Wednesday, April 27, 2011

April Showers Bring May Flowers

It's almost May and all this rain has got to stop so those flowers can spring to life. To celebrate Spring, I have pulled out some of my daughter's flower artwork and put them together in a collection. Rather than having a box of artwork, I have decided to have a poster created which I will have framed and placed prominently in our home.
We'll be offering this poster service through Budding Artists. Check back in a few weeks for pricing and more details.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Earth Day!

Today is Earth Day...A day to reflect on our natural landscapes and the environment we live in. Our featured artist today is Andy Goldsworthy, a British sculptor who creates outdoor art installations using materials found in the natural environment.  Here is a video of a grade 6 class inspired by Goldsworthy and some of their art installations created by natural materials in their schoolyard.
Kathy Barbro from Art Project for Kids took old flowers ( donated from a florist) and had her students create petal arrangements. They were left there for others to enjoy.  Patti, Deep Sapce Sparkle, blogs about a parent who created a book with artwork inspired by Goldsworthy. It was part of a Grade 3 unit called Neighborhood Nature. With today's technology, one can easily document artwork created in nature. What a wonderful idea! I may just do this for my children's annual school, Gathering In the Garden workshop. I have been inspired. take action.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Handprint Art

Here at Budding Artists, we see a lot of fantastic artwork. For the younger children, a favourite type of artwork is using handprints to make  simple pictures.  Here are some samples:

I came across a very cute blog called Keepsake Handprint Calendar that will give you some great handprint art ideas for all year round. Check it out here