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Monday, March 16, 2020
Hello SASEAS Family! As we figure out new but temporary schedules, we remember that we are blessed to have a wonderful school community. During the next few weeks I hope you will enjoy some creative time with your children and that even in the midst of these uncertain days you will make many memories together. I will share art making ideas and resources with you a few times during the week and I'll be available via email to answer questions. 
 
I am requesting every student in grades K - 8  create at least one work of art that he or she would like to share with me. The subject and materials are up to you. Feel free to use resources that I share or come up with your own ideas. Parents or students may photograph the artwork and email it to me or students may bring their creations to school once we return. This is a great time to remember that art can be created from almost anything! It can be fun, serious, humorous, beautiful, mysterious and unique! Use what you have. More information and ideas to come!
 
For elementary students: 
Check out these fun and free activities from art educator, Cassie Stephens. Mrs. Stephens is amazing, compassionate and VERY entertaining. Happy creating!
 
For everyone: 
My Pinterest boards are full of ideas from origami to yarn wrapping and drawing prompts. When you aren't sure what to make, collect ideas and consider writing down what intrigues you the most. 
 
 
#titanfamily #titanscreate #makememories #havefunwhilelearning
 
 
 
Friday, March 19, 2020
The photos of students' artwork is brightening my days! Keep them coming and I will start to share some of my own art as we go along. During the first three weeks of homeschooling, I'm requesting every student create at least one work of art and send me a photo via email. If you are not able to do that, please bring it to school once we are back in session. I realize some students may create several small, quickly executed works of art and others may take a couple hours to create a sculpture or drawing that they are excited to share. Both of those options are available. Students will receive credit for their creations. It's also by no accident that creative time is built into the recommended daily schedule. Allowing some time to take a break, go for a walk, make music, play and create is so good for our brains, bodies, mood and overall well-being! Go make something!
 
For all grade levels:
Remember art can be made out of anything!
Challenge: Create A Sculpture Out Of Junk
 
Collect a bunch of junk from around the house. Perhaps there are some small wood pieces, clothes pins, broken jewelry, old keys, string, ribbon, broken toys or items in the recycling. You could use glue or perhaps just tie, clip or tape your sculpture together. This is when rubber bands or twisty ties may be useful. If you want a base for your sculpture, part of a cardboard box could suffice.
 
Check out sculptures made by Leo Sewell for some inspiration. https://www.leosewell.net/index.php
Keep in mind your junk sculpture can represent something real or it can be non-objective. I'm looking forward to seeing your creations!
 
Virtual Museum and Art Exploring Resource (The Best One)
Families you can virtually visit a variety of museums and get lost in contemporary and historic collections for free via Google Art & Culture You can search for specific items, museums and collections or have fun learning about the amazing daily features. You can get "closer" to artifacts, paintings and sculpture than you ever could in a museum. Parents, please be aware that like museums, there's a wide variety of content so explore with your children. 
Second Week
Monday, March 23, 2020
 
Remember I'd like to see one work of art from every student during the first three week homeschooling period. Create whatever you'd like and use materials that you have at home. I'll provide some ideas Mondays and Fridays. Students and/or parents, please photograph your art and email it to me. Please let me know if you have questions. Thank you! 
 
Week Two:
Check out how to make a zine! This is fun, simple, shareable and I can't wait to see your zines! This how-to video is by author and artist Austin Kleon. He's been making zines especially to put in his son's lunch. Enjoy!
 
 
 
 
 
 
View this post on Instagram
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Some of y’all asked how I make these little #lunchzines so I made this dorky video to explain #stayhomemakezines

A post shared by Austin Kleon (@austinkleon) on

 
For Elementary Students: 
Check out daily drawing class with Mo Willems. You can see all the episodes but see it live at I:00 PM weekdays! Get your drawing materials ready: marker, crayon, pencil or whatever you have available.
 
