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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
What other plants and animals can you make with toilet paper tubes? Create a garden or a zoo and show us your creations!
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!
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.”
-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!
-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.
-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!
-Toilet Paper Tube
-White Paper (drawing paper, computer paper) and/or coloured paper, old book pages and so on.
-Ribbon or string
Step 1: Place your paper tube on the paper and mark out how big a rectangle you need it to cover your roll with a little overlap. Cut out this paper rectangle.
Step 2: With your rectangle laying with the long sides at the top and bottom, draw eyes and a beak with markers slightly above the centre of the page. Add feathers to the rest of the page. You can make feather shapes or go abstract like the green owl in the sample image. Use the cut off piece of paper to draw the wings, make two heart shapes and colour them in. Try making the body lighter and the wings darker to make them stand out.
Step 3: Cover the back of the body piece with glue stick. Starting on one short edge, lay your paper tube on it and roll it up. Use your fingers to smooth the paper as you go. Glue the wings on the sides.
Step 4: Punch a hole in the back of the tube near the top. Thread a piece of ribbon or string through the hole and tie a knot.
Step 5: Hold the owl in your hands and us your thumbs to press down a notch in the back of the owls head. Then make one from the front. These will make the feather tufts on the owls head.
Step 6: Make some friends for your owl, hang them up on a branch and enjoy!