More Wonderful Portraits

March 26, 2016

It is the month of the portrait at Lines and Dots Art Studio. My 4 – 6 year old students created beautiful self-portraits this last week and I have to share them with you!


An Introduction to Abstract Painting for 4 – 6 Year Olds

March 23, 2016

Too cute is what comes to mind when looking at these paintings. Meredith Perdue has inspired a few classes of mine this month, including my Art Exploration for 4 – 6 year olds. With nature as our inspiration and acrylic paint as our medium, these students created beautiful abstract paintings. Enjoy!


Amazing and Beautiful Portraits

March 23, 2016

Last year when I was putting together my 2016 calendar of classes I came across an image of drawn portrait that included an area of collage in the drawing. There was not an artists name attached to the image but the technique and process was so beautiful to me that I knew I needed to design a class based on this particular artwork. So in the name of the unknown artists, my adult students embarked on a wonderful journey of portrait drawing and collage. I am speechless. The results are amazing. Have a look.







Re-Defining an Image

March 23, 2016

Recently, my 10 – 12 year old students drew a recognisable image of an animal and its environment. To mix things up a bit, students were asked to take the image that they drew and divide it into sections, to create a fractured look. From there, students transfered their fractured image to a canvas and used mixed media to complete their final artwork. I am very impressed with the results and how individual each piece looks even though the requirements were the same for each student. Enjoy!



Part 2 – Contemporary Aboriginal Paintings

March 13, 2016

I can’t help myself….here are a few more.


Pastel Self-Portraits

March 13, 2016

I love teaching students how to draw and paint portraits. Last month, my 7 – 9 year old students tackled the difficult task of drawing themselves. They started by using charcoal, slowly adding white and shading, until they reached a level of competency to bravely use chalk pastels. The results are absolutely beautiful.


Collages Inspired by Lance Lester

March 13, 2016

I am constantly scrolling, digging, and sloshing through the internet for inspiration for potential classes I teach. My research, not only on the net but in other forums such as print, has exposed me to so many fantastic working artist doing amazing things with materials and process. I came across a Lance Lester collage last year some time and fell in love with it. His use of colour, line and shape was so successful and powerful I knew instantly that he was to be an inspirational artist for one of may classes. Here are the results from a very successful collage class conducted with 7 – 9 year old students. I love them, almost more than Lance Lester’s (shhhh…don’t tell him).




Beautiful Paintings Inspired by Contemporary Aboriginal Painters

February 28, 2016

I am going through a bit of a phase and have developed an obsession with contemporary Aboriginal paintings. This started a few years ago when I was adventuring through western Australia and had the opportunity to visit an Aboriginal communities art museum.  Prior to this visit, my only exposure to Aboriginal art was similar to so many other people…q-tips + paint + animals = Aboriginal art.  All of sudden my dot art experience disappeared and was replaced with an interest and appreciation for what was being created by fantastic artists in the Aboriginal community. So, recently I decided to present the artworks of a few working Aboriginal artists to my students. Looking at the wonderful paintings by Betty Mbitjana, Emily Kngwray and Minnie Pwerle for inspiration, my students of all ages, created their own contemporary abstract paintings. I love them! Enjoy.



How Much Do You Love These Photos?!

December 15, 2015

I can’t resist. These photos are just too cute.



December 15, 2015

Looking at the beautiful portrait paintings by Michael Carson, these young artists jump into the wonderful world of portrait painting for the first time. Using Carsons style, using a simple colour palette and neutral backgrounds, students mixed all their own paints to achieve realistic skin tones in order to paint their very first realistic self-portrait. I am so pleased with how these fantastic paintings turned out. Enjoy!



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