Beastly Bobble Heads - Lesson Plan

http://www.dickblick.com/lesson-plans/beastly-bobblehead/ Create a whimsical patterned Bobble Head! The “body” is a clay slab that students texturize by pressing interesting pasta shapes into it. Top with a pinch-pot head — and learn a lesson in balance. For a PDF version of this lesson plan along w...

Wire Quilt - Lesson Plan

http://www.dickblick.com/lesson-plans/wire-art-quilt/ A decorative, sculptural interpretation of the Friendship Quilt. Wire is an amazing art medium — it can be bent to form a variety of lines, shapes, letters, and images, outlining patterns in the way that individual pieces of fabric make up each s...

Torn Metal Collage - Lesson Plan

http://www.dickblick.com/lesson-plans/torn-metal-collage/ Inspired by Byzantine mosaics and tapestries, Austrian artist Gustav Klimt was acclaimed for his gilded paintings. Students use metallic paper to create their own opulent artwork, which is then gently embossed and “antiqued” with tempera. For...

Spoon Skulls - Lesson Plan

http://www.dickblick.com/lesson-plans/spoon-skulls/ Sugar Skulls are a folk art tradition from central and southern Mexico, made as part of the Day of the Dead celebration. Students can create and decorate a long-lasting skull from glow-in-the-dark clay pressed into a common tablespoon used as a mol...

Selfie (where I want to be) - Lesson Plan

http://www.dickblick.com/lesson-plans/selfies-exactly-where-i-want-to-be/ Creating self portraits is a snap with this easy technique! Facial proportions and features are traced onto clear film, then layered over a background of a student’s own choosing — a location where she or he would most like to...

Matisse Prints du Soleil - Lesson Plan

http://www.dickblick.com/lesson-plans/matisse-prints-du-soleil/ Henri Matisse survived cancer to find a renewed energy and expressionism in artworks he called “scissor paintings.” Inspired by his cut-paper shapes, students can use sunlight or an artificial source to create color-saturated prints on ...

Mama Spider Sculptures - Lesson Plan

http://www.dickblick.com/lesson-plans/mama-spider-sculptures/ Created as an ode to her mother, one of the largest sculptures in the world is Louise Bourgeois’ “Maman.” — a bronze spider that stands 30 feet tall. These wire and tissue versions assume natural, and sometimes even creepy, poses! For a P...

Make a Fake Cake - Lesson Plan

http://www.dickblick.com/lesson-plans/make-a-fake-cake/ Using the paintings of Wayne Thiebaud as inspiration, students prepare visually delightful, deliciously decorated sculptural cupcakes using a new, voluminous finger paint that spreads like frosting, yet dries to a strong, durable finish. For a ...

Glass Panel Book - Lesson Plan

http://www.dickblick.com/lesson-plans/glass-panel-book/ A twist on the tunnel book, this in-depth poetry presentation stars repurposed transparent CD cases. Students learn how artists create visual depth in art while designing a book that illustrates an eight-line poem they have selected or written....

Creative Quill Pens - Lesson Plan

http://www.dickblick.com/lesson-plans/creative-quill-pens/ For over 1000 years, the quill was the principle writing tool in the Western world. Imagine the stories, poems and sketches that can be made with a hybrid quill and dip pen designed to be a work of art in itself! For a PDF version of this le...

Circle Wall Sculptures - Lesson Plan

http://www.dickblick.com/lesson-plans/circle-wall-sculpture/ The circle has played a role in the art of every culture, often symbolizing unity and completeness. This simple reed-and-paper design demonstrates how balance, emphasis, patterns, rhythm, movement, and unity produce integrality in a piece ...

Steampunk Entomology - Lesson Plan

http://www.dickblick.com/lesson-plans/steampunk-entomology/ Create a futuristic insect specimen using clay, discarded metal pieces, and wire. Make an air dry clay body, push wire legs, antennae and steampunk embellishments into the soft clay, add wings and let dry to harden! Embellish with paints, i...

Simple Silk Screen - Lesson Plan

http://www.dickblick.com/lesson-plans/simple-silk-screen-in-the-round/. Silk screening is made simple with the use of an embroidery hoop frame and Mod Podge! Simply draw an image on silk screen fabric with a pencil and paint around the outside with Mod Podge. Pull fabric ink though with a squeegee ...

