The start of each school year is like a clean sheet of new drawing paper. I look forward to a fresh start each year with new lesson ideas, new students and new art supplies. Opening a new package of brushes and paint colors is always fun too. Twenty frames have been filled with new paintings of ocean animals and they will be on exhibit in the main hallway during September. Students are now collaborating on a legacy mural that will be installed once completed.
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
These are celebrity portraits drawn by my students in 8th grade. I push them every day to increase the values and introduce them to quality drawing tools. Although some complain they finally admit that they like the end result. They have more confidence at the end of the year and I always enjoy watching students improve. They are on exhibit in our main hallway.
Thursday, March 2, 2017
These are the first two prints ever to be made on the new printing press. The press was acquired through a grant that I wrote last fall. Students have researched the meaning of sustainability and are creating prints that reflect what they hope to see for our future. Students are looking at their artist’s proofs, signing them and then making adjustments. I look forward to exhibiting these prints together in the town library.
Friday, February 24, 2017
My students are making zoetropes this week. A zoetrope is an example of a pre-film animation device. This is just one example of many that my students have made. They had to carefully plan each drawing so that the illusion of movement was created. They really enjoyed seeing their ideas come to life. Perhaps some will go on to study film and become future animators.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Saturday, February 4, 2017
Students are thinking about spring weather and painting colorful watercolor landscapes. Twenty 16 by 20 frames were donated to the art program so these 8th grade paintings will be on exhibit in our main hallway soon. We have some talented painters!
Saturday, December 24, 2016
My 8th grade students painted winter scenes using watercolors. Students were reminded to include a foreground, middle and background. I also demonstrated how snow can be shown by using the white of the paper and with shadows. Their paintings are currently on exhibit at the Locust, NC Library until February. Merry Christmas! Have a Happy New Year!