Friday, August 26, 2016

Friday Fun Share #1

One of the things I am challenging myself to this year is sharing more on my blog. It might be sharing the who, what, why and how of what is happening in the art room but also sharing those things that just make me say, "YES, that is awesome."

My first share is an article written by Elena Aguilar for the website Edutopia to inspire first year teachers... but that I think us "veteran" teachers can remember as important also. If you have a minute, browse this list.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Time is flying...

School is up and going and I am not going to neglect this area this year.

There are some changes coming so stay tuned....

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Lego People...

I needed an "extra grade" for some of my classes. I decided to challenge them to design their own Lego person. This was something they could do completely on their own time. It would tell me more about them and help them earn an "extra grade."

There are some pretty creative students at NMS!

I am thinking I am going to have this to my sub plan for future use! 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016


My Wednesday art classes have been finishing up a lesson on Animation. It has been so much fun seeing all the different ideas.

Here are few of my favorites:

Taste the rainbow!

The Life and Times of Bill

Fish Fight Smackdown 
(no one was harmed and the "slap fight" made me laugh out loud)

Color Mixing!

There are more that you can check out at CarlisleArt on YouTube

I think they are pretty darn good for first time animations! 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Radial Balance, Different Ways!

One of my favorite projects this year had my students creating 18x18 radial designs. They were BEAUTIFUL! 
I gave the challenge and then they could select from oil pastel, tempera paint or colored pencils to complete their image. They could also choose warm colors, cool colors, color wheel order or monochromatic color scheme. The variety and beauty was amazing. 
color wheel order with oil pastels

monochromatic "batik" with oil pastel
cool colors with tempera paint

complimentary colors with oil pastel

You can check out more at our Artsonia site.

A while later we had one of those 20 minute class periods that EVERY art teacher loves. 
We used it as an opportunity to review radial balance. Students used the app Amaziograph to create radially balance "coloring pages." We uploaded them to artsonia and students can print them off to color them. 

I also took this as an opportunity to try out a website I had heard about. Spoonflower is a fabric site but I heard they did a really neat job of printing fabric you design. I downloaded a few of my students designs and gave it a shot. I was really impressed. 
Ashytn's design on artsonia, 
printed out and colored and 
printed by Spoonflower on fabric!

Here is a colored version...
The color is pretty intense and I am going to see how it washes up but I am very impressed. 
Thank you Spoonflower for helping my students take their art work to another level.