Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Drawing Horses!!

My co-worker and I asked for money to buy supplies to construct drawing horses this year.  My coworker was in charge of building the 35 horses (no easy task) and my students are now creating art work on them.
This project is going to last several weeks, I'm sure.  I'll update as I go.

On a different note, I am shocked at how much time has passed since my last post.  With the ease of social media, posting on my blog became a thing of the past.  I am going to try and revive my blog.
You can find me on Instagram to see some student work, but I mostly post about my own work and my quest to keep creating.
I am @nenasart

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 :)

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