 
 
 
Second Week
Friday, March 27, 2020
 
For Everyone:
If you are looking for some drawing or art making themes, check out 100 Sketchbook Prompts
 
Especially since the weather may not be ideal this weekend, this free and easily accessible game word generator is family friendly and includes words for Pictionary, Catchphrase and Charades just to name a few: The Game Gal - Family Friendly Game Word Generator
 
Especially for Elementary Students (However, this is fun for everyone!)
 
Something Extra: Consider joining the Cincinnati Art Museum's new Facebook group, CAM Connect because there are short, entertaining, daily videos featuring curators and museum secrets including ghost stories, activities like fun blind contour drawing and you can post questions to the curators! There is something for everyone here and new content every day.
 
The Contemporary Art Center is also starting to post ideas for families, teens and kids on Facebook and Instagram. This week everyone is invited to make inspiring window posters. Take a photo of your poster and use tag @cincycac
 
 
 
Third Week, Monday, March 30, 2020
 
Hello Titan Family! Every time you email me a photo of your artwork and let me know how you are doing, my day is brightened! I'm adding to my growing list of ideas and resources for you but please know that I miss teaching you. I'm making the most of our current situation by exercising outside, photographing spring emerging, making sure my parents have what they need, reading, completing my assignments and practicing painting. Through all of this you and your families are on my minds and in my prayers. If you have ideas that you'd like me to share with everyone, please email me. 
 
Reminder: I'd like to see one work of art from every student during the the first three week homeschooling period. Create whatever you'd like and use materials that you have at home. I'll provide some ideas Mondays and Fridays. Students and/or parents, please photograph your art and email it to me. Please let me know if you have questions. Thank you! 
 
Let's go outside to play and create!
Possible supplies could be chalk, any kind of paper or cardboard, crayons, markers, paint, pencils, ink, a camera, iPad or cell phone. Any or all of these supplies would be great but use what you have!
 
1.Explore your yard, driveway, block, neighborhood or a park. Look for interesting cracks in the pavement and shadows cast on the ground or on buildings. 
2. If you have chalk, you can trace the shadows or cracks on the pavement and use those lines and shapes to create something new. Do the shadows look like a dragon, a fox or a plant monster? Use your imagination!
 
Other options:
If you have cardboard, poster board or canvas, you can place that on the ground and trace the cast shadows and then paint or fill in the shapes later. Again your design can be realistic or abstract. 
 
If you have a sketchbook or some paper, sit down and draw the shadows or cracks in the pavement and then turn those lines and shapes into something new such as a landscape, animal or colorful design. 
 
Use a camera to take photographs of interesting shadows and cracks in the pavement. You can then manipulate the photos, use them as drawing references or print the photos and draw on those. There are so many options! 
 
I see an alien dog with tall, thin ears, a small nose and three legs! Consider looking at your sidewalk or shadows from different angles because you may see something different!
 
Sidewalk
 
Could the tree shadows become arms for some type of alien creature?
 
shadow
 
tree shadow
 
Bonus Idea: Look for unintentional faces on objects we see every day. This tree has multiple eyes and a mouth.
 
tree
 
Consider writing a description about your artwork. Describe the types of lines, shapes, colors and textures you used. Perhaps your artwork will inspire you to write a short story. This tree certainly looks a bit spooky, mysterious, funny and grumpy all at the same time. I'm considering drawing the eyes and mouth with charcoal so I can focus on value (variation of light and dark) and the rough as well as smooth textures. It would also be fun to use bright and contrasting colors of acrylic paint to create abstract paintings of the eyes. 
 
Have fun and I can't wait to see what you create!
Mrs. Mascolino
Third Week, Friday, April 3, 2020
 
This will be my last post during the season of Lent. Please know that I'm continuing to pray for you and your families and that you may email me during the next two weeks. In fact, I hope many of you will! 
 
For students who have not emailed me photographs of your artwork during the first three week period, you have an extension. Please email me a photograph of your art by Thursday, April 9th. This is imperative especially for students in fourth through eighth grade!
 
