•                           WEEK TWO ART CHALLENGE IDEAS 



                              Tinfoil Texture Rubbings

      Tinfoil Texture Rubbing  

          1.  Use a cereal or cracker box or a piece of cardboard and cut out a square or rectangle.

    -It’s much easier to cut from a cereal box.



    Cereal Boxes  



    1. Go on a scavenger hunt around your house to find different objects that have different shapes and textures and use Elmers or tacky glue to attach them to the cardboard. Let dry. (Make sure your parents are okay with you using these materials first)  I let my boys look through our junk drawers to find old puzzle pieces, corrugated carboard and coins.  Make sure the items are not too thick or the tinfoil will rip when it is put on top.  You could even cut out more shapes from the cereal box and glue those on top.  See what else you can find! We decided to use only puzzle pieces from an old puzzle.  The four connected pieces in the middle represent our family.  We have been spending a lot of our time together at home working on puzzles. 

    shapes and texture

    3.  After the glue is dry, use a piece of tinfoil that is big enough to wrap around all edges of your project. Wrap it tight and smooth the edges on the top, bottom                                      left and right so that the tinfoil is wrapped nicely around all edges.



    4.  Let the magic begin! Rub on top and around every shape carefully with the pads of your fingers so your fingernails to not tear the tinfoil. Keep rubbing until all of your shapes have popped out. This takes a little bit of time to really get the shapes and textures to show up, but when they do it is very satisfying! (My 2ndand 3rdgraders love saying that in art class)


    rubbing around shapes

             This could be your final composition OR you could add color using colored sharpies if you have some and your parents let you use them:-) 

    We titled our piece, "HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS" 


    home is where the heart is



    Kandinsky COFFEE ART!

    coffee art    

    Susan Niemeier "Coffee Run"


     Kandinsky "Last Judgement"

      Wassily Kandinsky "Last Judgement" 


    Wassily Kandinsky was a Russian painter.  His style of art was mostly Non-Objective or Abstract. Non-Objective art means that the artist is not trying to paint objects that can be recognized.  The focus of the work is on line, shape and color.  Abstract art is a little bit different in that the artist creates work with recognizable objects.  Google some of Picasso's Abstract art and you can see the difference between the two styles.  What do you notice? This is just for you to think about.  No need to respond to the question. 


    With help and permission from an adult, get a cup with a small amount of coffee in it.  Instant coffee is a little darker, but regular leftover coffee from your parents will work just fine!  Pour on a sheet of paper.  If you can find a thicker piece of paper that works well, but computer printer paper will be just fine or even an old envelope from the mail! Pour a little coffee on or use a spoon to put on a little at a time. 


    pouring coffee  blowing with a straw pouring coffee with a spoon


    After pouring the coffee on, you can move the paper around so it drips and spreads around making interesting shapes.  You could also use a straw to blow the coffee around. Look at the different VALUES of brown that were created.  Value means the lightness and darkness of a color. 


    Let the coffee dry completely.  Then, outline shapes and add color.  You could use pencils, chalk pastels, colored pencils, markers-whatever you like! Just have fun making marks, experiemnting with color and different supplies!  It doesn't have to look like anything recognizable.  This has been my boys' favorite art challenge so far and it kept them busy for over an hour! 


            adding color with chalk pastels outlining shapes



    Shea's Oil Pastel Technique