Awakening of the Magi

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This sketch was inspired by a stone relief by a 12th century artist named Gislebertus,  Using acrylic paints and gel medium, I painted this scene for the  icon exhibit currently at Hope Chapel this holiday season.  Here’s some process photos:20141031_135721 IMG_20141101_131835

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Thanks for stopping by to see my art.  I hope the Light of the Christmas story fills you with joy.  ~Scarlett

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Mother and Child Silhouettes

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This is a simple art project using only colored paper, pencils, scissors, and glue.

I had students attempt to draw the silhouette of the mother and child using samples I made as a guide,

while I allowed the reluctant artists to trace patterns onto blue paper.  The students ranged from 1st-4th grade.

Here are two FREE patterns for you to use:

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I cut a few of the patterns from black cardstock for the classes to use. DSCF1108

I also made up two samples, one of each pattern, for them to use as a guide.  Look at Mattise’s Icarus for inspiration.DSCF1097 DSCF1109 DSCF1114

Here is a small sampling of finished pieces by my elementary students.  They turned out great and each one was unique! See more of the finished pieces here on my FB page.  I post weekly art projects, works in progress, and other artful endeavors on my FB page.
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Thanks for stopping by, hope you’re having a blessed holiday season.  ~Scarlett

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“The Red Room” Ornaments after Matisse

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One of my favorite paintings and some simple salt dough hearts…

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Became some pretty Matisse inspired Christmas ornaments.

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Madonna and Child with Dolphins

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The dolphin was an early symbol in Christian art. Because dolphins swim alongside boats, they represent Christ who guides believers to heaven. More about the dolphin as a symbol for Christ can be read here.

More importantly to me, dolphins grieve and mourn their young.  The reason I chose dolphins for this painting is simply because I’m grieving and need help. I pray that God will help me back to the surface, just as dolphins help those in distress.

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Light modeling paste brushed onto hair and baby’s blanket…


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Lines drawn through the wet paste for texture…
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Paint rubbed over dried paste on hair and baby blanket…
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Add adhesive to areas where gold foil will be added and let dry…
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Gently rub gold foil (gold side up) over adhesive to add shiny gold leaf accents…
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Love the hammered look of the star…
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Have a blessed first week of Advent, friends. Thanks for stopping by.  ~Scarlett
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Illuminated Letters

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This is a simple illuminated letter project I’m doing with my 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade artists.

I had a difficult time finding plain, blank fill-in letters so I made my own in Microsoft Word.  The font is Engravers MT at font size 450.

***Be sure and like my FB page and see the young artist’s finished projects each week!

Supplies :

Ivory Card stock with Pre-printed Letters  (8.5″ x 11″)

Markers/Pencils

Glue Sticks

Gold paint/ Small Brushes

Metallic gold Cardstock (8.5″ x 11″)

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