Friday, December 12, 2014

Birch tree moonscapes for middle school

This was a very successful
mat board / cardboard strip black paint smearing/flicking birch tree project 
that I elevated so that it was appropriate for 6th grade and more challenging than I've done previously.

As (hopefully) all of you know, the birch tree trick project is a no-fail project that makes every student feel like a super-duper artist. The objective this time around was to
create a full landscape that demonstrated great depth and shadows. 

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The lesson: 
 This was my favorite of my photo and print examples. 
It is a woodcut called "Northern Shadows" by Lisa VanMeter
who has many beautiful woodcuts and tree-themed work on her website

Project breakdown:

1. Sketch closest trees
2. Add in horizon line and hills. 
3. Sketch in the rest of trees ( I required a minimum of 6.)
4. Draw in moon and shadows. 
5. Add in extras: houses, animals, footsteps, etc.

1. Use cardboard or mat board pieces to scrap thinned black tempera for the birch.
2. Paint in sky with liquid watercolor. 
3. Paint in shadows and create a "chalky moon texture" with a very light black wash. 
4. Use watercolor pencils for tiny things like houses, pine trees, animals. 

*To expedite the process I had three sky color options pre-made
and the shadow paint pre-mixed and ready. 

For elementary teachers I have a "wicked" old version of this project and a round-up of many other winter project ideas here

Monday, December 8, 2014

quick winter printmaking project for artsonia

My middle school has joined Artsonia this year. It has been going really well. 
I felt I needed to post a winter themed project for my parents. 
I did a quick printmaking project with 6th, 7th, and 8th grade, using 5 x 7 styrofoam.
The theme was snowpeople. 

6th grade had a choice of:
-included a border 
-having a larger snowperson in the foreground and a hill or landscape background 
(see top row below)

7th grade:
I encouraged to draw one or more snowmen from a worm's perspective. For the kids that chose to follow my strong suggestion they came out really great. Some of the kids did other spins on the idea. 

8th grade: 
These guys have done styrofoam printing with me. I showed them some inspiration examples of different scenes and snowmen illustrations and they could design as they liked. 
(shown in the title image) 

Some of my parents ordered holiday cards and ornaments with the prints which was my hope! 
View the full gallery here

Thursday, November 20, 2014

PLEASE vote for my student

I joined Artsonia this year. It is going really well. I can do a post soon about my experience thus far if anyone would find it helpful. I was VERY excited to get an email this week letting me know one of my students is a finalist for ARTIST OF THE WEEK!
Please please please please CLICK HERE and vote for Rhs59 - the pink flower paintings! It takes about 3 seconds to do.

Also- you all should really consider uploading your lessons to The smART teacher!
I won the Blick challenge of the month for October's painting challenge and won a $100 gift card.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Oil pastel figure lesson differentiated for High School

  A little while back I posted a successful middle school lesson
I did using oil pastels and wood figures. 
The high school art teacher I work with recently used the lesson with her Drawing and Painting I class. The high school students used white 18 x 24 paper (I used 12 x 18 with middle school) and made them really big. The added challenge was to include a complementary color background to make the figures really pop. They are awesome!

Monday, October 6, 2014

deconstructed circle collaboration

Thank you Zamorano! I used Mr. Masse's art lesson as the kick off lesson for my eighth grade. All of my middle school lessons at the start of the year were connected to the Van Gogh quote, "Great things are done by lots of small things brought together." This fit perfectly! 

Students designed a 9" circle using with oil pastel and watercolor resist. 
They were pretty good sports about cutting their nice circles up, and were really pleased with the end result. I'm going to have 7th grade do a series of circles to build off of these. 

My introductory images included:

Advising the student's to look up Talavera tile designs on their ipads, 

 Maritza Soto's quilts 

this lighthouse quilt 

and this nice example of radial symmetry 
to trigger the student's memories of the radial designs they did last year.
At the end of last year, these students made work inspired by Indian Rangoli street painting. I put them on the wall at the art show. There are tons of fun videos of the chalk painting tradition on youtube and it's a great example of empowerment for women through art.