I really want to improve my portrait drawing skills. From there I want to move on to painting portraits in oil. It's hard sometimes with my long work hours and trying to keep healthy to make time to draw, but I am really going to try my best to keep practicing! I obviously draw during the day when students ask for help, but it is one thing to do that and quite another to draw/paint for myself! For this portrait, I took a picture of Eva Green as inspiration. I'm a big fan of hers.
I sometimes like starting off the school year by having students take part in collaborative art projects. Even though for the most part I have students work individually on projects, I consider this a great ice breaker and a chance to set the tone for the rest of the semester.
This time, I selected a different famous painting for each grade I would be teaching and broke it up into 25 squares/rectangles. Each student received his/her own piece and replicated any main lines or shapes onto a piece of cardboard. Later on they used oil pastels to add color and helped out making sense of the different pieces in order to paste them together.
A bonus is that these can be displayed on time for Open Houses at the beginning of the year because they are finished pretty quickly (it took my students less than two periods to complete them), and/or as a great decoration for the outside of the Art room! I much prefer to decorate with student artwork than with my own!
I will be posting pictures of what my classroom looks like soon! Have a great day!
I am uploading this quite late because I have been very busy getting married and enjoying my honeymoon this summer. The 2016-2017 school year begins for us teachers with professional development next Wednesday! I am using these last few days to plan the projects I will be working on with students this year. So exciting!
Here are the pictures of last May's Student Art Show. The second semester of last school year was intense and full of overtime days because I started giving acrylic painting and oil pastel classes after school, which I will continue doing. You will find many new projects and some recurring ones that I have seen my students really enjoy doing or I wanted to try again with a slightly different technique. If you'd like to know anything about these projects, don't hesitate to ask! Use the form in the Contact section of my website and I will get back to you shortly. Hope you enjoy!
I am getting married and, of course, took it upon myself to do most of it...from the invitation, to the decor, to the guest favors! My fianceé and I knew from the beginning that our party would be smallish (it ended up at 80 guests) and more casual compared to others so I knew I wanted to do as much as possible myself because I love doing this kind of stuff! We planned our wedding on a day I would be on summer break, which has given me plenty of time to rest and enjoy doing these things. It's what I love! I wouldn't have it any other way!
Once my man and I decided on the palette (white, black and green), I went about looking for references and creating a Pinterest board and filled it up with ideas. Throughout a couple of months of pinning during free moments, the style I wanted became clearer and clearer. Later on I made some sketches of what I wanted the guest, bride and groom, favor, snack (POPCORN BAR!!), cake and guest book tables to look like and went about searching on Amazon and local shops for what I needed. Here are some pictures of stuff I ordered from Amazon as well as DIY decoration.
You can expect pictures of the finished venue very soon! Cheers! :)
This school year's Fall Art Show went extremely well. As always, I made sure to plan a bunch of new projects for each grade in order to keep things fresh and exciting for everyone. This exhibit included work from Kinder, Second, Fourth, Sixth, Seventh and the Elective group (a mixture of Eighth and Ninth) graders. Fortunately, There is another Art Teacher this year who is teaching Kinder and First Graders. I still have Second through Ninth myself.
Hope you enjoy the pictures! If you have any questions about any of these projects feel free to contact me using the format in the Contact section! I love hearing from you and would love to help out any other Art teachers with ideas.
So I am already hard at work in order to have everything ready for this semester's Art Show. Been putting in many hours after school and during weekends. Because I basically have to help 250-300 students complete projects, create videos (the school I work at is big at involving technology as much as possible), select projects and mount everything pretty much by myself, it is essential for me to begin, at least, a month in advance. Aside from helping students finish up projects, I find myself doing everything else after work. Between grading, planning and preparing supplies for artwork, I have almost no time during the day.
The first thing I do is work on project titles, which this year, were a total of 18 (each grade does between 3-4 projects that can be selected for the exhibit). This is the way I make them. I download some cool fonts, prepare pdfs in Illustrator with 2-3 letters per page, print them out, cut them (I the whole stack of papers home and work on cutting them during free moments), and tape together two 65x50 cm. colored cardboards to paste them on. Aside from the project titles, I include the grade level and a description of each project which includes the techniques used as well as the Elements of Art that were studied during the process. These titles also will contain the QR codes that will essentially link to the videos of students explaining about their projects. I record these videos myself during class time and edit them in iMovie.
So much to do still! But I'm excited and looking forward to creating a better and better event each year.
I am kind of late posting this. Between teaching, me making time for health (exercise/healthy eating/trying to get enough sleep), planning my wedding, and my new cat, I've been pretty busy!
Before the school year starts, I always make a bulletin board that basically shows the Elements of Art we are going to be learning about in class (difficulty depending on the grade). These Elements of Art are basically the foundation for the projects I plan each semester and are a big part of my school's Art curriculum that I need to cover.
I think it is a great way to display the most important information that students should stay with and it also helps them understand that there is a foundation of knowledge behind every single thing I have them do. Everyone that comes into my class also seems to enjoy seeing that I have a different/creative way of making bulletin boards!
Because I want to continue practicing my drawing, I looked for different Drawing Challenges. I am excited to go pick up the drawing spiral I have ordered from Amazon so that I can start my own visual journal. I'm also going to include writing in it and I am also working on a Writing Challenge I will be posting later, Unfortunately, I am not picking my stuff up until next weekend, which means I did my first drawing in a regular piece of paper. Sorry for the awful quality. I still don't have a scanner in my apartment! : /