Jackson Pollock.Hillside School Year 2020/2021Please, watch my video lesson for Week 3 on Jackson Pollock.Before doing your project, watch Mati & Dada they will also introduce you to Jackson Pollock.- You can use anything to create your project.- If you have paint, use brushes and paint of different colors.- If you are using markers and crayons, use as many colors as you can.- Your art should have a lot of movement, lines and color all over the place.- Remember, you are creating a Jackson Pollock your own way.Have fun!Please, watch the lesson about shapes in art.- Then, look for shapes around your house. There are shapes everywhere!- It's important to understand that shapes are part of many things we see around us.- Create anything you feel like, starting with a shape.- You are the artist.- Have fun.Please, watch the lesson Week 5.- First draw one shape in a piece of paper with a pencil.- Following the directions from the movie, overlap (draw behind the first shape) another shape.- Try it a couple of times.- We will be using overlapping in many of our art projects.- Do not rush to color it.- Take your time and remmber to use small strokes (check directions from video) to color you shapes.- Use different colors for each shape.Have fun!Please, watch the lesson Week 6.- In this lesson, I show you a simple way to create something with lines, shapes and overlapping.- I draw a fish in profile (looking from the side).- Then, I show you how to overlap the fish with seaweed.- This is just one example of how you can incorporate ovelpaping into your art.- When you start your project, make sure you are drawing with a pencil because you will need to erase a few lines as you move on with your project.- Try it a couple of times.- We will be using overlapping in many of our art projects.- Do not rush to color it.- Take your time and remember to use small strokes to color or paint all areas.- Have fun!Please, take your time for this lesson. Since the lesson is long, I divided it in two parts and I am posting it this week.That way, you will have the weekend and next week to work with this project.- You will receive a bag from your kindergarten teacher with 1 paintbrush, 5 bottles of paint, art paper and paper palettes.- Open the bag while watching the video because I show you how to use everything in your bag.- In this video, I have the directions for you to take care of you paint and the proper way to work with your art supplies.- Save your black and white paint for future projects. We will need the black and white paint.- Part 1 video is about proper use of brush and paint and primary colors.- When you get a chance, watch the video about the Color Wheel posted in here (click here for Color Wheel).- Save your project for Part 2 of the project.- Now, watch part 2.- Part 2 shows you the proper way to mix primary colors.- Watch the video and follow along with your work.- Try to work with small amounts of paint at a time.- Send me a picture of your painting to firstname.lastname@example.org. I love to see your artwork!- Have fun!- This video presents you the art of Claude Monet, a French painter who loved to mix white paint to all colors.- Mix white paint to a color is called "tint" in art.- I show in the video lesson 8 one way of doing it, but you can create your own way of a tinted color paint.- I also suggest that before your start your project, go outside and look at the leaves on the ground.- Many of the leaves will look as if they had some white added to their colors. Go check it out!- Do not forget to check the short movie below about Monet's life and work.- Have fun!Claude Monet Life and Work (Click here to learn more about Monet)Please watch this video and follow the directions to create a hand print. When you are done, watch the next video.Cave painters use to print their hands on the walls of caves.For them, it was like writing their names.- First, place one hand over a paper, spread all fingers apart from each other.- Trace your hand very carefully, pressing the pencil against your finger to get a copy of you hand with fingers spread apart.- Color only the space around your hand. Do not color your hand.Watch the next video for the second part of this lesson.After watching this lesson, create a cutout copy of your hand. Save the cutout, we will need it for next weeks' lesson.- Attention: try to use construction paper or a sturdy paper for the cutout because we will use paint on it next week.- Repeat the steps to trace your hand with fingers spread apart.- Then, cut the hand out following the lines you traced very carefully.- Save the cutout of your hand for the painting part of the project next week.Now, go inside the Caves of Lascaux on a virtual tour.Cave Paintings Part 3 -Hand Paintings - Week 10We will need the cutout hand from the lesson before.- Watch the video carefully.- You will need: paper, black paint, a sponge, the hand cutout, and a small piece of tape.