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CFCA Art Challange #1
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A lighthouse can symbolize overcoming challenges and adversity with guidance and care. A lighthouse represents a way forward and help navigating through the world.
We challenge you to create your own lighthouse.
This can be any medium and any style, kids too! Use watercolor, acrylic, pen and paper, sidewalk chalk, etc. Give it a try!
Our Healing Arts Program instructor Leslie Bjur has supplied these three steps to a lighthouse watercolor painting:
Step 1: a simple composition sketch.
Step 2: apply the light shades of watercolors to wet paper, do not touch the lighthouse.
Step 3: apply the darker shades of watercolors.
CFCA Art Challange #2
Blind Contour Drawing
This is a technique used by artists to loosen up. It helps artists to draw from sight and not rely on memorized shapes, so that you draw more realistically. A fun quick project for any age!
1) Pick a subject. Some thing that is around you. It can be a person, your mirrored reflection, a plant, a toy, anything!
2) Use a piece of paper and any drawing tool. In the examples, we have used markers, pencil and charcoal. Use what you have at hand.
3) Look at the subject and follow its outlines. Use your drawing tool to draw them without taking your eyes off the subject. Use a slow continuous line. Try it without taking your pencil off the paper. It should only take a minute or two.
Remember that the drawing is not supposed to look perfect. It will look funny and wobbly, but next time you draw it normally, you can use the observation skills you learnt to make a more realistic piece of art.
Please share your images with us on Facebook and Instagram!
CFCA Art Challange #3
Baby Fox Marker Drawing
This was fun. Everything is shapes. A fox is a diamond shape with triangles for ears. Place the light values first. Restate and darken the surface. Where is the light? The shadow? Contrast.
1) Use a pencil to lightly sketch a diamond shape with triangle ears. Sketch in large round circles for the eyes and superman logo shape for the nose.
2) Use a black or dark brown marker to outline the eyes and add pupils. Outline the nose and add mouth lines. Outline the top of the ears.
3) Use orange, brown and grey markers to add short fur lines to the face. Use a green marker to make grass around the fox. Use a brown marker to make dirt under the grass.
4) Use an orange and a light orange, flesh colour or yellow to colour in the rest of the face fur. Use short squiggly lines to look like fur. Colour in the back ground using grassy greens, and dark browns and blacks so that it looks like your baby fox is peeking out from his or her foxhole.
Share your creation on our Facebook page!
CFCA Art Challange #4
Collage a Cosy Room
- Draw a line across the background page about half way to two thirds down the page. The top part is the wall, the bottom is the floor.
- Look through your magazines. Find an image that could be a view from a window. Cut it into a window shape. Mine turned into patio doors looking over a vineyard. Glue the image down to your background. Use a pen or marker to draw details around it.
- Add colour to your floor. You can colour it or you can find magazine pages that look like a good carpet or floor. I decided on a rug. Cut it out and glue it down.
- Now what would you like in your room? I like plants, so I cut out pot shapes and found green magazine papers to cut out plant shapes. I used markers and pens to add details on the plants and pots. One tip is to glue just the bottom of the pot, then add the plant coming out of it, before gluing down the top of the pot over the plant.
- I felt like I neededa furry friend in my room, so I cut out a cat shape from a black magazine page. he is looking out the window, but you could add eyes and details with pens.
- You can add anything to your room. Add pictures to the wall. Shelves to hold stuffed animals. Cut out shapes from your papers. Use pens and markers to add details and colour to your room. I added colour to the floor with crayons because I forgot to do this before and I added a fringe around my rug.
- What does your room look like? We can’t wait to see it! Share your creations with us on our Face book page.
CFCA Art Challange #5
Toilet Paper Tube Cactus Buddy
This is a fun craft for any age! Make a forest of cactus to decorate your home! If you are a kid, please ask an adult to cut and use the glue gun for you.
- Toilet paper cardboard tubes, paper towel roll tubes
- Cardboard (from a cereal box or similar)
- Green, white and pink paint
- Hot glue gun and sticks. (Can use white glue instead)
- Paint brush
- Plastic lid to use as a paint palette
- Jar for water
- Sharpie or dark coloured marker
- Coloured tissue paper (or yarn or a pompom, anything that could be a flower)
- Decide on a size for your cactus. You can use a full size toilet paper tube or cut on down to make a shorter one. Use a paper towel roll and cut it down to make a taller cactus.
