This week Art Yowza co-hosted a PTA Family Fun Night at a local school to honor Earth Day.
Families enjoyed making art together.
We made extra ones to donate to a local nursing home.
This could also be a fun and easy Mother’s Day Gift Craft Project for Elementary Age Students.
Here are the instructions.
Spelling out the cute factor….
Fun was had by all ages…….
This summer, we went from playing by a tree trunk to participating in a trunk show at Daisy’s Mercantile on Park Street in Alameda on Saturday, August 28. Thanks Barbara Mooney for letting us learn from you!
We raised $52 to benefit the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter.
Through our design, we were able to learn about entrepreneurship, community service and retailing.
This year, I’ve had a passion for developing the Alameda Art Docents.
We put on monthly workshops to help build the joy and confidence of volunteer art teachers.
Our April workshop was about how to draw the human figure for 3rd graders.
It was team taught. One person dressed up and posed and the other taught.
Can you see line, shape, contrast or complementary colors in these images?
Today, would you rather be a fly on the wall or a scuba diver seeking giant squid?
I am happy today to be included in Courageous Kate Swoboda’s short movie about Wisdom.
She asks, “How would your life take flight if you fully embraced your wisdom?’
My contribution is the fruit punch image in the middle that says, Surprise Inside! Open it Up. (2:23)
Today I made this EXPAND image above to honor my Aunt Karen’s passing yesterday afternoon.
We’re celebrating Earth Week! During this unique event, parents and kids will create together.
Participants will bring a wide variety of recyclable materials (cardboard boxes,paper, fabric, foam, toilet paper rolls, egg cartons, corks, wood, popsicle sticks, crepe paper) and the event planners will supply the tape. We will use our creativity and these materials to build a green city.
Afterward, we’ll take pictures to display and for the Franklin School yearbook and families will take their creations home.
See photos of Let’s Build a Green City 2009!
Yippee! Creative on a deadline! Here’s a Push for Alameda: We Want Google Fiber!!!
Do you want Internet 100x faster than it’s usual speed? Imagine the innovation, business and pleasure it could bring!
Please nominate Alameda before Friday, March 26! It’s easy, click here! http://wirealameda.org/
For more information on how to raise our chances go to http://wirealameda.org/ and use all the tools on the site to tell your friends.
Thank you Chris Sullivan for your iMovie tutoring!
Jane Grimaldi, Art Docent and Lum Art Docent Coordinator
Hobbies: gardening, reading, and making art.
Children attend: Lum Elementary (Gr K & 3) and Wood Middle School (Gr 6).
I’ve been an Art Docent for Seven Years for Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
I’m interested in mentoring new Art Docents
Thegrimaldis (AT) earthlink (DOT) net
Outdoor Watercolors (click here to see the gallery)
Landscape painting, composition, and watercolor techniques
Lum School, Grade 3
View of Toledo by El Greco
La Grande Jatte by Seurat
Tulips in Holland by Monet
How did you you teach this project?
I took the kids outside to the school garden with their paper and watercolors.
What was your step by step process?
After looking at and talking about the reproductions provided by the lesson, I also showed them some contemporary landscape painters. Then I passed around some real leaves and plant pieces from the garden and asked them to tell me what colors they saw (not just green!). I gave a brief demo of how to sketch and how to use the watercolors. Then each child chose a view of the garden, lightly sketched their composition, and got to painting.
What did you learn?
There are always a few kids afraid to put paint on the paper.
How did the children respond? What do you hope they learned?
The kids were so great! Some of them created these amazing, deep spaces with vast sky and some zeroed in on these interesting small areas (ie where the sidewalk met the grass). The most wonderful part was the fearlessness with which they looked at color: They found all the colors within the grass or concrete or sky. They layered on color with watercolor washes, and created these amazing, inventive paintings. They learned to really look at what they were painting.
What inspires or inspired you?
The weather and sky were inspiring. It was when we were having storm after storm, we had break in the rain, but the sky was turbulent and the plants were fresh and wet. Everything just looked so dramatic and beautiful: The kids were inspired and that inspires me.
What about being an Art Docent brings you joy?
When I’ve succeeded in teaching the kids that their art is valuable, that their art doesn’t need to look like anyone else’s art, and that I remember and like what they’ve made. When I see that self-esteem rising!
Alameda Art Docents, JumpstART Workshop Series
Our purpose is to create a community to joyously support volunteer art docents. Our mission is to provide inspiration and encouragement to beginning and experienced art docents in the Alameda elementary schools. We share Art Docent information, resources and traditions.
Lesson: Cave Painting Demonstration
Grade : K
Taught by: Otis School Art Docent, Kim Brindley
When: March 16, 2009 at Ruby Bridges School, Alameda, CA
Negative Space (Step One)
Positive Space (Step Two)
Splatter Painting (Step Three)
Pastel Chalk Drawing (Step Four)
• Black Paper
• Chalk Pastels
• White Paint
• Two cups for Paint
• Paintbrush or Splatter Box
Demonstrate how to draw around your hand. Ask the children to draw around their hand or assist them if needed by drawing around their hands with pastel chalk.
Paint a child’s hand with white paint or assist them if they can do it themselves. Ask children to make handprints.
Thin the white paint by mixing it with more water. Demonstrate splatter painting by tapping the brush against your finger. Or build a splatter station by laying the black paper on the bottom of a large cardboard box with tall sides and then drizzle them paint on from above.
Invite the child to draw with chalk pastels. Suggest animals, dancing, families or stars.