In order to prepare for Holy Week, here are some ideas for everyone:
First Option: 
Do a Google search for cross designs. Notice how beautiful, geometric, simple and ornate many of them are. Choose one or two that you like, gather some drawing and coloring materials and begin drawing a beautiful cross. You can also use scraps of wrapping paper and other collage items instead of drawing or even combine the two. As you draw and color, say a prayer and consider listening to music in the background. Here's one example.
 
cross design
 
The second option is better suited for students in fourth through eighth grade but I would encourage third graders to try it if they enjoy drawing. 
Second Option:
Find some small sticks and arrange them to form a cross. You can do this inside or outside your home. Gather some drawing tools such as pencils, colored pencils or fine pointed pens and some paper. Sit down and quietly notice the various textures of the bark, note any moss or small twigs that are attached. Observe how the sticks are not flat but rounded. Look at the variety of grays, browns, tans, and possibly greens. What shapes are the cast shadows and on what side of your cross are they cast? When you are ready begin carefully and lightly drawing the outline of your cross. Then add the textural details as well as the shadow shapes, colors and other details. As you draw, ponder Christ's sacrifice and His Love for you and your family. The time you spend drawing your cross is an offering to Jesus. 
 
stick cross and drawing
 
cross drawing
 
cross drawing
 
Wishing you and your family a blessed Holy Week and a Happy Easter! 
Mrs. Mascolino
Fourth Week: Holy Week
I hope you and your family had a blessed Holy Week and a Happy Easter!
No new assignments were given this week.
 
Fifth Week: Spring Break
Sixth Week, Monday, April 20, 2020
 

Hi Everyone! I hope you had a wonderful Easter and I’m excited to share creative, fun ideas and resources for your entire family! First, here are important basic reminders:


Students:

Each week please set aside forty-five minutes to create something of your choice. You may create one work of art per week or you may work on the same project for a few forty-five minute sessions over a few weeks. This is similar to what we do during normal art class sessions. If you are using a sketchbook, consider sending me three sketches. If you are creating an elaborate sculpture out of cardboard and found items, perhaps this will take you longer. Art making is a creative outlet, good for your brain and should not add to any family’s stress. Home School Assignment I was due April 9th. Home School Assignment II will be due by May 4th. This gives everyone three weeks to work on artwork of their choosing. Once your artwork is complete, please photograph your creation and email it to me. I will post new ideas and resources every Monday morning in my blizzard bag. All the previous blizzard bag posts are still available and have helpful ideas and resources for you. Please email me if you have any questions.

 

New Art Idea For Everyone:

Now to the fun part! What do you do when you have one little, user friendly photography guide with easy to follow directions and you want to share it with all of your school families and the book is no longer in print? I contacted the kind, inspiring photographer who created it and he did something super nice for us! Cincinnati designer, photographer and all around nice guy Chris Glass updated his photography guide for our current circumstances and he shared the images with me. If you would like to take and submit photographs for your art assignment, here you go: PhotoScouting Challenge

 
 
For Elementary Students:
Tennessee elementary art teacher extraordinaire, Cassie Stephens, has a week all about outer space ready to go. Last week's dinosaur theme and the previous activities and videos are also still available. If you haven't checked out Mrs. Stephen's fun and educational art lessons, you can watch, learn and create with her via her YouTube channel or here it is again: https://cassiestephens.blogspot.com/
Seventh Week, April 27, 2020
 
Hi Titan Family! Here are some art assignment clarifications and ideas.
 
The next assignment is due May 11th. Here are the guidelines:

Between April 20th and May 11th, I'm asking every student to:
1. Use 45 minutes any time during each week to complete a work of art. That means complete one work of art per week so by May 11th the student would have 3 pieces of art to photograph and email me.
 
OR
 
2. Over the next three weeks, set aside 45 minutes per week to create one amazing work of art. Photograph it and email it to me by May 11th.
 
The idea is to work on smaller, less time consuming art projects OR the student may create one detailed project.
 
