Monday, January 16, 2017

Tunnel vision

I wanted to do something with paper sculptures in my Art 2 class.  I wasn't sure what until I stumbled onto an old post about tunnel books.  I thought that was the perfect lesson to incorporate paper and images all into one.  I left this lesson a little open-ended since I let them choose between a real book and using paper with accordian folds on the sides to prop it open.  For a few students it was really hard to visualize how to pull their chosen images apart so that they could make a flat image go 3D, but in the end I think the results were quite interesting.

Abbie B.

Emily H.

John S.

Jonah L. 
Laura L.


Mercedes F.

Remington L.

Sommer B.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Tearing up the art scene

Since their legacy ceiling tiles, see yesterday's post, took my Art 3 class so long to complete I knew I had to throw a fairly quick assignment at them to help finish out the quarter.  So I turned to torn paper images.  They could use anything from magazines to construction paper to textured paper that they made, I didn't care.

The only rule was that they could not use scissors, they had to tear all of the paper that they needed and then glue it down with either a water/elmers solution or modge podge.

Emily H.

Kayla E.

Nikole K.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Leaving a legacy?

I have been letting kids paint ceiling tiles for 17 years now.  So needless to say the hallways of the building are getting quite full.

That being said, I like usual, gave the option for my Art 3 students last semester to paint their senior ceiling tiles.  It wasn't until the project was taking them forever this year that I asked why, and their answer was that they wanted to make sure that they were perfect since it would be the legacy that they were leaving behind.  It turns out some of them have been thinking about what they were going to paint on their ceiling tile for years.

I guess I never really knew how much of an impact these tiles had on these kids, but it is good to know that they wanted to take them seriously and continue to make an impact on future generations.

Bridget B.

Jacob L.

Jaikob D.

Mikayla R.

Nikole K.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Playing with our paint

I love to make art messy, fun and really beautiful at the same time.  Cause let's face it, if you are getting messy you are usually having fun and if you are having fun the artwork shows it.

So for this project my Art 2 students needed to paint an animal in watercolor and then either drip or splash or do a little of both around the animal.  The animals did not need to be normal color and so this left them a pretty wide open category.  Here are a few of my favorites.


Abbie B.

Emily H.

John S.

Micah A.

Paige Q. 
Sommer B.


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Large Colorful Selfies

I find it extremely amazing that all of these kids can stop and take constant selfies, but then the second you ask them to draw one of them they have a cow!  You would think a generation like this one who loves to take their own picture (and tons of them) (all of the time, sometimes) would be thrilled with the idea of then drawing one of their favorite shots of themselves.  I don't get it.   All of a sudden they become embarrassed of these selfies, of course they sent the image out to thousands on snapchat and other sites, but to draw it on a large scale scene is mortifying.

  Of course like any good art teacher I tell them to get over it and draw themselves.

For this particular project I have them upload one of their favorite selfies into photoshop and then they have to put it under the cutout filter in the filter gallery.  After they have selected that, I then have them play with the different levels and the intensity of the cuts and all of that until they have a picture that looks like them with a bare minimum of at least 5 layers.  If they had their way they would do as little as possible.  I try to push them farther.

Then I tell them they can go and play with either the hue/saturation options or they can try color balance to see what they would look like if they changed their coloring.  When it comes to the final product I don't care what colors they use, as long as they look good together.

When they finish playing in photoshop I have them print it out and then draw it on an 18x24 sheet of tagboard.  Some of them will grid it and other will freehand it, I have no problem with either method.

Once all of the cutout areas are drawn they they color it in with oil pastels.  We have learned that if you apply baby oil with qtips over oil pastels it fills in the spaces and smoothes out the coloring with less waste on the pastels themselves.

Abbie B.

Remington L.

Sommer B.

Jack G.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Just making "sweet" art!

So after our plaster project where we subtract material to make a sculptural item, I switch gears and do a clay project where we have to hand build a piece.  And in this case we are hand building a "Piece" of pie or cake.

I have always like the art of Wayne Thiebaud.  I think his cleverly whimsical paintings of desserts is sweet and touching.  Okay I will try to lay off of the "sweet" comments, but it is really hard for me since they come so delicious to use.  :)

Anyways, we took a look at his works and then I gave them a 10 question rapid think quiz.  I read these questions as quickly as possible, and they have to respond with the first thought that comes to their mind.  Feel free to play along:
1. Chocolate or Vanilla
2. Favorite fruit
3. Favorite non-dessert food
4. Thick or thin frosting
5. Favorite holiday
6. Favorite toy when you were a child
7. Cake or Pie
8. Sweet or Salty
9. Favorite color
10. Favorite candy

After the quiz, we talk about making clay cake or pie boxes.  I then ask them to circle three of their quiz answers that they then have to use in their final project.  They will have to make a lid for it that is detachable in some way.   Then we talk about all of the clay terms and I demo how to build walls and add pieces.  

Andrew C.

Carter W.


Erika L.

Damaris W.




Thursday, December 8, 2016

Magical 2pt lands


Okay so this is kind of a confusing post.  Because the post that will follow after this is actually the project we did first, but since it was clay I needed to do a project in the middle while I got all of those projects fired and then while they were glazing they needed something to work on when they finished that.  Did you catch all of that?

Anyways, we learned how to draw in 2 pt. perspective.  Now every year I learn how to improve this lesson and this year was no different.  We start by drawing a very basic city in out sketchbooks.  We learn how to make a corner building, how to add sidewalks and alleys, how to make bigger buildings beside the front one and how to make windows and doors.  All of the basics to making a 2 pt city.

Well last year I had had enough with getting multiple Wal-mart stores for buildings,  apparently no body goes anywhere else in the world, so I added the element where they all came up and spun for a different genre or location.  So some of my themes are apocolyptic, forest, fairytale, alien, utopian, and horror just to name a few.  From there they can use that inspiration any way they want.  They can use a little of it or they can use a lot.  Basically I am just trying to get them to think outside of the walmart box, if you know what I mean.

This year to improve the project I had them draw and shade it in black pen.  The main thought behind this is that their shading and drawings are so light I often can't see what they have done. So I wanted to make it more photogentic.  In the end it was great to give them another challenge and to use those shading techniques that I introduced to them a long time ago.

Damaris W.


Andrew C.

Dylin K.

Anna B.