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Summer Art Plans – Great Wave!

Last week’s Summer Art Plan was to create a piece of duck artwork….I had a hard time with this one! I am excited to share all of your duck artwork in the slideshow and appreciate every single one. Great job with a more difficult task!

Here is your slideshow: Duck Stamp Art.

Duck 3

Oil Pastel and Baby Oil Project – The Great Wave!

Great Wave off Kanagawa

Great Wave Off Kanagawa by Hokusai

See Great Wave Off Hokusai for a larger image if you would like.
Biography for Katsushika Hokusai for you to share with your children.

Oil Pastels and Baby Oil – lesson from Art With Mr. E.

Create your own version of the Great Wave using oil pastels and baby oil. This will be a fun technique that I suggest you experiment with on a scratch piece of paper before trying to create your Great Wave.


  • 60# or heavier paper
  • Baby oil
  • Q-tips
  • Oil Pastels

All artists are welcome and there is no need to sign up. Send in your artwork in jpg format to: [email protected] by Monday, July 29, 2013 and I will include them in Tuesday’s slideshow.


Summer Art Plans – Watercolor and Pastel Castles

Nice Candy Castle Ivan Bilibin public domain

Nice Candy Castle, Ivan Bilibin
Drawing castles is a lot of fun and you can incorporate so many great drawing tips as you create your own unique castle. Click the link above to view the castle painting in a larger format. Have your child tell you what they see in the painting and then have them tell you the shapes they see in the castle.

Summer Art 2013 Assignment #1: Watercolor Castles

Due Monday, June 24, 2013.

Click to view the instructions and examples:

Deep Space Sparkle: Watercolor Castles


Art Supplies:

  • Oil Pastels
  • Drawing Paper
  • Watercolors and brush

Need some help getting started? Here are a couple of drawing links with videos. Three dimensional drawing Cube Level 1 – Mark Kistler and Stacking Cylinders – Mark Kistler. These are both videos that you can let your children use to practice.


All artists are welcome and there is no need to sign up. Send in your artwork¬† in jpg format to: [email protected] by Monday, June 24, 2013 and I will include them in Tuesday’s slideshow.

Rizzi Art Projects

James Rizzi art projects

James Rizzi art was new to us this year and as part of our high school art plans to study modern art, we made good use of many of the online resources found at Deep Space Sparkle for Rizzi. His colorful comic art style was fun to explore using a variety of medium. Mr. B completed several art projects and our homeschool co-op devoted an afternoon to his style as well.

We started off by viewing lots of his art online and with a calendar we have hanging in our family room. The co-op kids seemed to each have a favorite before they even got here (I send a link ahead of time). We were ambitious and tried to complete two projects in our normal art time. Before we got started, I found a YouTube video that shared a bit about Rizzi’s life and his love of New York City. We talked a bit about how this influenced his style and subject matter. I had the materials all ready to go after that and we jumped in.

Three Different Rizzi Art Projects

Rizzi Birds

Our first project was Rizzi birds using black oil pastel and then watercolor. No mistaking a Rizzi bird! If you have younger children, this was a great place from them to start with a Rizzi project. The five year old in our co-op class had a blast drawing and painting his Rizzi bird!

Rizzi collaborative art

Then we made a collaborative art piece in the Rizzi style….each child adding something to the artwork. It got our creative juices flowing before they attempted their own Rizzi style Skyscraper.

Rizzi skyscrapers

Once again we used oil pastel and then watercolor. I loved the way each painting turned out so different even though they were given the same assignment. This really let them put their personality into the piece.

We had all ages in our co-op that day from K to high school and they all enjoyed this art assignment.

Rizzi faces

Mr. B did one more Rizzi inspired project…Rizzi Faces. He worked with oil pastels and the color turned out so vibrant. Love it!

I know many of you are hesitant about offering art projects because you don’t feel qualified. I encourage you to give James Rizzi study a try and play alongside your children.

  • Pull up some of his artwork on your computer.
  • Use the ideas from Deep Space Sparkle.
  • Have fun!

For Easy Reference-James Rizzi Lessons:

James Rizzi Birds on Deep Space Sparkle

James Rizzi Skyscrapers on Deep Space Sparkle

James Rizzi Faces on Deep Space Sparkle


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