- Tape the cutout hand ontp your art paper (tape at the bottom part of the hand, like I show you in the video).- Place some black paint on your palette or on a paper/plastic plate, where you can use a sponge to get some paint.- Holding the sponge with your fingers, as if your were pinching the sponge, dab the sponge in the paint gently, without getting to much paint.- With your other hand, using one finger, hold the hand cutout in place and start dabbing the paint ont the areas between the fingers. Make sure you go all the way above the finger tips as well. Do not put paint where you have the tape. That area should not have any paint because it is where the wrist is located and it should be clean.- Repeat the process a few times, so that you have a few hand prints on your artwork.- Save your artwork, I will post another part of this lesson, so you can add some cave painting animals together with your hand prints.- Have fun!Ancient Cave Hand Paintings.Cave Paintings Final - Drawing Animals Week 11
Please, use the hand prints from your lesson before.- Follow the directions from the video lesson to draw heads of deer like the cave painting artist.- Draw the heads around the hand prints you did the week before with your cutout and paint.- Use a pencil to draw the head, that way you can erase extra lines and mistakes.- When you are finish with the drawing, go over the pencil with a black crayon or black marker.- Pretend that you were using a piece of burned wood, or charcoal, like the cave artists used, because they did not have pencils and crayons, they used black burned wood for their lines!- Draw as many heads as you wish, you are the cave artist.Have fun!- Please, watch the video and create your own art project.- You can do it anyway you want, either using a sheet of art paper or your art journal.- I did not include the cave paintings in the video art lesson but feel free to use it too.- Your project should have a little bit of everything we have done this year.- If you decided to use paint in your art journal, make sure you let it dry before closing your journal, or it will ruin your art project.- When you finish your project, send a picture of it to my email. I would love to see it.- Have fun!- Today, you will need only one package of Model Magic (M.M.).- We will build a pinch pot with a lid (a cover).- You will need to split your model magic, a big piece for the pot and a smaller piece for the lid (About one third of M.M. for the lid and the rest for the pot).- Watch the directions from the lesson.- M.M. is very sticky and you should always work on a plastic or paper covered area.- After you are done with the pinch pot, made a lid.- Be careful, never let the lid touch the pot, or it will stick and ruin your project.- If you have a problem and you not happy with your project, M.M. stays soft for a long time and you can restart your project step-by-step again.- After you finish your pinch pot and lid, place it in a safe place to dry.- Wait at least a day (24 hours) to paint your pinch pot.- After that, watch the next lesson Week 14.Painting a Pinch Pot - Week 14- After you waited for your pinch pot and lid to dry, you are ready to paint.- Set a place for your paintings and paint your pinch pot.- Paint dries quickly in M.M.- Paint whatever color you wish. You are the artist.- Watch the lesson Week 14, I have some tips there for you.- Just remmeber to always wash and dry your brush before changing colors.- Today, you will need another package of Model Magic (M.M.).- We will build a pinch pot with a handle, like a basket.- You will need to split your model magic, a big piece for the pot.- Save a smaller piece (about the size of a strawberry) for the handle (about one quarter of M.M. for the handle and the rest for the pot).- Watch the directions from the lesson.- M.M. is very sticky and you should always work on a plastic or paper covered area.- After you are done with the pinch pot, made the handle.- In the video lesson I show you how to coil the clay (roli it with your hands) to build the handle.- It should be as thick as your thumb. If you make a handle too thin, it will break up easily.- When you are happy with the size of the handle and it's thickness, attach it to the pot.- If you have a problem and you not happy with your project, M.M. stays soft for a long time and you can restart your project step-by-step again.- After you finish your pinch pot and handle, place it in a safe place to dry.- Stuff a small crush paer ball inside the pot to hol the handle up while drying.- If you do not stuff paper inside, the handle will sink in.- Wait at least a day (24 hours) to paint your pinch pot.- After that, take the paper from inside your pinch pot and paint it with the colors of your choice.- This time, I have all directions for building and painting in one lesson.- Have fun!Name Art - Creating an Artwork with your Own Name - Week 16
Here is our last lesson of 2020.
