I am going to be starting a new project with my Eighth graders soon that will involve designing and creating an Alebrije. Alebrijes are colorful Mexican sculptures of imaginary creatures, sometimes they are a unique representation of an already existing animal and sometimes they are wild combinations of several different animals in one. Some even combine human faces and elements with animal body parts.
We are going to be doing them the original way, using wire and paper mache. I can't wait to see their amazing creatures come to life! Since I always make my own example first, in order for me to try out the process personally and be able to explain to my students the best way to go about doing their projects, here is my initial sketch. I will be posting pictures of the final product later!
This summer I partnered with a Marketing specialist in order to create a pitch for Indio beer (Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma/Heineken). Indio beer is presently marketed towards young adults and sponsors concerts as well as other music festivals. The ideas we chose to present revolved around the creation of a fun character that would help make the brand memorable among individuals looking to connect with the beer brand they consume.
Following are character sketches and a couple of storyboards meant for T.V. ads.
I had a very busy summer with Master courses and work.
A new school year is beginning and I still had not uploaded last May's Art Show pictures! It included work from 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th graders. QR codes were created in order for parents to view videos and student written reflections about the specific project displayed. An iPad kart was available for them. This certainly took the event to a whole new level!
Aside from choosing and planning which projects to do with my many grade levels throughout the semester, teaching and guiding over 300 students, I was in charge of organizing and mounting the year's Art Shows pretty much all by myself. Oh...and all this while also teaching PK, K and 1st grade Computer classes... Not bad for my first year!
To view pictures of individual projects, visit the Classroom Art section of my website!
1. Giraffe Box (http://trolde-eventyr.dk/), 2. Large Giraffe Animal Wrap Ring in Silver (http://www.luulla.com/), 3. Giraffe Money Box (http://www.fairtradecrafts.co.uk/), 4. Strappy Sundress in Giraffe Print (http://www.asos.com/), 5. Standing Giraffe Décor (http://www.worldmarket.com/), 6. Giraffe Snacks iPhone Case by Stay Gold Media (http://society6.com/), 7. Borderline Giraffe Cusion (http://www.johnlewis.com/), 8. Giraffe Hat Mug (http://www.yizzam.com/)
*Other images: Roald Dahl's ¨The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me¨ book (link), Black picture frame (link), giraffe picture (link), giraffe skeleton sketch (link)
My respects to this Italian lady! Her work is beautiful and crazy inspiring. Check it and find the link to her deviantART page below.
Visit her deviantART page at: http://agnes-cecile.deviantart.com/
Amy van Luijk is an illustrator and textile/stationary designer who currently lives in Berlin.
To view more of her wonderful work, visit her site at: http://www.amyvanluijk.com/
I had previously made a post regarding the Kachina Doll project I did with my fifth graders this semester, but hadn't uploaded pictures of their creations! I'm so proud of what they achieved. Have a look. :)
If you are interested in knowing the materials and process followed to create these, click HERE to go to my previous post.
Soon I will be uploading pictures of the 2nd semester Art Show, in which more of these will be displayed, so be sure to visit later!
Thanks again to Julie Voigt and her wonderful blog Art for Small Hands, which was a great source of inspiration for me during my first year of teaching Art. The direct link to her Kachina Doll project instructions is: artforsmallhands.com/2011/12/papier-mache-kachina-dolls.html