Every May, the wall displays for our preschool program follow a similar concept. An enlarged photo of each preschooler accompanied by some kind of quotation caption, and their final art project. This year, THIS YEAR, I was particularly pleased with the displays. So much so, that I want to share them with you! Our photograph and caption display was titled "when i grow up". Word for word answers to the question posed, 'What do you want to be when you grow up?' The artwork on display was part of our fundraiser. At Brilliant Beginnings, we wish to give back to the community that is helping to raise our students. Each year the students create their final project to be displayed and sold on the night of our program, and the proceeds are donated to an organization of our choice. This year we chose to give to the children's department at our local library. The students get really excited about creating and selling their art, and giving. It's a great experience all around.
Our students each completed a 16x24 canvas paint project. Color Block Painting by our Little Scholars class, and Poured Paintings (inspired by local artist Annie Blake) by our Early Explorers class. A brief how-two for each project, as well as a some quick tips on large format printing, can be found at the end of this post. But first, let me share with you the pictures from our evening! I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. They are awesome!
Color Block Paintings
You will need:
Paint (I recommend using acrylic. I went with tempera to save money, and next time I will be spending a little more for acrylic. Tempera paint doesn't have any flex once it's dry, and when the canvases bow or give, the paint can easily peel or crack. )
You will do:
Apply strips of painter's tape onto canvas as desired. Make sure that you press firmly on the tape to avoid paint bleed-through. Paint each section and remove tape as soon as your canvas is complete, you'll get a cleaner line if you peel the tape while the paint is still wet.
You will need:
Paint (Again, acrylic or oil based)
Small Disposable Paper Cups (The size you buy for bathroom dispensers.)
You will do:
Fill cups about half-full with paint, one color per cup, as many cups and colors as you'd like. Pour cups one at a time onto canvas. Allow 20 minutes or so for drying while the canvas is still upright.
I recommend spraying your paintings with a clear coat finish once the paint is dry. I recommend Krylon's Crytal Clear, it comes in a can like spray paint and can be found in the paint isle at almost any store that sells spray paint.
Large Format Printing
My friend Heather Mildenstein of The Coterie Blog tipped me off about large format printing, and I have been singing its beautiful praises ever since! It's amazing! Did you know that places like Office Max and Staples have large B/W format printers, used mainly for the purpose of contractor's blue prints and building plans, but that can also print B/W portraits for super cheap?! Right? I know. Here's what I learned in my printing process: Staples is cheaper than Office Depot, and really great to work with. It helps if you have your images sized the way you'd like them to be printed, but it's not necessary. Most print shops will format them for you for a small (like $4.99) formatting fee. Prints are charged by the square foot. Stales is .59 a square foot, Office Max .69. Don't be afraid to ask for a multiple print discount if you are printing a whole bunch like I did. Staples discount my prints to .50 a square foot. Hallelujah! (Because every penny counts right?) You can put your image files on a flash-drive or CD and take them in, they will do your prints while you wait. Boom!