Surrealism, sketching, Pop Art and painting our hands!

This week in the studio we’ve had sketching art classes, Pop Art with homeschoolers, surrealism landscape painting, and our Wednesday Expression Session was all about painting on materials other than paper. We gave the students wood, bark, sticks, clay – an array of non paper materials, and the most popular material they found to paint on?? Themselves! Hair, hands and noses were a favourite. Check out Zale below, with his lizard skin hand!!


Pop Art from the Flourish Education Services Homeschool Group

^ Pop Art from the Flourish Education Services Homeschool Group


Surrealism Landscape Art Lesson

^ Holly (10) Tuesday afternoon class. Surrealism Landscape showing perspective.


Painting without paper.

Students experimenting with painting on things other than paper in our Wednesday Expression Session.


The Wednesday Expression Sessions have really turned into an inspiration finding journey for many of our students, and some of the creations that have come out of it have been amazing!! We are loving seeing how our mini-artists are able to interpret the techniques we show them and turn them into creations that speak volumes about who they are.

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Happy creating, beautiful souls.

Alissa x


One point Perspective drawing

I couldn’t find any videos that related to using scale in one point perspective, so stay tuned. I’ll create one!

For now, these are a few simple to follow videos and how-to art lessons:

This youtube video is a simple, non technical version of one point perspective. It shows an interior being drawn in one point perspective on a computer in less that 2 minutes, but the steps and concepts are exactly the same as if you were drawing it with pencil and ruler. You may need to pause the video to keep up!

A slightly longer (15 minute) video, which is a little more technical and shows the artist using his pencil (but still no ruler!) This is a great video to understand how perspective affects the visual size of buildings in a drawing.


This one is a written tutorial for those who don’t want to watch a video – this tutorial is quite in depth, although very easy to read and understand. I like this one because he uses a ruler. Hooray!



This one could be my favourite! This tutorial transfers all the knowledge into an really easy version of perspective that you can teach to 7-13 year olds.

I’m in the process of creating some videos that include scale in perspective with lots more ruler work.

If there are any questions or if there’s anything you’d like me to cover in my perspective video please feel free to email me.


Alissa x



One Point Perspective Painting Artlis Studios Junior Homeschool Group (Yatala)


Picasso Art Competition

I’ve been researching art competitions for my students, and came across this one – the Picasso Art Contest.

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Entry is FREE to any 6 – 19 year olds from any country. Entry is open until 25th February 2016.

They accept nearly any kind of medium (except digital art) including

  • Water Color
  • Acrylic
  • Oil Color
  • Graphite
  • Charcoal
  • Pastel
  • Colored Pencils
  • Pen & Ink
  • Ball Point Pen
  • Mixed Media etc

Any subject, any size is acceptable (except adult themed works, or copyrighted material)

The BEST PART is you can enter online. These are the entry details:

Step ONE: Take a clear digital photo of your mini-artists artwork. IT MUST BE CLEARLY SIGNED with the artists full name in handwriting that is legible.

Step TWO: Send your mini-artists artwork to include on the email your mini-artists NAME, DATE OF BIRTH, AGE, STATE, COUNTRY. The email subject should be: “Entry for Season 1”

Step THREE: Go to the Picasso Art Contest website and fill in the online form.


Be aware! There are some reasons your mini-artist will be disqualified. These are:

  • signature not clear on artwork
  • artwork contains objectionable subject matter or copyrighted material
  • Name, DOB, age, State, country information is not in the email
  • online form not filled in
  • image is not clear
  • the artwork was sent many times

Entry is only open until 25th February 2016, so now is the time to start organising your mini-artist for their entry. I know many of my students already have pieces that would be fantastic entries into this competition.

Here’s the link to the website once more, just in case you missed it:


Happy entering and good luck!!



Tallulah: Age 10

2 Ingredient Cloud Dough


Time: approx. 5 minutes

Difficulty: Easy



½ can shaving cream

¾ cup corn flour


Mix together in a bowl with a spoon until all the cornflour is wet, then turn it out onto the bench and knead until soft.



I’ve used this two-ingredient cloud dough on many occasions as a fun science/art lesson and students love it. Both the process of making the dough, and the finished product are an adventure in texture and we have used it a few times as a form of sensory meditation.

For the simple version we just used cornflour and shaving cream. We used about half a can of shaving cream mixed with 3/4 cup cornflour. Depending on the environment you may need to add a little more of one or the other.

Use a spoon to mix shaving cream in, slowly! If you do this step fast you’ll end up with cornflour everywhere. Add a little more shaving cream if it’s not combining well, add more cornflour if it feels too sticky.

You will know it’s ready to turn out onto the bench by pressing the back of the spoon into the dough – if it sticks together well and doesn’t crumble you can put it on the bench and start working it with your hands. Press the dough as though you are trying to stick bits of playdough together rather than kneading it. It will take a few minutes but eventually you’ll end up with moldable dough that feels silky and smooth.

You’ll notice how different this dough is to normal playdough – as there is no cream of tartar in the mixture and so it doesn’t have the elasticity that playdough does.




Arty Variations:

Add a drop of food colouring to the dough once it is smooth and ready to be played with (this is a great opportunity to explore colour with your child, mix yellow and blue and watch it turn green)

Add glitter to make it fancy! Blue glitter in white dough for “Frozen” themed, purple glitter in green dough for monster cloud dough, silver glitter in dark blue dough for a night sky theme, gold glitter in yellow dough for sunshine theme.

Use cookie cutters to make shapes or toothpicks to draw on the dough.


Science Variation:

In another bowl try mixing cornflour and cheap hair conditioner. Prompt your child to guess how it will turn out. Will it be softer? Harder? Stickier? Let them feel the texture of the ingredients before they are mixed. How does the shaving cream texture differ from the conditioner? Is this difference reflected in the different cloud dough?

Use this table to record your findings.


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