Paperbag Travel Journal for Haiti

In just a few days I will be traveling to Haiti with Project HOPE Art, an amazing group of women I met and joined up with earlier this year. We will be visiting the cities of Port-au-Prince and Jacmel, making art with children in orphanages and schools to help bring creativity to their lives. 

As a fan of art travel journals, my first instinct was to go and buy a leather-bound, magnet-closing, super-embossed luxurious book to record all my writings for this very special trip. But then my practical side got the better of me, and I decided to try an idea I saw recently using paper bags. I've also learned that Haiti has an issue with trash, so I decided that my journal should be made with products on hand and no more. 

1. My corner market gave me a handful of 11" x 6" (flat) brown paper bags to work with. Drawing paper was cut into 10.5" x 6" panels, folded in half, and then tied inside the folded paper bag with a leather string. 
2. I drew a map of Haiti on the cover of the brown paper, and traced it with a permanent black marker. I used watercolor color pencils to shade in the land and water, and painted it with water to soften the image.
3. Finally, in order to protect my journal from water and stains, I covered it with clear packing tape. Not super fancy, but I like the homemade look. Stay tuned to learn more about life for children in Haiti...
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Popsicle Stick Signage

 I’ve been experimenting with craft sticks and found they are pretty easy to cut with scissors and glue together to make your own signage. I trimmed the ends of jumbo-size sticks so they would lie flush to each other when I was making simple letters. Symmetrical letters worked well this way, such as the “A” and the “Y”. Others like the “T” and “H” I overlapped to make the glueing easier. When the letters were flush, I glued little pieces of stick to the backsides as shown in the back photo. Lastly, I glued all the letters to one long strand of sticks I had layered together. I recommend using craft glue; it’s thicker and dries faster.
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Beans in a CD Case Experiment Begins

A friend suggested this idea of growing beans in a CD case, and I loved it immediately! Think of it as the world’s skinniest terrarium. My experiment is to see how long the plant can grow in this narrow environment. So far, so good, with wet potting mix soil, 3 seeds and a fat clear CD case. Check back as I will update the growth process. This would make a fun “living diagram” and students could use a paint pen to label the parts of the plant when it’s grown, before they transplant it into something larger.  The plan is to share this project with children in Haiti (I travel next week with Project Hope Art) so they can learn to add this nutritional food to their diet.
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“Stained Glass” Bowl

Kids these days are so lucky to have such cool new art materials coming out all the time. I recently found something called “Scratch Art-Clear Scratch Film” that can be used in so many ways. This idea comes from the one of the lesson plans on the dickblick.com website.
1. Locate some inexpensive glass bowls or jars (I found mine at a 99 cent store). Look for anything that has a cylinder shape and not angled to keep the film wrapping simple.
2. Cut panels from the letter-size Scratch Art-Clear Scratch Film sheets that are the height of the glass container. I actually had to piece two sections together for this project because the length needed was more than 11", but careful taping with small bits of clear tape worked fine.
3. I gave leftover swatches to students to practice drawing on, and then gave them final strips and a wooden stylus (stick). Emphasize that there should be lots and lots of lines in their artwork, no matter what subject they decide to draw.
4. When the drawings are complete, the film is turned over to it's shiny side and colored in with Sharpie markers. The brighter colors work best.
5. Lastly, the panel is wrapped around the glass container and taped together on the inside.
This very cool bowl was made by Aiden, a 1st grader.
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My New Tech Find – Pinterest

If you are like me, you are often finding photos of art ideas on the internet which you would like to put on your future “to do” list. So you download the images to a folder, hopefully add a link somewhere, put it away, and sooner or later realize you have a ton of these and they are of no help because you cannot easily see them. Either that or you forgot you had them in the first place.

Well I just stumbled over this new site call “Pinterest” that is hands-down the easiest, most attractive and most useful way to save these valued bits of inspiration. With just a couple of clicks you have saved your image with link with notes, if desired. For some reason you have to be approved to start an account right now, but maybe that will change soon. Meanwhile you can take a peak at my “Art Project Ideas” collection that I have started by clicking on the button below. I have no sponsorship relationship with this company, I just really love what they have created.

