Wednesday, January 14, 2015


I ran into a dilemma last Tuesday night. I became too busy with writing test drafts for the upcoming periodical test, I forgot to prepare for my homeroom project class for Wednesday. So I opened up my art files on my laptop and quickly searched for an awesome activity that my students will enjoy but would take only half an hour to do (note: Homeroom project time was only for 40 minutes, minus 10 minutes for packing up). So I decided to let my students do a collage per group. True enough, they had fun making it with their friends.

Wanna do it at home as a mommy and kid bonding?
or maybe you're interested in doing it in your class too?

Here are the materials you need:

1. Printed cloth/ Felt cloth
2. Brown craft foam
3. Construction paper
4. Glue
5. Scissors

1. Let’s make the trunk first. Draw a tree trunk on the brown craft foam. Then, cut the trunk.
2. Glue the trunk on the construction paper.
3. Now, let’s do the leaves. Cut the printed cloth into rectangular strips.
4. Then, fold the rectangular strips into half. On the closed side, cut semi-circles according to the number of leaves you would like to put onto your tree.
5. Glue the leaves on the branches of the tree.
6. Finally, cut a curved strip of cloth and glue it into the base of the trunk. This will serve as the ground.

Enjoy Art-making!

Artful Pixie :)

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Melted Crayon Art

Let me ask you something. How do you start your 2015 colorful?

By melting crayons!

This is an activity that made the grade school art club members (and its moderators) forget about time. Everyone just got busy sticking and melting crayons. Here are a few samples of their work.

(top to bottom: "First Dance" by Mark Gino Takahasi of Grade 4-Fortitude; "Winning Kick" by Shaun Timothy Santos of Grade 5- Valor; "Colors of Music" by Calvin Kim of Grade 4-Fortitude; "Rock of Ages" by Hiroki Yamaguchi of Grade 4-Fortitude

Are you excited to make these too?

Read on!

Here are the materials you need:

1. A box of old crayons
2. canvas (8x10)
3. glue
4. glue gun
5. hair blower
6. black construction paper


Here's how.

Step 1: Remove the paper that covers the crayons (or you may opt not to. Some of my students kept the crayon covers, and still did a splendid work!)

Step 2: Using a glue gun, stick the crayons on top of the canvas. Make sure these are arranged in the color scheme you want.

Step 4: Cut out a silhouette form from the black construction paper (or print from your computer :) )

Step 5: Glue the figure on the canvas (note: you may also do this procedure after step 6)

Step 6: Place the canvas in a tilted position, a little bit more than 45 degrees and melt the crayons using the hair blower from one side to the other unlit the melted crayons reach the bottom of the canvas.

Step 7: Let your work dry, sign in your name and hang it on the wall for all to see.

Here are more works from my students:

(top to bottom: "Butterflies" by Andre Ong of grade 4-Fortitude; "First Rock" by Tony of Grade 4-Zeal; "In the Rain" by Aaron Craig Chavez of Grade 5- Valor)

Don't forget to tell yourself "Wow! You've made a masterpiece!" afterwards.

Enjoy making art!

Artful Pixie


I have mentioned before that one of my favorite art movements is Impressionism. I just can't get over it. Aside from the fact that its very easy to do and teach, kids just love dipping those cotton buds in paint and putting it on canvas. So here's another lesson you can do on the topic Impressionism. Whether its a class project, or a mommy and kid bonding time, I'm sure you and your kids will really enjoy it.

The materials you need are:
1. canvas
2. acrylic paint
3. cotton buds


1. Lightly sketch basic shapes of flowers and leaves on the canvas using a very light pencil. I made mine circles to make it more modern-looking.
2. Paint the flowers with your choice of acrylic paint. The color needs to be a lighter version of what you actually want to color it with. Include the stems and the background. Do not worry about the shade and hue of the picture. You can do it with the cotton buds later on.
3. (The most fun part) Dip the cotton buds into the acrylic paint and start covering the painting in dots.

You can also choose another still life subject to do. Even smaller kids can do it.

Here's my sample:


Last November 2013, the a very strong typhoon hit my home province, Leyte. A lot of people lost their families, homes and properties. Thankfully, many also extended their help, not only in Leyte, but in many other typhoon ravaged areas in the Philippines.

There were organizations who thought of donating "Bancas" (fishing boats) to fishermen who lost their means of livelihood due to the typhoon. A friend tapped me to help in their campaign called "BancART"- a shortened term for art on bancas.

Here are some of our output:

Renaissance to Modern Art

For the third term, the 6th grade art curriculum focused mainly on modern art. In one of their projects, I asked them to create an abstract rendition of Sandro Botticelli's "Madonna and Child" and Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa". Before the actual painting, I gave them a brief introduction about Pablo Picasso and his works. Looking at Picasso's masterpieces gave them an inspiration to create these wonderful art pieces.

Here are some of their output (Acrylic on Canvas):

(from top to bottom: Mother and Child by Carmel Baulita (Grade 6-B); Mother and Child by Marga Ebrada (Grade 6-B); Abstract Version of Mona Lisa by Mina Heo (Grade 6-A); Abstract Version of Mona Lisa by Nicky Belen (Grade 6-A))

Dot Painting

I have always been inspired by the impressionist movement. One of my favorite artworks is the Impression, Sunrise by Claude Monet. It is actually where the name "Impressionism " was derived from. Impressionism is usually made by using lots of small brush strokes. It is called "pointillism".

Are you ready to learn a really easy way to paint like a pro impressionist artist?

Here are the materials you need:

1. Paper
2. Water color/ poster paint (Poster paint works better because of its thick consistency)
3. cotton buds


1. Draw a simple landscape/ still life. Just do the outlines of basic shapes like trees, mountains, fields, etc.
2) Color the picture lightly using water color or poster paint. Don't do any of the details yet.
3) To turn your work into an impressionist painting, you have to put dots all over it. Dip one end of the cotton bud to the poster paint and start putting dots. Another way of putting dots is to use the wrong end of the paint brush or to use your finger!
4) You can opt to use a paint brush to add the finer details.

Another variation of this artwork is making the dots using markers.

Here are some of my students' finished output.

(from top to bottom: Sunset by Daniel Miranda of Grade 6-B; Farm by Julie Lee of Grade 6-A; Kite by Peter Woo of Grade 6-A)