Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Robot Invasion!

ROBOT INVASION!
Adorable mixed media robots 
have been spotted all over 
the greater Los Angeles area



Be on the lookout for friendly, colorful robots
with layers of painted stripes and patterns...



 ... and customized sparkly buttons, bolts, gears and read out screens!




4 - 6 year old smallSHOP artists designed and built 
these incredible robotic creations.

First, we assembled and painted wooden blocks:


Then we taped and painted our robot's designs 
and 
added mixed media pieces 
to bring our mini machines to life!


We studied our sculptural robots
and learned to draw and stack 3D shapes
to create a portrait of our robot in motion!



We had a blast putting our imagination 
and 
art skills to work.

Have fun and keep creating!

always,
smallSHOP





Thursday, March 12, 2015

Weighted Line Drawings

LET IT SAG


Can you give a drawing the illusion of weight
simply by bending your lines?


smallSHOP artists explore the possibilities of line
in this playful drawing exercise.

First, we drew a cute critter ...



... Then used line to make him a cozy, bouncy bed.




It's enough to make you want to 
curl up
and 
sink in
to a pretty, 
pillowy line.

Keep Creating!

always,
smallSHOP







Monday, February 2, 2015

Bicycle Balance Drawings

I WANT TO RIDE MY BICYCLE

A surreal still life drawing 
stacked sky high!

smallSHOP Artists tackled a bicycle balance 
challenge with AMAZING results!


First, we put our drawing skills to the test
by rendering a realistic bicycle.


Each artist customized their bike
by stacking favorite personal items on top.


They've mastered a technical mechanical drawing,
added a dash of whimsey and color creating 
an impressively playful composition 
all their own!

Bravo to our incredible young artists!
We also played with watercolor pencils 
to try another version of the 
brilliant bikes.






We're ready to pack a picnic and hit the road
with our amazing smallSHOP artists.

Have a creative day!

always,
smallSHOP

Friday, January 23, 2015

Charley Harper Inspired Birds

BEAUTIFUL BIRDIES
Inspired by Charley Harper


Charley Harper's bold graphic style 
is a feast for the eyes.
We're so inspired by his 
colorfully geometric birds -
we made a few of our own
smallSHOP style!


Birds by illustrator Charley Harper (1922 - 2007)


First, we practiced drawing in Harper's style -
we used minimal lines to capture 
the essence of each bird's posture
then added playful geometric patterns.



We studied Harper's spot on color choices
and designed our own color schemes 
using watercolor pencil and gouache.

Charley Harper Inspired Birds by 7 year old artists:



Simple and Sweet

Keep Creating!

Always,

smallSHOP




Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Mini Landscapes

LOVELY 
LITTLE LANDSCAPES
What could be sweeter than 
a lovingly painted landscape?


This holiday season our 9 and 10 year old 
smallSHOP artists surprised their families 
with beautifully detailed 4" x 4" landscape paintings.



We learned how to show perspective 
in a painting using foreground, 
middle ground and background-
And included lots of details and 
color variations to bring life to our paintings.

Even our 6 year old little artists joined in on the fun!


We are SO proud of our smallSHOP artists' 
hard work and imagination
and 
so in love with their gorgeous paintings!


What a joy it is to make something beautiful -
and gift it to the people you love.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

always,

smallSHOP