Pride in my Students’ Work: Reviewing Lines as an Art Element

My mentor started this project by asking the students to draw 20 different kinds of lines on a large (14" x 17") piece of white paper. she verbally suggested that all the lines criss cross, as much as possible. She then instructed they colour in a focal point in a bold color and using rule … Continue reading Pride in my Students’ Work: Reviewing Lines as an Art Element

Pride in my Students’ Work: Quick-ish Papier Mache

What follows are a few progress photos of a last minute Papier Mache project my mentor asked me to do. I wasn't able to complete the process with the students because of the format in which it was delivered. However, I learned that such a project can easily be given with a little more planning … Continue reading Pride in my Students’ Work: Quick-ish Papier Mache

Pride in my Students’ Work: Quick Colour Values Activity

The following is the basic outline presented to my students. I had three separate groups doing this: for only 75 mins a week... Flexibility for completion was needed... this project lead up to several others that covered the MEQ curricula for Grade 8 visual arts and incorporated additional elements of the International Baccalaureate program. I'm … Continue reading Pride in my Students’ Work: Quick Colour Values Activity

Goya Squares – Thinking of what I might do next…

Over two years ago I was challenged by a drawing teacher in an exciting way: He called them Goya Squares. He cut-up (photocopies) of Goya & Durer etchings into small 1" square(ish) pieces so we couldn't recognize the original artwork. He captured my curiosity when he suggested we don't look for the original these pieces … Continue reading Goya Squares – Thinking of what I might do next…

Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Fifty-Two: Working with mistakes

See T'Hed Fifty-One because you really want to and you know it! Still sticking with the yellow-ish printer paper as my substrate (and I've prepared several others with it...); I glued on some wallpaper and old (cotton paper) music sheet pieces. I let it dry before painting on some gouache, and let dry again. This … Continue reading Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Fifty-Two: Working with mistakes

Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Fifty-One: Mixing it up!

See T'Hed Fifty... just because! Sticking with the odd (11" x 17', yellow-ish printer paper) as a base, I glued on a scrap piece of wallpaper, and tried to paint on some (black) gouache. Then I let it dry (to see if the pastels would work better on the dry paper, because they tore it … Continue reading Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Fifty-One: Mixing it up!

Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Fifty: Is the story getting more layers?

See T'Hed Forty-Nine... just because! Boredom helps inspire new directions... sometimes! I have this weird paper: yellow with a parchment mottling on it, 11" x 17"... could be a special printer paper, as it isn't very thick. I decided to glue on some old music sheet (cotton) paper pieces to it, paint on some gouache, … Continue reading Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Fifty: Is the story getting more layers?

Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Forty-Nine: Enough Crayons?

See T'Hed Forty-Eight for similar oddities... The medium didn't do justice to the design... well, it kinda does... Here pastels might have given a more oil painting feel and I wondered if I could have used acrylics and a pallet knife to get the texture and increase the vibrancy... I could blame the poor quality … Continue reading Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Forty-Nine: Enough Crayons?

Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Forty-Eight: Back to wavering left-ish

See T'Hed Forty-Seven for more on these strangenesses... I think this is the basic form and my stock of old crayons is running low on vibrant choices... it feels like a deal of uncertainty was placed on the colour choices and the effect feel unspectacular to me. In retrospect, the colours were not the issue, … Continue reading Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Forty-Eight: Back to wavering left-ish

Gray Sunshine

I'm always searching for inspirations with my camera in hand... I often capture sights that I have no clue what will develop from them... I only know they feel wonderful to look at and touch some cord inside... this one may become a painting, it may become a new piece of pottery... whatever it inspires, … Continue reading Gray Sunshine