EDS Artist Spotlight: Claire R.

We are excited to kick off our EDS Artist Spotlight Series this year with 4th grade student, Claire R.! Earlier this year, Claire brought in an exciting new series of artwork that she has been working on to share with her art class. This creative series consisted of a collection of miniature paper scenes that she had drawn, colored, cut, and glued from home. 

Her art teacher, Mrs. Heinlein, chose to interview Claire and share her imaginative artwork with the community. 

I love your artwork, Claire! What gave you the idea to start making these amazing Pop-Ups?

I was looking at the cards in Barnes and Noble, and I started to get some ideas. I was originally going to make just one, but I got more ideas and ended up wanting to do all of them!

That’s awesome! What kind of materials do you use to make these creations?

I use computer paper, Scotch tape, small scissors, and markers. It depends on the scene, but each scene can take anywhere from a day or two to a week to create!

Can you tell us a little bit about the first Pop-Up that you created?

It is an outdoor movie theater with a blanket, movie screen, popcorn, and candy. But it is smaller and the background is not very elaborate. I don’t have a picture of it!

Do you have a favorite scene that you’ve made so far?

Yes. My favorite is either the rainforest with the birds or the house with the corn rows in front.  Right now, I am working on a zoo and it will take awhile.

Have you learned anything through the process of making these pieces of art? Do you have any encouragement you’d like to share with other EDS artists out here?

I’ve learned that to make 3D art you have to have the right weight, and the right amount of tape. I always make the background first, and that gives me the height limit for the pop-ups in front.

To all of the artists out there…I say if you have an idea, just go for it!! If you make a mistake, you can always start over. If you don’t know where to start, just look around in the world and that’s where I get my inspiration.

Thank you so much for sharing, Claire! Stay tuned for more student art and interviews. If your child is interested in being featured as a Spotlight Artist, please bring in some artwork to Mrs. Heinlein!

Kristen Heinlein

Fourth - Fifth & Seventh - Eighth Grade Art Teacher

EDS Faculty since 2011
B.F.A., Stetson University
M.A., Savannah College of Art and Design

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