Create an artwork using your own name.
You can use your whole name or just a few initials (an inital is the first letter of a name) or a few letters from your name.You are the artist and you can decided it!
In order to create "Name Art", the letters of your name have to be "bold" letters. Bold letters are thicker and have room for color.
In the lesson, I give you some tips on how to write a name and make all letters become bold letters.
Watch the lesson and create your own Name Art in your art journal.
I am also adding a "How to Draw/Sketches" for you to work during your holiday break.
If you feel like creating some sketches in your art journal, take a look at "How to Draw/Sketches" posted below.
You will find seven different ways to sketch in there.
How to Draw/Sketches
Here we go with another new year and a new project.
A silhouette is a dark shape of a person or an object, with light in the background.
I added a very short video with a quick explanation of the word silhouette here(It's shorter than one minute!). Please, watch it!
- Use your sketch book.- Follow the directions from the video lesson and always start drawing with a pencil.- To start your project, you will need to create one line that goes straight, then up, then down, then straight then up again, and keep repeating the pattern all across the paper.- I have it step-by-step in the lesson for you.- When you finish drawing, color the buildings black, but save some spots for the windows.- When you are done with the silhouette of the buidlings, color the skies with yellow and orange to create a sunset.- Have fun and have a great week!- Hello Everybody!Now that you know what is a silhouette and you have created a "City Silhouette" it's time for you to create a silhouette of yourself.- Use your art journal and follow the directions from the video lesson.- You will need a pencil, a cup to trace the head and a bowl or plate to create shoulders.- When you are tracing, make sure to hold the cup and then the bowl/plate in place and do not let it move.- If you remember, silhouettes have to be all black. Do not draw any details on the face, like eyes, mouth or any feature. It has to be all black.- You can create your silhouette with either black paint, black crayons, or black markers.- You are the artist and you decide it.- Have fun and send me a picture of your silhouette. I would love to see it!Family Name Art - Week 19 - 01/19/21
- Here is another Name Art project but this time you will create one with your whole family.
- A Family Name Art project starts with your family name in the middle.
- Then, add your name and ask everyone else in your family to add their own name with bold letters.- Watch the lesson and tell your family that you need their help to create your Family Name Art project (poster).
- If you have a younger sibling that cannot write his/her own name, you must do it yourself.
- After you have all names, color the names an create a very colorful background.
I have all directions and details in the lesson: "Family Name Art" posted here.- Here we are with another great artist to inspire us.
- In this lesson, I will introduce you to the American artist Joseph Cornell (b.1903 - 1972).
- Joseph Cornell created his art inside small boxes, mostly made out of wood and glass.
- He would develop an idea and will look for things to put inside the boxes to create an artwork.
- He looked for "found objects" or things that he found around himself, at home or places he visited, and that he could use to create an art project inside a box.
- He even created some series with birds, dolls, nature and so on.- Watch the video and I will show you some ideas to help you create your own Artbox.
- Find a box you can use, perhaps a shoe box, a cardboard box or any kind of box that is not too big (around 12 inches long or smaller would be fine!).
- Look for some "found objects" (check video for more on that) to use for your art idea.
- Make some shelves inside and paint the box.
- Place your box standing up, arrange the found objects to create your artwork.
- When you are done with your Artbox, take a picture and save it.Use your art journal and follow the directions from the video lesson.- This lesson is inpired by our Head Silhouette's art lesson from a few weeks ago.- This time you will create a head and shoulder and add a funny mouth to the head.- The top of the head will be open, that way you will be able to fill it up with crazy art.- I have a few tips for you to use simple lines and create a funny mouth.- You will need a pencil, a cup to trace the head and a bowl or plate to create shoulders.- When you are tracing, make sure to hold the cup, bowl/plate in place and do not let it move.- After you trace the half-head and shoulders (don't forget to add a neck), draw the funny mouth.- Make it very colorful. This is not supposed to be all black because it's not a silhouette.- Have fun and send me a picture of your Crazy Head. I would love to see it!Flying with Faith Ringgold - Week 22 - 02/08/21
- Here is an art assignment inspired by one of the most fascinating and famous woman artist: Faith Ringgold.
