Creating with Crystal offers classes that are less traditional viewed and offers alternative methods of creativity and expression. Student art created in the classes will be featured in the August-Texas Children’s Artist Exhibition.
The classes listed will be for both the younger and older students, with the exception of Monday, when the younger students will create a covered book with their fiber fusion; the older students will create a wall hanging.
Monday: Fiber Fusion
Many professional artists create unusual substrates as a base for their artwork. This substrate is a major ingredient for the artwork’s success. The paper cloth in this lesson plan can be either a dynamic background or the main object in a work of art. The result is a strong and beautifully textured fabric.
Older students — Create a wall hanging using the Fiber Fusion technique
Younger students — Create a Fiber Fusion covered book.
Tuesday: Burlap Pastel Painting
This easily constructed project offers an exploration of texture, line and color – key elements of design. Younger children may take a more abstract approach with emphasis on texture and color. Older students will find the burlap easy to pull and the weave easy to manipulate, creating holes and lines. Subject matter such as buildings, landscapes and abstract designs are adaptable to varying grade levels.
Wednesday: Burlap Weaving Gone Wild
In this lesson plan strands of coarse hemp are removed from the burlap cloth and other materials are added to create designs with more color and texture. Create a funky weaving project you would not wear but hang as an art piece.
Thursday: Reverse Painting
The following lesson plan provides an easy and inexpensive way to create reverse paintings in a safe manner, using oil pastels instead of oil paint and acetate instead of glass. A backing of metallic foil reflects light through the pastel in the same manner as gilding.
Friday: Deconstructed Books
There’s more to “deconstructing” a book than just altering the pages. In this project, deconstructing means changing the object from a book to a sculpture. The tools are very basic: scissors, glue and a desire to experiment! When looking at a finished piece, this project may appear complicated, but when a deconstructed book is created one page at a time, it’s surprisingly easy to do. By learning a few simple paper manipulation techniques, students will also learn about symmetry, balance and positive/negative space.