Apr 13, 2013

Silent Auction Canvas Art

If it’s April then my school’s silent auction can’t be far away. After years of trying different approaches, this art is what I will stay with next year. What’s new is finding value packs of stretched canvas at Aaron Bros and Michaels. A 16" x 20" pack of 5 costs just $25. So for $5 plus the cost of any Sharpies, you can make a class project that is creative and very personal. This grid of 25 is made with 3.2" x 4" rectangles, which allows a nice size for kids to color, but doesn’t create something so large that parents have trouble hanging it. So, ten canvases down, twelve more to go. 
NOTE: To help answer questions about how this art went together, I’m adding a close up of an earlier canvas. Here the students traced their photo onto Dry Wax Paper, and colored with Sharpies. The cut out rectangles were glued to canvas with a 50/50 mixture of white glue and water. Saturate all sides of the art with the mixture, and smooth often with your fingers to eliminate bubbles. When dry, the paper hugs the canvas so well that you would swear the art was drawn directly on it.

9 comments:

Denise Ferrell said...

ok, so are these all originals? How did you attach to the canvas?

Kathy Barbro said...

Hi Denise, I added some info to my post, hope that helps.

Help hold them together said...

I have used this technique for several years with our school auction and they always turn out beautiful. Thank you Kathy for sharing your talent with all of us.

Faigie said...

cool idea. Its like a mosaic. When I first saw it my first reaction was "how in heavens did all the kids work like that on one canvas"
thanks for the clarification

mylien said...

Hi Kathy,

How long do your students get to work on these types of project? Over several weeks?

Kathy Barbro said...

Thanks for asking, I was going to add that this is a pretty quick project, which I know is very helpful to busy teachers. I had students plan their art on copy paper, then trace and color it onto the dry wax paper. They had one 45 min. class to do this. I cut out the rectangles and glued them onto the canvas, which took about 45 min. for even the larger 35 student classes. Not bad, as far as the results go.

Childcare Courses said...

Oh it's really looking very nice art. It's a nice size for kids to color.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kathy,
Another great project! How is dry wax paper different than regular wax paper? Do you think you can paint with acrylics on it?
Thanks,
Elspeth

Kathy Barbro said...

I tried regular wax paper,it doesn't work. I think the dry wax is less slippery somehow, enough for the markers to stay on and not rub off. You can get dry wax paper at Smart and Final, or probably any other restaurant supply place. As for acrylics, I'm pretty sure they would just be too thick. The saturated wax paper is what really ends up clinging to the canvas.