Thursday, 28 June 2012

Summer art books

I have been gathering supplies and books to experiment with new techniques this summer.
Here are some of the most recent books I received: 

Daring adventures in paint
Mati Rose McDonough 
Daring Adventures in Paint: Find Your Flow, Trust Your Path, and Discover Your Authentic Voice-Techniques for Painting, Sketching, and Mixed Media
I came across Mati Rose's artwork after reading Creative Pilgrimage
I enjoy her style of painting and colour choices. Her book is great for beginners, the directions are easy to follow. It will definitely inspire me for my own art or for my teaching. 

Art at the speed of life
Pam Carriker

Art at the Speed of Life: motivation + inspiration for making mixed-media art every day
One of the best review about this book is by Joanne Sharpe. So many NEW techniques to try!


Surface treatment workshop: 45 mixed-media techniques 
Darlene Olivia McElroy and Sandra Duran-Wilson
Surface Treatment Workshop: Explore 45 Mixed-Media Techniques

I own already a book on Image Transfer by the same authors. This one is as fantastic. I like the fact that the authors tell us how archival each technique is. Some of the techniques were not new to me but it's a great compilation of techniques in one book.

Friday, 22 June 2012

Mayan art at Kanata Montessori, grades 1 and 2

Grades 1, 2 and 3 have been studying Mayan civilisation with their teacher.
This is the last post for the school year showcasing the artwork of my students at Kanata Montessori.
Grades 1 and 2 made masks inspired by Mayan Jade masks.

Artwork by students

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Art made of recycled materials at Kanata Montessori School

Grades 4, 5 and 6 made paper maché sea creatures from recycled materials such as plastic bottle, cardboard box, tissue paper, wrapping paper etc..
Some of my student's artwork

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Fish and zentangle

For my grades 4, 5, 6 at Kanata Montessori school, I made a paper maché fish using recycled materials: a plastic juice bottle, empty paper rolls and cardboard from a cereal box. I decorated it with a marker inspired by this post,  glued circles cut from the inside of envelopes I received by post mail  (hydro, insurance, credit card bills envelopes have lovely patterns inside) and attached beads with wire.
Tomorrow I will upload some of my student's projects.

Monday, 18 June 2012

Mayan art at Kanata Montessori, grade 3

Paper maché bowls inspired by Mayan ceramics

Mayan ceramics

Artwork by grade 3 students

Friday, 8 June 2012

Tree of Life

After taking workshops this winter with Holly Dean, see this post, I started this mixed-media. My first intention was to make a sea scene. I engraved a fish, pressed sea shell stamps in modelling paste on the background, added layers of colours....And the theme changed... I was no longer creating a sea scene....So much fun experimenting!

Some of the steps

Tree of  life
12" X 12",  30cm X 30cm

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Charles' garden

This is my favourite time of the year in the garden, when the peonies are blooming. My husband's garden is a constant source of inspiration. Charles painted one of the bench he built few years ago. I really like this blue colour...

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

H'ARt of Ottawa

I went to a wonderful art show organized by H'ARt of Ottawa on May 25th. H'ARt of Ottawa was celebrating 10 years of programming.
More info at

I bought the painting (below) because I liked its vibrant colours and the freedom of the brush strokes.

Title: Dancing singing lines flowing down the ski hill
Painting by Frances L.
Acrylic on canvas, 12" x 16'

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Monday class: Egypt

Monday class at the studio
Artwork inspired by a mural from the Tomb of the scribe Ounsou, Thebes

Age 6 to 12

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Projects on Egypt at Kanata Montessori School

After completing a painting inspired by a mural, see this post, grades 4, 5 and 6 have been working on the making of a mummy and its sarcophagus.
Some of their work: