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Sparkler Spotlight: Gina Bogomol

Sparkler Spotlight: Gina Bogomol

By on Mar 24, 2017 | 5 comments

The exciting part of Deep Space Sparkle’s Members Club is the chance to see what art teachers around the globe are creating with their students. The community group literally blows up everyday with postings of the latest art bundle experiments. My favorite part of my day is when I pour my coffee and browse through the daily uploads. One of our members, Gina Bogomol from Saint-Petersburg, Russia has been on my radar for a while. She’s that type of teacher: everything she does is crazy good and makes us wish we were a student her class. She recently submitted a gallery of Klimt-inspired women based on two projects from the Klimt Bundle. Golly. It was devine. I loved it so much that wanted to learn more about Gina aand what it’s like teaching art in Russia. Here’s what she said: Thank you Patty for inspiration and desire to share your experience with others. I’m from Saint-Petersburg, Russia. I graduated from State Pedagogical University, Art Department. Now I work at the International Academy of Saint-Petersburg. We have students from many countries. Some of them come to Russia just for a short period of time. This is my 12th year of teaching art at school in general, and 4th year at IA. Our school works upon request of the American education system, so it was all new for me as a new teacher when I just started there. I worked in a small Russian school before. Therefore I had all reasons to start searching internet for resources. I had no idea of how to teach in American school. What a relief it was when I found DSS two or three years ago. Terrific! It helped me so much! It was just the best, so close to my style, so easy to adopt for my lessons. Your blog became my favorite resource, it helps me to teach my students in a more accessible way, which is not always easy for the artists ( when you know how it should be, but sometimes do not know how to explain). It saved and keeps saving a lot of my time. I teach K-12 and after school group twice a week (about 20 lessons every week), and I always have to...

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Paint Like Monet

Paint Like Monet

By on Feb 13, 2017 | 3 comments

ABOUT CLAUDE MONET When Monet was young, he noticed that painters created dark and very serious art during this time. Subjects like history and religion bored him. He preferred bright colors that showed scenes from everyday life. Monet started to paint pictures with loose and sketchy strokes. Many people thought that his work wasn’t complete, but Monet didn’t care. He continued to paint the way he saw the world. Claude Monet was the first painter in the Impressionist movement. The word IMPRESSIONISM comes from one of Monet’s first paintings called Impression: Sunrise. Art critics labelled the painting, impressionism, in order to mock it but the term stuck. It now means painting with light. Monet liked to paint series of the same images with the only difference being how the light fell on the subject during certain times of the day.  He painted over 30 paintings of the haystacks near his home. TRY THIS LESSON: I love lessons that expose a pattern to an otherwise complicated painting. When you first look at Monet’s painting, The Isle Grande Jatte, 1878, it looks rather complicated and daunting to paint. But when you layer the artwork and outline the simple lines of the background first, then add the foreground at the very end, it becomes manageable. HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED: 12″ x 18″ regular white drawing paper (I use Tru-Ray) Liquid tempera paints (white, green, yellow, blue, black) Colored oil pastels medium round brush Small pointed round brush and black tempera paint WHAT TO DO: On a white sheet of paper, draw a simple HORIZON LINE. This operates the water from the sky. Then, draw a hill line over the horizon line. Add a few simple homes/barns and buildings with oil pastels. With a sky color paint (Monet often used yellow tones for the sky) paint a sky. Paint the hills with a muted green color. Paint the water, using white, blues and greens. Keep in mind that Monet painted choppy reflections in the water. have children copy the colors of the buildings and use paint to make dappled marks in the water. Use a small brush and the watered down black tempera paint to paint the trees. Watch the video to see how the trees...

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Gustav Klimt: Master of Metallics

Gustav Klimt: Master of Metallics

By on Dec 5, 2016 | 4 comments

Introducing Gustav Klimt to your students is really like opening up a pot of gold. There are so many interesting facets to his art and his life. One of the most impactful pieces to his story is how many of his works were destroyed by the Germans during WWII. Medicine, painted in 1900-1907 was destroyed along with a few others. I recently picked up a book that features beautiful Klimt-inspired illustrations. If you are doing a lesson on Klimt and in particular, his Tree of Life, I encourage you to find a copy of this book. Perfect for grade 3 and...

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Romero Britto-Inspired Hearts

Romero Britto-Inspired Hearts

By on Jan 22, 2016 | 18 comments

Romero Britto is a Brazilian born artist who now lives in Miami, Florida. His modern pop culture art work is known and celebrated all over the world. Like many art teachers, I love his work and love introducing his colorful art to my students. THE PROJECT Using broad tip markers like these markers from Faber-Castell and a piece of card stock, you can create an easy-to-draw Valentine’s Day Pop-Art Hearts with your kids. Here are the basic steps: Draw curved lines on bottom of paper with black marker Draw “sun” and sun’s rays (straight lines) Draw a large heart over and in-between the rays Double up the black lines so they are thick Use broad tip markers to color in areas of the artwork Light colors make a good color choice for large areas Draw patterns over white paper or colored areas THE VIDEO   Download a Free drawing Guide RESOURCES If you enjoyed the short video, you can extend your unit on Pop Art by studying Pop Art painter, Romero Britto. Artists bio and mixed-media lesson plan and video below: Romero Britto Pop Art Mixed Media PDF Lesson plan & Video Faber-Castell Children’s Art Products...

