Share the Love....Make heART! | Charmaine Boggs | Skillshare

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7 Lessons (20m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Supplies for Your Project

    • 3. Cutting heart templates

    • 4. Planning your project design

    • 5. Adding oil pastels

    • 6. Painting the Background

    • 7. Your Project

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About This Class

Are you a busy mom or dad looking for a creative rainy day project for the kids? A teenage babysitter responsible for entertaining the troops while mom and dad have a date night? An after school care-giver on the hunt for more creative play? This project, inspired by the work of American artist, Jim Dine, is fun for all ages and all skill levels.


In this class, you'll learn how to design heart-inspired art using oil pastels, watercolors, and simple heart templates. In under an hour, you'll have some colorful heARTwork that you'll be proud to display on the wall...or the refrigerator! 

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Charmaine Boggs

artist, arts educator, jewelry designer



I'm Charmaine, artist and arts educator... living an art-full life fueled by Starbucks and beach dreams!

After retiring from a forty year career in education in 2017,  I realized that I was not ready for a life of leisurely luncheons and golf outings. I'm sure the fact that I've never even played golf might have something to do with that! 

When I'm not busy working on my painting and printmaking, I enjoy spending time in my flower gardens, walking the lovely trails in our nearby parks, and taking the photographs that provide the inspiration for my artwork and the jewelry designs that I sell as CBoggsArt and Thoroughly Modern Mimi on Etsy. 

When I plan a Skillshare class, my goal is to make art accessible for all ages an... See full profile

