Friday, December 19, 2014

Covering the ceiling

I have set a goal, before I retire I want to paint over all of the ceiling tiles in the building, or at least the hallways.  We have covered all of them in front of the main gym and along its side hallway and we have now started into the high school hallways.  Since I am only 15 years in, I think we might make it with another 17 years to go.  Yikes!

But here is the first round of tiles for the year.  This time I had several students that worked in pairs or they picked small tiles.  I will have another class tackling them in the spring.

Kelsey C. and Demi H.

Sydney Hag.

Hanna S.

Malary M.

Mixed up boxes

About a month ago I was looking for a project for my advanced class and I saw a picture on pinterest for a drawing that was broken up into several boxes and then a variety of mediums were used to finish in the image.

So I let them pick any picture of a person that they wanted to and I required that they divide the face into at least 12 squares.  They needed three squares to be done in black and white (so that could be pencil or charcoal), three squares in ink (pen, india or marker), three in color (colored pencils, marker, oil pastels, chalk) and three in collage/paint (so they could use magazines, glitter or paint).

For some this ended up being their favorite project, for others it was their nemesis.  And for me, it was one of the longest projects and I am glad I assigned it at the beginning of the quarter because it took them forever to finish.  Now I sound like one of the kids.

Demi H.

Sydney H.

Hanna S.

KaSandra K.

Marcelle W.

Sammy K.

Sydney Hau.

Yeva S.

Inspiration from the past

Well several weeks ago I asked my student teacher for a project idea for my Art 2 class.  Taylor was a former student of mine and remembered a project that she had done when she was in my 6th grade class.  She asked if we could do it with the advanced group since it was one of her favorites.  I said sure and so she researched and found out that the project is actually called Agamorph, I used to call it accordian art drawing.  Who knew that it had such an official name.

Anyways she introduced the lesson and here are what the students created.  Basically they had to do a drawing in black and white and the other had to be done in color.  Then they are cut into 1 inch strips and glued down in an alternating pattern and then folded into a paper fan, hence the title of acordian art drawing.

Emily H. did two trolls but the other was hard to see.

Maggie H. 

Yeva S.  - frozen

Yeva S.  Other side of frozen

Painting with knives

I see I am failing at posting student work.  I promise I have just been sick and busy, or maybe it's busy and sick, I honestly don't know if I'm coming or going anymore.  I'm sure nobody else has that problem.  ;)

Art 2 has been working on a variety of things.  The first projects are palette knife paintings.  These were created with acrylic paints and they were only allowed to apply the paint with a variety of palette knives.  This project is hard for them to start, but is always one of their favorites by the time they are done.
Brooke B.

Brooke A.

Kamber L.

Mikayla R.

Riley H.

Yeva S.

Always keep dreaming

It has only taken 14 years of asking for a second sink, but this Christmas my art room wish is being granted.  I am so excited to leave my classroom today, knowing I will come back to a new looking classroom after the break.  I even convinced our janitor yesterday to save part of my old cabinets and move them to the back of my room so I can have even more storage.  It truly is a Christmas miracle.

Here is one last look at the old, even though they have already started ripping it out and I have to still teach in here today.  

 These are all of my supplies from the other side of the room boxed up and put on this side of the room.  You ever know how much stuff you can store until you have to pack it up.

I will post pictures after Christmas.  Yeah!!!

Monday, November 24, 2014

The hands say it all

                                                      Holly S. - piano

Art 1 has been studying Leonardo DaVinci, and with that we have been doing hand studies.  What better way to study hands then to draw them saying something in sign language.   They are asked to come up with at least a 5 letter word in sign language that has visual clues that can be drawn with it.  So nouns work the best, like money, cross, trees and barns.

Once they pick a word they need to draw the word in sign language on a 6x18 piece of paper.  After they draw and shade the hands they then need to draw and color some little clues as to what the word is.  So for money you could draw bills and coins.

                                                     Abby K.  - piano

                                           Sebastian G. - happy

                                                                 Hannah S.  - faith

Friday, November 21, 2014

Twist and twirl

I wanted to do a project that involved using up some of my construction paper.  I am sure I am not the only one out there that opens a cupboard and says that some of this needs to be used.  Well after a trip over to Pinterest, I decided a quilling project looked like it might be fun.  So I challenged my Art 3 class to create projects using quilling techniques.  We spent some time looking at a variety of ways to approach quilling.  I then told them that they could do any picture that they wanted with as many techniques as they liked.  I think if I do this again, I might try to have them use at least 4 different techniques so that they try some of the other ones.

Demi H.

Jozlynn P,

Karly N.

Kelsey C.

Yeva S.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Taking color up a notch

Sometimes the hardest thing is to come up with projects for my advanced classes that reminds them of the basic elements of art.  I always love having my students look at the color wheel and see if they can re-invent it in a fun way.  So I basically turned them loose and said they needed to at least use all twelve colors of the color wheel and other than that they could do anything they wanted.  I love the variety of ideas that they came up with.

Brooke A.

Hunter S.

Kamber L.

Madisyn V.

Sierra A.

To boss on embossing or not?

Have you ever tried a project that didn't work exactly like you thought it should?  If you have tried to teach anyone anything, then you should know things don't always work out.

It's been a few years since I have had a student teacher, and don't get me wrong I always love the experience, but I am struggling this time being quiet during class.  In the past, I had both elementary and high school and I have the full twelve weeks with a student teacher.  They had time to watch me and get comfortable with my class, but this time I had to share her since I only teach high school.  So I feel like I am having to push her harder to get her into my classes.  This also means that she really didn't have time to watch me teach and see my style.

I understand that she has to come in with her own style and that it takes time to develop that, and trust me I have been asking myself a lot lately what I was like as a student teacher, but for some reason it is really hard for me to sit back and watch this time.  I feel like she is missing key points with her lectures, and some of the enthusiasm that I feel I bring to a presentation.  I am wondering, how do you teach enthusiasm or does that come as you get more comfortable with the job?

The main reason I am writing instead of showing something, is that while I liked the first project she presented, I am not thrilled with how they came out.  I feel like she didn't give enough explanation or practice to get the students engaged.  The project was taking metal tooling and to create designs on it and then turn it into a small box with a bottom and a lid.  In theory they are really cute,  ours needed some help.

If anyone has suggestions as to how to teach enthusiasm, I would love to hear them.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Plastered sculpture

Art 1 has also been looking at Greek and roman sculpture and creating their own sculptures but using plaster of Paris instead of marble.  I would love to try to carve marble but for obvious reasons, budget and time, we pour plaster into pop cans and then form them into objects.    
 Nikole K.   
 Jacob G., Jacob K., Sebastian G.
 Kaitlyn S., Austin L. 
 Micah A.
 Kayley R., Connor K., Abby K.

Color me a wheel of fun

Art 1 has been working with the color wheel and the various color schemes.  For the final project they are required to create a drawing and then break it into 6-8 areas and each area needed to be painted with a different color scheme.
 Drea B.

 Remington L.

 Paige S.

 Darian N.

 Holly S.

 Abby K.

 Jaykob D.