Monday, November 30, 2015

Mary Azarian lesson extension activities

The snowflake prints that you made are stunning!  Great job!  

Complete project instructions available at

Mary Azarian’s beautiful painted woodcut prints highlight life in rural Vermont.  Her folk-art is featured in more than 50 books, and earned her the Caldecott medal in 1999 for her work illustrating “Snowflake Bentley.”


There are many books illustrated by Mary Azarian that you can borrow from your local library.  Here are a few of my favorites:


Watch a video of Mary Azarian describing her work on Snowflake Bentley & other woodcuts:


Read about Mary Azarian’s print making process

Visit the artist’s own site


Now that you've made your own print block, you can print it as many times as you would like.  Turn it into a tee-shirt with these simple directions.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Mary Azarian

This month's featured artist is Mary Azarian.  Her beautiful wood-cuts beautifully capture the New England landscape.  I'm looking forward to creating our own Christmas gift tags!

Please take some time to study the following image before class.  Can you describe the relationship between the people in this image?

A Gardener's Alphabet
Mary Azarian
To complete this month's project you will need the following items:

  • 12x18" construction paper, white - cut down to 12x15" 2 sheets per student 
  • 6-8 sheets of 8 1/2 x 11" scrap paper
  • Crayons - minimum 8 color set, we recommend Prang *can be shared
  • 9x12" Printing foam *1 sheet per student (can substitute a foam tray or plate cut flat)
  • safety gloves child size *1 pair per student (optional - to keep hands clean when handling ink)
  • Acrylic paint,12 piece set, we recommend Reeves *can be shared
  • everyday pencil - *2 per student, any quality.  You may also want a pencil sharpener if your child tends to press very hard.
  • Paint Palette (can substitute a few paper plates) *1 per student
Looking forward to seeing you on Friday, November 20th at 6:30!