I have a Studio Art degree from Florida Atlantic University and moved to Everett, WA in the Summer of 2015. I am a professional artist and also an art instructor. I taught Art K-6 in Florida and now teach all ages at FEELartistic Studio.
Well, it’s that time of year again! Summer camp shopping time 🙂 It can be pretty overwhelming, you want the right place for the right price. Online is a great place to start, so you have already made the first step! From there, it can get complicated. Here are a few things to keep in mind before choosing where your child will spend their cherished summer break.
“One Summer Night” By Hanan -11
DO keep in mind your child’s specific interests. Are they more outdoorsy, artsy, or both? This will make a world of difference, like they say… Time flies when you are having fun!
DON’T wait until the last minute to sign up. Most camps offer an “early bird special” to those who sign up in advance. This benefits you, and the camp. The camp can better prepare for the specific group attending and you save money! (FYI: FEELartistic offers a camp early bird special)
DO research on the camp and their staff. Do they have a BBB review? What are the credentials of the camp employees? It’s important to know who will be interacting with your child and if they have experience. You wouldn’t want your child at an art camp run by high schoolers, or someone unqualified to teach art.
DON’T forget to read all of the information about the camp program. Can they wear open toed shoes? Should they wear clothes that can get messy? Do they need to bring a full lunch or just a snack? All of this will depend on your location, camp, and duration.
**Once you have figured out your camp and have taken care of all the Do’s & Don’ts, you are ready to do what summer is made for…RELAX 🙂
“Diversity is the mix. Inclusion is making the mix work.” -Andres Tapia
Education is essential to a functioning society, its main objective is to prepare students for the real world. One thing we can guarantee to students about the real world is that everyone is different and different doesn’t mean bad.
Last Saturday @FEELartistic Studio, we held an event that encouraged special needs inclusiveness. Students from our different community came together to work on one large canvas and make a painting representing the Tree of Life. They used both paint brushes and handprints in order to accommodate all skill and ability levels.
We started off by letting everyone get to know each other and mingle for a bit. Once everyone had a paintbrush, we had volunteers squirt paint directly on the canvas. Every student participated in painting the background with long linear strokes giving a surprisingly uniform look. Next, we added yellow to the blue where we wanted grass and blended it until we had a nice hill for the tree.
Once the tree was up with branches, out came the finger paints. Everyone dipped their hands in paint and covered the branches making the most beautiful, colorful and diverse leaves. We had a little face painting fun at the end, but laughter equals success! It was a good sign that at the end of the project the students were comfortable enough with each other to let loose and have fun.
In essence, that was the motive of this event. The purpose of our project is to reach out to the special needs community and embrace it with the spirit of inclusiveness and improve our awareness and knowledge of and deliver that message to the community.
Hooray for spring, warmer weather and FLOWERS! As a Florida native, experiencing my first PNW spring has been quite the experience. By far, the prettiest sight was when the cherry blossom trees bloomed. It seemed like it happened over night! Seeing the streets lined in beautiful bright pink trees was an inspiration.
It inspired me to paint!
So, that is what 4 years of art school will get ya.. But for the beginner, I have a simple step by step How-To.
Step 1: Paint the background, I took light blue and dark blue and painted the center the lightest and got darker as I went to the edges.
Step 2: Using a white dry pastel, draw the outlines of the flowers, leaves and branches.
Step 3: Paint over the branches with dark brown.
Step 4: Using light brown, paint half of each branch.
Step 5: Paint all the leaves in half dark green, half light green. (each leaf)
Step 6: Paint all of the flowers in pink. We will add more details next.
Step 7: Add dark pink. Paint each individual flower petal half dark pink.
Step 8: Add very light and very dark pink stripes to each petal. Also, add a very light brown highlight to the bottom of each branch, and a very dark green line down the center of each leaf.
It is a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of color are applied in patterns to form an image. Georges Seurat and Paul Signac developed the technique in 1886, branching from Impressionism.
Georges Seurat was an artist most famous for his work in pointillism. His artwork, along with artist Paul Signac have inspired many in the art world, including us here at FeelArtistic! Not only is it fun to work in dots, but it creates an opportunity to learn about color mixing, optical illusions, implied lines, and creative thinking.Can’t beat that!
Left: Paul Signac, Right: Georges Seurat
The two images above are representations of realistic objects. That is not the only way to use pointillism. You can use dots to make up a realistic work of art, but you can also use it abstractly. The image above the professional artwork is the beginning of an abstract pointillism piece. Both styles are equally beautiful, although realistic is more challenging. Another great thing about this topic is that you can tailor it to be fun for any age. I like to use this style from ages 4+ 🙂
* Here are a few more examples from the studio*
This work of art was made only using the primary colors. This is great for the younger students and helps them learn how the colors mix to make new ones. Technically, this is called optical mixing.
This example is far more elaborate. It puts emphasis on lighting and how to mix colors to give an illusion of shadows or highlights. It also focuses on how to create space on a 2D surface.
Spring is *popping* up in less than a month! Spring can be represented in many ways, most of which are colorful. That makes for some very visually appealing art, not to mention fun to make. Our first dip into spring art is with bubbles!
Bubbles– fun to say, fun to play, and even more fun to draw.
Here at the studio, we have artists of all ages. This project is great for that because you can make it as simple or complex as you want it. I’ve seen kids anywhere from 4-14 work on this piece with a smile on their faces, and some sweat on their brow!
One way that we make this piece so interesting is we use black artagain paper. This makes the colors *pop* 🙂
I prefer to have the students use dry/soft pastels. These stay vibrant and bright on the black paper and almost looks neon, makes for a super cool effect!
As always, we start this project by sketching. Half the class is spent practicing and coming up with a design. A neat thing about the bubbles is that there really is no wrong way to color them in. You can do a variety of patterns that will still keep the illusion alive. Endless possibilities is definitely exciting in the art world!
Yes, you read that right. WE’VE GOT NEW GLAZE! I am super happy about it and you should be too. Most pottery studios offer a variety of dip glazes. Those are glazes that you dip bare pottery into instead of painting the glaze on with a brush. This can be messy, lead to uneven color, and be hard for a beginner to use. Our new glazes are called underglaze.
What is the benefit of an underglaze versus a dip glaze? Underglaze offers you one main benefit, control. Underglaze is similar to paint in consistency and works wonderfully with a paintbrush. This way, you can turn your pottery into a canvas and really get creative!
Here are a few examples of pieces made with our new underglazes.
ALSO! ***For those of you who are more interested in glazing a piece that has been pre-made, we offer that too.
In honor of January being Jackson Pollock’s birthday month, we are playing with his signature technique here at the studio! Abstract expressionism is so fun on so many levels. Fun to look at, fun to make. Expressionism is spontaneous and subconscious, a true expression from the mind, body, and soul.
There are so many ways that you could incorporate this splatter style into your art world. Painting, glazing, drawing, crafting, you name it – we can splat it! One of my favorite things we have made at the studio using this technique is a glazed bowl. We had a few of our students glaze their entire bowl. When the base layer was done, they took glaze on a brush and tapped it over their finger. This flung the glaze in a more controlled way.
Here is a pic! Totally rad.
One of the main reasons the abstract expressionism movement came about is because Jackson Pollock believed that the process of making art was just as important as the finished product. Both should be thoroughly enjoyed. You should have just as much fun making the piece as you do looking at the finished product, if not more.
We agree! Here at FeelArtistic Studio we believe in “mindfulness in art.” What that means is that you live in the moment, you don’t worry about the outcome. You worry about the right now and if you are happy. You want to enjoy the journey and the process, isn’t that the whole point?!