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1. Introduction: hello and welcome to share the love art with a heart. I'm Charmaine. I'm a retired art teacher. And now I'm here on skill share because I have so many ideas for ways that you can bring art into your homes with your Children with your grandchildren. With those little charges that you baby sit, I now do a lot of my own artwork, take classes and all of that. But I also have two young grandsons, and one of the most heartwarming things when I go to visit them is my youngest grandson. Jackson comes running over to the car, gives me a great big hug, and the first words out of his mouth usually are. Mimi, Did you bring crafts? And, of course, maybe brings crafts? Why wouldn't I? Because I'm an art teacher and I bring craft so we always have a craft on hand. When I go, this isn't one of those crafts. This is actually one of the favored first and second grade lesson plans that I developed when I was teaching full time at the elementary level. It was one that we often did at the end of January, since the motif is a heart, but it's actually a great motive any time of year. What's not to love about hearts and sharing the love? In the next few videos, you'll learn some basic techniques for combining simple shapes, oil, pastels and watercolors into a creative, mixed media project. That's fun for the whole family, and I hope you'll consider sharing that love in our online heart gallery. 2. Supplies for Your Project: Before you start, you'll need to gather up a few supplies. Most are available at your local hobby aircraft store, and I'll be posting a list with links in my class notes. When working with Children, it's always a good idea to cover your workspace. Inexpensive plastic table covers can be cleaned easily and reuse. You can find those of the grocery store or your local party supply shop. Current stock or lightweight cardboard is used to make the heart templates that we trace in this project. They aren't really necessary for older Children or adults, but they are helpful for the younger artists. You'll need to choose project paper that can handle the wet water colors without curling. These watercolor and mixed media papers that are available at Michael's, Joan's and Hobby Lobby worked really well and aren't very costly. Crayola oil pastels are my favorites for younger Children. They're larger, and their shape makes them very easy for little hands too controlled and control. And the colors are great. Great house are another easy to find option. They're smaller than Crayolas but provide excellent color and coverage on. My older students usually prefer these over the Coriolis. There's no need to buy expensive paints to water. Colors are the most expensive at about 5 99 a tube, but they do go a long way when mixed with a little water on a Styrofoam plate. These German made paints are my favorites. They're opaque water colors that are more like temporal and in provide excellent, intense color coverage. Younger students really like thes. As far as brushes go, you won't need a whole lot of them. There's a it's good to have a variety on hand. Big, fluffy ones work really well for your background. You'll also need a pencil, a water bowl and some paper towels for quick cleanup. In the next sequence, I'll demonstrate how to make a variety of heart templates from just two pieces of 8.5 by 11 card stock. So let's get started 3. Cutting heart templates: in this lesson, I'll be sharing with you how to pieces of 8.5 by 11 card stock can make six different heart templates. Templates aren't really necessary, but they are very helpful, especially with younger Children who might struggle with drawing what they consider a satisfactory heart. Since the heart has bilateral symmetry. Ah, lot of students get very upset if their hearts are not a gap in the same on each side. So this sequence will allow you to create those perfect little hearts. And for the first piece, we're going to make a very large part. And to do that, you're going to take one of the corners of your cards, stack and fold it all the way up to it, touches the opposite side, and when you cut this'll piece off the end, you'll end up with a large square, so our first heart will be a very large part of that square in Yeah, once you're square is folded in half, the next step is simply to draw about a one inch or two down. I'm just doing about two inches down, and you're going to draw your heart shape to meet the lower corner, so it's going to go around and down to your lower corner. And then we'll cut that out to create the first heart, which will be a very large sized heart, your next heart. But two of them will be made using these rate this remaining strip of paper full the strip of paper in half, cut it apart. One piece could be folded almost like a little greeting. Courage. Make sure that you're working from the folded edge, and this could be a very chubby hurt, and we'll cut that heart out way. Have a small wide heart and your 2nd 1 will be a long, skinny heart will fold the paper lengthwise, start on the folded edge and make a long, skinny heart cut that long, skinny hurt out. And now we have a long, skinny heart, and that may be all you want, and you don't need to go on to your next sheet. But sometimes you just want something just slightly different for this heart will take the piece of paper from folded from bottom to top, and we're going to cut that in half so that we have to equal pieces. One of our pieces will become the next heart. Well, just hold it as if it were a greeting card. Start a little bit down and make our heart, and our 71 will fold like a greeting card again. But this time we'll cut it in half, hold the half in half to give us a slightly writer heart and then pulled this one long ways , and we have a different shape. When you're all finished cutting out all your hearts, you will have a large hurt. You'll have a variety, smaller size hearts. We'll have some long, skinny ones, some wide ones. You'll have a collection of six, and we're ready for the next step. 4. Planning your project design: for this step, I'm going to use my artist's loft watercolor paper from Michael's Crafts. This is a good paper to use practicing and also a really good paper to use with Children. It's not real expensive, as some of the name brand watercolor papers can be, and it's perfectly adequate for what we're doing. You can put it tall or wide. I'm going to work wide right now, and what you're going to do next is just decide what you want your heart picture to look like. It could become something Children off and want to turn. There's into fund characters, or it could just be a pattern for a design. And the nice thing about having the templates is that you can play around with them. Try to decide how you want your picture toe look. Do you want things to overlap? And if so, how do you want to do that? So experiment with your hearts until you get them to look the way you'd