Thursday, January 13, 2011

Laurel Burch Cats

Laurel Burch was a self-taught American painter/folk artist.

She died young at age 62 from a bone disease but even during the time when she was sick and had to paint in bed or from her wheelchair, she never stopped creating.  She said, "I refuse to have anything in my life that I can't turn around into something magical and beautiful.  I just refuse."

She has a great imagination.  Joy and happiness came through in her paintings with her bold lines and bright colors.  Her cats are so fun and whimsical!  My students love her work and they made some great versions of their own cats too!  Check this out...

Materials needed:
-White paper
-Colored paper (We had a pad of donated scrapbooking paper that had awesome colors and patterns)

1.  Students followed my step by step instructions for drawing the cat face.  (step by step tutorial coming soon)
2.  Color in the cat face, encourage different bright colors
3.  Select 2 fun pieces of colored paper, fold them into a triangle and cut them in half.
4.  Glue 2 halves onto a whole piece (this is your background)
5.  Cut out the cat face and glue it on the background
6.  Add lines, whiskers, and anything you feel it needs.

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