Saturday, June 24, 2017

Washing Smocks

School is officially out for the summer!  School Breaks come just in time to prepare for the next leg of the teaching journey.  
Day one of break - Washing Smocks!  
This is just the first batch, stay tuned!
Batch 2 Mid-day
All finished 7:00 pm
I started to slack on the folding and the very top of the pile requires mending

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Those old Roll the Dice Drawing Games

Those old Roll the Dice Drawing Games!
Big Thanks to the original inventor and also to the teachers that shared iterations.  I dug them out the other day for a 4th grade class and they were so excited.  They were quiet, working together, being nice to each other - at the end of the year!  They made some fantastic drawings
BUT the best part was that they made their own categories.  So funny and interesting that other students wanted to play the NEW games.
It inspired me to make more.  If interested, click on the links below


Saturday, June 10, 2017

Parting Gifts

Tried to elevate these plain black journals with a laminated quote by Kobi Yamada

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Digital Media Final

Working Today, since early this morning, on a final exam that can include elements of every project completed this year.  Minimum 8 elements.  Open Book in a way, as the hand-made test booklet has little bits of each project in it.  It is a Self-Portrait Collage,  Example Below.
So Proud of my 4th year students that have submitted hand drawn elements to be included in their collages.
New Elective = Tons of work = Good, interesting work!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Was it a Good Trade?

BOGO Scholastic Book Fair at school.  Even the pencil top erasers were BOGO.  2nd Grade student said he wanted me to have this Watermelon scented eraser.  I told him we could make a trade.  I would draw a favorite character.  Was it a good trade?


Five Minute Drawings

From Flower Photos




Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Seniors & Teachers Paint

Opened up new opportunities after school for Seniors & Teachers.  Seniors can bring a teacher along for an art activity or they can just show up and make art side by side.  So far we have made ceramic ring dishes and had a painting session.
Lots of giggles and memories


The teacher (me) poured white glaze into the bottom of the dish (upper left).  Instead of an inner glow (the goal) there is just a random white blob!





Look at the brush strokes, the colors and the movement in these beautiful paintings made by "Non-Painters"  This made my day!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Fractal Like Photoshop Tutorial

Created a new Photoshop Tutorial today.  Had to merge a few different ideas found online with ideas of my own. Definitely needs work but happy to have a new lesson.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Five Minute Drawings

Student:  What are we doing next time in art?
Me:  You tell me
Student:  Making dogs in high heels
Me:  Okay
Wait til he sees this sketch of his dog in high heels



Book Fair Bulletin Board

Pressed for time, Yes
Need to prioritize, Yes
But I love the Book Fair and everything about it
Sure, there are some rushed flaws and it could be more creative
Pretty proud that it was done in 20 minutes

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Five Minute Drawings

According to the guide on the tour of Howe Caverns in NY:  Unmarried couples that stand on the calcite heart will be married within a year


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Five Minute Drawings

Last day of Spring Break!  Washi Tape & Watercolor PLAY
The scanner light changes the look of the colors



Saturday, April 22, 2017

Wednesday, April 19, 2017