March 2015

March 20, 2015

Anna Banana Arts and Crafts.  Art classes for kids in D.C.!

It’s been a busy March at Anna Banana! We had a week of Alexander Calder. The children used copper wire anchored in clay. Bending, molding and creating wire sculptures in the spirit of Calder.

Alexander Calder sculptures.
Alexander Calder sculptures.

And then on to graphite “addition and subtraction”. Using graphite pencils, the children drew a field of grey graphite and used my favorite Pink Pearl erasers to erase lines making designs. A good exercise in negative and positive space. Many of the children had never used graphite pencils. They got good and arty messy!

Graphite and Pink Pearl erasers.
Graphite and Pink Pearl erasers.

Continuing on with graphite, I had the children trace important artists’  work. Matisse was popular. It was a very satisfying and confidence building exercise! Holding the tracing paper of their drawings up to the light made for some really wonderful stained glass-like art.

Matisse tracing.
Matisse tracing.

I made time to express myself artistically.  I find painting relaxing and important to being a good teacher. I have been obsessed with cardinals in snowy trees. A few examples here, but now it’s time to move on to birds in a SPRING setting.

Cardinal in snow
Cardinal in snow
Cardinal in snow
Cardinal in snow