- Faith Ringgold is an African American artist who is still active and lives in Englewood, New Jersey.
- Besides being an artist, Mrs. Ringgold is also an author and she has published a children's book series call "Tar Beach" and you can find it in your local library.
- In this lesson, I teach you how to draw someone flying using simple shapes and lines.
- Follow the directions from the video to create your own "Flying Experience".- Also, if you want to learn more about Faith Ringgold, watch the video "Who I Am" (click here). This video has a 7:30 minutes interview with Mrs. Ringgold. Super cool!- Watch this lesson to learn about the African American artist Simone Leigh.- She was born in Chicago and works now in New York City.- She created the Brick House sculpture that is now being shown at the High Line in NYC, until the Spring of 2021.- Please, watch my lesson to learn more about her and how to create your own artwork inspired by the Brick House.- You can use simple materials such as a cup (yogurt/plastic), paper, tape and strings to create your own sculpture.- I have all the steps for you in my lesson.- I also have here a video of how Ms. Leigh made her sculpture. It took more than a year for her to make the Brick House. Check the steps by clicking here (the video is silent).
- Don't forget that February is Black History Month and getting inspiration from an African American artist is a terrific way to celebrate and honor it!
- Happy Black History Month!Hello Everybody!
Giuseppe Arcimboldo art is very unique.
Arcimboldo was a famous painter from the 16 century (1526-1593) who painted the most incredible portraits.
Portraits are pictures of people but Arcimboldo's portraits of people were not really made with "people".
Arcimboldo created his portraits with flowers, plants, trees, animals, fish, books and whatever he felt like it.
He was so famous that Emperor Rudolph II from Austria hired him to be his personal "court artist"
Rudolph II even ordered Arcimboldo to paint his portrait. Rudolph II loved Arcimboldo's portrait of him. Here is Rudolph II: by Arcimboldo.I show you in the video two different ways to create an Arcimboldo. Watch the lesson and create your own Arcimboldo with whatever you want to use. Fruits, vegetables, flowers, you are the artist, choose what you want to use.Create your Arcimboldo on the top of a table or a place that is easy for you to take a picture.
Then, take a picture and send me an email with the photo of your Arcimboldo.
Check also Mati & Dada Visits Arcimboldo. It's a fun way to learn more about Arcimboldo.
Christo & Jeanne-Claude Amazing Art - Week 25 - 03/15/21Hello Everybody!
Here is a new lesson about the artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude.
Christo and Jeanne-Claude worked together and they created what we call today "environmental art", because their art was for large spaces.
They were world famous artists and their art projects were built in many different places around the world.
Christo started wrapping small objects such as a wood horse, cans, furniture and even a car. When he met Jeanne-Claude, they got married and started to work on bigger projects.
They wrapped buildings, bridges, and even islands.
They were very concerned with the environment and they planned every artwork very carefully to never cause any damage to the environment.
Then, they recycled everything used on their projects.
- Since you will be wrapping and using string (yarn), I also added here a quick video to help you learn how to tie a "square knot".
- You will need square knots in your artwork. Watch the video to learn the first kind of knot, the square knot.- Find some fabric, an old t-shirt works fine. If yoou cannot find any fabric, use paper or palstci wrap. It's not as good as fabric but it works too.- Follow the directions from the lesson to wrap your object. It can be anything you want to create. You are the artist.
This lesson is a little longer than usual (almost 15 minutes). Therefore, save yourself some time to work in your art creation.
Christo and Jeanne-Claude are one of my favorite artists and I visited many of their work whenever I could.
I even had a chance to participate in a live discussion with them on a conference for art teacher's long time ago.
I hope you enjoy the project and have a lot of fun learning about the amazing art of Christo & Jeanne-Claude.
- This week's lesson is about the Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh.
- In this lesson, I show you how you can draw a flower pot (flower vase) and paint sunflowers.
- Get a pencil and draw the flower vase on top of a table.