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Van Gogh Artist Bundle

Van Gogh Artist Bundle

By on Oct 20, 2015 | 2 comments

Van Gogh is one of the Greatest Art Masters of all time. His art is iconic and recognized by most. He created some of the most beautiful landscape paintings and still life works of art, including Starry Night and his Sunflower series. I love teaching children about Van Gogh but when I first began teaching, I had a hard time finding lessons that young children could be successful at. It took me 6 years to finally find the right painting technique to teach children. I detailed my approach in my Starry Night Lesson Plan. This Van Gogh Bundle is designed to give you easy-to-teach art projects that explore Van Gogh’s most famous and recognized pieces of art: Starry Night Sunflowers Irises Wheat Fields and Cypresses   Planning an art curriculum around an artist involves research and planning time. This bundle does the work for you by providing all you need to teach your kids about Van Gogh and the Post-Impressionist period. The bundle includes: Artist poster to print out and use in your introduction Art video & lesson plan of the Sunflower Fields that will offer a video biography of Van Gogh plus a step-by-step video of the creation process to play in your class or for your kids at home. 8 lessons that introduce Van Gogh and teach his concepts and/or paintings using fun art techniques. Artist Worksheet (Click banner below to download your free worksheet!) Van Gogh coloring pages to use as drawing guides or for subs or free-choice art time 2 Videos are available as downloads in zip files. 1 video available via access to Art School for Kids The Lessons: Van Gogh Irises & Video Lesson (grades 3-6) Van Gogh Sunflowers-3 Projects + video (grades 1-6) Van Gogh Landscape (Wheatfields and Cypresses) 2 Projects (Grades 3-6) Coloring pages/Drawing Guides (all ages) Starry Night Lesson (grades 3-6) Sunflower Fields Collage Lesson Plan + video (Grades 4-7) Van Gogh Poster This worksheet prompts students to view and reflect upon three of Van Gogh’s most famous works of art: Starry Night, Sunflowers and Irises. Chances are you have all the art supplies you need to complete all the lessons in this bundle. Sunflowers Projects: white drawing paper, liquid tempera paint, oil pastels or crayons, acrylic paint, canvas sheets, pencils. Sunflower Fields: Sulphite paper (white & colored),...

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Picasso Artist Bundle

Picasso Artist Bundle

By on Aug 24, 2015 | 3 comments

Pablo Picasso is one of the great masters. His art is displayed in museums all over the world. He invented an art movement and in doing so crowned himself The King of Cubism. No doubt you’ve purchased a Picasso calendar or print at least once in your lifetime. And because of his influence and popularity, he is probably on your school curriculum list. I love Picasso’s work and he is one of my favorite artists to talk about with my art students. Artists create art movements through their creativity. It’s not always easy to think differently and then act on it, but that’s exactly what Picasso did. He stayed true to his work and his viewpoint. The Picasso Art bundle is designed to give you easy-to-teach art projects that explore Picasso’s most famous and recognized works of art: Three Musicians Portrait of Dora Maar Portrait of Sylvette David Rose and Blue Period Artwork Planning an art curriculum around an artist involves research and planning time. This bundle does the work for you by providing all you need to teach your kids about Cubism and Picasso. Artist poster to print out and use in your introduction Art video of the Three Musicians that will offer a video biography of Picasso plus a step-by-step video of the creation process to play in your class or for your kids at home. 6 lessons (3 lower grade and 3 upper) that introduce Picasso and teach his concepts and/or paintings using fun art techniques. Artist Worksheet (Click BLUE BANNER to download your free worksheet!) Picasso coloring pages for subs or free-choice art time Don’t have an art department? Chances are you have all the art supplies you need to complete all the lessons in this bundle. Cubist Bird Paintings: white drawing paper, liquid tempera paint, oil pastels or crayons, colored construction/sulphite paper Rose & Blue Period Hearts: Sulphite paper (white & colored), liquid tempera paint, oil pastels, pencils, white school glue Portrait of Dora Maar: Oil pastels or crayons, liquid tempera paint, white sulphite paper Le Coq Drawings: Oil pastel, chalk pastels, black sulfite paper Easy Cubism: White card stock, colored markers, Sharpie marker Three Musicians: Colored & white sulphite paper, liquid tempera paint, scissors, glue sticks, yarn, markers Purchase this...

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