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Art From Home!

Need a way to keep the creativity flowing at home? Rosewood is here for you! Check this page regularly for new art activities that can be done from the comfort and safety of your own house.

Making art is more important than ever right now. Studies have shown that taking time to be creative has a host of benefits for both adults and children, including reducing stress and boosting mood. Scroll down to get started!

finished collage

virtual gallery child with mosaic

Choose an art activity!

Happy Easter! Andrew Dailey, Cultural Arts Program Supervisor at Rosewood, put together this fun and easy holiday project.

I love to draw and looked around my house for an interesting opportunity for a neat drawing project. I realized that I could draw on eggs and create unique objects. This is such a simple idea that can lead to some very cool results regardless of your skill level.

egg with pencilsMy materials:

  • Hard boiled brown eggs
  • Pencil
  • White Color Pencil

To start, I hard boiled a few brown eggs. You want to make sure the eggs are hardboiled and firm, and it is best to draw on them when they are cool but close to room temperature. Brown eggs have a medium color surface that is perfect for drawing with both a light and a dark pencil. If you don’t have brown eggs, you can dye an egg a medium color and draw on it, too. I used a basic white colored pencil and a basic number 2 pencil to create the drawings, and I made sure not to press too hard. Using the two pencils, I created contrasts in light and dark to help bring the drawings to life. Simple and fun!

easter eggs

Would you like to make a notebook for a diary or for sketches? Read on to find out how to create a handmade journal!

Once you determine the size of the notebook, you want adjust your cover and pages to match the desired size. I used cover and paper that was 7” x 10 1/4’” so that my closed notebook was 7 inches tall and five and 1/8th wide.

notebook suppliesSupplies
Cover: one sheet of heavy paper or thin cardboard
Pages: ten sheets of either drawing paper or copy paper
Strong thread
Pencil
Bone folder or spoon
Awl or small nail
Scissors
Needle
Paper clips
Ruler
Xacto
Cutting mat or thick surface to cut on

Step 1: Fold each piece of the pages and the cover sheet in half using the bone folder or back of a spoon to crease the fold.

Step 2: Place pages on the inside the cover, tap them on the counter so that they are all flush on the end and snug against the spine. Use paper clips to hold them in place.

Step 3: Mark 3 holes, equal distance apart, along the inside crease of the notebook.

Step 4: Making sure you are on your cutting mat or thick surface – use your awl or small nail to pierce a hole through the pages and cover making three holes along the marks.

Step 5: Cut a length of thread about three times the length of the spine.

Step 6: Thread needle and starting at the outside of the notebook go in the following order.

  • Thread center hole from outside to inside leaving a 4” tail.
  • Next go to the top hole – inside to outside
  • Go all the way to the bottom hole – outside to inside
  • Return to the center hole – inside to outside

Step 7: Make sure the two tails of the thread are on either side of the one long thread and make a knot. Trim ends or attach decorative beads, buttons, etc.

Step 8: Fold notebook closed and using a ruler and Xacto trim edges.

Voila! You just made your very own notebook – now write a story or draw a picture!

finished notebook open notebook

Need a new way to get moving? Rosewood Arts Centre Facility Coordinator, Claire Dorothy Zook , previously performed professionally as a freelance dancer around the world, and is now a local dance instructor. She put together a fun dance activity to help you get active, and most importantly, have some fun! (Check out Claire’s helpful video below)

claire dance stillMaterials:

  • Enough space to move
  • Your own body!

A wonderful thing happened this past weekend. The sun came out! I felt the need to do a little happy dance! Although, often when I want to get creative getting started can be the hardest part. That’s when I remembered a great tactic my college dance professor used: “Dance by Numbers.” The idea here is that you create a very short movement phrase for each digit 0-9, providing a set of movements to be combined in endless ways. Once you have some starting movement, it’s easy to let the creative wave take over.

Your phrases should be very short and easy to remember. To make this easier, I try to think of something that looks a bit like the number itself, or mimics the way that number makes me feel. For example with the number 1, I always think of a little victory cheer, so I try to put that feeling in the phrase. My 8 phrase looks like an 8, and I make a figure 8 with my body. Then, if I want to dance “18,” I dance my 1 phrase followed by my 8 phrase.

You can use these number dance phrases however you like. Use it to celebrate finishing that math worksheet! You can make it a game, having one person yell out or write numbers up for the rest of the group to dance out.  Have a friend play random music while you dance out your birthday or telephone number. Or just use it as an easy way to get outside in the sun and get moving!

Rosewood Gallery Coordinator, Paula Wilmot Kraus, provided this awesome DIY Camera Obscura project. This fun activity is part-art and part-science, just in time for International Pinhole Day on April 26! Camera obscura, which is Latin for dark chamber, is the basis for all modern cameras.

camera obscura suppliesYou will need:

Box: (cereal box works great)

Tape: black electrical tape or masking tape.

Tracing paper or other thin wax or parchment paper

Exacto knife

Scissors

Pushpin or small nail

1:  Empty box. Make a hole using your pushpin in the middle of the unopened end.

2: Cut tracing paper the height of — but wider than — the box.

3: One-third of the way from the pinhole end cut a 3-sided slit in the box to create a little “mouth”.

4: Stretch tracing paper across the “mouth”.  Tape ends, stretching it tight.

5: Tape slit back together so box is light-tight with the exception of the opening.

6: Look into the box and identify light leaks, tape where needed. I had to add some on the window in the box.

Now use your camera obscura!  Put the opening up to your eyes and look toward a bright area of light (it works best on a sunny day).  It will take a minute to get the sense of what you are seeing — this is where the science comes in. The image will be upside down.

If you are having trouble seeing an image, make the hole larger by wiggling the nail in the hole to enlarge it.

paula w camera
Paula with finished camera obscura
finished camera obscura
Finished camera obscura
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Upside down image inside!

Here’s a fun art activity you can do at home, provided by our Cultural Arts Division Manager, Shayna V. McConville!

collage materialsNeeding a break from screens and desiring a hands-on activity, I created a fun and easy artwork using materials found around the house. I picked up one of my favorite books, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and artist Joseph Cornell’s “boxed assemblages” for guidance.

My materials:

  • iPhone box
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Foam brush
  • Markers
  • Magazines, postcards, photos
  • Small trinkets/toys

I began by cutting out patterns and images from magazines, postcards and photos that loosely related to Frankenstein’s themes of science and nature. I found a photograph of a mad-looking man (my Victor Frankenstein!), 19th century science illustrations, textile patterns from a fashion advertisement, a Vermeer postcard for its depiction of a room interior, and old photographs. When I had enough material to cover both box interiors, I loaded glue onto a foam brush and coated the reverse side of each image. I then pressed each firmly into place, leaving no empty surface. To complete each interior, I glued old gears, bulbs and artificial flowers to give each box more dimension.  Now these collages are a visual treat that I can admire on my bookshelf, next to the book that inspired them!

finished collage

Visit Rosewood's virtual gallery!

Did you miss the chance to check out Rosewood Gallery's solo exhibitions, ceramic work by former Rosewood artist in residence, Arthur Kettner, and Monsters and Cars by artist Mark Flake?

Our Gallery Coordinator, Paula Kraus, has made this exhibition available online - check out the virtual gallery now!

frankenstein painting
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