Monday, February 16, 2015

Playful Patterns

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Valentine Colored Blocks

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Happiness Jars

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Painting Patterns

Probably the simplest and yet most captivating thing to put in an artwork are repetition of patterns. It makes something simple look complicated and turns the plain into exciting. Here is a simple painting that uses a lot of patterns. Note that the faces of the people in the picture are not made to emphasize the patterns in both the fore ground and the back ground. Also, omitting the facial expressions of the people in the picture would further allow the colors in the painting to express its mood. The materials used for this painting are canvas (or paper) and acrylic paint (water color). Here is how to make this painting: 1. Think of an inspiration (It may be people in the field, a woman, a child, etc.). 2. Draw the outline of the figure of a person on the foreground without putting any details on the person's face. 3. Draw the outline of the background (Imagine a stained glass decor on the church wall.) 4. Paint both the fore ground and the back ground with complementary colors. 5. Outline the edges of the figures with black. If you're using water color and having a hard time tracing using a paint brush, it would be easier to use an inking pen or a thin marker. 6. Paint the pattern design that you love on both the fore ground and the back ground. Make sure that the designs on the fore ground are more complex than that of the back ground (for emphasis). 7. Repeat your pattern on several figures. Play with colors to make your work more exiting. Have Fun Painting!

Abundance Painting (and the Law of Attraction)

Last year, I have been bombarded with information about the law of attraction and how to turn thoughts into things from books, videos and talks from motivational speakers like Bo Sanchez and Adrian Ding. I was just so inspired about the countless possibilities that God's universe can offer so I decided to create a painting that inspires me more to claim and attract the beautiful yet simple things life can offer. It may be considered a childish work but when I'm down and I see it hanging on the wall, I'm reminded that blessings are just around me- I just have to hang on. I encourage you to be creative and make one too. It doesn't have to be painted on a canvas in oil or acrylic. It can be in water color or maybe just a simple doodle on a notebook. I'm not superstitious or any of the like but being hopeful makes me feel better when I'm down.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Colorful Planets

Art Lesson: Planets on Oil pastel/Crayon Resist Technique
Skill: Smudging

I think it is important that kids learn how to smudge and use oil pastel so I had this lesson for my third graders last week.


1. 8x11 sheet of paper
2. circular patterns (my kids used tumblers, scotch tapes, coins, and other circular objects that they have with them)
3. pencil
4. oil pastel
5. paint brush
6. blue water color

1. Trace circles on your paper. The circles could have different sizes. (You can also draw a sun to identify the light source.)
2. Color the planets with oil pastel. Create a dark area on the side of the planet facing away from the sun.
3. Smudge to blend the colors together.
4. Draw some yellow/ white dots or stars on the back ground.
5. Paint the whole paper with blue.
6. Let it dry.

Here are some examples of my students' output.


This week, I had a short discussion on magic realism in my art class. Drawing out the imaginative juices out of their brains was an easy task. They had all these wonderful ideas about magic realism.

Magic Realism is an aesthetic style or genre of fiction in which magical elements are blended into a realistic atmosphere in order to gain a better understanding of reality (Wikipedia). It is characterized by fantastical elements, plentitude, hybridity, metafiction and sense of mystery.

With the definition above, i asked my students to draw something that could be classified as Magic Realism. I didn't really wanna limit what my students wanted to do so I allowed them to express their creativity without boundaries.

Here are some of their works: