory poem
We see dogs running outside;
a pool, trees and flowers,
the blue sky and the yellow sun…
We smell fresh air, pollen and pink roses,
beautiful flowers, candy…
We taste pizza, popsicles, strawberry pie, lemonade,
ice cream; something very sweet,
something that will inspire me…
We hear dogs barking, children laughing, music;
birds tweeting and chirping, trees…
and people eating watermelon!
We feel awesome and smart;
We touch flowers, insects, the sea…
Written by: Damian, Roxanne, Dejah, Evan, Michael, Edwin, Heidy, Daniel, Elias
Illustrated by: Roxanne, Damian, Alondra, Evelin, Edwin, Dejah, Elias, Briana
May 25, 2016
May 18, 2016
Taking a short break from the visual arts, Robin taught a dance class today. After stretching and moving, students enjoyed the movement of the streamers and created their own movements with them. Afterwards they decorated the streamers with metallic paint and glitter.
May 11, 2016
“How to Draw” Workshop
Using step-by-step worksheets from the website: Art Hub for Kids, students learned that drawing is simply a combination of lines and shapes. There were drawings of dogs, cars, eagles, robots, flowers, 3-dimensional shapes, and much more!
April 27, 2016
Making marbled paper is magical! Swirling colors in thick starch until the pattern is just right and then carefully placing the paper to make a one-of-a-kind print.
The art of marbling began is Asia hundreds of years ago. It later moved to Europe and became an important part of bookbinding, with the papers being placed on the inside covers of all fine books. The marblers’ groups were separate from the bookbinders’ groups who were forever spying on the marblers, trying to discover their special techniques to avoid the high cost of their papers. For centuries the marblers had to do their work at night, behind locked doors, and hardly anyone could hope to learn the art unless they were born into a marbling family. As time went on and books became cheaper, the fine papers were no longer needed. By the 1890’s the art was considered quaint and old-fashioned and was actually on the verge of death. At last a few of the remaining marblers started publishing their precious methods and formulas so they would not be lost for all time. And now, more than a hundred years later, there are more people practicing this beautiful art than ever before!
April 20, 2016
Andy Goldsworthy: Land Art in Spring
Taking another look at the work of British sculptor and photographer Andy Goldsworthy, students created “land art” from materials found in spring such as: rhododendron flowers, camellia petals, bluebells, apple tree twigs, laurel flowers and leaves, ferns, and an abundant supply of daisies and dandelions from the lawn. Staff and volunteers joined in!
April 13, 2016
Piet Mondrian: Geometric Design
Considered one of the founders of modern art, Piet Mondrian (1872-1944) is best known for his geometric compositions consisting of primary colors, white spaces and black lines. Born in the Netherlands, he began as a painter of landscapes and portraits, and slowly evolved through different art movements such as cubism into what he described as neoplasticism. He spent the last twenty years of his life involved in these abstract geometric paintings. His art continues to be an inspiration and influences fashion, architecture, and design.
Students created two and three dimensional Mondrian-style projects using construction paper; appreciating the simple elegance of white spaces, geometric shapes and bold black lines.
March 30, 2016
Animated Flip Books
Animation is a process of creating the illusion of movement through a series of pictures that vary slightly in a sequence. The first animated flip books were produced the the late 1800’s and were also called kineographs, thumb cinemas, and flicker books.They are fun for all ages to use and create!
Paul Klee: Cat and Bird
Swiss-born artist, Paul Klee, (1876-1940) had a unique style, influenced by the Expressionism, Cubism, and Surrealism movements. He infused his own love for poetry, music, literature, humor, and symbolism in his art. His goal was to, “make secret visions visible”. In the painting, Cat and Bird, the bird’s image on the cat’s forehead is a “secret” made visible to others. The cat’s red nose is tipped with a heart, symbolizing his “heart’s desire”.
We read a children’s book inspired by Paul Klee called, The Cat and the Bird, and the young artists created a large scale close-up of a cat’s face, blending oil pastels in vibrant blocks of color.
March 16, 2016:
Spring Collage Mural
Spring is in the air! Eric Carle, beloved author of children’s books such as The Hungry Caterpillar, inspired this spring collage, with perched and soaring colorful birds, sunny blue skies and fluffy white clouds. Students worked together to create the composition. We used Eric Carle’s technique of first painting beautiful textures on paper and then using the papers to make a collage.
We had two very special guests in class: Robin’s baby chicks, Lizzi and Pepper!
February 2016:Recycled Art!
We looked at the photographs of Seattle-based, internationally acclaimed photographer, Chris Jordan. His exhibit entitled, Running the Numbers, An American Self-Portrait looks at American culture through the lens of statistics. Each image portrays a specific quantity of something. For example, Cans Seurat (shown below) is a copy of the well-known painting by Georges Seurat. Instead of dots of paint, it is composed of aluminum cans: 106,000 of them, which is the number of cans used in the U.S. every thirty seconds!