Lili Arnold is a great print maker!!!!
Finding your freedom can be as simple as reading a book, taking hike, shopping, but for me it is painting. I can lose myself in painting. Teaching and art is a passion, but with many passions you can care so much that it causes you to feel stressed and overworked. This happens a lot, in fact I am like the energizer bunny where I just keep going until I get burned out. One thing I always do (that seems to amaze people when they ask what I did last weekend) is paint. I can get lost in the layers of paint and the best thing is if I hate it....It doesn't matter, I just paint right over it. Art can stress me out depending on what it is I am doing, but more importantly why it is I am doing it. Therefor, I always have a side painting of nothing. This is the painting that I can do when I need to just let go and not think about what it will be, I just create to create.
One of my all time favorite texture projects when teaching one of the elements of art, texture. First having students design actual, implied, and inventive texture then tracing that on to foil. Tip: make sure there is newspaper underneath the foil when pressing the pencil into the foil so that indents deeper. Next mount the foil using a hot glue gun and finalize the piece by continuing the design with color pencil.
Time: 4-5 days (45 min periods)
Hot glue gun
Black/white drawing paper
So it has been over a couple of years now since I have posted. School became intense and to get through school I was working a full time job to pay for my teaching education. Regardless I am back on the grind. Here is a great project from Mrs. Robert's Art 2 class for high school students: charcoal reduction drawing. This project is great because students become more mindful of the process of creating. Students cover the paper with charcoal and erase the highlights. This is easier said then done since students have to work backwards from light to dark rather then adding shadows they are adding high lights.
Time: 6-8 days (45 min)
Masking tape (optional, to tape down to a board)
18x24" drawing paper
Rubber cement eraser
White charcoal (optional, to add extra high lights)
This lesson is inspired by the children's book Cock-a-doodle-hooooooo, by Mick Manning. The story tells of an owl that finds shelter in a hen house and how the owl struggles to fit in with the hens. All of the hens want him to be a rooster, but he is just an owl after all. The story is about individuality and how it is okay to just be yourself so for this lesson the students were able to create their own owl out of any color construction paper of their choice as well as drawing whatever pattern on the owl with their own choice of colors.
The piece above is by Shelly Beauch and this is one way to Zentangle. Zentangle is a more developed way of doodling and mainly focuses on line. The beautiful part of Zentangle is the depth of line work that goes into every piece. This type of drawing can help students to really dive right into drawing. A student can get lost in their drawing and really let their creative energy flow. There is no right or wrong and students will be able to create some amazingly complex drawings. This is the type of project that should be introduced to any level of artist. Check out Shelly Beauch's artwork >>> http://shellybeauch.blogspot.com
Alyssa Monks is a transforming artist taking her art to great heights. She works mostly in oil on linen canvas that can vary in size from 10 inches to 80 inches. These works of art can be massive in size, but have very fine detail. Alyssa Monks work is not something you just pass by, but is something you get lost in. I personally find myself looking at her work from 15 minutes to sometimes over an hour just getting lost in the detail and the message of her work. There is a mystery to her pieces and yet it's familiar some how. In her new works she has created a personal connection with nature in a way that is freeing and comforting to the artist and the viewer.
Check her out on her TEDxTalks>>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRrNST9OAcA
or Check out more work and about Alyssa Monks>>> http://www.alyssamonks.com/#333_AlyssaMonks_Fusion66.jpg#home
Every artist has had that anxious feeling when faced with a fresh blank sheet of paper to create on. They just keep staring longer and longer at the blank page and no ideas come to mind soon it's been several minutes, but still nothing. The process of creating art is different for everyone, but for some that first line on a paper takes forever to get to. A great way to to break that anxiety is to cover the blank page with a wash, a texture, a pattern, or even just some random line work. Sometimes you find and create within something, like a wash or a texture. Yet, to just get students started you could have them create within a book to help them break away from the intimidating blank page and help them think outside of the box.
Bringing claymation into the classroom can be fun especially when students are fully engaged in the whole process of making the claymation. Simple characters moving ever so slightly with each frame is a very long process, but worth every minute. Once the students see the final film, they will feel a sense of accomplishment and confidence in art. Check out more claymations on vimeo!
Here are some awesome tips on getting started with teaching claymation in the classroom >> http://www.tech4learning.com/
Every school has a different mixture of cultures. It is very dangerous to assume or to stereotype any one student or person based on their ethnicity or culture. Every person has their own traditions and rituals that may seem strange to an outsider, but to that individual those traditions are a part of their culture and everyday life. Yet, some people do not regularly practice or display their culture. Whether you are a student or a teacher, learning about one's own heritage helps you to have a better respect for culture and for the world. Culture is something that everyone should spend time reading, learning, and experiencing in order to better understand all people. One way to introduce culture into the classroom is with food...Here is a clip of kids experiencing culture through food!