Recognizably Unfamiliar

What I learned in class this week... Imagine yourself walking into class, as usual having little to no idea of what surprise activity the teacher has in store. The tables are clear, except for a single large sheet of brown paper on each. Some of your classmates are already sitting at the tables with their … Continue reading Recognizably Unfamiliar

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Shared Lines

What I Learned In Class This Week... Another strange and wonderful homework from my drawing teacher this week. He asked us to create a drawing where all the lines were shared. I guess he saw the completely blank stares of many of my classmates, because he proceeded to explain and draw an example of a … Continue reading Shared Lines

My Favourite Street

What I learned in Class this Week.... We have been exploring different ways of teaching art and exciting the students to look at there world differently. One of the goals is to establish a safe classroom where there is no wrong answer and no self-expression is bad. There's a little more to it, but that's … Continue reading My Favourite Street

The Self-UnPortrait

What I learned in school this week... We were given only one prompt for this activity: "Shoot a self-portrait where you aren't directly in the shot." Of course hands flew up and questions were rapidly fired at the teacher, but he simply replied "you decide" and the questions stopped. Through the class discussion that followed … Continue reading The Self-UnPortrait

Myself, as a tree

What I learned in class this week... Imagine walking into class; the tables are on the sides and two long stops of brown paper have been taped to the floor. At the head of the class is a table covered in drawing materials. The only instructions we see at this point are signs on the … Continue reading Myself, as a tree

The Silhouette Project – An different way to work with a live model

What I learned in school this week... Another amazing and surprising lesson on seeing and observing in our drawing class. We were told we would be making silhouettes and cutting them out of large sheets of black paper. We had the option of articulating them like shadow puppets. That was all I got from the … Continue reading The Silhouette Project – An different way to work with a live model

Playing with Clay – The Seven Box Project

What I learned in school this week... In ceramics we have our first project; to create seven boxes using three basic techniques: pinch pot, slab-building, & coiling, or a combinations of any of them. We don't have a lot of time in class to do this. At least not if I use my usual methods … Continue reading Playing with Clay – The Seven Box Project

Art & Fear – What to do about it in your classroom?

What I learned in school today... First, try to find and read Art & Fear David Bayles & Ted Orland, or watch a few reviews on youtube on the book. My teacher gave us a reading from the book and it was out of chapter 2. Looking through my notes, I took away from the … Continue reading Art & Fear – What to do about it in your classroom?

The Collective Unconscious – I don’t know where I get it from anymore…

What I learned from school today... Yesterday, I talked about my process and how it currently misaligns with my ability to be spontaneous. (see I'm Only Spontaneous when...) We had some homework to do from the drawing exercise I spoke of in the article. Punchy The first step was to draw the figure above; a … Continue reading The Collective Unconscious – I don’t know where I get it from anymore…

I’m Only Spontaneous When I Have Time To Think About It First

What I learned in class today... I have my own process! In my last drawing class, we were tasked with first collecting discarded cardboard boxes that seemed to have faces in them. The project was meant to demonstrate how, we as artists and humans, tend to have the habit of anthropomorphizing all that we see. … Continue reading I’m Only Spontaneous When I Have Time To Think About It First