Examples of smaller, less time consuming projects would be drawings, chalk art or collages done in one sitting. A more time consuming project may be a detailed painting, sculpture or multistep project. 
 
The projects in my blizzard bag are meant to give students and families ideas but I realize every student has unique interests and limited materials at home. That is why my requirements are not rigid. Clearly, I also have different expectations for my students at various grade levels.
 
Looking for some fun drawing ideas and tutorials check out: Steve Harpster's Harptoons
If you want to submit photos for your art projects: Photoscouting
Ulmer's Online Drawing Contest: https://www.ulmersautocare.com/artcontest/
 
Art Project Ideas For Students Of All Ages:
Some of you may have explored Nathan Sawaya's exhibition, The Art of the Brick at Union Terminal in 2015 or 2016. I've found his Lego sculptures to be fun and fascinating for years. There are additional interviews and videos of his sculptures available on YouTube. You can also check out Mrs. Mascolino's Lego Pinterest Board
 
After viewing some of artist Nathan Sawaya's Lego sculptures, design and build your own! Instead of building something typical like a building or vehicle, create something unusual. Think outside the Lego box. Perhaps you will build a favorite character, dragon, unicorn or even something that is typically rounded such as a planet. Many of you have awesome Lego kits and directions which are fantastic but I'm challenging you to design and build something new!
 
Helpful Tips:
1.You don't need a flat base sheet to build on. Those are great but you can lay out your base perimeter design with blocks and as you build your bricks will connect. 
2. Consider using one color for your sculpture or perhaps for each section. You can also consider using colors in a pattern. Why bother doing this? It creates unity in your design. 
3. What if you don't have any Lego blocks?! Use any blocks you can find such as wood or plastic blocks. You could also build with items you find in your recycling. Cardboard and tape would also work. 
 
Here are some examples made by fourth grade students:
Lego crab
 
Lego Sculptures
 
Additional Project Idea Challenge! Draw your Lego sculpture after you build it! You can use any kind of paper and drawing tools. 
 
Lego Drawing
 
Lego drawing 2
 
 
Eighth Week, May 4, 2020
 
Hi Titan Family! Here are some art assignment clarifications and ideas.
 
The next assignment is due May 11th. Here are the guidelines:

Between April 20th and May 11th, I'm asking every student to:
1. Use 45 minutes any time during each week to complete a work of art. That means complete one work of art per week so by May 11th the student would have 3 pieces of art to photograph and email me.
 
OR
 
2. Over the next three weeks, set aside 45 minutes per week to create one amazing work of art. Photograph it and email it to me by May 11th.
 
The idea is to work on smaller, less time consuming art projects OR the student may create one detailed project.
 
Examples of smaller, less time consuming projects would be drawings, chalk art or collages done in one sitting. A more time consuming project may be a detailed painting, sculpture or multistep project. 
 
The projects in my blizzard bag are meant to give students and families ideas but I realize every student has unique interests and limited materials at home. That is why my requirements are not rigid. Clearly, I also have different expectations for my students at various grade levels.
 
Looking for some fun drawing ideas and tutorials check out: Steve Harpster's Harptoons
If you want to submit photos for your art projects: Photoscouting
 
Art Project Ideas For Students Of All Ages: 
Still need some ideas for Mother's Day gifts, see below!
 
Glass Jar Art
 
Luckily glass jars can be recycled but they also may be used for personalized art. The next time you empty a pasta or pizza sauce jar, wash it and then decide how you will transform this functional object into a work of art.
 
Option One:
If you have Sharpie markers, simply draw and color on the outside of the glass jar. You can create a pattern, random design, include a kind sentiment, or draw anything you like. If you are going to give your jar art to someone as a gift, consider using that person's favorite colors, drawing her favorite flowers or pet. 
 
