Summer Art Series: Van Gogh

 Hi friends!

I'm really excited to share the next project in my summer art series.   Last week I shared a project inspired by Edgar Degas, and today I'm sharing one inspired by Vincent van Gogh.  

My kids begged for me to do this series because they've been learning about famous artists at school, and they really love art.  My goal is to plan two lessons per month this summer. So far I've found that setting up these projects really makes them want to learn more about famous artists.  We've checked out books from the library, and watched some videos.  If I find a particularly good source I will share it here!   I have some Van Gogh sources below.

For van Gogh I picked to do a project inspired by his Irises painting.  We were lucky enough to see this painting last time we were in Los Angeles, so I thought it might be fun for the kids to create a project based off of a van Gogh that they actually saw.  When I saw the van Gogh painting I think the thing that inspired me most was the use of colors and light....so I thought what better project than a "stained glass!"

 I think that they turned out so cool!  I can't wait to share all the details for how to make them below.  I also want to say that you can really make famous art inspired sun catchers with any art, you just need a very basic template to trace.  Coloring books can actually be really good for this.

Before we get too lost in the details of how to make these beauties I want to share a few resources that I found for this artist.  We read van Gogh and the sunflowers, which the kids really seemed to like.  It's not too dense a book, and seemed perfect for my kids aged 5 and 7.

I also really liked this TED video which talked about how van Gogh captured light in different ways.  It's a great video incorporating science with art.  It's probably a bit more appropriate for older kids and adults, but my kids still enjoyed watching it even if they couldn't quite appreciate all of the concepts explained.

The suncatchers are made of wax paper, with colored white glue as paint.  The black outlines were made with black fabric puff paint.  Alright, who's ready for the tutorial!

What you'll need:

Let's get started!  


Summer Art Series: Degas

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Hi friends!

I mentioned last week that this summer I hope to have a bi-weekly post on some sort of art or craft project for kids.  Lately my kids have been really fascinated by the art masters and have been wanting to check out books and videos from the library.  They were fascinated by Degas, partially because they've seen some of his paintings, but also because my kids love to dance.

When I think about Edgar Degas I think mostly about his paintings.  However we read the picture book, "Degas and the Little Dancer"  my kids were much more excited about making a sculpture than painting a picture. (The picture book is good, btw!)

We made the these ballerinas over the course of two afternoons, and I have to say this project was a total hit!  My kids loved sculpting the bodies and playing with the clay.  They wanted to make more out of clay after we finished the ballerinas.

The ballerinas have a pipe cleaner and foil center, and the clay is just wrapped around the formed body.

Ready for the tutorial?  Let's go!

Here's what you'll need for each ballerina:
  • a 20 mm wood bead
  • 2 pipecleaners
  • foil
  •  modeling clay.  I used polyform model air, and it worked well.  It's very light and pliable.
  • permanent marker to embellish the face
  • small scraps of tulle for the skirt, if desired
  • paperclip 
  • hot glue gun to attach the skirt
 Let's get started!

Start by making the body out of two pipe cleaners and the wooden bead.  I made a loop at the top of the head so that I could loop a paperclip through.  This is great if you want to make your ballerina into an ornament.

Wrap foil around the pipe cleaners to make the body.  We found that our clay didn't stick well to the pipe cleaners themselves, so make sure you cover it all in foil.

Once your ballerina is about made, let it dry at least 24 hours.  Mine was still a little wet the next morning. We took strips of tulle and ran a simple gathering stitch to puff them out.  Then I just used a hot glue gun to attach the skirts to the ballerinas.

We used a permanent marker to draw in the eyes.
And that was it!  Of course you can always add some more details with markers or even paint them!  So fun, right?

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Have you followed me on Instagram yet? Plus a sneak peak!

Hi friends!!

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that things were going to change a little bit around here!  I think that for this summer I'm going to try to blog about once every two weeks...of course that may change, but that's just my goal.  I'm hoping to be on instagram a lot though, so I'd really love it if you followed me there.  I've been posting almost daily lately there recently, and its so much fun.
 I think one of the things that I'm most excited about though is the videos that I've been including on instagram. Videos like this one.   So far I've mostly done illustration videos, but I think craft ones would be really cool too. 

I've even been playing around with Instagram stories.  For those of you who aren't familiar with instagram stories, they are short videos or pictures that are available for just 24 hours.  I feel like it's great to be able to give a quick look at what I'm working on, or perhaps even places where I am visiting.  So anyway, hop on over to instagram and check it out!  You can follow me @jillpauli.

In other news, I want to share with you a new summer series that I'm doing with my kids (and that I'll be sharing here).
The idea will be to share some fun craft and art projects inspired by famous artists.  My kids have really enjoyed learning about different artists over the course of the school year, and they really wanted to continue over the summer.  I thought it would be fun to share here!  You can expect lots of kids projects over here on the blog this summer.  My kids are already telling me how bored they are and this is only the second day of summer break for them! Off to do some lesson planning!



Simple Ruffle Shorts (with Pockets!)

 Hi all!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend.  School's wrapping up here, and I can't believe that it's almost summer time.  Boy did this school year go by quickly! Anyway, when I go try to finish up some teacher gifts I thought I'd share this shorts project that I'm sharing today over on Make It and Love It.

I made these shorts for Lu because it's just so hard to find shorts for her that are actually a decent length.  I love the little ruffles on the bottom...and the pockets are pretty cool too!  I hope you guys love the tutorial.   Have a great week everyone!




(Almost) No-sew Ladybug Wings

Hi Friends!

Is school wrapping up where you are?  Things are certainly here!  Ellie had favorite book character day at school today and we threw together a quick costume for her.  The whole thing took me about $20 minutes to make because I already had most all of the supplies around the house.  Red tutu. Check! Black headband. Check! Ladybug girl shirt. Check!  Ladybug fabric. Check! 
 Yeah.  I actually had lady bug fabric.  Seriously. I REALLY need to go through my fabric stash.  It's overflowing!  But hey, being a fabric hoarder really came in handy this time!  Ellie loves the ideas of being a ladybug, but I think the wings and antennae are her favorite part.

 Making this costume is so simple that it really doesn't even need a tutorial.  It's really that easy!
 A REALLY long time ago I showed how to make really easy butterfly wings.  These wings are made in a pretty similar fashion. Let me show you how they were made.


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