This year we had a small number of student art work selected for display at the statehouse in Montpelier as part of the annual Vermont Art Teachers Association Youth Art Month Art Show (say that 10 times fast!). Last week I was able to pick up the art work. Here is a gallery of C.P Smith Artwork from the show. Enjoy!
One of the most wonderful and powerful things an artist can do, is use their art as a way to express themselves. We all have so many thoughts, feelings, emotions, concerns and ideas about so many things, and we can use our art to share all of this with family, friends - even the world!
This week, I am asking you to listen to a song or think about a dream, and create a piece of art.
Music: Close your eyes and listen to your favorite song. As you hear the music, what do you “see” in your head? Do you see… *Images * Colors* Lines* Patterns * Shapes* ? Above, is Kandinsky's "Composition #8" - a non-representational response to music,using shape, color, line and more!
*******Make a piece of art that shows what you SEE when you listen to your song.
Dream: Think about a dream you had. ● Who was in the dream? ● What happened? ● Where was it? ● How did it make you feel? Draw a picture of your dream. Below, you can see Vermont Artist Will Kasso Condry's "I Am Queen Mother". Kasso lives in Addison County and has created both murals and fine art all over northern Vermont. You can learn more about him by following him on Instagram.
*******Create a piece of art that illustrates a dream.
Paying attention to what is right outside your door!
This week the Art Menu is all about observing. There are two different activities from which you can choose. First, there is an image that you can check out here of George Washing Carver. This is a fun way to look, recall and write a story! See the menu for the question prompts and creative ideas about this painting!
Second, you can draw what you see! Local painter and former Essex High School Art Teacher Wendy E James is very well known for her light and color filled paintings of Burlington. See if you can look out your window, observe your surroundings, and draw what you see. Alternatively you can go outside and look at your road or neighborhood, but please ask your adult before doing so! Can't wait to see YOUR point of view - remember to email me photos of your art work: email@example.com
I am super excited to introduce to you, Brazilian Artist, Victor Nunes!
Because this week's Art Menu contains ideas for making "Oops!" Art, I thought Nunes was the PERFECT artist to fuel your creative minds.
Nunes has a gift of being able to look at the world with a playful and imaginative mind-set, and he uses his creativity to build everyday objects into his drawings.
Check out his "Toothbrush" doodles here:
Nunes has MANY series of drawings just like these, and you can check them out here.
I was thinking his artwork could give you some inspiration for your own "Oops!" drawings (even though these are more "creative-view-of-the-world-drawings"), and honestly I have been excited to share these with you for a long time! What do you think of his "doodles?" Can you try something like this? If you do, please email me your sketches; I'd love to see them!
Happy Friday, my most amazing Artists! Without question, my favorite part of this week's art emails was seeing so many of you making art together with different members of your families or awesome care-givers. This week's gallery includes items from the past two Art Menus (last week I shared the BCA Art Show!).
I have posted next week's menu a bit early, but check back Monday for more exciting ideas!
Hello Art Friends!
One of the Art Menu Activities this week is going for an "Art Walk" around your area and looking at, and hopefully, drawing, some buildings or other architecture!
Perhaps some of you cannot go for a walk, or it would be easier to tackle this activity inside!
So, today I thought I would share a few videos with you from my friend, Mr. Hub at "Art for Kids Hub" about how to draw houses, buildings, or other structures!
My challenge to you, would be to make them your own, once you gain the drawing confidence to put the pieces together!
Here are the links:
*How to Draw a Tree House
*How to Draw a House Emoji
*How to Draw the White House
Hope you will share your results with me once you are finished!
Remember to email me: emitchel<at>bdsvt.org
C.P. Smith Artists- I am super excited for this week's Art menu (click here) activity, because it involves making and talking about art with your family!
Find someone in your life - a parent, or a grandparent or aunt/uncle, a cousin or a good family friend - who is a "maker". Perhaps they sew clothing or costumes, or maybe they build or construct things. Maybe they knit, or paint, or draw. Perhaps they make jewelry from recycled materials or create scrapbooks.
Whatever it is, this is the week to learn more about it!
Spend time with someone learning about or making art! We are all creators and we are surrounded by art! The choice of activity is completely open! It can be as simple as making a card for an essential worker, or making another rainbow sign. Take an "art walk" together and draw some local buildings! You can ask someone to teach you how to finger knit or maybe you can yarn bomb something for your yard? Or, keep it simple - you can watch a, Art for Kids Hub as a family and draw something together!
Whatever you decide to do - email me a photo of your project for the art gallery on Friday!
Hello Everyone !
This week we have a special treat! The hard-working staff at Burlington City Arts found a way to celebrate the students who have art exhibited in the 2020 City Hall Art Show. The Art Show has gone digital, and you can see all of the wonderful work by CP Smith Artists! Click the image !
Also, special kudos to 5th graders Caris and Adler for being this year's Bentley Davis Seiffer Award recipients! I am so very proud of your hard work, dedication and excitement about art! Congratulations!