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What’s up in the art room? (April 2022)

Check out some of our current projects happening in the art room and how they’re made!

Check out some of what we’ve been up to below!

This month students are still working on their still life acrylic paintings! They have all been taking a lot of time and doing their best work on these still life paintings and I’m excited to see how they come out! We first learned about composition and arranging a still life, completing several thumbnail sketches of inanimate objects arranged in different ways. Students had the chance to arrange objects and form their own set-ups. The decided arrangement was then sketched out onto a canvas. Before painting we talked about the color wheel and making our own colors as well as exploring tints, tones, & shades & undertones!

This month was also full of classes! Some fun projects at the Seaford Library, the Art League in OC, Roaring Point Campground, & a special paint party at Westside Community Center!

One of my favorite Easter traditions is forcing loved ones to make Ukranian Easter Eggs (I think they really like it) – the cat was at least happy to join in. It’s a time-consuming method, using wax resist – the results are always cool!

Also preparing for some upcoming art events with painted wine glasses and polymer clay bookmarks! Check out Music & Arts @ Pemberton Park! Fridays in May to purchase!

We also took a little break from painting still life in classes to create an Easter project – Decoupaged Eggs!

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Student Spotlight! (April 2022)

Each month I will be spotlighting one of my students – past or present, and their artistic ventures! I work with students of all ages and abilities and you’ll get to learn a little bit about these amazing artists and their work!

Our April spotlight is on:

Ian Golightly

I am Ian Golightly and I am 11 years old. I have been taking homeschool art classes with Miss Jenell for over four years. I especially like her cat, Tux who joins us in the studio!

Why did you begin to take art lessons/how did you become interested in art? I decided to take art lessons when I was looking for a new hobby. I have always liked creating and building things – from Legos to model vehicles and customizing toy trucks.

Is there anything else about you that you’d like us to know? When I am not working on art, I enjoy playing soccer, bike riding, taking long walks with my dad, reading with my mom, swimming, roller skating, and being with my friends. My absolute favorite food is French fries and spicy foods like hot sauce!

“Reuben” Acrylic on Canvas

What is your favorite thing you’ve ever created and why? “My proudest piece of artwork is an early acrylic painting I made of my cat Reuben. One of his preferred places to lounge was on top of our highest kitchen cabinets!”

“A Day in the Life of a Leaf” Acrylic on a leaf

Do you have a favorite color? I use blue in almost all of my art since it is my favorite color.

What is your favorite thing about art? “Watercolor pencils are my newest favorite medium along with acrylic paint and colored pencils. I am not a fan of pastels due to their appearance and tendency to smudge since I am left-handed.

Do you enter your artwork in any shows or contests? “Three of my piece of art have been on display at the Ward Museum.”

“Thumbs up” Watercolor pencil

How has your artwork improved/what have you done to keep improving as an artist? I hope to continue improving as an artist by taking more classes with Miss Jenell and Tux!

Ian is always open minded when he comes to class, he’s not afraid to try new mediums, techniques, or ideas! He’s focused on his art and is able to be critical of his own work, making adjustments until he reaches the desired outcome – all while with a positive & happy attitude! These attributes will, without a doubt, continue to help Ian grow as an artist! Keep up the nice work Ian!

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Decoupaged Eggs!

Create fun and colorful eggs this Easter with decoupage! Gather decorative tissue papers, glitter and some ribbon! These easy and fun eggs are a fun way to create a gift or decoration this Easter!

What you need:

  • Decorative tissue papers
  • ModPodge – I used Gloss
  • Glitter and/or Glitter glue
  • Paint brush
  • Eggs – I used real eggs that had been blown out. You can also use plastic dyeable eggs.
  • Pony beads or similar
  • Ribbon
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors
  • Hair dryer (optional)

Step one: Gather all your supplies!

Step two: Cut out pieces from your tissue paper – cut more than what you’ll think you will need and try to cut off as much of the background as possible. *If the tissue paper background is white, an your egg is white, then you don’t need to worry as much about getting rid of the background!

Step three: Brush the Modpodge on the egg in a thin layer (I did half the egg at a time), then add one of your tissue paper cut outs, brush another layer of Modpodge on top of the tissue paper. Carefully use your brush to flatten out the tissue paper and press down any wrinkles. The larger pieces of tissue paper you have, the more wrinkles you will end up with as it will have to curve around the egg shell!

Step four: Continue to add your tissue paper to your egg & layering Modpodge under and over each piece! Don’t be afraid to overlap pieces. Once your egg is complete, brush a layer of Modpodge on top of the whole thing, making sure all pieces are pressed down and sealed – I did half my egg at a time drying each half before Modpodging the second half! Let your egg dry completely – use the hair dryer to speed up the processs.

