My 6th period was super excited to welcome back local watercolor artist and NW Art Center teachr, Susan Jenkins.
Drawing can be defined as Mark Making on a surface. I Recently had my AP students travel to seven mark making stations to experiment with this concept. The artistic energy in the room was explosive, it was so fun to watch.
On this table I included squeegees, brayers and palette knives along with inks and paints.
Today the students had off school so teachers could attend various workshops and trainings. As an art teacher I love to take art classes, so I organized a day of art workshops for all of the district art teachers. Thank you to the NW Art Center in Duvall for hosting our event. It was an a amazing day of collaboration and art making.
Our instructor walked us through the stages of child development and how children draw when they are in each stage. We then drew as if we were a child in that stage. I layered my drawing and allowed each stage to be visiable through the process.
I was very excited when I noticed this image on the new Drill team shirts. This was Jenny Mcphee's stencil project she created in my Printmaking class last year. Way to go Jenny! I love the shirts!
I assigned an identity piece to 6th period AP Art for their final project. The idea is that students have to create a piece that in some way uses an article of clothing but the clothing must act as a metaphor for themselves. The exterior of the clothing should represent how you think the world sees you. The inside of the clothing should reveal who you really are, how you wished the world would see you and/or who you want to become. The students solved this challenge with a variety of creative solutions. They also had to present their piece to the class during the last week of school.
We will miss you guys! Good luck with your future endeavors and please come back and visit for critiques.
Today my students were in awe of the miraculous art skills demonstrated by our very own Vice Principal, Mr. Ruhland. In a single class period he created an oil painted landscape and shared his artistic journey with photos of his work. The students loved seeing a different side to Mr. Ruhland!
This week students in Hands on Design studied color schemes like monochromatic, analagous and complementary. They painted objects and then hot glued mini reliefs that exemplify one of the color schemes.
Thanks to my wonderful Teaching Assistants who helped with Stillwater Elementary's Mulricultural Night. Kelly Hall and Austin Niezgohki helped paint life size Kangaroos for the Australian room.
My AP class is always required to make several drawings from life. This month we tried a rope and hand piece that happened to work really well as a collaborative mural.
This year I am fortunate to have several of my Art Club students in my Advisory because when it comes time to door decorate, we rock! Seriously, check out our 3D skier filled with lights and the surrounding mountain landscapes painted by Jon Horna. Nice work kids!
Joe Lee Davidson visited our AP Art class again this October. He brought his chalkboards and worked with the kids to create these beautiful pieces. He then put them on display at the Fall Carnation Harvest Festival, seen in the below photo. Thanks Joe Lee for your inspiration!
Each year my Advanced and AP students participate in the PTSA sponsored art contest called The Reflections Contest. This year's theme was "What is Your Story?" It was a great theme that inspired some lovely self expression and identity art pieces.
This fall I had the opportunity to travel east to Boston for my cousin's wedding. Although it was only a long weekend trip, I was still able to take in some local sights and see some awesome art at the Museum of Fine Arts. Visiting museums inspire me, my art and my teaching! Here are a few of the masters I was fortunate to see.
This week in Printmaking we worked on mono-printing and layering organic materials. Many students sign up for Printmaking not really knowing what the class is all about. This was a great way to let them experiment with the idea of multiplying and layering imagery with unconventional things like potatoes and leaves.
Last year Mr. Ruhland and the ASB came to me to discuss the creation of new murals in our school. With the position as yearbook advisor behind me I decided to take on a mural club for the 2015-16 school year. It isn't an official "club" it is basically a mix of Art Club painters and AP Art students who have the drive and desire to paint the walls of CHS. Meghan Walker came up with the idea to make a space themed mural with each planet representing different movements of art. Check out our first mural project!
This week my Basic Art students made some outstanding stencil pieces. The art of stenciling requires creative design thinking with considerations towards positive/negative space and a precise inking process. These three students were quite successful at this artistic endeavor.
Our annual art show is right around the corner. This beautiful poster was created by both Benny Benson and Amanda Foreman. See you there!
A beautiful collaboration was born this year with the NW Art Center in Duvall. The center reached out to our art club in the fall asking if we would be interested in having a student art show in the spring. The show would be based on a single theme and the students would be in charge of marketing, curating and organizing the event. It was a huge success!
Each year in Hands on Design I assign a "Project Runway" style fashion challenge project. I provide groups of students with unconventional materials and they must create a wearable piece of art. This semester in Hands on Design I assigned FOOD as the required material. The outcome was deliciously sweet!