GO RED for Women Fundraiser Art Auction

Kindergarten Hearts Painting for Auction 30" x 40" Acrylic on Canvas

Kindergarten Chris Uphues Inspired Painting for Auction
  • Kindergarten and 1st grade artists learn about Chicago based Street and Pop artist Chris Uphues and view his bright, playful and fun heart faces. He paints on items and murals along with his wife Jen Koehl. Together they created Beautiful Days to share humor and happiness across the world. Visit chrisuphues.com or see his artwork along with over 23K fans on Instagram!

    K & 1st grade artists practice drawing hearts in art class using a pencil. Next, they draw whatever face they want in at least 5 hearts using their imaginations or idea reference sheet. Outlining the heart faces in black Sharpie markers and coloring them in with markers make them come to life. Lastly, artists add details such as rainbows, flowers, or even banana faces!

    Creating these in art class allows for practice and a basis for designing our paintings for the GO RED art auction. K artists stamp colorful hearts collaboratively using a sponge and acrylic paints. We leave the white heart in the middle open to your imagination. What fun, happy or silly face would you draw?

1st Grade Heart Faces Painting for Auction 30" x 40" Acrylic on Canvas

First Grade Chris Uphues Inspired Painting for Auction

2nd Grade Drippy Hearts Painting for Auction 30" x 40" Acrylic on Canvas

Second Grade Kerri Rosenthal Inspired Drippy Heart for Auction 30"x40", Acrylic on Canvas
  • 2nd and 4th Grade Artists

    Second and Fourth grade artists study the art of Westport, Connecticut based artist and interior designer Kerri Rosenthal. She was President and Creative Director of Cakewalk, a subsidiary of Oilily and now paints very often, especially her signature Drippy Hearts. You can find her hearts on fabrics, wall coverings and home accessories. Kerri loves creating things that make people happy because, as she says,“ The world can always use more Happy.”

    In art class we practice sketching Kerri Rosenthal’s heart shape that typically cuts off the top and sides of the rounded parts of the heart travelling off the page. It is almost as if the heart is exploding! We work on easels to prop up our artwork, paint the heart a solid color of choice, and then drip using a lot of water and gravity. Artists had a lot of fun dripping!

    2nd grade artists create a pattern of pink, peach and blue hearts on a large canvas. We start at the bottom and work our way up to the top in order for the drips to flow on over them. The colors and dripping create a stunning pattern with sporadic dripping. Many of us follow schedules throughout the year that form patterns in our daily lives, and drips of unplanned experiences can add challenges or even excitement to our balanced lives. What drippy moments have you experienced lately?

4th Grade Drippy Hearts Painting for Auction 30" x 40" Acrylic

Fourth Grade Drippy Hearts Painting for Auction 30" x 40" Acrylic on Canvas
  • 4th grade artists work more freely with their drippy hearts painting. Mainly, because there are so many of us and we needed to fit a heart for each artist. A few 2nd grade artists also joined in painting hearts, as we ran out of space on the other painting.

    Ms. Giacomantonio’s class paint the entire background using acrylic silver paint and splashes of Martha Stewart glitter paint thrown in! Look for the sparkle effect inside the painting. Next, the rest of the 4th grade artists choose an acrylic pastel color, or dark blue for contrast, to paint his or her drippy heart. We are mindful of the principle of design balance, placing our colors strategically in order to make the design look stable. We start from the bottom and work our way to the top to allow the drips to run over the lower hearts. This painting represents the creative energy and personalities of our artists where they crave balance, yet freedom to explore. What is your favorite routine? What do you love having the freedom to do?

3rd Grade Keith Haring Inspired Painting for Auction 30" x 40" Acrylic on Canvas

Third Grade Keith Haring Inspired Painting for Auction 30" x 40" Acrylic on Canvas
  • 3rd & 5th Grade Artists

    3rd and 5th grade artists study the life and art of famous 80s pop and graffiti artist Keith Haring who worked in New York City. We read his BIO at haringkids.com website and learn he was originally from Kutztown, Pennsylvania. Haring loved to draw cartoons like his father, taking inspiration from popular culture around him. He attended art schools in Pittsburgh and School of Visual Arts (SVA) in NYC and became friends with artists like Kenny Scharf and Jean-Michel Basquiat. There, he found his style and started to draw cartoons focusing on graphic expression through the art element of line. We also learn what graffiti is, and what the consequences can be if one is caught making graffiti.

    In art class, we practice drawing a human cartoon figure using a suggestion to start out by sketching a stick figure by looking at the art figurines in our classroom, or partnering up with a classmate and posing for each other. By drawing a “bubble” around the stick figure you can create a full-bodied outline much like Keith Haring’s. Artists also worked off reference sheets of Haring’s work and practice drawing his twisting figures, animals and objects. Adding additional “action lines” outside the cartoon gives a feeling of movement. 

    For our collaborative painting we transfer sketches on to the canvas with pencil, outline with Sharpie pen, and add color using acrylic paints. Placing hearts inside the piece connects us to the Go Red for Women campaign through this iconic artist who also devoted his life toward raising money and awareness towards many different causes.

    Haring was diagnosed with AIDS in 1988. He started the Keith Haring Foundation where funds still go to AIDS organizations and children’s programs. His work also had a focus of expressing the concepts of birth, love, death, and beyond. Since his death in 1990 his work can been found in major museums around the world.

     3rd and 5th grade artists love drawing and found this project challenging. They put their heart and souls into these paintings and are very proud of the results. What is something you put your heart and soul into? What are you proud of?

5th Grade Keith Haring Inspired Painting for Auction 30" x 40" Acrylic on Canvas

Fifth Grade Keith Haring Inspired #1 Painting for Auction 30" x 40" Acrylic on Canvas

Fifth Grade Keith Haring Inspired Painting for Auction 30" x 40" Acrylic on Canvas

Fifth Grade Keith Haring #2 Inspired Painting for Auction 30" x 40" Acrylic on Canvas

Fifth Grade Art Heart Painting for Auction 30" x 40" Acrylic on Canvas

Fifth Grade Art Heart Painting for Auction 30" x 40" Acrylic on Canvas
  • 5th Grade Artists - Art Heart

    5th grade artists create a colorful abstract heart painting inspired by artist and author, Jesse Raulet. Her brand name is Etta Vee where you can view her work along with her over 46K followers on Instagram. Originally from Indiana, Jesse began painting at the age of 4. She worked in San Francisco as an art director in advertising until 2013. Today Jesse lives in Paris, France with her family where she paints her vibrant fine art pieces and designs that can brighten up any space.

    5th grade artists independently read her book titled Happy Abstracts and follow step-by-step directions how to paint the “art heart”. They mixed all of the colors in the palette and mimic expressive, clean and color brush stokes. Lastly, they draw in dash and dot patterns using white gel, and gold metallic paint pens.

    Jesse’s goal is to spread happiness and good vibes through optimistic color palettes and creativity. She has great ability to teach others through her online classes, and publications. Visit ettavee.com for more information.

    How do you express your creativity?