Artist in Residence
Mr. B is definitely an artist. He takes after his dad, and loves to paint, draw, and create. He has tons of sketch books filled, paintings on our walls, and really has a wild imagination.
As you may know, I volunteer in his Art class at school. It’s so fun to watch all the kids create things and learn about art and artists. I know I’ve said it before, but I love his art teacher. Not only is she genuinely happy to see the each week, but she really explains big concepts so that they can understand.
So far, they have learned about Pete Mondrian, Henry Matisse, and are now onto Vincent Van Gogh. They’ve worked on collage, primary colors, lines, patterns, and realistic vs abstract. They just completed a sculpture with clay where they learned about texture, score and slip technique, and glazing. Plus, when they finish working for the day, they read books on art/artists, help clean-up, and explore their environment to find art around them. They also have learned to take an “artist’s look” at their work to see what’s missing, as well as do an “artist walk” to get inspiration from each other.
Projects for the Artist
At home, Mr. B loves to create. Not only does he make traditional paintings and drawings, but he likes to do projects. He had a kit to build a car and a plane, then he painted them both. He also has been making various flags from different countries, thanks to a unit they did in kindergarten.
Recently an Etsy shop owner contacted me, and told me all about their Doodley Duds Coloring Page T-shirts. A T-shirt you can color? One that keeps it’s colors after you wash it? It sounded like a perfect project for my little artist.
Mr. B loved coloring his t-shirt. He didn’t use all the fabric marker colors because he wanted it to look realistic, like he had learned in art class. He went with grey for the mice, and green for the mushrooms. I think he did an excellent job staying in the lines.
He mentioned it was a little harder coloring on fabric than paper, so I would recommend these for ages 5 and up. Plus, they make adult sizes too. Since coloring is all the rage as a stress reliever, I think I may make one myself.
Overall, it was a really fun project, and it tuned out great after ironing it (to set the color) and washing it. Check out their Etsy page HERE if you’d like to get a Doodley Duds Coloring Page T-shirt* for your little artist, or even yourself. They have tons of fun designs, they are reasonable priced, and you can buy the markers right from their site, as well.
*We were given a Doodley Duds Coloring Page T-shirt, however, all opinions are my own.