Author Archives: Susan Sternau

Celebrating Sculpture at the Art Festival

Sausalito Art Festival, Celebrating Sculpture

Celebrating Sculpture: I always enjoy going to the Sausalito Art Festival  as an observer rather than an exhibitor and this year I found myself celebrating sculpture instead of painting. There’s something about three dimensional art that just displays better in an outdoor environment. Lifting and Schlepping I’ve tried my hand at outdoor shows and festivals […]

Color Wheel Circles Painting Project

Color Wheel Circles Demo 2

My Color Wheel Circles painting project is a great introduction to the color wheel and color mixing. I’ve been using this project with students for over eight years. This painting project doesn’t require drawing skill because the design is made with circle templates and ruled lines. This frees students to focus on color. This project […]

Stain Painting Surprise

Stain Painting Demo 1

Stain Painting Project This stain painting art project encourages freedom and experimentation with color and brush-work for all ages. Results can be surprising and unexpectedly pleasing. The Acrylic Flow Release mixture can be irritating to skin and eyes, though, so caution should be used. I wear gloves when brushing the mixture on the canvas and […]

Collage Magic

Butterfly Collage Demo

Collage with Colored Tissue Paper and Black Marker An art project using art tissue paper where the dark lines of the marker magically show through the transparent tissue paper of the collage. There’s even more magic because when the colored tissues are layered and over-lapped they make new colors. This is a great project for […]

Mono-prints are Easy

Student Mono-print, Summer

Mono-print Paint Project A mono-print is a print that is produced once, not in multiples. This method can be addictive and fun. It encourages experimentation and can yield great results quickly. This is a good project for all ages. If you are using acrylic paints, not tempera, encourage students to paint quickly so the paint […]