Before I announce the winner of the 2 books I thought I would introduce 2 new art projects based on the work of Louise Bourgeois, a sculptor known for these huge "spiders". (titled Maman) For her they were a nod to her mother, who like a weaver held things together, "was deliberate, neat, clever, patient, indispensable and as useful as a spider"
Incidentally these projects were inspired by the "Let's Make Some Great Art" book by Marion Deuchars which we are giving away today.
My kids are quite intrigued by them and they kinda fit with Halloween.
The first project is a painting / pastel resist.
First Project:Paint/pastel resist
- wc paper
- pencil and eraser
- disk tempera or wc paint
- oil pastels
- eye dropper
- fine sharpie
- reference photos of Ms. Bourgeois's work
Tape down your paper to your art board.
Sketch in a horizon line and then start adding a city skyline. You want to get the buildings quite small to allow lots of room for your gigantic spider.
Then paint in the ground.
Mix up some water into your black paint to get an inky consistency. using your eye dropper suck up that paint and place it where you want the body of your spider to be.
You can scrumble it a bit as you go. Scrumbling means twisting and turning that paintbrush as you are applying paint.
Project 2: Papier Mache Spider
- small paper plate
- hockey, or masking tape
- 1/2 of a white pipe cleaner
- paper towels cut into strips
- white glue, recycled container, water
Repeat this with the remaining 3 pieces.
Take your 1/2 pipe cleaner and wind amongst the wires at the top forming the body of the spider.
Mix up your glue and water into your recycled container in a one to one ratio.
Using the paper strips, dip into glue mixture and start winding around the wire. It helps to start at the top and work your way down. It also helps immensely if you always wind in the same direction, (that way you don't untwist the last strip you just put on!)
Cover the plate as well.
Put in a warm dry spot to dry. Ours dried in about 24 hrs.
There you have it a large "Maman" coming your way.
"My Even More Wonderful World of Fashion" by Nina Chakrabarti and "Let's Make Some Great Art" by Marion Deuchars.
I had 126 entries,( comments, facebook, emails) whew!.... and the winner chosen by random drawing .........
Juise: who said
"What fun looking books! Thanks for the chance. :) "
Juise, if you could send me your shipping address at firstname.lastname@example.org
I can arrange to get those books out to you (lucky duck)!
Thanks everyone for entering and don't despair there will be another giveaway very soon.
That's it for now, make sure you try a "Maman" spider. I am absolutely swamped getting ready for the Early Childhood Education Conference in Kananaskis next week. I'm presenting 2 workshops so hope to see you there.
This is what my workspace is looking like these days!