Option Two:
Gather scraps of tissue paper and Liquitex Gloss Medium & Varnish or Mod Podge. I prefer glossy to matte but that's a preference. Make sure whether you are using Liquitex or Mod Podge, that the medium dries clear.You'll also need a small bowl or plastic plate to pour a little of your clear varnish into. You will also need an old paint brush or foam brush and a clean, empty glass jar.
 
After gathering your materials, decide on your design. You can cut or tear tissue paper into random or intentional shapes. When you are ready to adhere the tissue paper to the outside of your glass jar, begin by brushing a small section of the Liquitex or Mod Podge on to the jar and then carefully place a piece of tissue paper on top. Carefully smooth over the tissue paper with your fingers. Continue brushing small areas of the glass with your Liquitex or Mod Podge and continue adding your pieces of tissue paper. Cover as much or as little of the glass jar as you'd like. Once you are finished, brush over all the tissue paper with a final coat of the clear varnish (Liquitex or Mod Podge). Let it dry.
 
Helpful Tips:
Do not add tissue paper and clear varnish to the underside of you jar. 
 
Consider limiting your colors of tissue paper between two and five so that the design looks more cohesive. 
 
Overlap the tissue paper pieces. If you are using various colors, overlap those to make additional colors. 
 
This is an excellent activity to learn about transparent, translucent and opaque. Why do you think black and other dark colors of tissue paper may not work best?
 
Once your tissue paper covered glass jar is dry, you can also use Sharpie markers to draw additional designs. 
 
You can purchase Liquitex and Mod Podge at Michael's or any art supply store. 
 
For younger children, consider cutting off the top of an empty two-liter plastic bottle instead of using a glass jar. 
 
If you have paint left over from painting your glass doors or windows for Easter, try using it on a glass jar. 
 
If you make a mistake while using Sharpies, put a small amount of hand sanitizer on a tissue and wipe the Sharpie mistake off. Then let that area dry before drawing again. 
 
The glass jars and plastic bottles may be used to store all kind of things but I prefer to place battery operated lights inside and use them as lanterns. 
 
I can't wait to see what you create! Have a great week, Titans!
Mrs. Mascolino
 
Here are some examples:
glass jars
 
glass jar art
 
city glass art
 
plastic art lanterns
Ninth Week, May 11, 2020
 
Hello Titans! If you have not emailed me photos of your recent artwork, please do so today. 
 
This week's challenge is one of my favorites and I encourage everyone to give it a try. First, check out the amazing, temporary nature sculptures created by British artist, Andy Goldsworthy 
 
Andy Goldsworthy stepped out of his art school studio classrooms and started creating sculptures using the materials and tools nature provided. His art studio and classroom became limitless, expansive landscapes, beaches and forests. In order to document his sculptures for his professors back at school, Andy photographed his temporary creations. The photographs are also art and continue to be a part of his process decades later. Andy purposefully invites nature to take over and often destroy his sculptures. He often will watch and document as that happens. Sometimes his sculptures float away or are covered over by tidal water. Numerous times a gust of wind will destroy his work while in progress. Other sculptures may stay intact during all four seasons. Why do you think the artist has chosen to place his fragile sculptures in precarious situations? 
 
 
Your Challenge:
Andy Goldsworthy uses line, shape, color, contrast, balance and symmetry as well as asymmetry to create interesting, beautiful, thought provoking sculptures and photographs. He consciously decides how to arrange, build and balance his natural sculptures. He then photographs his creations from different angles. 
 
Go for a walk, hike or explore your own backyard. Gather natural items you find such as sticks, stones, leaves, pine cones and wild flowers. Choose a location for your sculpture. Begin to build. You may need to start over a few times. Once your sculpture is complete, photograph it from different viewpoints. Consider sketching your sculpture. This helps you to slow down and really appreciate what you have created. Andy also often does this. 
 
Email me at least one photograph of your sculpture. Include a description of your sculpture. What did you use? Where is your sculpture located? What types of lines, shapes and colors did you use? Does your sculpture have symmetry or asymmetry? What is the focal point or what stands out to you? What do you think will happen to it?
 
