Carthage Junior high students have practices lots of drawing skills. They have learned about contour line drawing, positive and negative space, and bow to use a pencil for sighting. We walked the 3 blocks to our wonderful Carthage square and started drawing the Jasper County Courthouse. Built in 1894, this Route 66 landmark is a popular destination for tourists. A light mist and 60 degrees won't hold us back!
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Friday, August 22, 2014
Thursday, August 14, 2014
It has been and hectic summer rushing around to arrange a brand new classroom. The maintenance dept. Has been tearing down walls, reinstalling the ceiling, installing new equipment, new air conditioner, new heater, installing doors, installing locks, walks, moving all supplies, preparing for longer class periods, new phones, new intercom, framing out windows, you name it it's been done!
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Lots of awards for excellent art endeavors. At SDATA, ( SOUTHWEST DISTRICT ART TEACHERS ASSICIATION) I accidentally entered my students at in the high school competition instead of middle school. We took 5 ribbons including a 1st place and two 2nd places!
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Monday, May 19, 2014
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
better known as the IQ Light or Infinity Lights, this geometric form is the brainchild of
Danish designer Holger Strøm in 9772.
Constructed using interlocking quadrilaterals, (Hence his name for the light, IQ lights) you can make all sorts of variation on polyhedra- (multi faced 3-d geometric forms.)
I first discovered this from a fellow art teachers blog, Art in the Big Green Room. She had a link to an Instructable that had a template. I grabbed the template and duplicated it in Paint to get 6 per sheet. Walmart trip to pick up cardstock, and had Central Office copy, enough so each student could get 30 pieces.
Here is the revised template.
Thursday, May 8, 2014
No. 2 Pencil Transformation
Inspiration and Purpose of the Assignment:
Any object that is seen or used on a regular basis begins to go unnoticed. What we stop seeing is the form, color, or the object's visual properties. For years you have been using No. 2 pencils in school on a daily basis. They are indeed an ordinary, everyday object. What can you develop when you build a 2-D image using pencil shapes and colors?
You will take time to study a pencil and to transform it and learn to see it in a new way. You will maintain the original color of the pencil (yellow with black lettering and a pink eraser). Follow the steps below:
Carefully look at your pencil and brainstorm about what category/subject that you might want to work in (topics might include people, cars, insects, sports, or musical instruments.
Create a contour line drawing of the subject that you have chosen.
Fill the contour drawing with drawings of no. 2 pencils (using a no.2 pencil). Stretch, squish, curve, and transform the pencil shapes to fit your space (You must include at least 30 pencils in your drawing).
Add color to your drawing using colored pencils.
Your grade will be based upon the creativity used in designing the image, craftsmanship, effort, and completeness. Take time to do your very best work!
Original lesson by Ken Vieth's book From Ordinary to Extraordinary, this is a wonderful exercise in critical thinking and problem solving. The basic idea is to transform a regular drawing with the idea, "What if everything was made of Number 2 Pencils?"