Lessons

Mimi has taught art in public schools for many years.  Her classes ranged from pre-school to high-school.  Mimi also taught art lessons in small groups for adults and children of all ages in various communities  throughout the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts.  Here you will find a collection of lessons that she hopes you will enjoy doing as much as she enjoys teaching!

Mimi the Artist has fun art lessons for you!  She will be adding more so please visit often!

 

 

 

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Learn how to draw Holiday Candles

Learn how to draw beautiful holiday candles by following this easy step-by-step lesson from Mimi the Artist!

 

 

 

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Mimi the Artist has made a butter lamb for Easter Sunday every year for as long as she can remember! Before that, her mom and grandmother made them!

The photos below will show you how Mimi shaped a stick and a half of softened butter to make it look like a baby lamb.

Let the butter soften at room temperature, (do not try softening the butter in the microwave, the consistency will be uneven). Create the lamb on wax paper or foil. Once it is done place it into the refrigerator to harden, then transfer the lamb to a pretty serving dish. You can place colorful jelly beans around it, or sprigs of parsley.


Step 1.

Mimi softened 2 sticks of butter for this project. Place a piece of wax paper or foil down on the counter to work on. You will also need 2 knives, not sharp ones, and one toothpick.


Step 2.

Unwrap and lay out one stick of softened butter. Cut approximately a tablespoon off of the front end of the stick to use for the lamb's 4 legs. Cut the 2nd stick of butter in half to use for the head (you may not need any of the remaining half).


Step 3.

This picture shows the front side of the lamb. The chunk of butter extends past both the front and back of the lamb's body, but a bit more so in the front.


Step 4.

With a knife in each hand, start smoothing and shaping the head. Two ears can be 'worked out' from the soft butter and actually stick out from the sides. Using the smooth edge of one of the knives, scrape the top of the face area so it looks more smooth and slants downwards a bit.


Step 5.

Carefully narrow the front of the face, it will look a bit like a triangular wedge.


Step 6.

Round off the edges of the face.


Step 7.

This photo shows how the back of the head is rounded out.


Step 8.

This image shows another angle of the head.


Step 9.

Start smoothing out the edges of the front and back legs and round the back of the torso (body).


Step 10.

This is a photo of the back of the lamb, make a curve into the bottom of the back to give it some shape.


Step 11.

Have the 2 front legs be slightly separated.


Step 12.

Start to 'roughen' up the surface of the butter so it stops looking so much like a 'stick of butter'.


Step 13.

This is a view from the top, looking down.


Step 14.

This photo shows the back of the lamb.


Step 15.

Think of the lamb having his legs tucked underneath him.


Step 16.

Add a little tail.(a small clump of butter taken from the "extra" half stick)


Step 17.

Use whole cloves for the eyes.

Now it is time to use the toothpick, use it to make tiny curls all over the lamb's body.


Step 18.

Mimi used a caraway seed for the nose.

Carefully place the lamb (while it is still on the wax paper) into the refrigerator so the butter can harden.


Step 19.

Once the butter is hard you are ready to transfer the lamb onto a pretty serving dish!


Step 20.

The back view.


Step 21.

Back/side view.


Step 22.

Happy Easter!


An interesting "footnote".... I brought one of my Butter Lambs to my twin sister's house for Easter one year not realizing that she had already made one, we both laughed after we placed them side-by-side... they were mirror images of each other! I am left-handed and my twin is right-handed!

 

 

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Steps # 17- #27 (Final)
Step # 17

Connect the tiny yellow lines using a downward curved line.

Step # 18

Draw 2 outward angled lines from the outside edges of each candle holder.

Step # 19

Connect the lines that you just drew, using a very gently curved line.

 

Step # 20

Using a sideways motion to color, fill in the candle holder with yellow. Allow some of the black paper to peek out, especially
on the right side...

 

Step #22
Step #21

Add just a hint of yellow to the candle...
Just dap the cray-pas here and there on the
left side of the candle, in a sideways movement... this will suggest a reflection of the flames glow...
(This is an optional step...)

 

Step # 22

Time for the bright green (the color of grass)
Draw a slightly curved, angled line up and out from the candle holder.

 

Step #23 Step #24

Step #23

Now draw some wispy lines coming out from
the first line that you drew.
These will be pine needles...

 

Step #24

Do the same lines on the other side of the pine needle's center line.

 

Step #25 Step #26

Step #25

Notice how I have started the green lines over the front of the
yellow candle holders. Draw gentle curves... this is important.

 

 

Step #26

Add the needles to each pine branch.
Let them overlap each other
when you draw them. Don't be too neat either!

 

Step #27 Final Step in the Holiday Candle Lesson! Mimi has successfully taught this lesson to very young children.


The secret is to have them work on only one candle though and have the paper go the "up and down" way!


Step #27

Last, but not least, add red "colored in" circles to look like berries...
The rule of "3"... works good here, but it is up to you how many berries you want!

 

When Mimi was an Art Teacher the budget was extremely tight so she usually had the students in the youngest grades use crayons instead of cray-pas since the younger child will tend to get more cray-pas on their shirts than on the paper!

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Mimi LOVES to DRAW!  Often all one needs is an idea to get them starting.  Here you will find ideas and simple instructions that you can easily incorporate into a lesson!

All drawing uses lines... lines are so very simple, just pick up a pencil, place the tip onto your paper, and push it along!... Now, try pulling the pencil towards you as you draw... pushing and pulling are very different ways to use your pencil.  Let Mimi help you to learn about drawing and having fun!

Mimi loves to teach step-by-step lessons!  Follow Mimi's simple lessons and you will be surprised at how easy and fun it is to draw!