Thursday, April 30, 2015

On FIre For Handmade is featuring A Crafty Arab as it's weekly Zibbet Featured Shop

I am so honored and full of gratitude (we say alhumdullah in Arab for it) to have A Crafty Arab be picked at the On Fire for Handmade featured Zibbet shop.

I will also be featured on the home page slider and What's Happening Now Section.

Please do head over (the link is in my shop name above) and show them so hob (the Arabic word for love).

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

2nd Grade Art Lesson: Matisse Art Shapes

We are concluding our 2nd grade art lessons focusing on the 7 elements of art by talking about shapes.

We had spent the year going over all seven of them here: Line Shape Form Space Color Value Texture*.

There is never a better artist to talk about shapes then Henri Matisse, the cutout king of shapes!

Henri Matisse (1869-1954)

I started by asking if anyone had ever heard of Henri Matisse, the famous French artist who was told he couldn't draw by his art teacher?  There were a few that had heard of him, but no one had been told the story of how he taught himself to be an artist. 

Mr. Matisse started his life in northern France then moved to Paris to be a lawyer. When he was 21, he got very sick and went home to get well with bed rest at his moms.

She got tired of him in bed all day, so she gave him paint brushes and paper and told him to get some art in. 

He fell in love.

When he got well enough to go back to Paris, he decided that he wanted to be a painter and enrolled in art school.  But his teacher told him he wasn't very good and should stick to law.

Hentri Matisse Reading Girl

Mr. Matisse disagreed, committed himself to learning art, making friends with artists like Vincent Van Goh, and within five years he had an art show where someone from the city purchased artwork for the government.  I bet that teacher was glad he was wrong!

Mr. Matisse loved art so much, he did it night and day.  But when he got to his 80s, it became hard for him to hold a brush, so he picked up scissors and paper and began to cut.

Henti Matisse Cutouts

He referred to this new medium of gouaches decoupes as 'painting with scissors'.  He created fun whimsical and geometric shapes and played around until they became something he was happy with.

When his arthritis became so bad that he could no longer hold scissors, he directed his assistants to cut out the shapes he wanted.  Mr. Matisse continued to make art his whole life.
Henri Matisse Jazz

Our lesson consisted of taking construction paper and cutting it into fun shapes. Then we traced the shaped onto lined paper and colored them in.
Cut outs and trace ins help with fine motor skills

We used rulers and pencils to line our paper, then went over it with Sharpie to make them darker.

We used contrasting colors to make our artwork really pop.  Contrasting cards are opposite each other on the color wheel (red/green, yellow/violet, orange/blue).

We would be creating artwork inspired by Mr. Matisse's underwater series.

Here are just a few of the masterpieces.  (Tip - If you do try this lesson, give yourself two hours.  As you can see, none of the kids completed their artwork, but that just means more art on a different day!)

Here are a few more tips:
Make sure to add Sharpie before you color.

Have a few pieces be larger than your hand.

Color all of one color first to help keep track.
When we finish up the lesson, I'll post the completed works.  Stay tuned!

*(The earlier lessons are not linked because I had not started taking my camera to school.  I will see if I can update just the lessons at a later date)

Monday, April 27, 2015

99 Creative Moon Projects

Continuing our 99 Creative Project Series, I thought I'd bring together moon Ramadan projects.

The Islamic calendar is lunar based, so the moon plays a significant roll in the religion.

The crescent moon and star emerged into popular use during the 19th century as a symbol for the Ottoman Empire. It is now on half a dozen country flags.

Over the years, I have made several moon crafts here on the ACraftyArab blog. I have collected them below, along with a few others, so that you can enjoy making some creative moon projects to appreciate our majestic satellite.

3-D Light Up Moon Craft with Scott Tissue

3D Moon

Aluminum Foil Moon Sensory Craft

Blue Moon Torte

Blue Moon Earrings

By The Light of the Harvest Moon

Celtic Moon Knot Tutorial

Creating a Moon Masterpiece

Crescent Moon!

Crescent Moon and Star Thaumatropeis

Crescent Moon and Star Wall Art

Crescent Moon Cake Topper

Crescent Moon Magnet

Crescent Moon Square

Crochet Crescent Moon and Star

The Cursive Project: Moon

DIY: Crescent Moon Ornaments

DIY Lace (Moon) Insert

DIY Marble Moon Phase Wall Hanging

DIY Moon Clock (in Hungarian)

Eid (Moon and Star) Popsicle Stick Stars

Eid or Ramadan Islamic (Moon) Decorations

Eric Carle Inspired Moon Art (touch and feel textured Moon)

Feel the Sun and Reach for the Moon and Stars with this Mosaic Craft

Felt Favor Bags

Felt Moon and Stars

Fringed Cutout Wall Decor

Fringed Star and Moon Decorations

Glow in the Dark Puffy Paint Moon

Gross Motor Game to Learn the Phases of the Moon

Half-Moon Clay DIY Earrings

Half Moon Pendant Tutorial (in Italian)

Halal (Moon and Star) Shaped Rice Crispy Treats

How To Make a Moon Phase Pillow

Homemade Moon Sand

Identifying Moon Phases

Make a Moon Phase Viewer

Mezzaluna (Crescent Moon) Wrap

Moon and Star Craft for Kids

Moon and Stars Cupcakes

Moon and Stars Mobile

Moon and Star Stamp

Moon Bag

Moon Cradle

Moon Craft

Moon Flashcards

Moon Journal {Free Printable}

Moon Lantern

Moon Painting

Moon Phase Activity: DIY Puzzle

Moon Phase Dice Printout

Moon Phases Experiment

Moon Phases for Kids

Moon Phases Mobile

Moon Cycle Wheel

Moon Pinata

Moon Rock Necklace or Pendant

Moon Sighting Binoculars

Moon with Craters (in Greek)

New Moon With Glass drops Earrings (Woven Thread Tutorial)

Once in a Blue (or Purple!) Moon: How to Make Moon Paint

Paper Plates: Moon Phases

Paper plate moon Ramadan craft

Phases of the Moon Craft

Phases of the Moon Craft

Phases Of The Moon Mini Banner DIY

Phases of the Moon Mobile

Phases of the Moon Wheel

Pie Tin Moon Phases Display for Ramadan

Pop Up Crescent Moon

Printable Moon Phase Craft/Activity

Puff Disc with Crescent Moon and Star

Puffy Paint Moon Craft

Ramadan Craft: Star and Moon Banner

Ramadan Crescent Moon and Star Ithnain

Ramadan Crescent Moon Pompom Tutorial

Ramadan / Eid Door (Moon) Wreath

Ramadan Moon Collage

Ramadan (Moon) Coloring Pages

Ramadan Moon Sighting Telescope

Ramadan Moon and Stars Mobile

Ramadan Moon and Star Tutorial

Ramadan Moon Sun Catcher Tutorial

Ramadan Star and Moon Craft

Reach for the moon and stars!

Ribbon Moon Door Hanger

Sequined Crescent Pillows

Shoot the Moon Tutorial

Simple Science Experiment for Kids: Why are there craters on the moon?

Space Art

Star and Crescent Colouring Page

Star and Crescent Moon Mobile

Star and Moon Mobile

Star and Moon Pendants

Sun, Earth, Moon Model Craft

Tiny Star and Moon Garland

Twinkle Twinkle

Zakāt (Crescent Moon and Star) Box
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