5 Easy Ways to Make Art Club T-Shirts

Art clubs are amazing ways to galvanize students around art. It helps kids get excited and more deeply invested in what you are teaching as they take ideas to the next level. One of the best ways to unify your art club members is to create art club t-shirts! Students love sporting handmade shirts to show their pride as an art club member.

Here are 5 art club shirts to make with your artists:

1. Simple Stencil and Blacklight

Art Club T-Shirt made with blacklight

Materials you will need:

  • Neon t-shirt
  • Protective paper inside the t-shirt
  • Fabric spray
  • Tagboard stencil
  • Blacklight (optional)

This technique is a tried and true favorite. Anytime a blacklight is involved, you really can’t go wrong. To create this shirt, cut a stencil for your students to lay over the top of their flattened shirt. If you are creating shirts with advanced students, you can have them create their own stencils using tagboard and X-ACTO knives. Make sure to have a protective sheet of paper inside the shirt, so the fabric spray does not leak through to the back. Once the stencil is sprayed with a light layer of fabric spray, lift the stencil gently and keep on creating. Expert tip: If you use neon shirts, like hot pink or lime green, it glows when you shine a blacklight on it!

2. Screen Printed

Art Club t-shirt made with screenprinting

Materials you will need:

  • T-shirt
  • Protective paper inside the shirt
  • Fabric paint
  • Fabric screen printing ink
  • Screen
  • Screen-printing squeegee
  • Adhesive vinyl or Mask-Ease
  • X-ACTO Knife

This t-shirt technique will deliver the cleanest, most consistent designs. First, our art club students splattered with fabric paint. However, you could certainly eliminate this step if you’d rather have a cleaner design.

To create a screen design without using noxious chemicals, simply cut your desired design out of adhesive vinyl. Remember, if you plan to include text, you will need to reverse the design you cut out, so it shows up correctly when printed. Peel off the protective backing and apply your cut stencil to the front side of a clean screen. Use tape around the edges of the vinyl to cover any exposed screen.

Lay the flat side of the screen down against a flattened t-shirt. Make sure there is a protective paper in between the t-shirt to avoid bleeding your design to the back of the shirt. Lay out a long bead of fabric screen printing ink along the inside edge of the screen at the top of your design. Use a squeegee perpendicular to the screen to evenly drag down the long bead of ink over your design. The ink will press through the screen mesh and the cut parts of your design. After one pass of pulling ink from top to bottom, pull your ink in the opposite direction with your squeegee to ensure that the entire design is evenly filled. Gently pull up your screen to expose your printed design! Check out this step by step video to see it in action! 

3. Tie-Dye

Art Club t-shirt made with tie-dye

Materials you will need:

  • T-shirt
  • Protective paper inside the shirt
  • Tie-dye
  • Rubber bands
  • Ziploc bag
  • Gloves
  • Tagboard stencil
  • Fabric spray

Prepare the shirt and choose a tying technique using these helpful videos for your desired tie-dye design. Apply dye to the shirt using your preferred tie-dye materials. After the shirts are tie-dyed and dry, you can use a cut stencil or screen print your art club design onto the front of your t-shirts!

For a more in-depth look at tie-dye, see Tie Dye in the Classroom at a Glance.

4. Bleach Spray

Art Club T-shirt made with bleach

Materials you will need:

  • T-shirt
  • Protective paper inside the shirt
  • Laminated tagboard stencil
  • Spray bottle of bleach (50% water, 50% bleach)
  • Messy towels

Get your shirt ready by putting a sheet of the protective paper in between the shirt layers. Cut out your stencil design from laminated paper. Prepare a spray bottle of 50% bleach and 50% water. Lay your laminated stencil on top of the shirt. Spray a light layer of the bleach mixture on the front of the shirt. Carefully lift the stencil off the shirt and place directly into a messy towel and pat the stencil dry. Within a few minutes, you will see the areas with the bleach mixture applied start to fade!

5. Neon Splatter Paint

Art Club t-shirt made with spray paint

Materials you will need:

  • T-shirt
  • Protective paper inside the shirt
  • Neon fabric paint
  • Tagboard stencil
  • Blacklight (optional)

This technique is basically the opposite of technique #1. However, instead of a neon shirt and dark stencil, the materials are reversed! Use neon fabric splatter paint and fabric spray. Top off your design with a stencil to unify all the t-shirts. Finally, shine a blacklight on it to reveal your creation!

