An amazing photographer, Elena Kalis, focuses on underwater photography. She has a unique way of capturing a story in every photograph. Photography is very tricky because as an artist you want to capture the viewers attention for longer then a second. Now a days, with social media like Instagram and Facebook, it would seem that everybody is a photographer. Yet, Kalis has attracted the viewers attention with questions and thoughts that take the viewer deeper and deeper into the art piece. Check out her Looking Glass series >> http://elenakalis.com/177756/1219528/gallery/looking-glass
In the past, Barbie has been under fire for body image, lack of diversity, stereotypes, etc., but Barbie is turning things around. In a recent advertisement, Barbie has reflected on the message of female empowerment through the big idea of imagination. The Barbie website is covered with imagery of female empowerment with hashtags like "#YouCanBeAnything and Barbies of all different careers from different eras. They even have an inspiring quote from the Barbie Creator, Ruth Handler, "My whole philosophy of Barbie was that, through the doll, the little girl could be anything she wanted to be. Barbie always represented the fact that a woman has choices." Just like the Dove advertisements, Barbie has created an advertisements that all people of different gender, age, race, etc should see. Check out the website >>> www.barbie.com
Do you have a love for color pencil drawing? Check out Morgan Davidson, an illustrator with a BFA from Ringling College of Art and Design who focuses on realistic color pencil illustrations. All of her work is enriched with saturated color and loads of detail that is perfect art eye candy. Her portfolio has a variety of different subject matter involving nature, portraiture, fashion, and a combination of all of those ideas. Bright, bold, and fun perfectly describes all of her work...take a look for yourself>> http://morgandavidsonart.tumblr.com
HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Well, almost that is, and for the mean time I saw this awesome art project on http://www.craftymorning.com! This might just be a fun way to introduce anatomy into the classroom, while creating a project geared towards Halloween. Students can create their own skeletal self-portrait. The materials are pretty inexpensive and students can even bring some of the materials from home, like the cotton ball swabs. Take in to account that this is a pretty messy project since the student is stamping their hand and arm onto black paper with white paint. For more details on the art making check out the project here>> http://www.craftymorning.com/easy-q-tip-handprint-skeleton-craft/
Color is not always an easy subject to teach. It is complex in the amount of information that is being displayed and yet it is something that is seen everywhere. For example, color theory can be applied when you are picking out what to wear or what color backpack to buy, but just looking at the color wheel above can be a bit intimidating. Personally, color is something that I still struggle with to this day, but I have found great resources to help visualize certain shades next to each other better. These links are great tools for examples on color>>
Rising artist in the Big Apple, Lorraine Loots is a South African Painter who paints one inch paintings. At first these tiny paintings served as an outlet for her creativity, but soon became a body of 740 miniature works. She is an inspiration to all artist and art admirers, but also those of us that enjoy the little things in life. Check out the full article>>
What a cool way to reproduce artwork or even create unique collages and it is so easy to do! This is a fun way to introduce different mediums to one of the more advanced art classes. Students will enjoy the art making process and the quick results it offers. The process will also encourage students to be more patient and careful. Once the image has transferred students will have to remove the paper with a watered down sponge or scraper, which is much more tedious then one would expect.
When I was in school I was always doodling. Whether it be on the back of a test, homework, notes, folders, etc. Doodling is just one of those creative outlets that we sometimes just need to get out onto paper. Take a look at how some teachers are encouraging doodling:
What a great idea! Creating a monster to break the ice of a first day. Students create a monster of their fear for starting Art 1. Anything from "being late," "can't draw,""hungry," or even "being the only senior." Finding ways for students to connect and to address there insecurities about a new art class in such a fun way!