Monday, December 17, 2012

Backgrounds painting HS art

I wanted to wish any and everyone who follows or stumbles upon this blog Happy Holidays. This will be my last posting until mid-Jan unless the world ends on DEC 21, 2012…has a time zone been determined for that event yet?

Crop circles are cool as are line designs, don’t let anyone tell you differently. We are currently on step one-the background to our next painting. If you are interested in the art concepts we are using look at the labels/tags at the bottom of this posting. Truth be told a few of my kids expressed concern about painting on top of their backgrounds and are content to leave them be. Sadly, I won’t be able to honor their request. Final results coming soon.

In the meanwhile be kind to each other-stop the hate, stop the violence, and treat each other with respect...everywhere please.   

Thursday, December 13, 2012

More upper school clay projects

I decided to try a couple of different ideas for the student's second clay project. The first one being a box with a secret opening. My oldest brother was stationed in Turkey back in the early 70's. One of the gifts he sent me for my birthday was called a Turkey box. I'm pretty sure that's not the real name of the beautifully carved wooden box that had several secret compartments for the key, key hole etc. I don't remember there being instructions on how to open it, I thought he didn't send the key, Sadly I had already broken the box before my mom discovered where the key was hidden. The box still exists and lives on a shelf in my parents family room next to the late 60's encyclopedia set...and thankfully the shag carpet and wood panel walls are long gone. 

The boxes we made were a little more simple. Slabs, water, and scoring. In the greenware stage we took the fettling knife and carved the secret opening. Below is the process prior to the first kiln visit.  

Hana shows off how well she can smooth clay.
Using a gouge to make lines. 
In the process of drying. 
Bone dry vs glazed bisqueware 
This is something new I have never attempted. The idea looks like it came form a 70's art book found in a thrift shop. Truth is it looks like the building outside our window. One student even added satellites on top of his project. This is my alternative to a coil pot. 
The real deal. 
I'm sure Sarah's parents are proud of her.
The minimum side is 12"
Glazed thrown bowls. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

School Photo Day

I'm one of the advisors for grade 8 and this is what we did on picture day for our silly photo. 

I think some of the boys didn't get the pajama memo. 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Glazed clay projects Grade 8 Art

So far the kiln has been behaving this year minus a few power outages at school. The grade 8 was so pleased with the outcome of their tea sets-a tea party was in order. This has been one good thing to come out of the shortened days due to the recent unrest in Egypt. We sampled 8 different teas form China, Japan, India, and Laos. Most seemed to like the different flavors but thought it was strange not to dump a bag of sugar into the cup. I've always said that Egyptians have sugar running through their veins. 
From above

funny shaped vases were also  a part of our clay unit.
Lichtenstein meets Pollock

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Block Reduction Printmaking HS Art

What is your inner/spirit animal I asked my students? To find out we visited the World Wild Life website and took their quiz. Respect is part of our school's mission statement and philosophy, as it should be with any school. Part of my interpretation of that is the need and respect for other living beings. Although humans are at the top of the food chain doesn't mean we should take other animals contribution to our ecosystem for granted. 

A friend of mine several years ago invited me to Chicano Park in Barrio Logan (San Diego) to watch her danza Azteca (Aztec Dance) performance. Afterwards she described her form and moves as an imitation of her spiritual animal. They say that owners look like their pets and vice versa. I wonder how much of that is true and how much we adapt the behaviors and movements of other living beings around us.

I do block reduction printing every year, it is one of my mainstays and the kids love it. My joy from it comes in making the student process the problem of adding/removing color. I hear the eternal cries of "I don't want all my prints to be yellow!" Below is a sample of the beginning, middle, and end product. 

Prior to starting the project I had the students draw the tools they will be using in their sketchbooks. I found this to be an effective exercise for students learning the vocab. 
A rubber block and a gouge  
I have students use color pencils on their drawing to figure out how many colors they will be using. I limit the colors to five and that is at times pushing it.  
From light to dark is the way I roll. So yellow it is.
My example
Printing her 3rd color
After three colors
Inking the plate
Action shot
After three colors.
Almost done.
After 2 colors
Finished print
Finished print.
Almost done, one color to go.
Getting there
Discovering your inner penguin.
His real last name is Sharky
Very 80's color scheme.
Panda is a name of a cheese here and they have the best commercials.

Monochromatic print.