Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Recycled Robot Construction

A lesson on 3-D design and construction inspired by local artist Tricia Courtney. Her work is currently being shown at the Strecker-Nelson Gallery. We used different sized boxes and other recycled material for the robot's body and covered him in foil.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Summer Art!

The Traveling Art Teacher is quickly filling in time slots for this summer! There is no deadline to sign up, just limited space. For information on lesson costs, birthday parties, group paintings/projects, etc please e-mail TravelingArtTeacher@gmail.com for one of our brochures.

We will also be organizing an "arts in the park" day-camp this summer at Anneberg Park for anyone who would like to come see what the Traveling Art Teacher is all about! More information to come...

painting by Zak Barnes, currently being displayed at the Strecker-Nelson Gallery on Poyntz

If you give an art teacher a drawing....

She will probably want to show it off....

Jackson makes me drawings and thank-you cards all the time, and I just love them! Thought I would share one of his many talents, drawing with you all. He also makes a mean wolverine costume out of cardboard. Thank You Jackson!!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Reece's Purplicious Painting and Parfait Party

Reece decided to have a Purplicious birthday party, based off the book "Purplicious". Everyone wore purple (it also happened to be on a KSU game day!) and we painted with different shades of purple for her party craft. Later on they made ice cream parfaits, so cute! Here are a few photos of the kids painting on small canvases using a bunch of different objects like starfish, yarn, and q-tips to paint and stamp with.

Birthday parties are $7 per child plus the cost of some supplies. E-mail TravelingArtTeacher@gmail.com to book your child's next birthday party!

Kade's Tennis Party

Today was Kaden's 4th birthday party. The theme was tennis and a filler craft was needed for the kids as they were arriving. Kade and his friends decorated tennis rackets with felt tennis balls, markers, and crayons. It only took about 15-30 minutes and was a perfect way to entertain party guests before they played tennis and ate cake!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Handprint Rainbows

In honor of St. Patrick's Day we made rainbows using our fingerprints and the side of our fist to create the rainbow and clouds. This was a great way to direct finger painting into an image.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Ice-Cream SUNDAY

We made ice-cream sundae's with watercolor on Sunday. Pattern was emphasized with this project as well as contour lines. The kids had the most fun picking out what kind of ice-cream went in their bowls. The most popular flavors were pinkilious bubblegum, blueberry, and mint chocolate chip! Here is just one of the sundae's.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Local Artist : Yoshiro Ikeda

There was an article written in the K-State Collegian on local artist, Yoshiro Ikeda today. He has lived in Manhattan for about 40 years. Yoshi is an amazing artist and teacher, not to mention he is hilarious. It's a great article, here is the link below:


Sunday, March 7, 2010

What Your Kids Are Learning: Gustav Klimt

Gustav Klimt was an Austrian symbolist painter. He mainly used the female form for his paintings and murals. The above painting is titled "Adele Bloch-Bauer I." Fun fact: It was sold in 2006 for a record 135 million!

Gustav Klimt Inspired Collages

This is a fun lesson on Gustav Klimt that I found online. Kiersten had the idea to use her own head. Great idea! I turned Karli's "mess up" into a mermaid while she worked on some waves. Little brother had a side painting going on behind us so he wasn't left out! We used all kinds of media and lots of glitter and most importantly had a blast.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

What Your Kids Are Learning: Georges-Pierre Seurat

Sunday Afternoon on the Island La Grande Jatte, Georges-Pierre Seurat

Pointillism is a painting technique using only dots of color to form an object. It stems from Impressionism and was invented by Seurat in 1886. Art critics coined the term Pointillism to make fun of artists who used this silly dot technique. Today no one makes fun of it because it's awesome!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


Tuesday I did a lesson on Pointillism and Seurat with a preschooler at her home. We used q-tips and tempera paint to fill in a "coloring book" page I drew with black marker. We also learned how to make green, purple, orange, pink, and brown! To make this lesson work for older kids I would have them draw their own scenes.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Welcome Home!

"Welcome Home Dad" sign that Matthew (age 6) decorated using crayons, markers, and chalk. This was not a lesson, just a fun activity we did. He learned how to read and spell "welcome home!" AND his dad comes home from Iraq tomorrow!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

For a rainy Fall day...

School was out on a rainy Fall day close to Halloween so we made some pumpkins! These are made from paper grocery sacks stuffed with newspaper and painted orange. It was a great alternative to carving actual pumpkins.

Later on we made Starry Night inspired Halloween scenes with black construction paper, chalk pastels, glitter, and construction paper.

Clay Pot Turkeys

These turkeys came from a 2nd grade birthday party that happened to be right before Thanksgiving! This was a great way to keep children entertained while the parents got the cake ready! The Turkeys also doubled as a party favor for the guests.

Another great party idea is a group painting + individual mini paintings to take home as party favors. Contact Me for more info!

Kansas Sunflowers

This is a mixed media project we did over the summer to learn more about our Kansas heritage. We incorporated local photographer Daniel W. Coburn and used fiber, pasta, yarn, buttons, and basically anything we could find!