Saturday, October 31, 2015
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Once they sketched out their ideas, (important for me to know what they were hoping to manifest), we built a three dimensional form. First we built armatures out of newspaper, clay and cardboard. I limited each student to the size that would fit on a plastic plate. Storage is an issue here- so I arranged to have the plates housed in a temporasry shed near the maintenance department, on shelves and on the floor. The plate, once removed from the mask, later becomes their paint pallet.
|Some kids wore gloves to avoid touching the paste|
|Removing the mask from the armiture, and priming the inside|
|the mask and the armiture|
|trimming and adding color|
With the addition of acrylic paint, feathers, fur, and ribbons, I can see that all 22 masks will be works of art! I plan on displaying as many as possible outside of the gym tomorrow when we have a special convocation, and then, I hope the kids grab their own masks as they head off for the weekend.
Friday, October 23, 2015
Apples, bottles, and crayons are the ABC of drawing, and so that is how my students started their pastel work this week. The challenge was to control the lighting in the classroom and allow for shadows to do their part. I made them watch two short Utube videos on how to draw an apple in pastels and how do descent shadows before I gave them 30 minutes to do their own drawing from a still life arrangement... I didn't give them much instruction on the bottles as I want to see where they are at and how much reflection they see.
Fifteen kids in the class and I think they all did a pretty good job!
Using chairs as the prompt, here are some of the fresco secco paintings my painting students worked on. They sketched first, then pounced their designs onto damp plaster, and then mixed powdered pigment to get the colors they needed. The goal was to activate the negative spaces.
Thursday, October 22, 2015
I gave them instructions to divide the paper into 15 sections, in one section they put their name, and then they put a vocab word from a list of 13 art terms, in every other one, leaving room for a section to be pure design. Then they used watercolors to illustrate the concepts. Plenty of time for discussion allowed. Lots of reinforcing, and they started teaching each other!
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Every day for the last month my phone alarm would chime off at 10:10 am. Because I had no recollection of the purpose or need for it to "alarm me" at that time and figured it was a divine sign from the Muse. Perhaps it was a "wake up call", like a signal to look around and pay attention. Using my phone, I took a photo each day when I silenced the alarm. Finally on October 10th, 10/10/15, I figured it was enough, and I turned off the alarm for good. Looking back through the accumulated pictures, I thought I might find a clue as to how and where I am spending my life.
Most of the time I was in class, doing my job. I'd retrieve the phone from my purse at the desk and take a picture from that vantage point. A hand full of times I was home, once I was at the doctors office, and twice I was at the airport.
My phone now alarms me at 4:25 pm every other day or so. I use that is a time to say some prayers.
|at the doctors front desk|
|with my students|
|having a cup of warm lemon water|
|Friday and so on...|