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Fish Tessellation

A tessellation is a collection of shapes that fill a paper with no overlaps and no gaps. I like the combination of math and artistic skills they require, and am happy to say that this design is my very own.
1. Start with a card stock square, at least 3" wide. I recommend labeling the four corners as shown in diagram 1. Measure and mark the middle of each side of the square.
2. On the top right corner, draw and cut out a curve, leaving a little flat space that I like to call the “nose”.
3. The top curve piece is flopped and traced to make a symmetrical version below. Cut out the shape.
4. Both curved shapes are aligned and slide to the back of the square as shown. Tape in place. It is VERY important that the numbers read as shown as flopped and rotated shapes will not fit together when complete.
5. Cut one equilateral triangle from the bottom of the shape. It is slid to the top, aligned with the front of the fish and taped in place.
6. Place your fish on at least a 9" x 12" drawing paper, and trace. It’s best to make one row going across the paper first, and then add rows on top, always interlocking the shapes when tracing. Lastly, trace the lines in black marker and color with crayon. See artwork by M.C. Escher to get inspired for more complex tessellations.

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Tinted Self-Portrait

Pablo Picasso's Blue Period, in which he painted only blue paintings of sad subject matter, is a good example of how an artist used color to reflect his feelings. Ask children to think of the different feelings associated with colors before they choose the main color for their self-portrait.
1. Show the students how to draw a simple self-portrait in pencil on a heavy piece of paper. It's a good time to review the basic proportions of the face (eyes in middle of oval, nose halfway down, etc.) Have them trace the pencil lines with a black Sharpie marker.
2. The students choose one main paint color – red, blue, green or yellow are good – and distribute on a paper plate with a little black and white added to the side. (Acrylic and tempera paints will work for this.) Show the students how they can mix many variations of the main color by adding a little of white or black on the plate. The students are to fill in each area of their drawing with a different color of paint and let dry
3. Any black lines that were painted over may be traced again in marker to make them stand out.
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Starry Night Mural

“I wanted to show you the finished product of our wall mural in our school lunchroom.  I ordered the templates from you, then we projected them onto the wall and painted it.  It was a huge undertaking, taking a whole school year to complete with twenty-five 3-5th grade students in an afterschool art club.  Thank you for the great idea!!”   — Lori Wrankle, Art Specialist 

Thank you Lori for taking the time to share this beautiful photo.  Please congratulate your students for me on a amazing job well done!
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Flower Girls from Macedonia

These beautiful photos come from Lila Arsova in Macedonia, who has shared some of her creative ideas with me in the past. She wrote that these flower girls were made from natural materials in a creative workshop by students in the second grade: Rajko Zhinzifov and Veles Macedonia. It looks like they used pins to combine pieces of flowers and leaves together for these very lovely little creatures. Thanks so much for sending these Lila, and please thank your students too!
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Goodbye To My Little Artist Friends in Haiti

Yesterday was Project HOPE Art's last day with the kids we'd been with all week, and so it was time to hang their art, share a meal together and then, sadly, say goodbye.

After spending an incredible two weeks in Haiti with the best team anyone could ask for (Jenni Ward, Melissa Schilling, and Julie Ulm), I'm at a loss to summarize my experiences, and the emotional roller coaster that this trip provided. One of the definite highs was seeing kids continue to draw and weave and braid on their own, days after learning it from Jenni and me. A low would have to be body painting over big bumpy scars on little arms and legs – that caught me off guard.

But despite all that, and the fact that these kids don't even have a tiny fraction of what most children have in my neighborhood, they are a happy and boisterous and curious bunch that will greet you with a kiss every time you see them. In fact, just try to listen to them singing in the clip below without smiling. I don't know where they learned this song as they only speak Creole, I only know I find it incredibly sweet to listen to.

