Art Workshop Descriptions
Most classes are 1.5 hours long
Ages: 8–12Class size: 15 students
All materials are included in the price
We combine art history and hands-on learning to teach a variety of art techniques. Every class begins with an introduction using images of the artist’s work and discussion.
2020 SUMMER READING THEME “Imagine Your Story”
Students will create a shadow box theater inspired by the animator Lottie Reiniger, a pioneer of silhouette animation
Using the story of their choice, students will cut their own characters from paper and design their theater. The theater can be lit from behind by the light on a smart phone.
Amadeo Modigliani is known for his elegant portraits of women with elongated faces and necks. His style was influenced by African art specifically the masks of the Fang people of Gabon.
We will look at Modigliani’s work alongside the masks of the Fang people. Using cut paper shapes, 3-D paper additions, oil pastels and a scratching technique students will make a mask that can be hung on a wall.
Georgia Okeefe was a painter who made stylized images of South western landscapes. We will create a landscape using tissue paper manipulated to create texture and form.
AJ Fosik is an American artist who creates intricate, vividly colored three dimensional pieces from wood and found materials. We will make colorful masks using cardboard and die cut card stock in the style of Fosik. (Good for Tweens too!)
Artist and designer Phil Robson a.k.a. Filfury creates images influenced by his love of sneakers. It’s “pop culture vs. nature” in his symmetrical images that are composed of sneaker imagery.
Sneaker pattern templates are printed on paper. Students will cut, collage and color to create symmetrical insects and butterflies.
Beverly Buchanan is a contemporary artist who cobbles together small buildings made from found objects and slabs of wood painted with bright colors. Her structures symbolize ingenuity and survival. Design and build your own building with cardboard and paint in Buchanan’s style.
Antoni Gaudi was an architect whose innovative and unique buildings are found in Barcelona Spain. His organic style is unique and was inspired by natural forms. Create a mosaic cityscape, in Gaudi’s style, with opaque and translucent papers. With a battery operated candle (included) we will transform the mosaic into a glowing luminaria!
Alexander Calder was a mid 20th century artist best known for his mobiles and stabiles. The term stables was coined to describe Calder’s monumental sculptures made from flat curvilinear shapes of metal. For our lesson we will create two different kinds of standing sculptures made from flat sheets of chipboard. We will discuss how to place the forms so that the piece will remain standing. Using Calder’s typically bright colors we will use oil pastels to embellish the surfaces.
Brian Wildsmith an illustrator of children’s books, including Birds, has a joyful, colorful style. Starting with corrugated cardboard students will sketch the bird of their choice. After cutting it out they will use oil pastels to apply color. We will explore three-dimensional additions such as real feathers. Lastly, we will create legs from chenille stems and attach it to a base of cardboard so that it stands up.
Peter Max, known for his bright 1960s paintings, will be the inspiration for a lesson in one-point perspective. The finished drawing will show simple shapes projected into the foreground from one point on the horizon. Color will be applied using watercolor paints and markers. (Good for Tweens too!)
Vincent van Gogh
You’ve seen the many art lesson iterations of Vincent van Gogh’s “Starry Night” and “Sunflowers ”. We will focus on a less well known image: a humble painting of a chair. In our version the seat and front legs of the chair will “pop out” from the background. Students will use watercolors and marker to put the finishing touches on their creation. (Good for Tweens too!)
Miro was a surrealist/modernist painter in the 1930s. He rejected conventional painting standards using biomorphic forms as his subject. Students will begin by creating an underpainting with watercolors. Next, we will play “Roll a Miro “, in which, each number on the dice corresponds with a Miro inspired shape. The random shapes will become the drawing. Using black sharpies students will outline the the shapes and crayons will be used to apply color.
Giacometti was a modernist sculptor whose figures had attenuated limbs and rough surfaces. Each student is given a figure made out of chenille stems. Using tissue paper and masking tape the figure will be wrapped like a mummy. Special attention will be paid to the figures lower limbs, so that it will stand when complete. To re-create the bronze color of his pieces, each figure is painted gold and then lightly brushed with black paint to finish.
Kusama is a contemporary artist. She takes self portraits mixing bold, graphic patterns. Sometimes her choice of clothing matches her background or clashes with it. Each student is given a mirror, paper and pencil. Step-by-step instructions are given on how to draw a self-portrait. The self-portrait is colored with markers in a variety of patterns.
Arcimboldo was a painter from the 15th century. He is known for his bizarre, painted portraits composed entirely of vegetables, fruits and flowers. Students start by drawing a profile of themselves. Using printed images of vegetables, fruits and flowers the students cut and paste them to create a fanciful portrait.
—– Great for Halloween —–
Edward St. John Gorey was an American writer and artist noted for his illustrated books. His characteristic pen-and-ink drawings often depict vaguely unsettling narrative scenes in Victorian and Edwardian settings. We will make hidden faces in spooky imagery in the style of Gorey using scratchboards.
* In addition the students will have the opportunity to work on artwork for the annual Edward Gorey Envelope Art Contest. (Good for Tweens too!)
Our pricing is as follows:
- All materials are included.
- Ages 8 to 12 years old. Depending on the workshop we can be flexible with the age range.
- 15 children max
Workshops are 1 1/2 hours long.
The Pop up Art School is located in Weymouth, Massachusetts. We charge a travel fee if the library is beyond I-95 or north of Boston
Below is a map showing (in green) where we charge a $50 travel fee. However, if we can book you on the same day with another library, within a 30 minute drive from your library, we will split the fee between the two libraries.