Friday, December 18, 2015

Sea Turtle Painting

 I am working on a series of 5 square original paintings that have this wave-like border.  I have had so much paperwork lately that I needed to get out the paints this week.  I really love the process of painting.  The creative process itself is like no other - the fluency between mind and body, the challenges of problem solving within the moment, the engaging task of visually interpreting what is real and tangible, imagined or discovered while emphasizing what is in the mind's eye.

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Star Books - Student Teaching / Middle School Art

I decided to create a quite a challenging project for my last lesson as a student teacher.  Eighth grade art students learned about the ancient Japanese art of suminagashi and then created their own suminagashi-inspired print to cover become their book cover.   
Then students chose a winter poem to study and use to plan out a narrative for their book.  Of course, I had to include one of my favorite poets, the late NH native Robert Frost; and threw in some of his famous winter poems, such as "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" and "Storm Fear".  Students then create a wordless 5 page book, in which they doubled paper to create cut out areas that became negative space and used line and ink wash to narrate their poem.  It was an open-ended project, with many opportunities for students to use divergent thinking and creative problem solving. 
I enjoyed seeing them become excited to see their plans come to life and how the book became a 3D sculpture when open and tied with the attached ribbons. 

Some Pages from the books...

Middle School Art - Endangered Animals

 Endangered Animals and
Elements of Composition
I developed a lesson
where 7th grade art students learned about
the science of conservation
while also learning how to use art
 to advocate for a cause.
The students chose an endangered
animal and learned about its conservation ranking and the issues surrounding its failure to thrive
in the wild.
Then they designed a composition
that created emphasis on the animal
while achieving asymmetrical balance
and movement.
Students were proud of their work
and gained valuable insight into
what different organizations and artists
around the world do to advocate
for the conservation of these animals.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Student Teaching: Middle School Artwork

I just finished up a Landscape Unit with 7th and 8th grades. Students learned about basic spatial concepts used in landscape as well as the history of the genre. 
For Part 1, students learned about the art and history of Chinese Landscapes and made a simple Chinese inspired landscape as well as a collaborative class scroll. 
For Part 2, students studied contemporary watercolor impressionist landscapes and learned how to simplify a photograph while focusing on atmospheric perspective to create their own landscape.  Students used many watercolor techniques, such as salt, blotting, wet into wet, graded wash, masking and dropping in color. 
These middle school students achieved wonderful results,
 so I want to share their beautiful work here.