Upcycle Saucer Basket - Lesson Plan

http://www.dickblick.com/lesson-plans/upcycled-saucer-basket/. A variety of new “fibers” are being employed today by many basket makers. Use traditional basket-weaving methods combined with fibers of the new age such as newspapers, plastics, wire, or grocery bags! For a PDF version of this lesson pl...

Black Velvet Mystery Paintings - Lesson Plans

http://www.dickblick.com/lesson-plans/black-velvet-mystery-painting/Applying oil pastels to black rayon fabric makes a striking composition, but when students add UV paint and a black light, the finished paintings really For a PDF version of this lesson plan, along with the materials list, follow th...

Shibori Kimono - Lesson Plan

http://www.dickblick.com/lesson-plans/shibori-kimono/ Experiment with Japanese paper-dyeing techniques using traditional rice papers, then share papers to create simple origami kimonos. The result is a stunning combination of art and culture. For a PDF version of this lesson plan, along with the mat...

Curtain of Leaves Monoprint - Lesson Plan

http://www.dickblick.com/lesson-plans/curtain-of-leaves-monoprint/ Many artists have used trees as an inspiration for their work. Pressed leaves and texture tools are used to make one-of-a-kind, double-sided monoprints. Using a flexible printing block as a plate makes it easy! For a PDF version of t...

Byzantine Bell - Lesson Plan

http://www.dickblick.com/lesson-plans/byzantine-bell/. Create a copper bell from metal foil and give it a salt-and-vinegar patina! Cut, fold and emboss metal sheet and add a beaded clapper. Watch a patina develop over night and display in or out! For a PDF version of this lesson plan, along with the...

Illustration using Koh-i-Noor Technical Pens and Clearprint Vellum - Lauryn Buda

http://www.dickblick.com/. When Lauryn Buda is not working at the Blick store in Roseville, she works as an illustrator and printmaker. Lauryn loves the intimacy of fine line work. Her “instrument” of choice are the steel-tipped Koh-i-Noor Rapidograph technical pens because of their precision of l...

Liquitex Spray Paint, Acrylic Paint and Markers - John Moody

http://www.dickblick.com/. When skilled painter and Blick employee, John Moody, is working on one of his large-scale murals, he uses Liquitex Spray Paint to achieve various effects and bright colors, but, when painting in a smaller format, he often works with soft and heavy bodied Liquitex paints,...

Arches Watercolor Paper and Rembrandt Pastels - Allison Frink

http://www.dickblick.com/ Artist and Blick employee, Allison Frink, has branched out into water media after discovering how forgiving Arches Watercolor paper is. This perfectly sized cotton paper allows for scrubbing and lifting color without damage. Her techniques include using Rembrandt Pastels wi...

Working with F&W Ink - Grace Lannon

http://www.dickblick.com/ See why artist and Blick employee, Grace Lannon, likes to create works on paper using Daler Rowney F&W Ink. The benefit to working with an acrylic-based ink like F&W, is that it allows you to apply the ink like a watercolor, but once dry, the inks are permanent and won’t mo...

Logan 750 1 Simplex Elite

http://test.dickblick.com/products/logan-750-1-and-760-1-simplex-elite-mat-cutters/ The Simplex Elite is a sizing tool, trimmer, and mat cutter in one. Ideal for sizing mat board and foam board, this versatile, baseboard-mounted mat cutter is also great for cutting glass and acrylic Plexiglas sheets...

Logan 650 1 Framers Edge Elite

http://www.dickblick.com/products/logan-framers-edge-elite-mat-cutters/ Logan Framer's Edge Elite Mat Cutters are designed for professional artists and framers who want a cost effective yet versatile machine that can handle both high production jobs and small projects. Crafted of durable, heavy-duty...

New Wave Easy Lift Palette

http://www.dickblick.com/products/new-wave-easy-lift-palette/ New Wave's Easy Lift Palette is easy to hold, easy to transport, and easy to clean — perfect for acrylics and oil paints. With an extremely lightweight (11 oz) body and ergonomic three-point design, the palette can be held comfortably for...