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! : /
Last year I began teaching the 8th and 9th Art Elective group (which are the oldest kids in the school I teach at). This was a great challenge because the way this Art class is taught is obviously very different from my other classes. I wanted to plan projects and assignments which would be appealing and challenging for them. Though we started the year learning and talking about artists like Dalí, Picasso, Magritte and Kahlo, I also wanted my students to have a chance to appreciate work by artists of today.
In my search for artwork that could be used as inspiration for a 3D project (I usually plan for at least one each semester-with all my grades), I came across a wonderful artist that makes paper maché sculptures in a style that I thought would appeal to my students. Her name is Juliana Bollini and she is a visual artist living in Brazil. She is absolutely amazing at making paper maché artwork. Visit the following links to view some of her wonderful work!
Visit Bollini's blogspot site at: http://julianabollini.blogspot.mx/
Here is a video of the artist talking about her creative process: https://vimeo.com/55403721
My ¨Teacher's Example¨ for the Juliana Bollini-Inspired Head Sculpture
Finished student projects! Amazing!
This school year ended with an amazing student Art Show (once again). I am excited for next year and the great things the kids will come up with. I have only a few days left of summer vacation before starting with professional development courses, which means I have to begin with the long range planning for all the grades I will be having next year! For me, this means not only selecting the projects that will help me fulfill curriculum requirements, but organizing them in a sequence that makes sense for students. I rarely repeat projects, except for the ones that I feel my students enjoyed and learned from most. This means a lot more work, but it is worth it! Cheers!
I really enjoy mixed media and multimedia artwork. I began experimenting with collaging when I was very young and found the process of cutting and pasting separate images and words (at times entire articles) into one same cardboard or journal page very therapeutic. I was creating art journals without even setting out to. This is why, perhaps, I love admiring this type of artwork today.
Waldemar Strempler is a German artist, sculptor and graphic designer that frequently uses elements of the human form as part of his compositions.
Ohara Hale is a multitalented artist with a very fun, whimsical style. Her work includes fine art, illustration, animation, and graphic design. I love the way she is able to integrate illustrations into logos!
Check out more of her stuff at http://cargocollective.com/hale and visit her tumblr site at http://oharahale.tumblr.com/.