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Art Night Monsters

Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun by Carla Sonheim instructed us to create some one-eyed monsters for Art Night.

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Are you scared, now? Or laughing?!

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Art Night Animals

Using guidelines from Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun (by Carla Sonheim), we did some contour drawings of toy animals at Art Night.

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And because I’m sure you haven’t had your fill of BLURRY photos, I’m going to add two more of the after-Art-Night snacking that went on.

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There. That’s plenty of blurry photos for one post. I guess it’s a good thing that we are not having “Photography Night”!

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Art Night Scribble Portraits

Carla Sonheim’s Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun featured scribble portraits for this week’s Art Night.

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We even had some “real life” scribble portraiture to end the evening!

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Family fun, as usual!

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Art Night in Suessian Neighborhoods

Carla Sonheim had us exploring the world of Dr. Seuss in this week’s exercise from Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun for Art Night. We came up with some pretty interesting neighborhoods!

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Mom even managed her masterpiece with a wrist brace on!

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Props to anyone who recognizes the dress-up dress that Charlotte has on and can name the school photo in which I am wearing it.

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Oh…this is a little blurry. I guess it’s just evidence that the days are getting shorter that we have to resume taking Art Night photos inside instead of out.

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Rachel!!

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We combined Art Night with a little celebration for NURSE Williams who passed his LPN test! Grammy brought cheesecake and we brought the party….

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Jacob!

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And with that, we completed our “imitating the Masters” exercises. What’s next for Art Night? Stay tuned!

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Art Night with Modigliani

Yes, Art Night has once again returned! This week, we did portraits in the style of Amedeo Modigliani based on an exercise in Carla Sonheim’s Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun. The instructions were to draw a portrait of one of your parents. Some of us follow instructions. Some of us do not.

Charlotte drew me.

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I drew Mom.

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Tim drew me. So far, so good.

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But Eleanor drew Stephen. Hmm.

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Then Amelia drew me and Stephen drew his dad.

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Jacob drew Margaret.

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Clara drew Joey and Levi drew Lydia.

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Lydia drew me.

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And Margaret drew Jacob.

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So, that makes seven instruction-followers and four taking-artistic-licensers? Not bad odds, I guess.

Oh, and one Bumpa who was chasing small grandchildren around. Yes, those are good odds.

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Couples’ Art Night

Since Stephen was able to join us, we dubbed our evening, “Couples’ Art Night.” And it looks like he will be able to join us every Art Night very soon when he begins his new position at work. Now, let’s just hope that Levi’s new work hours are compatible with Couples’ Art Night after he graduates in a couple of weeks! Aaannnyyway…we were emulating Paul Klee with a modified technique this week from Carla Sonheim’s Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun. We placed carbon paper over water color paper and drew rabbits with our fingernails (please don’t remind Joey of this if you see him…for some reason, he hates the feeling and sound of fingernails on paper and he had to work up his gumption to get his rabbit drawn). It was a bit of an exercise in blind drawing since we weren’t quite sure how the drawing was transferring. Then, we revealed the drawings and colored them with media of our choice.

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Art Afternoon

Okay, this is stretching our Art Night concept, but stay with me here…. Our family has traditionally purchased matching flag shirts to celebrate Independence Day. This year, I had the wild idea of making our shirts. Especially after I saw a fabulous screen printing idea in the ever-wonderful Family Fun magazine.

First, Amelia helped me put cardboard inside of the myriad red shirts that Clara picked up for me at Hobby Lobby.

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Meanwhile, I prepared the screens using our original flag design, plastic embroidery hoops, chiffon fabric and my dear Mod Podge. I placed the screen for the white part of the design on the shirt, squeezed a line of Liqui-tex acrylic paint across the top of the design…

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and drew the paint across the design with an old hotel key card.

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I lifted the screen off the shirt and repeated 16 more times.

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THEN, I repeated the whole process for the blue part of the design!

Stay tuned for photos of the final products!

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