Saturday, 18 April 2015

Famous painters inspired magazine scraps portrairts

Do you have a stash of old magazines and don't know what to do with them? I have to confess I have a lot of old magazines (I have no idea why?) and before getting rid of them I decided to use scraps to create simple magazines collage portraits

First we looked at some portraits by Picasso and Arcimboldo to get some inspiration and realized that portraits don't need to be an exact representation of real world. 

All you need is:
- some old magazines
- pastel crayons/paints/wax crayons (use your favorites)
- paper and glue

Mr Frog found some pieces (eyes, noses, mouths and food) in magazines and cut them out. Then he created own portraits (loosely inspired by the big painters portraits he saw) by sticking and drawing with pastels He enjoyed the activity so much and created so many quite spooky portraits ;)


This simple activity is great to practice fine motor skills (cutting and sticking) and arouse kids interest in famous painters work. Next day Mr Frog asked me to show him some more famous painters - it looks like more magazines' photos are going to be turn into portraits soon ;) 

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Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Painting with light {Light & Reflections Series}

This month Light & Reflections theme is art. We did some art on the light table  like painting and printing and oil and watercolor art but this time I've decided to do something new and different to Mr Frog. It's kind of photo art - painting with light. 

Painting with acrylics, oils, pastels. We've done that already! Painting with light - is it possible? This art experiment was lots of fun for both of us :) Every time effect is a bit of surprise - you plan the final result but sometimes you get something different. It does need some practice. And spontaneous, creative gross motor movements ;)

I used camera on the tripod in the dark room and explained Mr Frog (more or less) how the camera works. I set the camera's settings - ISO 100, AV 2.8, T10" or more. 

Then I asked him to paint in the air using his little torch light while I released the shutter.  


I do hope this first photo-art experiments will arouse his interest in photography as an art medium one day.....well, right now he's the most interested in camera technical stuff and settings ;)