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Overlapping Rings

This can be a great exercise for drawing overlapping shapes. Use new rolls of masking tape for tracing – they are easy to hold and grip the paper.
1. Starting with a large sheet of drawing paper (I recommend 12" x 18") have each student draw many rings by tracing both sides of a masking tape roll. Some rings should overlap, and some should also go off the paper. This is repeated until the paper is full.
2. Looking at each pair of rings, the student has to choose which ring is in front, and then erase all the "see through" lines within that ring. This is continued until all the "see through" lines are gone.
3. A black marker is used to trace all the pencil lines.
4. Construction paper crayons were used in my sample, but any crayon will work fine.
CA Visual Art Standard: Creative Expression, Grade Two
2.3 Depict the illusion of depth (space) in a work of art, using overlapping shapes, relative size, and placement within the picture.
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Making Rainbows with Nadine's Kids

Today was the last day to play and make art with Nadine's kids from the orphanage down the street. After yoga with Mimi, Jenni and I showed them how to draw rainbows with oil pastels and color their traced hand on a page full of circles. I've certainly learned that the best way to learn the names for colors in another language is to just jump in with a project so you will have to say them over and over again. At least that's what works for my verbally-challenged brain. I've also learned that no matter where kids are from, they just want to be acknowledged for doing the best they can, and will reward you with a genuine smile when you do.
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Paper Mache House

I was inspired by artist Maize Hutton to make paper mache houses that could actually double as storage for toys, etc. All you need is some cardboard, mache and paint, and you can make a lightweight yet sturdy and colorful container.
1. Cut five 10" squares from corrugated cardboard and tape together into an open box, covering the seams well with duct tape. Cut rectangles and triangles to fit top and tape together as well.
2. Dipping strips into paper mache (see Paper Mache Bowl project for recipe), cover box and top outside with one layer of newspaper. Wrapping strips around the seams and edges with help make a more polished look. Let dry for 24 hours or until hard.

3. Dip strips of paper towel in mache and cover box and top outside with one layer. Wrap strips around the seams and edges again. Smooth often with hands to eliminate bumps. Let dry for 24 hours or until hard.
4. Paint box and house with acrylic paints. After the paint is dry, a cover of Mod-Podge will protect the surface for years to come.
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Portrait Art from Australia

This beautiful canvas art comes from Jan who teaches at a small country school in South Australia. This project was made as a farewell gift for one of their very loved teachers, so it has the name of the school in the middle as a memento. Jan wrote that there are only 72 students in the whole school at the moment, so they included the staff as well to fill it up. I love how colorful it is, and how carefully all the portraits drawn. Beautiful job kids (and teacher!)

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Painting Poissons with Nadine's Kids

Today our group was back with some of our favorite kids we've met so far, those at Nadine's Orphanage in Port-au-Prince. The amazing woman who runs this home for girls is dedicated to raising and educating all 30 of them to eventually get college scholarships in other countries, and then hopefully return to help Haiti. They all made friendship bracelets with Jenni, and I showed them how to paint a fish, or "poisson" in watercolor. It was a really great day hosting them again in our hotel's front courtyard. The girls were thrilled when they heard we'd be back tomorrow for more art.
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Woven Cup Holder Tutorial

I experimented with an idea from my “Crafts for Kids” magazine, and came up with this recycled magazine cup holder. It’s created by weaving around a water bottle, so a good fit is pretty much guaranteed. And you probably already have all the supplies to make one ... or more. To see the complete tutorial, click HERE.
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Art at Parc Binochat

Parc Binochat is a school in Jacmel that is close to one of the roughest tent cities around. Yesterday we worked with many amazing volunteers there as the kids come just for a summer program right now, the official school is not in session. This made for a bit more livelier group, but working in smaller age groups helped. The younger students first made paper chains and learned to paint flamingos with watercolors, and the older painted in my Haiti Pierre Maxo mural. We finished by attaching it to an outside cement wall with just a mixture of flour and water. It was a bit messy, but the colors looked great all the same. We also helped the kids mount more oversized black and white photos on an outside wall.
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Help Spread the Message of Hope for Japan


In response to the March 11th earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan, HoriPro Entertainment Group songwriters Matt Palmer and Pascal Guyon teamed up to write an inspirational song dedicated to the mothers and children affected by this tragedy.  A few weeks later, a choir of children from the Los Angeles HORIPRO Music Academy, ages 3-13, joined the effort to add their voices to the song, and make a music video to accompany their message of hope. 

