Sunday, January 30, 2011

dolla dolla bills

These are from last semester. I had the students redesign the dollar bill. I gave them a print out with facts about the dollar, and things to include in their designs. They chose what medium they wanted to color them.
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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Rotating Color Wheel

The other art teacher at my school did these last semester and I thought they were fantastic. Sooo it was what I started this semester off with. I printed off a worksheet with the pieces already drawn on them. The students then cut the pieces out and traced them on a piece of poster board. We then divided the circle like a clock (12 & 6, 9&3, then 1 &2, 4&5, 7&8, 10&11) and used a ruler to connect opposite numbers. I then had them outline everything in sharpie and had a discussion on how to lable the colors, starting with primary, then secondary, then intermediate. The arrows were labled as complimentary, triad, and split compliments. I explain the color schemes after they painted and assembled the color wheel. They paint the color wheel, then paint the arrows with textures, and cut everything out. Assemble with brad- color wheel on bottom, then split compliment arrow, then triad, then complimentary. I then explain the arrows by having them point the compliment arrow to a color and they tell me what the compliment is. I did this with all of the arrows and also explain analogous colors. They then use this for their next project...coming up next!
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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Celebrity Mosaics

Here are the mosaics my 9 th graders have been working on for almost 3 between 12 snow days. Well the semester is over and as you can see...not done. A few of my students are coming in after school to finish, but I have been dying to post progress pics. A few are done.
some famous soccer player?

lady gaga (not finished)
Marilyn Manso (not finished)
Reese Witherspoon
Jeffrey Stars???(not finished)
Prince Royce (not finished)
Hillary Duff (not finished)
Taylor Lautner (almost finished!)

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google redesign

This was an on the fly, filler project. The rules were to redesign the google search logo using a theme. I showed them a few designs google has done for holidays, olympics, artists, etc. I got some pretty cool designs!
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Google has gone Cezanne!

I love Paul Cezanne! ( Today is his birthday-1839) and google is honoring it.

Which reminds me of a project I did with my students I need to upload!

Friday, January 7, 2011

slab pottery

I am not much of a clay artist, but of course that is most students favorite thing to do. At the beginning of the year, I get asked at least 5 xs..."when do we get to do clay?" I usually save it until late in the year, for many reasons. At the intermediate school where I teach, we have TONS of clay stuff, because the previous teacher was a clay queen. So here are the steps to slab pottery:
You will need:
Large pieces of canvas
Two thin strips of wood these same height (1/4 inch)
Rolling pin
2-3 lbs of white clay
Plastic snowflakes, fake leaves, or anything else with a neat texture(lace)
Diff. Sized Bowls, leftover styrofoam from frozen meats- cleaned of course!
Steel wool

Wedge and compress clay on canvas
Roll out clay between sticks on canvas. The sticks are to prevent your clay from being rolled too thin or thick, and help to achieve a more even slab.
Initial bottom of slab
Stamp in snowflakes, leaves, lace, etc until you have desired look.
Place slab in bowl or styrofoam platter to give slab a dip or to mold the slab into bowls/platters.
Let dry in molds until bone dry.
Sand down until smooth with steel wool or synthetic rough kitchen pads.
Fire on bisque setting.
Dab a darker glaze into snowflake grooves- its ok if it gets on the smooth part of your pottery
wipe down with damp sponge
Paint with a lighter glaze the rest of your pottery or dipp it in clear if you want it to be white.
Glaze fire
Wahla! Beautiful pottery awaits you!

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

must take pics!

My camera is I only have my camera phone...the good thing its 8megapixles and its always charged. However, the first semester is about to end and I have at least 10 projects I need to upload! I decided to do the celtic project with my art ones from now on.
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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Art Directory

If your like me you use the blog-o-sphere for inspiration for your art classes. Well, I came across this on Vivid Layers blog and would like to invite you to join!