Pride in my Students’s work: Assembled Identities – Legacy Mural project – Part One

The graduating class (Grade 11) of visual arts students at Pierrefonds Community High School were given a particular challenge this year… To leave a piece of themselves behind that will both express their growth while here and inspire future students coming to our school… It all started with the following statement & question…”In a few … Continue reading Pride in my Students’s work: Assembled Identities – Legacy Mural project – Part One

Pride in my Students’ Work: Their first student art show in a real gallery

Theme: Panic to Power - Your journey through Covid:  You are invited to create a unique artwork of your own design that expresses how you feel about the last two years of Covid and what it feels like to come out of this pandemic. This will be part of the Mental Health Month in May 2022.Method of the artwork: … Continue reading Pride in my Students’ Work: Their first student art show in a real gallery

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 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

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

Carving out Inspirations – Starting materials

I found an old set of stone and wood carving tools tied to a chunk of soapstone with a dry elastic band... my mind went right to play and experimentation! I wanted to try and see what I could make out of it. As I was thinking, I decided to stay a process journal for … Continue reading Carving out Inspirations – Starting materials

Creative Blocks – Goya Squares Continued

Quite some time ago, before Covid... my drawing teacher asked us to do what he called Goya Squares. The premise is that he cut of (photocopies) of famous Goya etchings into 1" squares; we were to take between one to three of them, place them on a large white sheet of paper and draw outwards … Continue reading Creative Blocks – Goya Squares Continued

Creative Blocks – Carving out an inspiration

I've been trying to get myself into a creative mood, as you know from my last few postings...One of the ways was to set up some materials for projects to do over my Summer break from teaching. So, I've been scavenging for materials and finding discarded bits and bobs, including this small chink of soapstone … Continue reading Creative Blocks – Carving out an inspiration

Creative Blocks – Grey Sunshine

We can find the most amazing things to see when walking to clear the mind. Concrete has always fascinated me, literally. The greys are almost always warm when dry and they feel both solid and ephemeral at the same time... as if they could be crumbled to dust with an unexpected tap to the right … Continue reading Creative Blocks – Grey Sunshine

Creative Block – Inspiration in unlikely places

With my last posting still whispering (more like a loud nagging) in my ears to get creative, I've been trying to take my quiet moments to see what's around me. Not just looking and not searching... letting myself see what presents itself. Of course something presented itself in the bathroom. If your reaction is "YUCK", … Continue reading Creative Block – Inspiration in unlikely places