Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Still Life


When I set up objects around my classroom for students to draw from, I make it a point to make the most out of it. 
The first square on the left hand side is Art 1, tissue paper collage, second square is Art 2-charcoal, third square is Art 3-charcoal and conte, fourth square is Art 4, colored paper, mixed media.
This particular project took about 2 weeks with 47 minute classes. This is from sketching to completion.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Sign Language Hands-drawings


Art 1 started off the school year doing sign language hands.  I start the art 1 kids  with modified contour drawings .  They practice their drawing skills in their sketchbooks and when I feel they are comfortable I get them started on this particular project.
They really enjoy this project and are always happy with the end results.  I laminated the finished pieces, something I never do.  I decided to do so this time because I have heard from former students that they still have their sign language hands up on their walls in their bedrooms.  I figured they'd last longer if I laminated them.
I hope your school year is off to a great start!


Sunday, July 3, 2016

Lesson Plans


I just returned from my summer semester at Texas Tech University and have a week off before I return to my next summer session.  One more year and I will be done with graduate school.  I will share pictures of the work I created, soon.

Instead, I want to show you something I've been thinking about.  Keep in mind, I've never done this before and charting new territory is scary.   I'm thinking of selling my lessons on line! 

My original idea was to write a book incorporating my lessons, but truth be told, I don't have much time with graduate school and my first grandchild arriving in the next few months.  Instead of putting the whole idea on hold, I figured I could start offering my lessons.

The first lesson I'm thinking of selling is the one that I posted about previously.  I've already put it together, I just have a few finishing touches to do before I start selling my lesson.  This first lesson is going to be a test, writing a lesson for myself and for my admin (which knows nothing about art) is one thing, writing for other art educators is another.  I'm hoping I will get feedback that will help me improve on the lessons I will be offering. 

I will probably put this lesson up for sale in August, this will give me enough time to return from graduate school, rest and prep for the start of the coming school year.

I hope you are enjoying your summer vacations, till next time!
 

Friday, May 13, 2016

Let's try this one more time.



Wow!  It has been three years since I last wrote in my blog, time sure does fly.  In case you were wondering, many things kept me away from my blogs. 
When I first began this blog, I was posting pictures of student work with no thought of where these images might end up.  One day, as I was perusing a new site (at the time) called Pinterest, I came across my pictures!  I was upset at myself for being so careless with the images of my student's work.  This prompted me to stop posting and sharing student work. 
I've wanted to return many times, but other factors began to impede my return.  Life, as they say, got in the way.
School ends in a few weeks, but I decided to peek in and say "hello" and to ease myself back to posting. 
I will be attending classes at TX. Tech in the summer and hope to share the work I create there during the summer.
As for the pieces I have pictured here.  They are being created by my Art 2 students.  In retrospect, this is a great beginning of the year project, but my brain did not come up with this idea until recently!  We are dealing with positive-negative space and design.  I'm getting mixed reviews on this project, but mostly positive.  I'll post the finished results as soon as they are done.


Construction paper on paper.


See you soon!

Thursday, March 7, 2013






It seems like forever since I last posted, what is wrong with me!?  Rest assured, I am still teaching art and have kept myself and my students quite busy.  February is competition season for us and things were quite busy, but, lucky for me things are beginning to wind down.  I'm glad because I can now show you the latest pieces my adv kids have created.
These are batiks, which I just loooove doing, but due to budget cuts had not been able to do for quite some time.  I submitted a lesson to Donors Choose and my project was fully funded.  Thank you Donors Choose!
 I asked the kids to create something that was inspired by nature, this way any errors with the wax could be easily incorporated into the piece. 
Some of the kids created large piece while others opted for a much smaller size, either way the results were wonderful and we were all happy with the results.
Until next time!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

I've been doing a couple of things differently this year, beginning with my Art 1 kids.  I decided to make drawing a priority.  That's not to say that this is all we do, but it is the main thing we do.  I am just finishing up with colored pencil techniques and came up with this assignment.  I had the kids take a large sheet of drawing paper, then create six squares on this one large sheet.  They then have to create six different drawings (of one object) on each square.  I had them paint in the negative space around the squares so that the squares would stand out more.  I am going to have them add shadows around the squares so they will look more 3-D.    I'll post the finished products as soon as they are done which will be in a few more days.
 Looking forward to the time off, already making a list of household chores that need to be done, including painting and rearranging my art studio.  I'm actually looking forward to that :)
Bye!

Monday, December 3, 2012


I love working with stencils, so it's natural that I would want to do them with my art students.  The images that you are seeing were created with spray paint by my Art 1 kids.  This is the most lengthy project that I do with my kids, but they can do so many different projects with stencils. 
As soon as I have more pictures of some finished results I will post them. 

Moving on to another topic, did you hear about the four (or was it five?) states that have adopted the addition of 300 hours to the school year?  Oh geez, what the hell?  So many questions arose in my mind.  I'm pretty sure our state is headed that way, our EOC scores were terrible last year and if things don't change quickly we will only be headed towards longer school days and a longer school year.  Interesting how countries with high performing students actually have shorter school time. Hmmmm, are we headed towards the wrong direction?  I don't have all of the answers, mostly I have questions.  Why don't kids turn in their homework?  Why don't they study for tests?  Why, why, why?  Yes, it starts at home and God only knows what these kids are going through at home.  I just hope we find the answers soon.  Perhaps a career change is in the horizon.
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