- Lay your tube next to your cardboard and draw cactus arm shapes on the cardboard. They kind of look like jelly beans with a flat edge on one end.
- Use scissors to cut out the shapes. Add as many as you want!
- Using hot glue (ask an adult!) glue on the flat edge of the arms to the tube. Scatter them around the tube at different heights. Put smaller arms closer to the tip and larger ones lower. If using white glue, you may need to hold each arm in place as it dries.
- When everything is dry, Paint your cactus a nice green colour, mix in white to make it lighter if you wish. Let it dry completely.
- if you would like to add a face, use a sharpie or marker to add eyes and a smile. Add a white paint dot to each eye to make it sparkle! You can add pink painted cheeks if you wish.
- Using a lighter (or darker) shade of green, paint thin lines down the body and arms. These represent the ribs of the cactus.
- When it is all dry, use a dark marker or sharpie to add spines.
- Use tissue paper or pink colour paper to make a flower. Cut a small piece, scrunch it up and glue it to a cactus arm.
- Make your cactus a family!
What other plants and animals can you make with toilet paper tubes? Create a garden or a zoo and show us your creations!
CFCA Art Challange #6
Pointillism is an art technique that uses small dots of colour to form an image. Colours merge when you step back and your eyes blend them together to make new hues. So if you make an equal amount of red dots and yellow dots, it should look orange when you look from further away. This technique was developed by artists Georges Seurat and Paul Signac in 1886. Give it a try, it looks really cool!
- White paper (watercolour paper is best)
- Watercolour paints
- Cotton buds
- Cup or jar for water
- Optional: a permanent marker, coloured markers
- Lightly draw your landscape with a pencil on the piece of paper.
- Wet your paints using a paintbrush and use a cotton bud to pick up some colour. Use a new bud for new colours.
- Use your coloured cotton buds to make dots on your paper. Use blues for the water. Use greens and browns for the hills.
- Use yellow for the sun. You can make a blue sky or add clouds. I made a rainbow sunset sky. I used yellow, orange, red, purple and blue.
- Let dry. I you would like, you can add outlines using a permanent marker or a marker.
- If you do not want to use watercolour and cotton buds, you can use this technique using markers, crayons or other art materials.
- Use this technique with different subjects. What will you make? A flower? A bird? Share your creations with us on our Face book page!
CFCA Art Challange #7
Mark Making with Oil Pastel
Mark making refers to making different patterns, textures, lines and shapes with your art materials. They can be bold and dark or faint and light. Different marks can convey the feeling of movement or solidity. It can make a drawing look fluffy or sharp. In this project i picked a painting by Vincent Van Gogh. His painting use lots of different marks and textures. His swirling skies feel like they are moving and his wheat fields look like they are being blown in the wind. Recreate your favourite Van Gogh artwork using oil pastels and construction paper. The painting I am using as a reference is called “Wheat Field with Cypresses.”
- Construction paper. I used yellow for this day scene, if you are making a night scene, try a blue or black.
- Oil pastels
- Reference picture. Find one on-line or in a book, or use the one I used.
- The first thing I did was make a mark making sheet. I used a pencil to make squares on a piece of paper and I filled them in with various different patterns and marks. This helped me to explore the possibilities of the oil pastels and it was fun!
- Let’s start our reproduction! Using your reference photo, lightly draw in rough shapes of the main parts of the picture on your construction paper. For me this means the lines for the ground and the trees.
- Then start to lay in colours. The trees are green and spiky, so I used short spiky lines using light and dark greens.
- Start laying down the colours in the clouds and sky. The clouds are fluffy and round, so make big swirly marks in white and blues. Go over the blues with the white. Layer your colours, to help them mix and merge.
- Continue adding colour and marks according to the picture. Use short straight lines for grasses, curving them to show them bending in the wind. Far aways hills may have sweeping expanses of colour, while closer areas will use more broken colour to show details.
- When your piece is almost done use a black to gently darken the darkest areas and other colours for details, such as the red dots to symbolize flowers.
- Share your artwork with us on our Facebook page! We would love to see what you create!
CFCA Art Challenge #8
- Styrofoam trays, take out containers. Anything with a nice smooth flat surface.
- Heavy paper to print on. Watercolour paper or cardstock.
- A blunt pencil or pen
- A paintbrush
- A brayer is you have one. It is not essential, but makes it easier if you have one.
- Acrylic or tempra paint or a stamp pad
- Use the scissors to cut out the flat area of you styrofoam. Cut the edges nicely as they will be the edges of your print. This is your printing plate.
