Sunday, April 20, 2014

all you need is love...

This is the latest in the enlarged collaborative artwork series from my 8th graders.  We needed a little more love in the art room this semester, so this awesome image from Keith Haring was perfect! It was neat to see that this technique can be just as great with such a simple image.  After the students painted their colored areas, I just went in and used black paint to outline, making the image POP!!!

You can see more collaborations here, here, and here.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Planner Play

Here are a few pages from my planner this year.  Once again, I had fun making a usually "boring must have" into an awesome place to collage, color, draw and journal!
You can see more artfully collaged
planner pages herehere and here.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Minion Mania

In my continuous effort to get Middle School students to bring a pencil to art class, I created yet another bulletin board outside my classroom door to try to motivate!

I had fun creating these two construction paper 
Minions representing a typical discussion 
happening almost daily in the art room.

As a treat at the end of the fall semester,
all of my art classes got to watch Despicable Me 2.  
To make this activity educational, students were to draw their own Minion by following drawing steps or tracing parts.

Then they were to think of a theme and add clothes,
accessories, and a background if they had time. 
 They could finish their drawing with
shading, colored pencil and/or marker.

A lot of these little Minions turned out great!  
The best Minions were used for the bulletin board.  

I had so many good ones left over,
I was able to make a door decoration!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Creating for Christmas

This little Christmas kitty was made as a stample
for Mrs. O'Leary's this year.  Just had enough time to
make a few using new holiday papers and Artful Illusion stamps...

Santa Poe and his Christmas raven came to visit this year...

Here's a dimensional tree popped off a canvas made
with new fun Christmas papers and embellishments.

Kitty can be pulled up or left lower for a Christmas surprise!

Wishing you all a creative Christmas!

Sneaky Sneakers oldie but a goodie...Shoe Art!  Students love drawing shoes because it is super easy (although seemingly challenging at first), they have awesome results, and they get to show off some of their personal style!  This year, thanks to getting lots of ideas from Pinterest, students got to choose the way to finish their shoe and design a background to complete the work.  I love how these turned out!

Fall Leaves

During the fall semester, as students finish work early,
I have several fall leaf projects for them to choose from. 
These are just a few.
Half inch grid paper, stencil, and textures.
Leaf rubber stamps in black ink on kraft paper, drawn over with chalk pastels.

Stenciled leaves outlined in sharpie with line in the negative space.

Stenciled leaves with marker textures and echo lines.

Crayon drawn leaves and watercolor with salt textures.

One inch grid, stencil, textures, and colored pencil shading.

Rubber stamped leaves using markers in a radial symmetrical design.
Stenciled leaves, glue/glitter outline, watercolor, marker echo lines.

See more of these and other autumn art here.
Students also enjoy creating tree art this time of year.
You can see more tree art here and here and here.

PS...thanks to Pinterest and the bloggers I follow for some of these ideas!