How To: Mosaic Vases

One of the most challenging projects at our Elementary Art Camp was the Mosaic Vases. I had completed this project several years before and did not remember it being too hard. However the students still did an amazing job and had so much fun with this project and the vases turned out beautiful!

Keep reading to find out how we made these creative mosaic vases.


Step One: The first thing we had our campers do was draw out their design for their mosaic on a piece of scratch paper. We told them they could do anything they wanted. Some students did flowers, some did landscape scenes and one student even made a mosaic of our family dog, Rocko.

Step Two: Next, the campers picked out glass pieces and planned their design.


Step Three: The hard part – sticking different sizes of glass on round vase surfaces. This was the most challenging part of the whole project. We had glue that we normally used for mosaics but the pieces kept sliding around and falling off, our students were creative though and had fun making it work.


Step Four: Once the glue dried overnight the campers got messy the next morning and started putting grout around their glass pieces.



Step Five: After the grout set up for an hour or so the campers came back and polished all of their glass pieces and cleaned the grout off. The vases turned out so cool and looked even better with some flowers in them!



Ceramic Sea Turtles

To get in the spirit of summer, our elementary students crafted sea turtles out of clay and painted them and they turned out so cute. The elementary students always love clay, it is one of their favorite art projects.


This project was spread out over a few weeks and I was so excited to see the results. Every turtle turned out different and the students put their own, unique spins on the project. See some of their work below!








Elementary Art Figurines

Our Elementary Art Classes completed their figurine projects. Read this post for all of the details regarding this project.

It was very messy and also very fun. I think the students really enjoyed it and their creations are amazing.

Each student wrote an artist statement regarding his or her work. The statements are as precious as the works of art.

These were all made by students in Elementary School – pretty impressive!


By Kenna


the back is just as beautiful as the front.


By Georgia: With Art I Can: Be Creaaative


By Riley


By Kiryn


By Megan


By Angie


By Dylan


With Art we Can Create Whatever we Want.


By Emma


With Art I Can: Do anything, be anyone and forget the everyday.


By Katie


Katie was very proud of her figurine.


by Sabina – With Art I Can: Express my Feelings


By Tia


By Samara. With Art I Can: Do Whatever my Heart Desires


After spending the last few weeks painting, we moved into making some 3 D art. We started by looking at sculptures of the human figure.

Alberto Giacometti and George Segal:

I introduced the students to Alberto Giacometti, Swiss Sculptor and Painter.

Although he was a painter as well, Giacometti is most renowned for his expressive sculptures of the human figure following World War II.

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Some view them as representing the isolation and loneliness following the war. As if the figures were turned in on themselves and failing to communicate with others, despite their overwhelming desire to reach out. Others see strength of humans in the frailty of the characters. Giacometti himself said he was not sculpting humans but rather “the shadow that they cast.”  I paint and sculpt to get a grip on reality… to protect myself. Alberto Giacometti

We looked at some of his sculptures and talked about how he exaggerated the arms and legs and how thin and flat the figures were. The students were surprised to find out that one of his sculptures recently sold for $104 million dollars, breaking the record for a work of art purchased at auction.

We also looked at human figurines sculpted by George Segal an American painter and sculptor associated with the Pop Art movement. artwork_images_117528_261874_george-segal

Segal pioneered the use of plaster bandages (plaster-impregnated gauze strips designed for making orthopedic casts) as a sculptural medium. In this process, he first wrapped a model with bandages in sections, then removed the hardened forms and put them back together with more plaster to form a hollow shell. These forms were not used as molds; the shell itself became the final sculpture, including the rough texture of the bandages. Segal’s figures had minimal color and detail, which gave them a ghostly, melancholic appearance.

We talked about the human body and proportions of head, chest, arms and legs, and how to accurately portray the human figure. Then we set to work creating our own figurines.

Our figurines.

Creating our figurines is a multi-step process that began with thinking about different gestures and trying them out on our wood models.


The students then built the armature of the sculpture out of wire.


Once the structure was built, they wrapped it with foil. We talked about how this was like building the muscle of the body.


The next step was to add the skin to hold it all together. We did this by wrapping the sculpture in plaster of paris strips.




Finally we dressed our figurines with strips of cloth dipped in Paverpol.

Paverpol is the leading textile hardener and fiber sculpting medium in the world, and the only one awarded the AP non-toxic seal by the Arts and Creative Materials Institute (ACMI). It was created by a group of Dutch artists in the early 1990s as a user-friendly, environmentally friendly alternative to resin and is now used by artists and crafters in more than 20 countries around the world.

It was messy but a lot of fun to dress our figurines.

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The final step is to paint the figurines all black and then add bronze or silver texture to make them look like metal sculptures.

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The Teen Class:  Students of all levels have enjoyed this project.  We modified the project to make it more challenging for the Teens who are creating larger figurines with more complicated positions and interest.  It has been really fun to see their individual personalities expressed through their sculptures.

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They are really enjoying this project!  We should be wrapping this project up this week so look forward to your student bringing their creation home. Enjoy!


Adult Ceramics – Final Touch on the Clocks

It was another very creative week at Picket Fence Art.  In the adult class we added the final touches to the Ceramic Clocks.

We have had so much fun with ceramics the past few weeks that we decided to upgrade the kiln.  An early Christmas present arrived for me on Friday!

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We love working with ceramics so much that we are thinking of adding a Saturday ceramics workshop in the new year.  Email me if this is something that may interest you!

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Ceramic Painting

The Elves were busy this week at Picket Fence Art Studio putting the final touches on their ceramics projects! Sorry – no photos of the kids classes this week!


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We talked about Color Theory and mixing colors while we painted our projects.



We were busy painting our ceramics in the Adult Class as well:


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Have a great weekend and see you next week!

Elementary Art on Tuesdays – Chihuly Bowls

We kicked off our first week of art classes at Picket Fence Art Studio with the Tuesday Elementary Art Class.

We learned about Seattle’s very own Dale Chihuly. We talked about how Seattle has several glass artist including Mr. Chihuly.

He was born in Tacoma and studied at UW and cofounded the Pilchuck School of glass near Stanwood.   Mr. Chihuly studied glass blowing all over the world including at the Murano factory in Venice.

We also talked about the Chihuly Garden at the Seattle Center and we looked at photos of some of his bowls and some examples of glass bowls.

Chihuly bowl at exhibit in Seattle.

Chihuly bowls.

We then made are own Chihuly Bowls and painted them with transparent paint and then outlined them with Chihuly’s signature rim.

While painting them, we talked about warm and cool colors.

Warm and cool colors appear opposite each other in the color spectrum.

Warm colors are made with orange, red, yellow and combinations of them all. As the name indicates, they tend to make you think of sunlight and heat. Warm colors look as though they come closer because they have longer visual wavelengths. Red emits the longest visual wavelength of all.
Cool colors such as blue, green and light purple have the ability to calm and soothe and look as though they recede into the background. The color with the shortest visual wavelength of all is violet.

Each student was then encouraged to make their own bowls using their own unique styles and the creativity really got flowing.  We ended the session making stands for our bowls.

As a reminder $25 for tuition for October is due. You can make checks out to Picket Fence Art or Jamie Eppenauer.

Thanks for sharing your student with me!  It was a great start.

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