- Now to decide what to print! I chose an abstracted plant shape. You can make anything you can imagine! Remember that if you want to write words, you will need to write them backwards to make them print the right way.
- You can use a permanent pen to lightly draw your image first or just make it up as you go. Use the blunt pencil or pen to scribe the lines into your foam plate. Press gently, enough to push down in to the styrofoam but not to go all the way through. You want to to score lines through the top layers. Complete your drawing and add details if you wish.
- To use paint, you can use a brayer to make an easy smooth application of paint. I used a paintbrush. Use a thinner paint and brush across the plate. Try not to build up too much paint in the lines.
- While the paint is wet, place it paint side down on the heavy paper. Use a clean brayer or your hand to smooth the back of the plate. Press down evenly all over the plate to make sure all of your images transfers.
- Carefully peel back your plate from one corner. You have made a print!
- You can reuse your plate many times. You can wash it off and let it dry or you can use it right away. Try using several colours on one plate or printing on coloured papers.
- You can also use a stamp pad instead of paint. I made smaller print plates and cut around them to make my own stamps. Just press the stop pad to the styrofoam and print as above. Easy!
- Share your creations with us on our Facebook page!
CFCA Art Challenge #9
-Round brushes big and small
1.Start by taping the paper down to the table top in a landscape format. This will keep the paper flat when it gets wet.
2. With a pencil, draw a big triangle for the body in the middle of the paper. Attach another smaller triangle towards the top of one side. This will be the seals head.
3. Two small, longer triangles along the bottom of the big triangle will become flippers.
4. Draw a half circle midway down the largest triangle on the opposite side of the head. This will be the shape of the seals back.
5. Give the seal a rock to lay on by drawing a bumpy curve under the seal shapes.
6. Go over your drawing using the outline of the shapes to create your seal. Add details on the face: a triangle nose, a circle eye and a small “c” shape for an ear.
7. For the sky, use your large brush and clear water, wet the background. Then use blue paint in strokes. Wetting the background first should help the paint spread evenly. Try using different shades of blue and see how they blend together on the wet paper.
8. Use a brown or yellow ochre colour to fill in the seal. Use brown and black to paint the rocks.
9. Use black watercolour or a marker to add details to the face and to outline the full shape of the seal. You can use white paint or a white pencil crayon to add whiskers if you would like too.
Let dry and then remove the tape carefully.
10. Share your creations with us on Facebook! We can’t wait to see what you make!
CFCA Art Challenge #10
“Finish the Picture” Mixed Media Project
-Paper or painting canvas
-Colouring supplies, crayons, markers, pastels, pencil crayons or paint. Use whatever you have!
1.Look through the magazines and select a small image that you like. Cut it out and make sure it only covers a small portion of your paper or canvas.
2. Glue it down on the paper, leaving room around it for you to continue the picture.
3. Using your selected drawing or painting media, continue the image. Try to match colours of your drawing to the colours in the picture. If you have a landscape, try to image where the trees or water continue off past the picture. You can add different elements, such as the flower in the hummingbird example. Fill the paper to make one complete image. Draw or paint right up to the edge of the cut out picture, it’s ok to go over the edges.
CFCA Art Challenge #11
Decorated Jar Lantern
-Clear glass or plastic jar with lid
-Tissue paper or patterned napkins (layers separated)
-Dark coloured construction paper
-Brush for glue
-Small container for glue
-Rocks, buttons and other decorative items
-Battery operated light ( DO NOT USE A REAL FLAME)
Step 1: Make sure your jar is clean and free of labels.
Step 2: Pour a little white glue into the container and add the same amount of water and mix it up with the brush.
Step 3: Cut or tear tissue paper or napkin layers into small pieces or strips. Cut our shapes from the construction paper. We cut out a wolf shape.
Step 4: Use the brush to put glue on the jar, add a layer of tissue paper and gently brush glue on top to smooth it down. Add more tissue until the jar is covered. Add your construction paper cut outs in the same way.
Step 5: While the jar is drying, you can decorate the lid! Use the white glue straight from the bottle to glue on rocks, buttons or any pretty decorative items you may wish. This might take a while to dry, so set your jar and lid in a safe spot to dry over night.
Step 6: when everything is dry, put a battery operated light inside and use your lantern to light up your bedroom at night or take it camping and use it in your tent! It can also make a great present for a parent or grandparent!