Wild Thing Mittens - Lesson Plan

An outgrown sweater becomes a fun pair of costume mittens! This lesson uses a recycled wool sweater, shrink film, and other adornments to create a fun and functional "Wild Thing" mitten. Consider introducing this project by reading "Where the Wild Things Are," a children's book by American writer an...

The Walls are Watching You - Lesson Plan

This project combines a wall pocket with a face jug, creating a fun and whimsical (or scary) face pocket out of clay. Using firing or air-dry clay and the slab method, a face pocket can serve as a planter, or a functional item to hold anything that might benefit from having its own pocket. Although ...

Sound Sculpture - Lesson Plan

Renowned for his kinetic sculptures, Swiss artist Jean Tinguely (1925-1991) created whimsical machine-like contraptions of found metal parts, known as "metamechanics." Tinguely's art expressed his disillusioned view of industry, mass production, and their effect on society and humanity. This lesson ...

My Daruma - Lesson Plan

Modeled after Bodhidharma, the founder of Zen Buddhism, a Daruma is a Japanese toy that always returns to an upright position. This project reveals how to weight the bottom of a plastic egg and cover with instant maché to make these symbols of success, determination, and overcoming adversity. Modern...

Mock Mocs - Lesson Plan

Create a traditional Chippewa or Pucker-top moccasin using canvas, suede or leather remnants, seed beads and paint. A moccasin is a soft, flexible Native American shoe made of deerskin or other soft leather with the upper part of the moccasin adorned with embroidery or beading. Traditionally, the wa...

Lessons on Lascaux - Lesson Plan

Combine art and history in this project that uses contemporary powdered tempera to imitate the naturalistic look of ancient cave art. This art form was made famous in 1940 when Paleolithic paintings and engravings dating as far back as 40,000 years were uncovered in the Lascaux Caves of France. The ...

Flower Garden Tiles - Lesson Plan

Learn how to easily make flower garden tiles by carving clay, filling with plaster, and finishing with liquid watercolors. Chris Garofalo, a contemporary clay artist and avid gardener, influenced these beautiful tiles that focus on the nuanced texture and structure of plant life. For a pdf version o...

Decalcomania Glue Paint Symmetry Prints - Lesson Plan

Looking for hidden images and contour lines in the print will fuel the imagination of a young Surrealist! "Decalcomania" was a techique was used by Surrealists to create impromptu paintings controlled largely by chance. Much like a Rorschach Ink-Blot test, they would search for hidden imagery and de...

Dancing Houses - Lesson Plan

Wild angles, expressive faces, and pop-art hearts, stars, and flowers bring life and personality to an inanimate structure! Part cartoonist and part Picasso, the art of Brooklyn born James Rizzi (1950-2011) is highly recognizable. His playful, brilliant images — in a style he described as "Urban Pr...

Butterfield Horse - Lesson Plan

Construct a high-relief horse using quick mâché and found objects! Deborah Butterfield, a noted American sculptor, first gained wide recognition in the late 1970s. Horses have been the single, sustained focus of Butterfield's work for more than 30 years.When she first began working, Butterfield s...

Botanical Illustration - Lesson Plan

Although photography and modern printing processes have replaced the need for cataloguing plant life with detailed drawn and painted illustrations, botanical illustration is still a beloved art! To make an accurate rendering of a plant, you can create an impression in plaster, then trace the shape ...

Artist's Challenge Coins - Lesson Plan

To trade, share, or keep — these coins carry a personalized message and mini artwork! Challenge Coins are specially designed and minted for service personnel to recognize an achievement, enhance morale, or to signify membership in (or experience on) a particular mission. Create a personal Artist'...

Anaglyph Artistry - Lesson Plan

Make a composition for viewing with 3-D glasses! Anaglyph images were invented in 1853 by Wilhelm Rollmann. An anaglyph is a moving or still picture made up of two slightly offset but identical drawings in contrasting colors (usually red and cyan) that are superimposed on one another to produce ...

Block Print Koinobori - Lesson Plan

In Japan, Children's Day on May 5th is heralded by the appearance of flying fish: carp-shaped windsocks known as "Koinobori". In this lesson, students design a "scale"-shaped block from soft block printing material and apply it repetitively to outdoor-safe fabric that has been cut in the shape of a ...

Concentric Kirigami - Lesson Plan

A variation on Japanese Origami, Kirigami is created by folding paper and cutting portions away. This surprisingly uncomplicated relief sculpture is assembled with "rings" cut from double-sided sheets of colorful cardstock. The edges of the rings are folded, cut, unfolded, and layered concentrically...

Artists Serving Artists - Blick and Utrecht Join Forces

Blick and Utrecht Art Materials have joined forces! And all of our stores across the U.S. offer excellent service, selection and price. Our retail staff are artists themselves and have a vast working knowledge of the products they sell. Whether it's helping you select the right products for your nee...

How to create a Mosaic Vase using Mosaic Mercantile products

http://www.dickblick.com/vendors/mosaicmercantile/:You'll be amazed by how easy it is to create beautiful mosaic pieces for your home or garden. This video will show you the simple step-by-step process for completing a mosaic vase, though this process can be applied to any number of surfaces. All th...

Smart-Fab Art and Decoration Fabric

Smart-Fab is the smart alternative to paper and cloth. It's an innovative non-woven fabric that's easy to cut, fold, glue, staple, and sew (by hand or machine). You can even draw or paint on it! www.dickblick.com/. Smart-Fab Fabric is available in a range of brilliant, non-fading colors, Smart-Fa...

Artists Serving Artists 2013

Since most of our staff at Blick Art Materials are artists, we understand our customer's need for the right creative materials. Whether it's selecting products or answering quesions about technique or application, our team is always ready to help you find exactly what you're looking for. Check out a...

New Wave Artist Palettes

The first truly ergonomic hand-held artist palettes, New Wave Palettes feature a unique patent pending three-point design, evenly distributing the weight between the hand, arm, and torso/hip. The design significantly reduces shoulder, arm, and hand fatigue, allowing you to paint with ease. The delic...

Painting with Princeton Catalyst Blades and Wedges

Artists Baila Miller and Jean Nerenberg talk about the various ways they use Catalyst Blades and Wedges in their paintings. These unique tools have allowed them to discover new ways of applying paint which has shaped their painting technique and imagery. For details about Catalyst Blades and Wedges,...

Acrylic Painting with Catalyst Blades and Wedges

Painting tools can be beautiful as well as functional. Artist Lisa Schmitz explains why Catalyst Blades and Wedges inspire her to dig deeper during her creative process. For more information on Catalyst Blades and Wedges, follow this link to the Blick website http://www.dickblick.com/products/prince...

Sennelier Artists' Colors

Get a glimpse into how some of Sennelier's finest artists' colors are made. For more information on the history of Sennelier and details on their products, follow this link to the Blick website http://www.dickblick.com/brands/sennelier/.

Sennelier L'Aquarelle Artists' Watercolors

A stunning glimpse into the making of Sennelier L'Aquarelle, Honey Based Artists' Watercolor. Continuing its traditional color palette used by French Impressionist painters, Sennelier has now expanded the Sennelier Artists' Watercolor line to 98 colors to include more rich darks. For details about t...

Ceramics with Princeton Catalyst Blades and Wedges

Artist and instructor Andrea Horyn explains how she uses a wide variety of Catalyst Blades and Wedges for her own work as well as teaching young students how to work with them. Because these tools are made from rubber, they are safe for everyone to use - and they clean up easily. For more informatio...