- I show you in the lesson how to do that step-by-step.
- After you are done with the drawing, paint the background with very light colors, like blue mixed with white.
- Before you paint the flowers, let the background dry very well, so your sunflowers will look better.
- Get all your art supplies ready before starting. You will need your paint brush, paint (primaries, white and one drop of black paint), and water/paper towel to wash the brush.
- You can create your Van Gogh on a piece of paper or in your art journal.
- I am also adding here Mati & Dada - Vincent Van Gogh episode. It’s pretty cool and you will also can learn more about this amazing artist.
- In April, we celebrate our beloved planet Earth.
- Since we are almost in April, nothing better than the Boyle Family art to help us celebrate the Earth.
- The Boyle Family is a group of artists from United Kingdom whose artworks copy different places of the Earth's grounds and floors. It's really amazing!
- The Boyle Family artworks are 3D copies of the ground hanging on the wall.
- They want us to really look at the world around us and pay attention to everything.
- You will have to go outside, in the yard, on a park, you choose the location.
- You will need something to build a frame on the floor and a camera. You have to take pictures of the ground/floor.
- I have all the directions in the lesson for you.
- Have fun and get you family involved to help you with this project! They gonna have fun too!
Hello Everybody and Welcome Back!
- Today, you will create a project tracing "Found Objects".
- "Found Objects" are things that we find around places in our house and we use it to create an artwork.
- Look for things in your house or backyard that you can use and trace the shape of it into a piece of paper.
- In my lesson, I have all directions for you, step-by-step.
- Remember that when you are tracing something with a pencil, you have to hold it tight in place, so it does not move while you are tracing.
- Always trace with a pencil because that way you can erase it if you make a mistake or need to fix it.
- I colored my project with markers but feel free to use whatever media you want.
- Paint, crayons, colored pencils. It's up to you because You Are the Artist!
Hello Kindergarten Artists!
- Today you will learn about the Italian artist Amadeo Modigliani.
- Watch this Mati & Dada visit Modigliani to learn more about the artist.
- In the lesson, I show you how you can create your own version of a Modigliani protrait.
- Start with the pencil and trace something long to create the head, like a banana.
- Simple eyes, a long letter "L" for a nose, some lines and shapes for eyes, ears, mouth and shouldres and you can create a protrait.
- Remember: A Portrait is a picture of somebody or someone. A Portrait can also be of yourself, then, it's called a "Self Portrait."
- Follow the step-by-step directions from the lesson and color with your favorite medium: crayons, pencils, markers, or paint it.
- You are the artist!
- Also, don't forget to talk to your parents about the Hillside Art Show. Pictures are due on 04/23/21.
- Watch this Mati & Dada visit Modigliani to learn more about the artist.
The Art of Malevich- Week 30 - 04/26/21
– Today, you will learn about the Russian artist Kazimir Malevich.
- Malevich had a very unique way of creating abstrac art (abstract art has no figures such as people, faces and animals) from anything he could imagine.
- He would look at a person and paint a square. He looked from above, from an airplane, and created abstract paintings with lines, shapes and colors from what he saw.
– Please, watch the video and create your own version of an abstract art project inspired by Malevich.
- He used shapes, lines, and colors.
- Choose a place in your house where you can look at things from above, like a "birds' eye view" and create an abstract artwork inspired by what you see from above.
- Also, check Mati & Dada Visits Malevich to learn more about this awesome artist.
- Today you will learn about Pop Art.
- Pop Art is an art style (kind of art) that is inspired by popular things and popular culture.
- For example, things that we see very often like brand names (Crayola, Kelloggs, Campbell's) in a supermarket shelf, TV shows, famous Hollywood actors/actresses, comic characters and so on.
- In the lesson, I show you three different ways to create your own Pop Art. You will need to find some "popular" items in your house, like cereal boxes, cans with labels and so on.
- Follow the steps from the lesson and you can create your own piece of Pop Art.
- If you want to learn more about Pop Art, check: What is Pop Art? by Tate Kids. (click here)
Have a great Pop Art time!