DONATION SITE:
http://www.bestrongjapan.org

LINK TO VIDEO:
http://www.youtube.com/user/HoriProOfficial   
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William Wegman Trading Cards

William Wegman is a contemporary artist that has illustrated many children’s books and been a part of many videos on "Sesame Street".
1. I started my lesson by talking about how Mr. Wegman makes his dogs look human in his artwork. Distribute color prints of different dog heads that are about 3/4" square. I found some online and printed them with my color printer, but you could scan magazines photos, scale them down and print them out.
2. Instruct the students to cut out a dog head and an additional magazine item like a body or background. Both items should be glued down on a 2.5" x 3.5" card and colored with pencil crayons.

3. A second 3.5" x 2.5" size card should be filled out with their name, and the two can slide back-to-back into a trading card sleeve. You can buy these sleeves for 1¢ at most trading card venues.
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Art at Bassin Blue

Yesterday our group went up into the mountains of Jacmel, and worked with about 50 young kids that are part of a church run by Father Baba, a well known and respected pastor in the region. Mimi (from our group) held a short class about growing beans as we had brought many to share with them. The children learned what their beans would look like as they grew, and did a follow-along drawing about them also. After a really nice lunch that Father Baba had prepared for our group, we and the kids all hiked up to an amazing waterfall, Bassin Blue. Jenni and I took our face painting sticks and friendship bracelet supplies, picturing working on some flat area near the falls. Well, no such thing existed, only large rocks in one of the most beautiful basins I have ever seen. So...we learned that you CAN make bracelets on a wet, rocky ledge, and children DO love to get their bodies decorated with paints at almost any place and any time!
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Photo Texture Collage

Magazines with big glossy photos are best for this project. Landscape, travel and food magazines will generally get you the largest and prettiest images.
1. Pass out black construction paper and several magazines for each student. Instruct that they are to cut out as many images of texture as they can (i.e. grass, fabric, water, sky, etc.) Those cuttings will then be turned into a landscape collage.
2. Request that each student start with large squares and rectangles for the buildings, and then cut and glue smaller details such as windows and doors.
3. Lastly, landscaping and sky details may be added. Encourage unusual combinations.

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Watercolor Painting at Angel Ministries

Today I traveled with Project Hope Art to Angel Ministries in Jacmel, as we had recently met the founder and were invited to work with 50 of the kids from his school. The age range was wide, maybe 6 to 16, but they all really enjoyed the chance to learn how to draw a parrot and paint it with watercolors. Such beautiful and eager learners! I later learned that many had never had an art lesson before. The things we take for granted...
The young man in the white shirt above is Caleb, the founder of Angel Ministries. He's twenty-four years old.
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Textured Watercolor Painting

One of my favorite art books, The Usborne Book of Art Skills by Fiona Watt, has some really amazing watercolor projects, including this one using Saran Wrap. 
1. Dissolve watercolor tablets in water, about one square to 1/2 cup of water ahead of time so that the students can paint with liquid color. Give the students a large piece of watercolor paper (regular paper does not work!) and several cups of watercolor paint. Ask them to paint about 6 large spots that overlap just a bit, but do not go to the edge.
2. While the paint is still wet, cover with a large piece of saran wrap and press down, forming wrinkles - the more the better. Let dry at least an hour or until the paper does not feel wet. Remove the wrap.
3. Talk to the students about contrast, and how the colors currently have some contrast between the wrinkles, but not a lot. Show them how they can increase the contrast by painting the darkest areas again. If they paint carefully around the lightest areas of each color, the contrast is increased and the texture seems to jump off the page.
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A Day in Jacmel

Tropical storm Emily delayed our plans by a day, but this morning we were off to visit Creation Foundation, a school that cares for 90 kids in the city of Jacmel. All the kids get 3 meals a day, and are schooled and trained so they can go on to become the next generation of Haitian artists. We did some drawing lessons with them, and got lots of hugs and kisses when we left.
Later we went back to the FOSAJ gallery, and were hosted by the director who wanted an impromptu art exchange with his (older) students. So we learned how to mix clay from scratch for paper mâché molds with his kids, and taught some quick drawing and photography lessons with them. Just another amazing day in Haiti!
Above is just one colorful corner of many at Creation Foundation.
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Getting around in Haiti

