Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Fall 2016

Revolutionary drawing book, Drawing On the Right Side of the Brain, by Dr. Betty Edwards has been a staple for my classroom for years.  Here are some students just starting on the path towards mastery of observational drawing through the use of Pure Contour.  In a pure contour drawing, you draw just the edges of the object ( in this case our hands.).  To further complicate things, they are not allowed to look their papers!  This allows them to completely focus on getting the hand to follow what the eye sees.  Challenging, but rewarding.  Find good examples and some of her exercises on her website,   .

We then moved on to drawing objects with a modified version, where they are allowed to glance at the paper.  Starting to get some great results.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Art teachers

Yo what's up ladies we're having a meeting and it's really cool today

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Welcome back students!

Thursday is our first day back to school!  Hope you had a wonderful, restful and fun summer.  For Art class this year, you will need a few supplies to be successful:

1. Sharpened wooden pencil with eraser.
2. School Supplied Planner.
3.  School supplied sketchbook.

Not necessary but beneficial:
4. Your own set of colored pencils.
5. A bar eraser ( Like a Pink Pearl)
6. A donation of a box of  tissues to keep us healthy.

Look through the rest of the website to see some examples of things we have done in the past in this class!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Large scale tiger murals

On of our final projects for the semester are large scale collaborative tiger murals made on 12 x 12 sheets with tempera paint. 
The way this worked this year was as follows:
1. Teacher selects image and uses online program to enlarge and print.
2. Each design is divided into at least  30 squares for a class of  25.
3. The back of each design is numbered, an arrow drawn to indicate what is "up" and a symbol to remember which mural it belongs to.
4. The image is cut apart and students are assigned pieces.
5. Each student uses grid drawing to make sure their piece is drawn correctly.
6. All the student work is assembled before painting to find drawing mistakes.  Students then collaborate with each other to fix drawing issues before painting.
7. After a couple of class periods, the individual pieces are arranged again and students figure out where they have painting issues to fix.
8. Students who finish their project early can help other students finish their painting.
 9.   When all the projects are finished, they are taped together on the back and put on display in the halls.

Above is me and my 2nd hour class installing their mural in the Central office for the District!

Here are images of students in progress, the original images, and one example of the organized back grid with student names.