Types of lines: long, short, curved, bold, diagonal, vertical, dotted, horizontal, jagged, broken
Types of shapes: geometric, organic, irregular
Color descriptions: bold, dull, bright, warm, cold
Bilateral symmetry: A design in which the left and right sides of an organism or composition can be divided into mirror images of each other along the midline (eg. a butterfly)
Radial symmetry: Symmetry around a central axis, such as a snowflake
Asymmetry: Elements are not equally arranged 
Contrast: Opposite elements are placed side by side such as light and dark colors or rough and smooth textures
 
 
An amazing local artist also inspired by nature, Ana England
 
I'm looking forward to seeing your creations and sharing some of your nature sculpture photos on my school web page! 
Mrs. Mascolino
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tenth Week, May 18, 2020
 
Hi Titans! The final art project deadline was Monday, May 11th. If you have not already done so, please photograph your artwork and send it to me via email. Thank you!
 
For Everyone: Here are a couple of optional ideas for Father's Day gifts or to give to anyone you care about any time of the year. 
 
1. Gather items that remind you of your dad. What are things that he uses daily? What are some of his favorite things?
 
2. Arrange those items in an interesting, pleasing or even humorous way. You may have to try arranging the items a few times. I ended up removing some of my objects. Consider arranging your objects in an interesting place. However, make sure there's plenty of natural or artificial light because your next step is photographing your objects. 
 
3. Take some photographs of your still life. I took my photos outside when it was gloomy because I could make use of the natural, soft light. If you want to experiment with dramatic lighting, try using flashlights and think about how the shadows will look. 
 
4. Select one photo. Save the photo or consider printing and framing it for your dad. 
 
5. Gather some note cards or nice paper. Write or type an explanation for why you chose each of the items in your still life arrangement. How do they represent or remind you of your dad? Instead of writing, you could record your voice explaining your thoughts or even make a video and hold each of the objects as you explain  why you chose them. These are just some ideas! Here's my example below:
 
still life
 
My still life about my dad includes a photo of him and I when I was very little. My dad worked late and so once he arrived home, he'd be ready for a late dinner. My mom and I had already eaten but apparently, I would want my dad to share his dinner with me. There's also a photo of my dad's pony. My dad grew up on a farm and even though I never had the opportunity to experience his home place, I loved hearing stories about it. That's also why I included the metal toy horse. Even though it wasn't my dad's, it's something like what he would have played with as a child. I included the toy car because my dad has always been interested in cars and the smell of a new car always makes me think of him. The Lego jeep is mine from my childhood. I loved building with Lego and my dad would sometimes build with me. The planting shovel and flowers represent my dad's love of gardening. I will never be as good at it as he is, but he's patiently taught me and I owe my love of nature to him. Dad, thank you for providing a loving, safe, and encouraging childhood to me and my sister. 
 
Alternative Gift Idea: 
Choose one to three objects that represent your dad. Gather some drawing tools and paper. Arrange your objects. Sit down and carefully, slowly begin drawing them. Take your time. Remember if you make a mistake, you can begin again or maybe you can work with the mistake. 
 
When I started my drawing, I began with the flower that is closest to the tip of the shovel. Then I drew the middle flower and then the third flower. I drew the outline of the shovel after I drew the flowers. That way I knew the shovel would be the correct size. 
 
Here's how I had my objects placed in front of me. 
still life drawing example
 
Here's my completed drawing with a sentiment. 
drawing
 
Remember when you create something for someone else, you are giving the gift of your time and effort. You are giving a piece of yourself and offering something unique to the person you care about. Also when you make something for someone else, remember to consider what that person would like and appreciate. 
 
Vocabulary:
Still life: an arrangement of objects, also a work of art in which the objects are the subject
Natural light: light provided by the sun
Artificial light: manufactured light such as light from a lamp
Artistic license: Every artist has the license to create something new, imperfect and extraordinary. 
 
My students all have earned their artistic licenses and I can't wait to see what they create!
Mrs. Mascolino