October 30, 2010
Above is a photograph of London. The image is between pages 1686 and 1687 in the Home and School Reference Work.
I decided to continue on from where I left off this summer with my downloads from public domain books. The images I’ve uploaded are from pre-1923 copyright books and should be copyright free. I’m uploading 3 botanical drawings of plants with their flowers, an insect (Locust) and a metropolis (London).
Above is a botanical drawing of Mallow from page 1756.
The illustrations and drawings are from The Home and School Reference Work, Volume V by The Home and School Education Society, H. M. Dixon, President and Managing Editor. The book was published in 1917 by The Home and School Education Society
The botanical illustration above is of a Lotus plant with flower from page 1698.
Above is an illustration of a Locust from page 1682.
Above is a botanical drawing of the Mandrake plant and flower from page 1761.
The drawings and illustration are from a pre-1923 public domain book. All of the images in the book should be copyright-free. I have uploaded the images to my flickr page. I have attributed them to Creative Commons. Clicking on one of the images in this post will take you to that image on my flickr page. From flickr you can choose the size of image to download for free.
September 30, 2010
Above is a video of the finished product for the fundraising auction at the Scholls Country Festival Dinner, Dance and Auction on October 2, 2010 at 5pm. The money raised at this event supports programs at Groner Elementary School in Hillsboro, Oregon. This project is a collaboration between the 6th grade class and myself.
Every year when I finish the collaboration with the kids on their art piece for auction, I create a video. The amount of time allocated to the art project this year was kind of short, so I missed some photos. You can still look at the video and see how the project is put together. We used mica, paper, wood, acrylic sheet (to diffuse the light), fluorescent lights, and some hardware.
September 27, 2010
Well, this was one of the fastest collaborative art projects I’ve ever done. I worked with the Groner Elementary 6th grade class to create a Tree of Life lit wall art piece. The project is now finished. The kids put the leaves and birds onto the mica. If you would like to see the final product, you can play the video or look at the end of this post.
I was so stressed out about getting it done in time that I didn’t take many photographs while the project was in process. I thought I would show you the photos now, just in case you would like to see how this piece of lit wall art is put together.
Above is a photo of the backside of the light box.
At the top of the box is a latch to hold the back panel in place on the box.
If you slide the back panel completely up, you can see how the box is put together. The white panel that you see is an acrylic sheet that disperses the light. Inside the box are two fluorescent light fixtures.
Above is the finished art piece with the lights on.
This piece of art will be auctioned off at the Scholls Country Festival Dinner, Dance and Auction on October 2. The proceeds from the auction is used to support activities at the school. Tickets are still on sale.
September 25, 2010
This week I decided to upload more drawings and illustrations from the book, The Lost Princess of Oz, by L. Frank Baum, illustrated by John R. Neill. The book has a copyright of 1917 by The Reilly Britton Co. of Chicago.
I guess I have a fascination with the Patchwork Girl, Scraps in this OZ book. The image above is Scrap Arguing with the Bear King. The drawing is on page 295.
In the illustration above from page 100, Scraps is swinging from a cliff to a mountain using a belt. This is actually 1/2 of the illustration. The full illustration was divided into 2 pages.
This wonderful illustration of Scraps riding Woozy is from page 79.
On page 64 is a wonderful drawing at the beginning of a chapter of Scraps, The Patchwork Girl.
The drawing above of Frogman speaking with a Winkie is from page 61.
I thought this illustration from page 55 was interesting because of the amount of blank space below the frog, Frogman. It looks as though it would make a nice memo pad image.
The drawings and illustration in this post are from a pre-1923 public domain book. All of the images in the book should be copyright-free. I have uploaded the images to my flickr page. I have attributed them to Creative Commons. Clicking on one of the images in this post will take you to that image on my flickr page. From flickr you can choose the size of image to download for free.
September 22, 2010
It’s always good to start with a photo of a project when it actually looks like something. That is why the photo above shows the project at the end of the day. We still have quite a bit of work to do, but at least this art project is starting to take shape.
I met with the 6th grade room mother and we decided to do a Tree of Life lighted wall art for the 6th grade art project.
The PTA for the local elementary school holds a fundraising auction at the beginning of the year. Each class collaborates with some adults to create a one of a kind art piece to be auctioned at the Scholls Country Festival Dinner, Dance and Auction. All money earned from the auction benefits school programs.
I know from a photo it is difficult to tell the size of this project. The sheet of mica in the center of the frame is a solid piece, 22″ wide by 18″ tall. I’m setting up to cut the mica in the photo above.
It’s always good to verify the fit before moving on to the next step. Above I have placed the mica inside the frame to make sure I cut correctly. You can see that I cut the mica with a utility knife using a metal ruler as a guide.
The room mom gave me some paper to use to create the branches for the tree. I spent days trying to figure out how to make branches for the tree of life. I finally decided to just start cutting long pieces and laying them out.
As I started laying out my tree it looked more like a palm frond than a tree canopy. I was fairly confident that I could make this ray of paper look like tree. Of course I practiced (A LOT!) drawing trees before I actually started cutting.
Thank Heavens! As I started to glue down all my little pieces of paper, the tree started to take shape.
I put the mica up to the window. I wanted to get an idea of how the tree might look when lit.
The tree is done. My husband and I have been working on the box frame for the back. I’ll be taking the tree into the school classroom this week, so that we can start putting the “life” on our “Tree of Life”.
September 17, 2010
After a long break, I thought I would start uploading more copyright free images from public domain books in my library. This week I have some very Halloween-like images from the book, The Lost Princess of Oz, by L. Frank Baum, illustrated by John R. Neill. The book has a copyright of 1917 by The Reilly Britton Co. of Chicago.
The inside covers includes a cast of characters at the window including a guy with a pumpkin head. Jack Pumpkinhead at the right sticks out in this drawing. This book is filled with characters that seem perfect for Halloween.
The title page also includes an illustration of Jack Pumpkinhead strolling with Toto (I think).
From page 27 is another character called Patchwork Girl.
Above from page 76 is an illustration of the pumpkin head and Tik Tok.
On page 150 is another illustration of Patchwork Girl.
Between pages 224 and 225 is a colored illustration of Patchwork Girl with a frog. The frog is called Frogman.
Patchwork Girl seems to be hanging often. This illustration of her hanging from a chandelier is from page 281.
The great Halloween drawings and illustration in this post are from a pre-1923 public domain book. All of the images in the book should be copyright-free. I have uploaded the images to my flickr page. I have attributed them to Creative Commons. Clicking on one of the images in this post will take you to that image on my flickr page. From flickr you can choose the size of image to download for free.