Grade K - Sketch Art - Week 32 - 05/10/21
I spent the last two weeks preparing the art show and you will watch it Wednesday, May 12th.
I did not get a chance to create an art lesson for this week but I am working on it.
Meanwhile, I have here some sketch lessons for you to create some art in your journals.
In the lessons, they draw with sharpies, so that way you can see it better in your screen.
As always, I suggest that you draw with a pencil, not a sharpie, because you can erase it and correct it in case of mistakes.
You have 4 different sketches to choose:
Have fun and see you Wednesday at the Hillside Art Show 2021!
Art Appropriation with Mr. Souza - Week 33 - 05/17/21
- This week, you will be learning about Art Appropriation.
- Art Appropriation uses an artwork that already exists and changes it to a new artwork.
- In my lesson, I show you two different ways to create Appropriation Art.
- Choose one way, or both, and create an Approriation Artwork of your own.
-Art is all around us and it will not be hard to find some art to APPROPRIATE!
The Art of Mark Rothko with Mr. Souza - Week 34 -05/24/21
- This week, we have anotther exciting artist to inspire us.
- His name is Mark Rothko.
- Rothko created abstract paintings (paintings with no figures) fill up with color.
- He creations was also known as "Color Field" paintings.
- Color Field paintings are paintings with unchanged areas of pure color with no spots, no lines, no shapes and just color.
- In my lesson, I show you three different ways to create your own color field painting inspired by Rothko.
- Get your supplies, mix some colors and Have Fun!
The Art of the Aboriginal People - Week 35 - 06/01/21
- This week you will learn about the fascinating art from the Aboriginal people of Australia.
- They have developed an art style (kind of art) that uses dots, lines and shapes.
- You will need some cotton swab and paint to create an Aboriginal inspired artwork.
- They use a lot of animals in their art.
- In the lesson, I show you an easy way to draw a sea trutle and then, decorate with dots all over it.
- You can draw a fish, a snake or any animal you wish and decorate with dots.
- It's up to you because You Are the Artist!
- Check the lesson and create your own Aboriginal inspired artwork with dots, lines and shapes.
- The lesson is a little longer, because in order to create an artwork with dots, you need a lot of time and patience.
- Therefore, take your time and do the project little by little
The Art of Arshile Gorky - Week 36 - 06/07/21
- Here is another interesting Abstract artist.
- His name is Arshile Gorky.
- Gorky is an American artist whose work inspired many important artists such as Jackson Pollock.
- In the lesson, I show you two different ways to create a Gorky inspired artwork.
- You can make your artowrk with markers and crayons or you can make it with paint.
- It's up to you because You Are the Artist!
The Art of René Magritte - Week 37 - 06/14/21
- Here we are with another exciting artist to inspire you.
- His name is René Magritte.
- Magritte was a Surrealist artist.
- Surrealism is an art style inspired by dreams and things that are not real or a mix of both. For example, in Surrealism art, you can paint a person with a balloon head or people flying.
- Magritte’s artworks are very surrealistic. Watch the lesson to understand and learn about his art and Surrealism.
- You can also check this Mati & Dada & René Magritte to learn more about Magritte.
- I have two different ways for you to create a Magritte inspired artwork. Choose one and...
Final Week of School (Week 38)- 6/20/21
- Hello Everybody!
- This is our last week of Hillside Art this year!
- Thank you for accepting the challenge and for creating beautiful artworks throughout the year.
- This lesson has all of the lessons from our last 20 weeks compiled together.
- Therefore, it’s a little longer than usual.
- Use it as an inspiration to create anything you want this week.
- You can choose a favorite one or just combine as many as you want in one single art project.
- You are the artist!
- Enjoy your summer, visit an art museum and I will see you in First Grade!
Have a Safe & Wonderful Summer!
Mr. SouzaAttention Kindergarteners: do not forget to watch and follow the directions of your lessons posted in here.Please, scroll down and fill out the form with your name and teacher's name.If you would like me to check your art and progress, please send a picture of your artwork to my email: email@example.comThank you!Mr. Souza