Step five: Apply glitter! The picture on the left is glitter glue in the center of the flowers and the photo on the right was brushed with Modpodge and covered with clear glitter! You could also add details with paint pens or Sharpies at this stage too!

Step six: You can leave your egg as it is or create a hanger with a piece of ribbon and a pony bead. Cut your length of ribbon, fold it in half, slide both cut ends of the ribbon in the bead (photo one), add some hot glue to the ribbon just below the bead, and slide the bead onto the hot glue. Let dry and then cut off any glue or ribbon below the bead. Add a drop of hot glue to the top of your egg and press the bead to it! While the hot glue is still wet you can sprinkle on some glitter!

Check out these fun eggs by students!

Looking for another Easter egg idea? Check out resist dyed Easter eggs and Marbled Easter eggs!

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What’s up in the art room? (March 2022)

Check out some of our current projects happening in the art room and how they’re made!

Check out some of what we’ve been up to below!

This month students started working on a new project – still life acrylic paintings! We first learned about composition and arranging a still life, completing several thumbnail sketches of inanimate objects arranged in different ways. Students had the chance to arrange objects and form their own set-ups. The decided arrangement was then sketched out onto a canvas. Before painting we we talked about the color wheel and making our own colors as well as exploring tints, tones, & shades & undertones! I can’t wait to see all these completed still life paintings!

I was also able to hold a mini polymer clay succulent class at Westside Community Center, Felt flower plaques at Seaford library & painted pet portraits at Greenwood Library! And a partner program, Creative Science, Shrinking Turtles, at Westside Community Center too!

Also preparing for some upcoming art events with painted wine glasses and polymer clay hair pins! Check out Music & Arts @ Pemberton Park! Fridays in May to purchase!

This month I also worked on a commission – painting the top of table and chairs!

Students also finished up on color wheels and creating artwork using warm & cool colors to help create or evoke certain feelings, moods, or ideas into their art! Many focused on hands and how we can also use them to communicate with too! While others completed a painted gourd birdhouse and pet portrait!

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Student Spotlight! (March 2022)

Each month I will be spotlighting one of my students – past or present, and their artistic ventures! I work with students of all ages and abilities and you’ll get to learn a little bit about these amazing artists and their work!

Our March spotlight is on:

Syd Johnson

My name is Syd Johnson, I’m in 11th grade, and I’ve been taking art lessons for two years. I’ve always been interested in art and never really had the chance to make it to my best ability and never had enough supplies, so that’s why I started art lessons. My favorite type of art to make is assemblage but I really enjoy looking at watercolor paintings. My grandma really inspires me to make art because I always enjoy how happy it makes her when I show her something new I’ve made.

“Broken Hearts” – Colored Pencil on Paper, Keith Herring Inspired.

What artist(s) from history do you admire most and why? “My favorite artist is Keith Haring because he made a lot of art about what would be considered “sensitive/inappropriate” in the 80’s. I feel like that’s very brave, and his art is just awesome!”

Besides painting and drawing are you into any other art forms? “I like photography.”

“Eye See You” – Mixed Media Collage

Why do you think art is important? – Why is it important for you? “Art is important because it’s fun, it requires skill; not everyone can do it and it gets the creative juices flowing. Without creativity, life is dull and boring, art makes it fun and interesting.”

What is your favorite thing about creating art? “It’s fun to see the vision that you made in your head come to life.”

Do you plan to have a career in the arts? “Yes – but I’m not sure what specifically.”

“Recycled Seahorse” – Assemblage/Mixed Media on Wood

Do you enter your artwork in any shows or contests? “I have done some, but I plan to do more in the future.”

Do you have a favorite color? “Yes, pink.”

How long does it take you to complete your artwork? “It depends, it could be from a quick sketch for fun, to multiple weeks on one piece.”

“Oscar” – Acrylic on Wood

When you’re making your art do like to listen to music or watch tv for inspiration (if so what)? “I like to watch iCarly while I do stuff”

Is there a certain style, or type, of art that you’d like to someday try? “I’d like to try graffiti.”

Is there an aspect of art that you don’t like, and why? “I hate pretentious and arrogant people in the art community. I feel like they take away from the fun of making art, by turning it into more of a competition.”

“Mushroom” Printmaking, Carved Linoleum & Ink

Do you have any advice for someone who wants to become an artist or improve their skills? “Just practice and even if it doesn’t look good at first, keep trying.”

What do you think makes a good artist and/or piece of art? “Define “good” – what one person sees as good, could be awful to someone else.”

“Sun with Face” – Acrylic on Canvas

How has your artwork improved/what have you done to keep improving as an artist? “With every piece of art I make I learn more and become better.”

Syd enjoys the process of creating and making, she comes with ideas and works to bring them to life! She sets goals for her artwork and overcomes any challenges along the way – completing a piece once she reaches the desired outcome. Through her process she is also developing her own unique style and includes a lot of herself in her work! Keep up all the awesome work Syd, can’t wait to see your artistic future!

