Friday, February 12, 2016

Dot art?

I have always been a huge fan of the impressionist and post-impressionist artists.  And in my opinion you can not have an Art 1 art history class without a stop at Georges Seurat.  I just love the mix of colors and the technique and I love telling kids the size of his paintings and how it was all done in dots the size of their pencil erasers.

Did you just stop reading to look at your pencil eraser to see how big that is?  Maybe not, but just stop and think about how you would paint a 20x30 painting with your eraser.  Most of us would give up.

Anyways, I don't really have any practice projects before they start the final. Maybe you have one, and if so please share.  So here are the final projects from Art 1.

Logan G.

Brock N.

Dylan M.

John S.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Finished water colors

Do you ever have a medium that you love to work with, but have a heck of a time trying to teach?  Well watercolor is mine.  I can do some amazing paintings, and I love the simplicity and relaxation that watercolors bring, but to try to teach that to a group of high strung teenagers (maybe it is just my classes this year) can be hard to do.

We did so many practices that by the time they got to the final project, most of them seemed to forget what they learned on the first project.  So if anyone out there has some ideas of how to get teenagers to remember what they learn, feel free to comment.  I'm sure we all would like to know that info.  I bet you could charge a fortune for that info.

Anyways, these are a few of my favorite watercolor projects that will not be so easily forgotten.

Mercedes F.

John S.

Josh H.