Welcome to our art room!!

I am Ms. Bandstra! These are some of the things we like to do in the art room.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Heather Hansen inspired project

I talked to my 3rd graders about Heather Hansen and her art then they gave it a try. I loved how focused they were.  We discussed symmetry had how to make their hands draw together. Loved their results.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Friday, September 8, 2017

Only One You

Our Youth ArtPrize entry is coming along swimmingly. Make sure you make a plan to come see our completed project. https://www.artprize.org/66018

Monday, August 21, 2017

New Art Room

I am so excited for the kids to see the new Art Room All the supplies are put away and I am almost ready to create with the kiddos. I had an amazing summer creating in my new art Gallery in Grand Haven Mi. and Taking my son out to Mt Hood in Oregon to Ski Camp.  Can't wait to hear about all the kids summer adventures.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Things you may hear from my students, "My Art Teacher Painted a Car"

This summer was a busy one in my studio.  I was honored to have my work selected to be a part of many projects.  One of my paintings was selected to be part of a statewide campaign through Experience Grand Rapids  where my painting was shown on billboards around town and across the state.
Then I had my first Solo show at http://osteriarossa.com/.  I created 11paintings all involving scenes of Grand Rapids.  From those paintings, I was selected by Betten Honda to paint a car during ArtPrize.
Wendy Foy was a huge help.

My ArtPrize entry this year is at Women's City Club.  http://www.artprize.org/7-hungry-artists/2015/feast I was amazed at how this collaboration turned out.  So Proud to be a part of this entry.

I love talking to my students about my experiences as a practicing artist, I hope it inspires them to follow their dreams.  I dreamed of being an artist and an art teacher as a child. I am so thankful I get to live out my childhood dream every day.  

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Yarn Bowls

My 5th graders are working on their Yarn Bowl project. Many of my students have really gotten into this project and would like to make their own bowls at home.
Coiling Core for Basket Art - 1/4 inch
any kind of yarn they like.
any big embroidery needle that you can get yarn through the eye of the needle.

I also share this video and talk about the Sweet Grass Baskets made in the Gullah region.  We discuss how new technology some times makes old Arts and Crafts techniques obsolete.

Step 1: Hold yarn and cord in between thumb and finger.

Step 2. Wrap yarn around the cord.
 Step 3. Bend end into where you started wrapping the yarn to the cord.

Step 4. Wrap around the end and the cord.

Step 5. Pull the needle through

Step 6. Wrap 5 times then stitch

Hint: Pull tight!

Step 7. Continue wrapping and stitching after you get all the way around you no longer stitch through the middle. You stitch to the closest coil to where you are wrapping.

Step 8. When the base is done put the coils on top of one another until you have made a bowl shape.