Art Club T-shirt made with blacklight and splatter paint

Here are a few extra tips:

  • Have students wear their art club shirts on meeting dates to encourage community building.
  • Have your art club members run stations at your art show while sporting their t-shirts.
  • Have students return their permission slips with art club shirt size and small membership fee together to keep better track of shirt payments.
  • Remind families to be careful when washing t-shirts, possibly washing shirts separately and inside out for the first wash.
  • When managing your art club students, try a specialty call and response attention-getter, just for them! For example, Teacher: “Art Club!” Students: “What’s up?”

Of course, even if you don’t have an art club, you can still use these t-shirt making techniques with any group of students or staff members! Most of all, have fun!

Have you ever made t-shirts with a group of students?
What other t-shirt making techniques would be great to try?
How else can you bring a sense of community to your art club?

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Original source: https://theartofeducation.edu/2019/12/13/5-easy-ways-to-make-art-club-t-shirts/

michele landel

Gasp! Burned, quilted, and embroidered photographs sewn together with layers of paper creating bandages and veils that transform images into fragile maps. This is the lovely and very thoughtful mixed media textile work of an American artist in Paris, Michele Landel. I saw the eyeless piece above, titled “Who’s Afraid”, and was instantly scared/in love. And then I read her statement about it:

Who’s Afraid is meant to capture the tension between men’s anxiety of being unreasonably accused of inappropriate behavior and women’s fear of sexual harassment and assault. It is referencing the play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and the inherent tension between actors and audience that is part of a theater performance and in this play the volatile and complicated relationship between men and women. Furthermore, it also relates to my previous series For There She Was [first three images above] that explored women speaking out and Virginia Woolf’s literature.”

Scared/in love. Happy Friday.

Original source: https://www.thejealouscurator.com/blog/2019/12/13/michele-landel/

Dec. 14 Open House Special Guests


Peter Follansbee is wrapping up his carved box class here tonight, but has decided to stay through tomorrow so that he can be here for the last open house of the year (and anyway, it might take until tomorrow morning to clean up…). We have his two books – “Joiner’s Work” and “Make a Joint Stool from a Tree” (co-authored with Jennie Alexander) – in stock here, and he’ll be happy to sign them.

And a special offer: During a rare fit of cleaning and organizing my home office, I found an extra copy of “Joint Stool” with a book plate in the front signed by both Peter and Jennie (who is no longer with us), and I’m giving it away to one lucky winner from among tomorrow’s open house attendees. We’ll have slips to fill out, and Peter will draw the winner from amongst the entries at 4 p.m. (You needn’t stick around until 4 p.m. unless you want to – I’ll mail the book to the winner if need be).

I’m also pleased to announce that Nancy Hiller is planning to visit from Bloomington – barring inclement weather, she’ll be here at around 11 a.m.! We have plenty of the new edition of her “Making Things Work: Tales from a Cabinetmaker’s Life” on hand, and she, too, will be happy to sign them, for as long as she’s able to stay.

Also: Ask to see the clock, eat cookies (made by professional cook Terry West, aka Chris’ mom), ask woodworking questions and try out tools.

Doors open at 10 a.m. (and close at 5 p.m.): 837 Willard St., Covington, Ky., 41011.

— Fitz

p.s. A reminder that this is the last Lost Art Press open house until June 2020.

Original source: https://blog.lostartpress.com/2019/12/13/dec-14-open-house-special-guests/

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Original source: https://www.artforum.com/news/annika-thiems-wins-2019-neon-curatorial-award-81588

From the Douanier Rousseau to Séraphine: The Great Naive Masters

This is the first large-scale exhibition focused on the “Naives,” a loose coalition of self-taught painters so called because their delightfully amateurish canvases were reminiscent of those by the

Original source: https://www.artforum.com/picks/from-the-douanier-rousseau-to-seraphine-the-great-naive-masters-81567

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The fraud investigation filed by the Russian fertilizer magnate and art collector Dmitry Rybolovlev against Swiss art dealer Yves Bouvier has been dismissed by a court of appeals in Monaco, reports

Original source: https://www.artforum.com/news/monaco-judge-drops-russian-billionaire-s-fraud-case-against-swiss-dealer-yves-bouvier-81603

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A lot has been written on Ragnar Kjartansson’s The Visitors, 2012, an hourlong nine-channel installation featuring nine musician friends playing in separate rooms of the Rokeby, a nineteenth-century

Original source: https://www.artforum.com/picks/ragnar-kjartansson-81602