like them to. Look, I'm going to do this great big one right here, and I going to to a little sideways, long, skinny one over here, and I think I'm going to have this one crossed over both of them to see what happens when I do some color blending a little bit later on, and I'm going to have one little heartburn up here in the corner. There's no need with Children to get into a whole lot of detail about composition or good design. Let them have some fun with it because that's the whole point of art. With younger Children. They need to learn the materials. A little bit of experimenting can be fun, so let them play when it's determined that it's finished will be ready for the next step. 5. Adding oil pastels: for this next step, I'm going to use the Crayola oil pastels. They have good color coverage. They're excellent for younger Children on their very easy to work with. So I'm going to show you a few things that you can do with blending. You can use any color combination that you like. That's the fun of this. And when you're working with oil pastels, the trick, I always told my students was to think thick and juicy. Oil pastels, because of their oil, will resist the paint's. This works a lot better than crayons, which are waxy. It allows you to get the color on thicker, and with that thicker color, you can also put one color beside it and blend them and get variations on that color. So right now I'm putting some red next to this orangy yellow, and then I'm going to take a regular yellow and just merge them all together into and if a random color pattern. So these are really fun to work with because the colors blend so beautifully. But the key is getting that color on thick when color is not on quite as thick. You will have areas where the paint is going to take over a little bit, which, in and of itself is not a problem. It only becomes an issue if it's something that your young artist doesn't want to see happen. And they can also avoid that with by just applying their brush a little more carefully. I personally like my colors to blend and merge, and I like to have some fun with that. It could be a lot of fun to change colors where there's some overlapping I'm going to. He was gonna do some green, but I think I'm gonna work with some purples over here in this heart. So the next step is to after you have your heart design the way you want it. The next step is to go through and color in your hearts. Remembering that can Juicy gives you the best coverage once we start putting the paint on. - The fun thing with using the oil pastels in this manner is that the child will learn so you ah , lot about how colors mix and blend. Seeing that the purple and the yellow create a brownish color is a real eye opener for Children, and they love seeing what they can dio with their colors 6. Painting the Background: Okay. Once you're oil pastels, air on thinking juicy, it's time to start thinking about painting. There are really two good ways to views the pan water pillars. I'm going to use the Pelican brand because I like the intensity of the colors and students . Children do find them very nice, too. If you have Corollas or any other pan watercolors, they're going to be just fine. No matter what you decide to use, you'll also need a couple brushes. I have just to one kind of a medium size and one really thick, and I have my water pan and the first thing you want to do before you even start paining with my students. I used to call this the wake up the paints part of the project, and what we would do is take a brush in some water and get our paints nice and wet. Any colors that you were going to use, just get them nice and wet so that they're ready to apply some color very quickly and easily to your project. I'm going to get some color ready here, and once your colors ready, the next thing you're going to want to do is. Think about whether you want to paint wet on wet, which gives you lighter colors or directly using your colors. And I'll show you the difference when your paper is dry. At the time you apply the colors, your colors air going to go on a little more intensely than they will if your paper is wet when you apply them. So right now I'm applying some yellow and some orange directly onto the paper, pretty much the way a child would just sort of randomly on there. If the color gets on too thick and heavy and you're not happy with the way it looks, crumble a paper towel and give your paper tap. That's a great way to lighten the color that's become a little more than you would like it to be, and also give you some really nice texture to the painting itself, which can be kind of nice to see. So if you want a little more texture, get your pain on their I'm gonna add I've got the orange and going to add a little darker orange to that kind of blend them together and then just going to pat it dry. A little bit to light and my colors. Another way to work that a lot of my students found fun is to take their water, even if you're wonders a little bit dirty, my waters a little dirty, but I'm gonna go ahead anyway. Spread some water on the area that you're going to paint. A lot of my students would go get absolutely clean water at this point. That's entirely up to you. And when you tap the color on, it does some really fun mixing sorts of things because your paper is already wet and that could be a very satisfying way to paint as well. And with that witness, you can also slide your paper back and forth and get some interesting patterns again. You can leave them as they are and let them dry just as they happen to dry around here. If you get a little and many times, Children will because they get excited about their painting and so they're painting away and they get on the heart itself and they're like, I don't want that. Just get it wet, grab your paper towel and tap it off because the oil pastel the oil in the pastels is going to resist that paint and keep it very nice. So it's OK. Paint paint on wet paper paying under high paper wet paper is going to give you softer color. Dry paper is going to give you more in tongues color she can see here. It's a very intense color because my paper is very dry and I have a lot of pain on my brush . Intense color. So now I'm putting some very intense color on here with my pain because my paper is dry and I have a lot of paint on my brush. So my color is going to be much more intense at this point, and then I can switch back over. I can switch over and lighten it with a little water. 7. Your Project: Well, looks like that's a wrap for art with the heart. I hope you enjoyed our lesson. And I hope you get a chance to try it with some of the younger members of your family or the little ones that you care for. This is my little assistant Aiden's artwork. And we had a great time doing this project. We had a lot of fun doing a variety of things, and you will too. And don't be shy about posting your results. Sure that love. We want to see your art with the heart.