Monday, April 28, 2014

artful hearts

This month's challenge for my Altered Artists Group is to alter Dollar Store wooden boxes.  I decided to take the lids off and make shadow box projects from them.  I have also been wanting to use some glittered Styrofoam hearts, bird cages, and charms from my collections. 
This one is inspired by my Chunkie Junkies that
I made a while can see more here.

I just love that I found a use for
this little niche I got at Michael's.
I am loving how this series came out!
They all look great hanging together.

You can see another altered box project here.

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!