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What’s up in the art room? (February 2022)

Check out some of our current projects happening in the art room and how they’re made!

Check out some of what we’ve been up to below!

This month students finished creating entries for the Ward Museum’s students art show – “No More Waste, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”. Everyone brought in plastic bags from retail shops, grocery stores, and plastic bags that breads, potatoes, and other foods are packaged in. Using an iron, we fused layers of plastic together to create a thicker plastic, adding lettering, colors, and cut-outs (from more plastic) to make our works of art colorful and unique! Finally, we cut and assembled our plastic, fusing pieces together to turn it into heavier duty bags, pouches, cases, and artwork! Artwork will be on display through June 12th!

February was full of paint nights in Ocean City at the Princess Royale through the OC Art League. As well as some held at the Seaford & Greenwood Libraries!

This month I was able to complete my first pastel commission of the year – “Admiral”. As well as work on some new painted glass pieces that will be available at the Ward Museum’s gift shop and upcoming art events! I also created an entry for Tropical Moscato – Follow this link and vote by leaving a comment on your favorite entry!

Click here and leave a comment to vote for your favorite entry!

Students also worked on color wheels and creating artwork using warm & cool colors to help create or evoke certain feelings, moods, or ideas into their art! Many focused on hands and how we can also use them to communicate with too!

Check out these projects you can do at home!

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Student Spotlight! (February 2022)

Each month I will be spotlighting one of my students – past or present, and their artistic ventures! I work with students of all ages and abilities and you’ll get to learn a little bit about these amazing artists and their work!

Our February spotlight is on:

Elijah Cockey

How long have you been taking art lessons? “I have been taking art lessons since 2012.”

Why did you begin to take art lessons/how did you become interested in art? “I began taking art lessons because, as a homeschooler, it is hard to find opportunities to do art.”

What or who inspires you to create your artwork? “Well, I have no muse, really, but (Ms. Jenell can back me up on this), I really like sharks and snakes, so I create a lot of art about them.”

What are your favorite mediums and/or subjects for your artwork? “My favorite medium I’ve used in class is probably acrylics. My favorite medium I’ve used outside of class is probably blacksmithing.”

Is there anything else about you that you’d like us to know? “One thing I’d like you all to know is that the word “Lego” comes from the Danish term “Leg Godt,” or “Play Well.” I thought that was interesting.”

“Santasaurus” Acrylic on Slate – “To avoid seeming off task while looking at stencils, I somehow had to incorporate dinosaurs into my artwork. It turned out almost as lit as the meteorite that brought santasauru’s career to an end.”

Besides visual arts are you into any other art forms? “I am certainly into other art forms. I like music a lot. I play cello, upright bass, electric bass, and banjo. I’m considering learning bagpipes, but that’s still a work in progress.”

Why do you think art is important? – Why is it important for you? “I think that art is important for numerous reasons, but I’ll focus specifically on art’s historic significance. Art—whether that be paintings, carvings, photography, sculpture, etc.—has proved to be a key component of our understanding of history. For example, when we come across a culture whose writing system is yet to be deciphered, or a culture who may not have had a written language, their art is often one of the sole windows into their world that we have. Even in recorded history, images of historical events can give contextual evidence for historical events. Art is important to me for the same reason.”

What is your favorite thing about art? “My favorite thing about art is the wide variety of artistic mediums there are.”

What artist(s) from history do you admire most and why? “The artist I admire most in history is Caravaggio. Though he is underappreciated, he influenced other artists.”

Do you plan to have a career in the arts? “I do. I plan on becoming a musician.”

“Impossible Shape” Acrylic on canvas – “If it’s impossible, then how did I draw it?”

Do you enter your artwork in any shows or contests? “Whenever an opportunity comes up, whether that be through art class or through another organization like 4-H, I always submit my art. Did I say I win? No. But I submit.”

Is there a certain style, or type, of art that you’d like to someday try? “I’ve always wanted to try glassblowing. I’ve seen people do it at Jamestown, the Corning Museum of Glass, and Salisbury University. It’s a mesmerizing process.”

Do you have a favorite color? “My favorite color is orange. I like campfires, leaves, pumpkins, and all other things related to fall, so orange seemed like a natural favorite color.”

How long does it take you to complete your artwork? “My artwork takes as long for me to complete as I will stop talking in art class. Fact.”

“Sharkuterie” Mixed Media on Board – “It’s a picture of a shark because I’m a great admirer of sharks.”

What is your favorite thing you’ve ever created and why? “My favorite thing I’ve ever created in art class is a shark on a board. Kind of like a…Sharkuterie board. I crack myself up.”

When you’re making your art do like to listen to music or watch tv for inspiration (if so what)? “I like listening to music while I do my homework. I find it helps me focus.”

