making art with kids

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A few weeks ago I visited my 6 year old’s k/1 class at Teton Valley Community School to talk about what I do and to create a pattern with them inspired by their school. Each student drew an element that I put together into a fun, colorful pattern. There are rainbows, alpacas, chickens, lots of sunflowers, a couple of maps and even a a pregnant pink unicorn.

You can support Teton Valley Community School by purchasing this pattern on lots of different clothes and accessories at Redbubble.

explore florals 2 - week 3

I’m sad to see the end of another amazing class by Victoria Johnson but excited so see how what I’ve learned shows up in my work. For week 3, indigo, I tried a few different techniques and style and chose marker + posca pen for the final. I ordered some masking fluid and am looking forward to seeing what I can do with it.

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explore florals 2 - week 2

This week’s style was tropical. I loved working with large shapes and interesting color palettes but struggled a bit with having the elements flow naturally. My style is a little stiff and jerky but I still came up with some things that I like.

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explore florals 2 - week

I’m taking the second Explore Florals by Victoria Johnson and loving it as much as the first class. I This week’s inspiration was folk-art. I explored the theme with gouache, collage, vector and ink floral patterns.

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experimenting with gouache

I’ve been playing around with gouache, trying to make it work for me. I think the key is to decide on your colors and pre-mix them. The colors straight from the tube were not working for me. They were too bright didn’t scan very well. Today I mixed my own colors and am happy with the result!

first try on top, second try on the bottom

first try on top, second try on the bottom