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
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!
Inspired to create art from recycled materials, we made a collaborative sculpture from rolled newspapers; woven containers from recycled cereal boxes and newspaper; and robots from recycled tin cans, lids, and used found objects.
February 24, 2016
Tin Can Robots:
The robots are full of personality!
February 10, 2016
February 3, 2016
Collaboration: Newspaper Sculpture
The process of collaborative art is unique in that it allows groups to work together creatively. The result is based on the combined efforts of all of the participants. The newspaper sculpture is made of individual sheets of newspaper, rolled on the diagonal and fastened with a piece of tape. A strong yet flexible tube is created which is ideal for building, and the sculpture grows quickly. In the end, all the materials can be recycled.
Expressions in Clay:
January 20, 2016
We discussed how facial expressions are often created by the position of our eyes, eyebrows, and mouth. Using a homemade clay that is very soft and workable, we learned how to mold features on a face, and then to manipulate them to create different expressions.
Stained Glass Mosaic:
January 13, 2016
Sunlight shining through colored glass is beautiful! This project achieves a stained glass effect, using mosaic techniques with tumbled glass and glass gems. Students designed their layout on paper first and then transferred their design into 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!
September -December 2015:
Land Art: Andy Goldsworthy:
British sculptor and photographer, Andy Goldsworthy creates “land art” in natural and urban settings around the world. Inspired by his work, and enjoying a beautiful sunny day outside, the students created their own land art using all natural objects such as pine cones, laurel leaves, and kiwi vines. The pine cones helped hold the leaves down and kept the wind from whisking away their creations! Look for a snake, an avocado, a heart, a smiley face, names spelled with pine cones and even a secret portal!
September 9, 2015:
Wire Sculpture: Alexander Calder
We read a story called Sandy’s Circus about Alexander Calder. He was an American artist who redefined sculpture by introducing the element of movement, first through performances of his miniature circus and later with hanging works called, “mobiles”. Calder also invented the use of wire in creating two and three dimensional sculpture. As a child he had his own tools, enjoyed creating things from wire and wood, and studied to be an engineer. The students used 14-gauge armature wire to create wire sculptures and embellished them with beads and various objects.
September 16, 2015:
Drawing with Scissors: Henri Matisse
Henri Matisse was a Post-Impressionist artist from France. He had a long career as a painter and sculptor. In his later years, he was confined to his bed and developed a technique that he called “drawing with scissors”. He cut shapes from brightly painted papers and created beautiful collages. The students were challenged to cut shapes without drawing them first and then made a collage in the style of Matisse. We first read a story called, Matisse’s Garden.
September 23, 2015
Painting to Music: Wassily Kandinsky
Today we learned about the Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky and read a story called, The Noisy Paintbox. In the early 1900’s, Kandinsky was the first artist to create abstract paintings. He likened his paintings to a symphony. He said, “color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, and the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul”. The students listened to a variety of music, from Mozart to the soundtrack from Madagascar. Then they painted with lines and shapes that corresponded to the sounds they were hearing. It was exciting to see how different music inspired their artwork!
September 30, 2015
Pointillism: Georges Seurat
Georges Seurat created a technique called pointillism during the Post-Impressionism period in the late 1800’s. He marveled at the way tiny dots of color worked together to create a painting. The students made pointillist paintings using acrylic paint and cotton swabs. We looked at Seurat’s famous painting titled: A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (pictured above with close-ups), and read The Dot, a story describing how art is for everyone.
October 7, 2015
Textures with Paint: The students experimented and created beautiful textured papers using tempera paint and a fun collection of items including plastic forks, sponges, legos, the bottom of a shoe, toy wheels and bubble wrap. The painted papers in warm and cool colors will be used for a project in the upcoming weeks.
October 14, 2015:
Color Theory: Paper Sculpture: After looking at a color wheel with primary and secondary colors, and reading a story that illustrated these colors called The Orange Aardvark, students created paper sculptures using a three-dimensional shape composed from two pieces of paper, with most combinations coming from opposite sides of the color wheel (complimentary colors). Their instructions were to cut, fold, curl or bend in any way they chose, but not remove any paper from the sculpture. A whimsical, colorful collection!
October 21, 2015
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead): Dancing Skeletons:
The holiday is celebrated in Mexico and parts of South and Central America. It is a special time for remembering loved ones who are no longer living and is celebrated every year from October 31st until November 2nd. The art and tradition of el Dia de los Muertos help us accept death as part of life. Beautiful alters are made and decorated with candies, flowers, water, bread and fruit. Families go the cemetery and spread flower petals of marigolds to welcome the spirits to the celebration. The illustrations above, inspired by the artist Jose Guadalupe Posada, influenced our art lesson. Together we drew a skeleton body and then the students chose the movement of their skeleton based on how they placed the arms, legs, hands and feet. Traditional bright colors and decorations such as hats, guitars and flowers were added.
October 28. 2015
November 4, 2015
The art of mask-making is thousands of years old. Cultures from all around the world use masks for rituals and ceremonies, theatrical performances, celebrations, and disguise. Traditionally, masks were made from wood, clay, leather, bone, metal, paint and feathers. In parts of Africa, a mask with small eyes and mouth represented humbleness, while a bulging forehead represented wisdom. The artists who created masks were highly skilled and given a special status. In China, the color red symbolized prosperity, loyalty, courage and heroism. Native Americans adopted the spirit of various animals to help them on their life’s journey. It was believed that when a person put on an animal mask for ceremonies, the spirit of the animal entered the person wearing it and shared it’s spirit and power. In ancient Greek theatre, masks enabled an actor to appear and reappear in several different roles, and since there were only male actors, the mask allowed them to play female characters.
The students started with an oval mask made of cardboard and added details with an assortment of cardboard shapes. In our next class we will paint and embellish the masks.
Mask Making Part 2
November 18, 2015
Everyone enthusiastically painted their masks today! They used acrylic paint and some added feathers and gems. There’s “Catman”, “Fire Mouse”, a blue dragon, a bunny, kittens and more!
Autumn Owls: Relief Printmaking
November 25, 2015
We read a story called, Goodnight Owl and made some observations about owls, such as their large eyes, pointed ears and interesting patterns in their feathers. Together we drew an owl, etched in styrofoam to make a printing plate. Then brayers and acrylics were used to create a relief print of the images.
Red Cardinal in Winter: Painting
December 2, 2015
A Stranger in the Woods is a photographic journey of two children building a snowman deep in the woods and leaving food on it for the wildlife to enjoy! A beautiful story with all of the splendor of winter, “every twig in the forest wears a new coat of glimmering white”. Like the vibrant red in the snowman’s hat, a red cardinal perched on a branch was the subject of our painting, first outlined in sharpie and then painted with watercolors and surrounded by dots sf snow.
December 9 and 16, 2015
Reverse Glass Painting:
Reverse glass painting has been done since the Middle Ages. This art form is done by applying paint to the back side of glass and then turning the glass over to view the image. It can be a challenging process. For example, when painting a portrait, the pupil of the eye is painted before the iris, exactly the opposite of the typical way of painting. If done in the wrong order, details will be lost forever as you cannot get in between the glass and the layer of paint already applied.
Students started with a round glass cutting board/trivet and drew their designs on paper first, then traced their drawings on the back of the glass with a paint marker, followed by metallic paint and multi-colored tissue paper to create a unique and usable finished piece. Abstract designs were encouraged, however some students were able to reverse their drawings and even able to write backwards so the design would read correctly when viewed. We were inspired by the beautiful work of Bellevue artist Nancy Fiala and her reverse glass art pieces (her work can be seen at the Bellevue Arts Museum store and the Made in Washington stores).