Creative Color Circles

•September 1, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Color Wheel

My students tried a new lesson I came up with called, “Creative Color Wheels.”  The idea is to create a circle using 12 symbols (like a clock) to organize primary, secondary and tertiary colors. One all of the symbols were filled in with their designated color (using only the primary colors to mix), then I had the students pick a secondary or a tertiary color.  At this stage my intention was to show how color loses saturation by adding white or black, in our case white.  The color saturation exercise was the segway to the next lesson, landscapes (color loses saturation going futher back into space).  The final step was painting in the background with the complimentary (opposite) color of the previously chosen color. Since they all had the color wheel in front of them, they had to figure out what their complimentary color was.  I did remind them that if the circle had 12 symbols, counting 6 away from that color would give them it’s compliment.

Here are my demonstration pieces using two different mediums.

Here are examples from my students.

Student Color Wheel

Student Color Wheel

Student Color Wheel

Student Color Wheel

Some of the students where very creative, and many of them use this as an opportunity to express their football patronage. Although this was only intended to be a quick color theory lesson, but I used three color wheels in two of our art shows.

After the lesson was complete, I still had color wheels on my mind.  So, during a weekend I found some paint swatches that I’ve had for years.  These inspired me to make a color wheel out of them.  I brought it to school and fitted it to frame my classroom clock.  My students loved it so much, I heard from many of them that they had starting making ones of their own at home. AND teaching their younger siblings about the color in the process! How excited I get when I know students are being creative and making artwork outside of school!

Art History Games in the Classroom

•August 25, 2012 • Leave a Comment

I love teaching my students the context of the artist and their work. If your a ‘good art teacher’ you introduce your students to or have an artist associated with the project you are currently working on. How about going a step further?

I am fortunate enough to have block scheduling, which means I have 65 minutes each instructional period. This may sound like a lot of time, but I promise you it goes by very quickly. The studio portion of the class is during the first half to three quarters. After clean up, and we are beginning to wind down as we dig into Art History, or Art related occupations. The game that I use quite a bit is the Memory Game. Just how you remember it, but with an Art History twist. Depending on the artist, I will choose 10 images of their work and print it twice. On the other side I label the Memory according to the artist or genre. Typically, I use this game on my dry erase board (taped on) and I number them 1-20 (in a random order) with an expo marker.

If you click on the photo’s caption, you will get more information about the artist and artwork.

Here are examples of the Frank Lloyd Wright Memory:

FLW Memory Game

FLW’s commissioned Beth Sholom Temple, PA

I use these also for critique discussions, for ticket-out-the-door questions and even during their Art Finals.-which really are not finals, they are more a kin to Win, Lose, or Draw.

Here is another example, where I instead focused more on a genre, not artist: (two of these artists I’ve met and are fabulous women, thank you Marywood University)

Environmental Artists Memory Game, including 10 artists and one of their instillations.

Students can play this game by table or individually. They are essentially flash cards, so why not let students ‘test’ themselves if they finish a project early? Even though the idea is extremely simply, there are countless ways of using them. I am still finding new ways of integrating them after three years of teaching.

Flash Mob Art Show

•August 14, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Art Show in LaGrange GA, sponsored by the VAAL (Visual Art Alliance of LaGrange)

The idea is to have a spontaneous art show, well with a lot of advertising that is. A venue was picked and here were the guidelines:
-Art work that is 18″x24″ or smaller can be used
-The most you can do is 3 pieces, to enter them is $1 per piece
-The artwork has to be put up with four push pins-thats all, if its too heavy, you can’t enter it (so no framed work)
-If your medium is ceramic for example, you would then print out a
picture of it and pin that up.
-Price is up to the artist, taking into consideration the 20% venue
-Artists hung up their artwork from 9am-4pm. The “show” was
from 6pm-9pm.

Venue for the Show, held at the “Artists in Residence” house.

Notice that the walls are practically bare by the end of the show.

It was quite difficult finding artwork light-weight enough to be pinned up. Most of my work is matted and framed. So I went with a etching print, a small portrait oil painting and an acrylic abstract piece.

The three pieces I submitted

Notes from the show:

I showed up at 8 and heard that the first hour and a half was packed. They had no idea how the turn out was going to be-this was their first time doing it. There was empty spots on the wall, so I assume quiet a few pieces were sold.

The experience was totally worth it. If not for just getting exposure and building contacts. I recognized a women I had met months before at our states Art Education Conference. A women I had briefly met at an Art Ed conference that last October was present and even in a position of leadership. You never know who you will connect with within the art circuit, finding people with similar interests and building relationships/contacts at the same time.

They want me to become about of the Visual Art Alliance of LaGrange

The show was covering in the local news and someone was asked to document it by making this little movie. You can see me entering the building. I’m the one wearing glasses that looks like she just rolled out of bed…because I did. Oh, and some of my husband’s photographs are shown. He sold one of them.-very proud of him btw.

If you try this, please let me know how it went. AND if you local (anywhere near LaGrange, Ga), I may just participate.

How to Artistically Impact State Tests

•August 10, 2012 • Leave a Comment

A sixth grade teacher asked if we could be an community piece to help motivate the student before their state tests. Something to bring student’s together AND help with motivating them? How could I say, “No.”

The piece is made out of a huge piece of cardboard that is being supported by wood stretchers that had been screwed into it with washers. Once the base was complete, students helped construct a giant circle that was filled with papermache (newspaper strips, flour and water). After the papermache dried, I used a marker to outline the continents.

After lunch, classes went out side (two at a time) and made their impact. Students placed their hand in either blue or green and made a hand print on the world.

Of course I touched-up the paint and added the text after all of the classes came through. The final product was displaying in our Commons Area during the week of our standardized tests.

Created to help motivate student’s before their state tests

Fun Painting Techniques to Try

•July 30, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Sometimes it’s just fun experimenting (playing) with paint. Abstract art isn’t even my forte, but again sometimes you just need get outside of the ‘normal’ painting routine.

This is a two layers painting using Acrylic paint and Vaseline.

1. Using acrylic paints, paint the background of a prepared surface-stretched paper, canvas board, or stretched canvas.
2. After the acrylic paint has dried, spread Vaseline over the areas that you want the background to come through.
3. Then choose a color not in your background ( I chose black) to paint over everything, even over the Vaseline.
4. When the second layer of paint is dry, use a paper towel to wide off the areas that had the Vaseline. Depending on how thick of an amount the Vaseline was applied (thick areas come off easier), you may need to use some more pressure to remove it.

Here is another example.

Experimental Painting

While your making one, you’ll find yourself already planning the second one. If you do try it, let me know how it went. Especially if it’s done in the classroom!

Georgia Performance Standards

•July 28, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Georgia Performance Standards

This my display of the 5th grade Ga Performance Standards.
Her name is Carty.

Georgia Performance Standards

•July 28, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Georgia Performance Standards

This my display of the 6th grade Ga Performance Standards.
His name is Art.