Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Monochromatic Color Scheme Paintings

Another lesson I've been wanting to teach forever!  So pleased with the results.  Students used one color and black and white acrylic paint for this assignment.  After they chose their subjects from a magazine (they were instructed to choose a living subject that was photographed), I made black and white copies of their photos to help them better see the different values.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Fall Giveaway!!!

Middle School Giveaway
Who doesn't love a giveaway? 
Well, Krystal from Lessons From The Middle and Kate from Kate's Classroom Cafe have teamed up to create giveaway just for middle school teachers, as a little thank you for all you do! 
I'm excited to have my Shop be apart of this middle school giveaway. 
There are lots of fantastic prizes to be won, including my "Great Wave" PDF Art Lesson!
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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Taste Testing Art Brands?

Fall has arrived and I think that I like fall art ideas the best out of all the other seasons.  Every year I have such a hard time deciding which projects to do with my students.  Too many good ones to choose from thanks to all of you who keep on posting fabulous lessons!

Even though it's fall, it felt like Christmas a while back when I received a package from Dixon Ticonderoga/ Prang.  With pleasure some of my art students tested the art supplies in the package and they found that some were definitely better than others.  It was fun recording their comments.

 Prang watercolors on the left were voted brighter and better than Crayola watercolors .  The other plus was that the Prang watercolors came in a palette were each color could be popped out and you could put in refills of the color needed.
Although the paint was voted better, the brush that came with Prang set lost bristles in the water when swished around the first time.  But, even with the loss of bristles, the brush was a soft and a bigger than the Crayola brush.

Prang colored pencils were extremely better than Rose Art colored pencils.  It was noted that with the RoseArt pencils, "You have to push down really hard to draw with them and the colors still are not bright."
The Prang colored pencils laid down a "thick layer of color", "even the black colored pencil shows up on the black construction paper".  These colored pencils will be the ones that the student fight over..........

Prang markers were voted brighter and prettier, but one of the testers felt that the Prang markers seeped through the paper too much.  The Crayola markers were lighter and even though they were new, the red lost some color after using it for not too long.  When one student opened the Prang Marker box. she exclaimed, "These are fancy!"

Thanks Dixon Ticonderoga/Prang!  
Glad to share that your art products are superior to others on the market.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

August ALREADY????!!!!!!!

Hey Mr. Calendar, I didn't give you permission to flip the page to August already!

My brain is starting to think about school stuff everyday now.  All the exciting changes and tweaks to projects that I think will make them better.  (Is your brain doing this too?)

I've been having fun in my teaching Studio this summer.  Been really busy teaching acrylic painting on canvas for fun.  It's going to be interesting to see how I'll manage both my teaching Studio and my regular classroom at school.  (My boy is now a licensed driver so that means I have more time to devote to my crazy world of artsy happenings.)

I've been having fun w/ Bleach Pens on t-shirts lately.  Thank You - Thank You to I am Momma Hear me Roar for posting this bleach pen project years ago.  And big congrats on your new baby girl I knew I had to try it when I first saw it & it was really fun.  Now years later, I'm doing it again and selling shirts at my teaching Studio:)

If you try a bleach pen project, don't be surprised if you end up w/ big blobs of white spots all over your shirt the first time, or even the 3rd time.  

I've found that every shirt absorbs the bleach in its own unique way & there's no way of telling until you try it.  

FYI- I've found that one pen will last approx. 3 shirt designs.  When the pen starts to get empty, it's best to quit using it b/c that's when the air bubbles starting popping out of the pen and giving you big drops of bleach in places you don't want them.

Lastly, 2 more observations - When you shake the bleach pen, there will be more air bubbles in it and it's harder to get nice clean lines from it.  But, if you don't shake the bleach pen, in the beginning you will have watery fluid running out of it as you start your design.  Because of these two problems, I squeeze the watery fluid onto a paper towel first, before using the pen, and I don't shake the pen.

Here's some of the fun I've been having.

If you want to see others, you can look here too:)

Monday, May 27, 2013

Inky People/Creatures

I've posted before about Stefan G. Bucher's "Daily Monsters"  Be careful if you watch one video, you'll want to keep watching more, and more, and more.....

different sizes of construction paper (I used 6x8" & 8x10" because I wanted students to finish in one class)

Here are the FUN results from some of my high school students this year:

Here are more examples from 2011-12 students.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Inspired by Famous Paintings

The above image is from an art magazine.....

And below are projects my high school students recently completed based on famous paintings.  Isn't it the best feeling to see young creative minds at work?!

Van Gogh "Almond Blossoms"

Vincent van Gogh "Bedroom at Arles"

George Bellows, "Dempsey and Firpo"

Michaelangelo, "Sistine Chapel"

Vincent van Gogh, "Paris Cafe"

Vermeer, "Girl with Pearl Earring"

Raphael, "School of Athens"

Salvador Dali, "Persistence of Time"

William Beard, "Dancing Bears"

Hokusai,The Great Wave

Leonardo da Vinci, Horse Study

Thanks North County Christian High School art students, 2012-13.