Wednesday, April 19, 2017

I'm sorry...

Wow, it has been a while since I have posted.  I wish I could say I have just been lazy, but I don't think I have had a moment to even think of an excuse like that.

So I am going to pull out a lazy card and do a recap of everything that each class has been doing.  I'll start with Art 2.  So we drew woven animals with sharpies, played with wire and plaster people, painted ceiling tiles and made collages.  We also created miniature sculptures that were based on books.

Bailey B. - Woven bear

Emily A. - Mini Cinderealla

John S. - Mini Game of Thrones

Morgan L. - Turtle collage

Paige Q. - Collage

Remington L. - Mini Alice in Wonderland

Sommer B. - Giraffe woven

Sommer B. - Giraffe ceiling tile

Sommer B. - wire and plaster dancer

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

What happens when you try...

As a teacher we always will have to wonder what we did different this year?  Why did I teach the exact same material, but this year I got better results.  Was it me?  Did I have more enthusiasm?  Did I explain something better than I thought I usually do?  Did I forget something last year?  Or do I just have better art students this year?

I would like to think that it is all me, and that I had something to do with the fact that we just produced some much better colored pencil drawings this year.  But...I think I just have an amazing group of students this year.  Of course I will still take the credit for these wonderful 6 x 6 drawings of layered color.


Annalicia B.

Kimi K.


Autumn J.

Grace S.





Monday, February 6, 2017

Wobbly the dog

After I introduce how to layer color with colored pencils, this little activity I found online is a great way to solidify what I have just tried to teach them.  His name is Wobby and he is a drawspace lesson that I found years ago.  He uses about 24 colors in a variety of ways and walks each student through the process step by step.


Damaris W.

Grace S.


Friday, February 3, 2017

A little focus goes a long ways

I know I have talked about how to do this technique in previous years blogs.  I call it the John Lebeouf technique since that is the art teacher who taught it to me.  It is still one of my favorites to teach because it gives students that are not always successful at drawing an opportunity to find some confidence and shine.  So even though we were behind schedule I made sure we made time to get this in.  And actually it worked perfect to do it right after Christmas when they were still struggling to come back from break.  All they had to do was concentrate about a few dots and then connect them.


Damaris W.

Andrew C.

Cassie H.



Thursday, February 2, 2017

Can you grid yourself?

I feel like a failing Art teacher.  I realized the other day that I had been forgetting to take photos of what Art 1 had been doing and then posting them here and on my website.  So to all parents of Art 1 students, I apologize.  I will try to do better.

SO please forgive some of these are old assignments.  This one happened before Christmas.

To continue working on our people unit, I had the students bring in self portraits, most of which they had on their phones, and print them off.  From there they had to grid their printed image and inlarge it onto another sheet of paper.  I think they came out pretty amazing considering most students hate to draw themselves.


Cassie H.

Damaris W.


Kaitlyn R.



Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Straight up

So first quarter we looked at horizontal lines in photography so it is only natural that for second quarter we would have to look at vertical lines.  Not sure why this one was harder, but I did not have as many successful student images this go round as I did the first.

Jonah L.

Micah A.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Silhouettes galore

So one of my favorite photo assignments every year is Silhouettes.  First of all they are really easy, heck most kids have one already taken on their phone so they can easily turn it in right away.  Secondly, they can be really beautiful, and often I feel like I get to go on vacation with my students because most of them have taken their sunset silhouette in exotic locations.

So please join me on this little mini vacation through some beautiful images.

Abbie B.

Austin F.


Emily A.

Jonah L.

Nikole K.
Do you feel like you just took a little relaxing vacation?  This definitely has me dreaming of summer nights.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Signs, signs, everywhere there's signs

Okay if you started singing the title of my post then;
1. your old like me
and
2. now it's stuck in your head for the rest of the day.

But I didn't just do this to torture all of you.  There is a purpose and it has to do with the fact that I had my advanced students take images of signs.  I thought this would be an easy assignment, but I had a lot of students struggle with this task.  Not sure why, but even though they are bombarded with signs everyday they had a hard time finding ones that were interesting or unique.

Jaikob D.

Jonah L.

Mikayla R.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Selfie Time

So I don't get the selfie craze.  In fact, I hate taking pictures of myself, but it always seems like I have a couple of students (usually girls) that I will watch take 5-15 selfies every hour.  How can you look at yourself that much?  Also how can you change that much in that amount of time?

Of course when I gave out this assignment to take a unique selfie, you would think that I am taking their very souls.  I mean how dare I not just want one of their normal selfie images?  I mean, I want them to find a creative way to take their own picture?  I am sure this makes me the world's meanest teacher, but I don't care.  Most of my students will tell you that I have an evil side anyways.

But anyways, here are a few of the more clever self portraits that were achieved and submitted for a grade.

Bailey B.

Brock N.

Courtney A.

Jack G.

Jaikob D.

Micah A.
See they can be creative and have a good time with their own image at the same time.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

What happens at school...

So I decided to throw out a what happens at school photography assignment.  Of course I said I want really good images of either items that make school happen, or images of feelings toward school.  I will admit I was nervous because you never know what kids will give you when you ask them to be both creative and truthful in the same sentence, but I think they did a pretty good job.


Emily A.

Micah A.

Remington L.
Do any of these make you feel like you are a student again?

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The road less traveled

Do you ever just find a little path and follow it to see where it might lead?  I don't do it as often as I should, I mean who really has the time to just wander aimlessly after paths that might lead to no where or worse a mountain lion.  But that was one of the photography assignments that I gave to my advanced students.  They had to find and photography a path.  It could be any type of path, as long as it was either beautiful or interesting or both.


Emily A.

Jacob L.

Jonah L.

Will S.
What kind of path would you follow in the above pictures?  Do any of them make you want to see where they go?

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Catch the light

For one of the second quarter photography assignments I had them take photos of lights.  I figured that should be a pretty easy image to find since it is around the Christmas season.  I was very impressed with what some of them came back with.

Emily H.

Jacob L.

Kayla E.

Sommer B.



Monday, January 23, 2017

Just another day


I like to follow the blog Digital Photography School for some of my photography project ideas.  One that they had this fall dealt with taking unique pictures of everyday items.  I thought that was a great project idea so I borrowed it and I challenged my students to take interesting pictures of things that most people overlook.  Here are two of my favorites.


Emily H.

Morgan L.