I love these colorful "Tap Taps" that are one of the main forms of transportation in Haiti. Know why they're named that? Because people crowd on them and slap the metal roof with a "tap tap" when they want to get off. I'm trying to picture how to make these into an art project, of course.
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Traveling from Port-au-Prince to Jacmel

Traveling from Port-au-Prince to the northern city of Jacmel is no small feat. It took about four hours of winding up and down the most hairpin road I have ever seen in my life. Why i difn't get seriously car sick, I have no idea. We arrived yesterday afternoon and met our host for the week, David Ames, the founder of "From Gainsville with Love". He took us to the most amazing gallery ever, the FOSAJ. Even with missing walls, it continues to host art shows and dance classes. There was even a class on Color Theory in progress. Tomorrow we will work with about 30 kids from a nearby tent city.
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Kid’s Flag Art from San Diego

I adore this flag that comes from Janet, a volunteer art teacher at STEPS (San Diego Center for Children) school. I understand that 10 boys got to choose which media they wanted to use as they filled in this red, white and blue flag mural. The result is a work that has unity of color, but keeps a random quality at the same time. I think what makes it so successful is that each panel is different, but they all look like they were done with great purpose and care. I’m guessing that no one was in a rush to finish, which usually shows in the results. AND I love the large, proud signatures. Congrats boys – keep up the good work!
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When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Art

Today was a traveling day as we needed to visit a couple of different places that Hope Art connected with during their last trip to Haiti. Our adventure started with 6 people crammed into a small car that stalled at least once before we got out of the hotel driveway. About 1 mile later on a very narrow busy street we had a flat tire. So while the driver set out on foot to get a new one, we decided to make use of the time and install two large black and white photo prints we had made of kids from one of the orphanages. The original plan was to put them up at another location, but when an hour of your day is suddenly taken captive, it pays to improvise. So with some wheat paste and brushes, Jenni and Mimi got to work attaching our art to an abandoned gate. It was already getting some attention while we were there, I hope that grows with each day. The idea came from an organization called "Inside Out", which is committed to literally putting faces of its people, in its communities, all around the world.
This is Mimi with a little girl, Carolina, who has no family, has never been to school, and has been on oxygen in a hospital for 3 months. After Mimi drew hearts and stars all over her, Carolina in turn wrote on her hand the only two letters she knew, an S and a T, I think.
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Art Journal Fireworks Drawing

This is an exercise in radial drawing, but it makes a nice fireworks image when you fill up the page. It would look great on black paper too.
1. You can use either a journal page or similar 6" x 9" drawing paper. Ask the students to place about 5 dots random dots on the page with a crayon or pencil crayon. Starting with one dot, they are to draw a squiggle lines around it which radiate outwards. It should look like a small flower.
2. Next they switch colors and draw a squiggle band around that center flower. They repeat this process until they have their flower / firework fairly large. At some point they are to stop and start on the next dot, continuing until they bump into each other. This is repeated with all the dots until the shapes overlap each other and fill up the page.

CA Visual Art Standard: Creative Expression, Grade Two
2.5 Use bilateral or radial symmetry to create visual balance.
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Weaving Art with Haiti kids

Today our HOPE Art team went back to Nadine's Orphanage, down the street from our hotel. We got permission to work with the kids in our own courtyard, so we brought them back to make some art in a nice, cool location. I showed them how to pull threads from swatches of burlap and sew colorful thread back in. With our music box playing in the background, breezes flowing and a healthy snack in their belly, I think we gave these sweet kids a break from their dark and crowded lives. Actually, I know we did because at least a couple were really sad when they had to go home.
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Art Trading Cards

Art Trading Cards, also known as ATC's, have been popping up everywhere as a means to create small-scale art that can easily be collected and traded.
1. Purchase many packets of 2.75" x 3.75" plastic trading card sleeves for each student. They generally cost just a penny each. Provide lots of construction paper that is already cut the same measurements.
2. Provide art symbol ideas for the particular country the students are to cover. This posted example is for Mexico, so the student drew cactus and other Mexican imagery. Good colored pencils are the best media for this as they are bright and allow for detail.
3. Have the students make two cards for each sleeve, one with an image, and one written with the country's name. Both can be placed in the sleeve, back sides together, to make a double-sided card.

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