Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Chuck Close Finger Print portraits

 This is a project I did with my 8th grade art club.  We looked at Chuck Close portraits especially his finger print ones.  I let them take a photo of them selves and we printed them out for reference.  This was done on 18x24 paper, and I am super proud of the way they turned out.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Nonrepresentational Sculpture

For this project I was able to receive some plastic scraps from the Paducah School of Art.  The school uses sheets of plastic in their sculpture studio and cut out shapes for their projects, these are the scraps.   To introduce this project I talked to the students about Nonrepresentational sculpture and showed them pictures of other works.  We talked about not trying to make these look like anything particular, more just building based off the shapes they find.  Then I talked about finding the negative shapes, we could see a lot of what was cut out, but we needed to focus on what was still there.   I gave demonstrations on glue guns and how to correctly balance the work.  We had 14 or so glue guns plugged in, and students worked the whole 40 min without stopping.  This was the most engaging project that I have ever done, no discipline, no interruptions, not even problems with glue guns, students came in every day ready and wanting to work.  They also had to make more than one.
Once they were done we used sharpies and highlighted the edges to help add emphasis on certain areas. Then to photograph them I lit them up on an old projector and they looked like glass. They did looked amazing with a light, but it was hard to photograph how awesome these turned out. I cant wait to do this again next year.

Thursday, March 24, 2016


This is a new project I did with my 2nd grade. We did a follow along drawing on the board, then the students filled the dog and background with patterns with markers.  The next classes we began our painting with water on them. Finally we outlined them with sharpie. This took about 3 days to do. 

Friday, March 18, 2016

The Great Wave

This is a project I recently did with the 5th grade class. I have started working with Artist Studies in some of my upper elementary classes.   I started with a power point about the 36 prints of Mt. Fuji and we discussed the Great Wave.  From there we I did a group sketch with the printed picture next to them. We talked about what to draw first second and third.  Once they had their sketch done we outlined the ocean with blue and decorated the sky(their choice) and we used water on marker to get the desired effect.  Once it was all dry we outlined in Sharpie.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

WIP Art Club

Here is a large project I decided to undertake with the art club, we are doing an collage with crayons of the trees from The Lorax.  I have students coming in the mornings to peel crayons for the art club and I have others sorting them. It will take a bit of time but I feel that this will be well worth it.  After it is all done we plan on donating the work to the local Library.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Zentangle Fruit

This project is taking a really long time because of missing days at school.  It seems when I start a really good project we are confronted with a lot of days off.  This is a 6th grade project.  We first did a sketch of the fruit on free draw paper, then we did it again on larger paper.  We separated the background and they filled it with patterns. The students stayed away from outlining the fruit during this process.  Finally when the background was done we colored the fruit with markers, and then used water to create the paint effect. ( I have found with a limited budget this is a great way to portray painting) After it was dry we went back and outlined with a sharpie and we talked about crosshatching for adding shadows.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Line and Design

This was a newish project I tried out with my 5th grade.  The directions were to draw one line, this line can not touch or overlap.  There was a full day with just practicing then they got the 12x12 paper and a sharpie to do the lines.  There were mistakes in the drawing, but we let them go, It took about 2 weeks just for the lines.  After the lines were done we drew some simple shapes and discussed value scale with the students and how each shape should have a value scale of a color. These are a few examples of how they turned out.