Thursday, March 27, 2014

Kindergarten Art

I am a little over the top happy with the way the Percolator APP on my iPad manipulates simple drawings by darling K's. They are magical.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Spring in Vancouver

I got these photos with my little camera while walking around my neighbourhood on Sunday. Spring is finally here while the rest of the country is still enveloped in cold temperatures and snow and ice. I thought this might cheer up a reader or two who are still looking at snow.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Percolating Kindergarten Art

The children I have been working with made some sweet drawings as backgrounds for their imaginary finger puppet plays. On a whim and with my iPad, I thought I'd see what Percolator app would do with their art. I think it is quite an amazing treat to see the results. Now what to do with all the beautiful images?

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Funky Finger Puppets

This was one of those light bulb ideas that wakes you in the night. At least that's what happened to me the other evening when I asleep after days of pondering about what we could do with the wonderful big sheet pastels the children made a week ago. I suddenly had this idea! If I reduce the photos I took of each drawing and then if I reduce them down to finger puppet size, the children would have their characters transformed into finger puppets. So I gave it a try since I have CorelDraw as a way to create this.
There were twenty cats and I managed to get eight on each sheet. Once I was satisfied with how the looked and how they worked when cut out and positioned on my fingers, I took them to a local printer and had a bunch run off.
I raced to the school for the afternoon with the class with the puppets printed on sheets of light weight card stock. But before the cutting out part, I talked to the kids about finger puppet shows and I asked them what kind of stories they might make for their puppets and what kinds of backgrounds they could make for their little imagined plays. I used crayons to make a short demonstration for them (since they always want me to draw for them and it seems to inspire them to want to draw their own stuff! ). And then the teacher and I encouraged them to think of what their scenes might be. They had lots of ideas and soon they were at their tables drawing a variety of adorable scenes on large sheets of paper.
Once completed, they received their sheets of puppets and they cut them out. They love their puppets and I think their teacher was pleased with the afternoon's project.

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Up To Elbows

At the request of the teacher, we made pastel drawings of Splat The cat, a popular character with the kindergarten crowd. The first thing I did was to draw a big Splat with my pastels, because as an illustrator, I know that children love to watch an artist draw or paint. I keep it simple always. First, I showed them how to draw simple shapes and then I showed them how to blend with fingers. I showed them how dirty my fingers get. Once I finished the demo they couldn't wait to give it a try.
As expected, it was messy and the children were up to their elbows in black but the joy in the room could almost be measured by the sound of  laughter and happy conversations between the kids as their characters developed on their sheets of paper. We could have followed a more controlled template plan but I am so glad we let them loose to draw their own interpretations.
Each drawing seems to be enhanced by the small finger print smudges. I am in awe of their creativity.  I am hoping the parents don't complain about children arriving home with faces covered in soot looking as if they worked in a coal mine.