Wassily Kandinsky, Color Study, Squares with Concentric Circles, watercolor, gouache, and crayon on paper, 9.4”x12.4”, 1913
By the time February comes along, most of us weary of the snow and ready for something new and energizing to do! Nowhere is this more true than for youth and teens stuck in quarantine in the middle of a Maine winter. That's why our Master of Arts in Teaching Teacher Candidate, Sophie Olmstead, crafted a full week of Art for your child during this February Vacation Week. Each day from 1:00 to 2:30 PM--just when our kids start to get true cabin fever--set them up in front of a computer with an Internet connection and a few art supplies you likely have around the house and let Sophie take them on a journey of artistic discovery and practice. This course is great for youth ages 10 and up. Each day, your child will learn a new artistic medium, such as:
- Monday: Hot Glue Block Printing--Learn the art of printmaking by creating a customized stamp design using hot glue on wood and then using it to press ink into paper or fabric.
- Tuesday: Digital Mosaics using Google Draw--Mosaics are one of the oldest forms of art and design. Merge an old art form with a new technology in this 21st century, STEM art of creating shape mosaics in a free drawing/painting software on the web.
- Wednesday: Zentangle Mandalas--Once again, an old art form merges with a new one as these mindful, meditative mandalas transform with Zentangling to create unique, intricate designs to get lost in.
- Thursday: Kandinsky Circle Quilt--Kandinsky was an avante-garde painter. Learn about the avant-garde movement and abstract art as you create your own, Kandinsky-inspired circle-quilt out of colored paper.
- Friday: Spring Flower Cookie Decorating--On the last day, you will learn the art of making designs with thicker media like frosting, icing, and sprinkles--and the best part is you can eat them when you're are done. (need cookies pre-made and decorating supplies…frostings, sprinkles, candies, etc.)
Join me for a week of art discovery! My name is Sophie Olmsted (she/hers) and I am studying for my Masters of Art in Teaching with Maine College of Art in Portland, ME and student teaching at Brunswick Middle School. I graduated from Bates College in 2018 with a degree in Studio Art (focusing in ceramics) and enjoy knitting, geometric ink drawings, basic carpentry, and keeping up with my photographic journal on Instagram (@sky_scapes_). I love celebrating the winter by skiing at Sunday River, drinking hot chocolate, and noticing sparkles in the snow. I have planned a week of artistic activities to brighten up your February! Middle school students can tune into from cozy homes and virtually follow my instruction. I hope you can make it!
- Hot glue gun
- Block of wood (scrap is fine)
- Stamp pad or paint and a paint tray (hint: you can make a paint tray by lining an old baking tray with wax paper)
- Paint or ink for printing
- Fabric for printing (t-shirt or canvas bag, or anything else they might want to stamp with their unique design)
- A computer with WiFi and a Google Apps account (these are free! Set one up at gmail.com)
- Print out of a design that will be emailed or shared with you ahead of time
- Paper (about 10 - 15 sheets)
- Black marker
- Colored pencil
- Stapler or brads to bind a flipbook for those that want to take theirs to the next level.
- Sixteen 6" squares of white paper (construction paper is ideal, but printer paper is also fine. This is the base of the quilt squares)
- Colored pencil
- Oil pastels (if you have them)
- Construction paper
- Glue stick
- Pre-made batch of sugar cookies (Flower-shaped is ideal, but circular is fine. You can get these from your local grocer or make them yourself the day before)
- Piping bags
- Frosting and Icing (many colors)
- Decorative candies (gum drops, sugar dots, jolly ranchers--really any candy can decorate another. The more colorful, the better!)