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Using  chalk pastels can be messy  but the bright colors of the finished product are so amazing.  Using chameleons on a branch as our subject matter students colored them in however they liked. After several trips to wash their hands of the pastels, students were very proud of their finished pieces of art.


Ted Harrison inspired INUKSHUKS

I love the colors Ted Harrison uses in his paintings and thought he could inspire my kids to create a painting including an Inukshuk.  The Inukshuk was to be the focal point of the piece.  The younger students drew black lines with black oil pastel, then painted in the sections with different colors of acrylic paint. The Inukshuks were from cut from black paper, and glued onto the background.

The older students drew the backgrounds in pencil where they would paint up to, but not past, the pencil line, creating white “rivers” in the background.  Once dry, Inukshuks were painted on top.  This gave me an opportunity to show how to shade the stones to give them more shape.



Valentines Day

K – Gr 3 created the cutest puppy dogs I had to share them all.  We started by stamping a cardboard heart shape with white acrylic paint onto a pink or red piece of construction paper.  While that dried, I did a step by step drawing of a puppy with heart shaped sunglasses onto art paper.  They were colored in with oil pastels, cut out and glued onto our dried background.  Thank you to Cassie Stephens for the great idea.

Gr 4 – 6 students created candy sweet hearts.  I think they did a great job too! My Rundle class made 3D Sweet Heart that look good enough to eat!

My Rundle class may 3D candy hearts that look good enough to eat!


K – gr 3 kids made paper roll penguins.  Those quick finishers drew simple shapes to create the penguins.  Once the drawings were complete the watercolor painting began. The background was filled in however the student chose.

The gr. 4 – 6 class started by gluing cut up shades of blue tissue paper to create and icy looking background.  While this was drying they drew and painted the penguin onto watercolor paper with acrylic paint. Shading was added to the bellies of the penguins to give them some shape.


Cardinals are a great bird to draw and paint.  My K-3’s painted trees with branches for the cardinals to sit on.  After the paint was dry students glued  a red feather for the tail feathers.

The grade 4 – 6 students created trees using gift cards to scrape on the bark.  They chose the best ones to cut out and glue onto their art piece.  Cardinals were then drawn and painted onto branches.


Mixed Media Adult Class

Mixed media is a big hit with adults.  There are no expectations and no talent require, just come with an attitude to have fun.  The images below are on 12 X 12 squares with a layering process of collage, paint, mark making, stenciling, adding text paper, drizzle and drip.  Try it out one night, you just might surprise yourself.

The canvases below are the same procedure done on a 16 X 20 canvas.

Contact me at art4kidswithdebi@gmail.com for private classes or information on upcoming community classes.

Year of the Rooster

In honor of Chinese New Years, my Rundle students created Roosters collaged from paste paper we had made last year as well as text from old books and anything else they chose to use from our supplies.  They are so colorful and the kids had fun creating them.

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