Is there an aspect of art that you don’t like, and why? “One thing that I don’t like about art is the fact that stick figures are often looked down upon. That’s kind of offensive…if you’re a stick figure, of course.”

Do you have any advice for someone who wants to become an artist or improve their skills? “Yeah, go take from Ms. Jenell.”

What do you think makes a good artist and/or piece of art? “I think that a good artist has a point to make with their art, and I think good art makes that point. It doesn’t have to be a deep, metaphysical point. It just ha to be worth making.”

How has your artwork improved/what have you done to keep improving as an artist? “My artwork has much improved over the years. One skill I have developed in particular is the ability to look at a picture and draw from that picture.”

Elijah brings fun and humor to class every week – he enjoys making others laugh (as well as “cracking himself up”), his sense of humor reflected in his artwork; bringing a smile to the viewers. He also likes to think outside the box and add his own perspective or take on the given subjects, mediums, & styles, creating unique and personal pieces of art!

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What’s up in the art room? (January 2022)

Check out some of our current projects happening in the art room and how they’re made!

Happy New Year! Check out some of what we’ve been up to below!

Tux was super excited to help us with our first project of the year; creating entries for the Ward Museum’s students art show! Students are creating a piece of upcycled artwork for the upcoming show “No More Waste, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”. Everyone brought in plastic bags from retail shops, grocery stores, and plastic bags that breads, potatoes, and other foods are packaged in. Using an iron we fused layers of plastic together to create a thicker plastic, adding lettering, colors, and cut-outs (from more plastic) to make our works of art colorful and unique! Finally we cut and assembled our plastic, fusing pieces together to turn it into heavier duty bags, pouches, cases, and artwork!

This month I was able to visit Parkside High and create mini succulent gardens out of polymer clay with students there!

We were also able to hold a painted wine glass class at the Seaford Library!

I’ve had some time this month to work on a fun commission project – painting a wooden Noah’s Ark set! And have also been working on adding some new polymer clay bookmarks to my Etsy shop! Check out this post on how I create my “Put a Fork in it” bookmarks and see them all in my Etsy shop!

Check out these projects you can do at home!

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Student Spotlight! (January 2022)

Each month I will be spotlighting one of my students – past or present, and their artistic ventures! I work with students of all ages and abilities and you’ll get to learn a little bit about these amazing artists and their work!

Our September spotlight is on:

Guinevere Cockey

My name is Guinevere Cockey, I am 12 years old, and I have been taking art with Ms. Jenell for 10 years. I started taking lessons in about 2012. My siblings had been taking art with Ms. Jenell before I started, and I was so excited when I was allowed to start! Other artists’ works as well as animals—domestic and wild—inspire me to create art. I enjoy painting with acrylics and watercolor, but I enjoy fabric arts like knitting, crocheting, and sewing, equally. I also love riding horses.

“Christmas Slate” Acrylic on Slate

What is your favorite thing you’ve ever created and why? “My favorite thing I’ve ever created is a roof slate on which I painted a Christmas scene. I enjoyed creating it because the focus was on the trees, but, beyond them, is a small snowman, smiling in a winter storm. Also, the slate had been used for many years on the roof of a house and, itself, had seen many Christmas storms. Now it was being turned into a work of art about a Christmas storm!”

Besides visual arts are you into any other art forms? “Besides visual arts, I dance, act in community theater, and play many different instruments in my family band.”

“Impossible Square” Acrylic on canvas

Do you have a favorite color? “My favorite color is probably light turquoise. Light turquoise is my favorite color because it reminds me of the water in a beautiful beach in Pensacola, Florida my family and I went to on our summer vacation.”

Is there an aspect of art that you don’t like, and why? “I don’t like modern art. Not like Andy Warhol, but other types of modern art. Like the kinds that just are, for example, a blank yellow page that represents all the rain in the clouds.”

“Flowery Dots” Alcohol inks on Yupo

Do you plan to have a career in the arts? “When I go to college I might double-major in Equestrian Studies and Photography or Performing Arts.”

Guin is always excited and cheerful when taking on projects, trying new mediums, subjects, & styles! She’s open to new ideas and thoughts – and never goes into any project thinking she can’t do it! Being able to enjoy the process of making and creating along with her positive outlook, makes her a successful artist who spreads happy qualities through her art; inspiring others!

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What’s up in the art room? (December 2021)

Check out some of our current projects happening in the art room and how they’re made!

Happy Holidays! Check out some of what we’ve been up to below!

Students had fun creating a gingerbread ornament from polymer clay or painting on slate for our final project of the year!

Fun at the Westside Community Center Annual Christmas Dinner Making crafts and playing games!

Students finished up working on their line drawings this month, focusing on line & form, pen techniques and watercolor! They’ve been working on creating forms and incorporating line and pen techniques to create shading! Their final step is to add watercolor in a fun way!

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