Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Two point perspective building drawing.

Grade 8 assignment. For reference only. Please do not copy other students projects, this is meant only for inspiration. This post was originally published on my old blog at my former school.  (

Two point perspective building drawing HS Art

It has been a few years since I've last attempted a two-point perspective drawing project. I've been into lines and ink recently and thought the kids should be as well. I have one gifted 14 year -old who goes to town with lines; pencils fear him. His challenge was to tone down his expressive lines and try less detail...maybe you will be able to tell which is his project.

Our biggest challenge was proportion. Students often struggled with that which is closer should be larger. You might see some evidence of this in the final product. I was famous for saying "wow, that tree fits into that door nicely."

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Handbuilding Clay Middle School Article

I was asked to submit an article for a local mag about the clay projects I've been doing in my classroom.

Handbuilding has always been one of my favorite units to teach at the middle school level, mostly for the joy of seeing my students get their hands dirty. All kidding aside, there is a lot to be said for making something out of nothing, having a concept and shaping a substance that came out of the earth. Clay possesses the ability to go beyond aesthetics; it serves a utilitarian purpose. I’m bet our ancestors never looked back once the cup and bowl were invented. When the clay projects come out of the kiln after glazing, my students experience a sense of accomplishment; there is tangible evidence of their learning.


Friday, October 4, 2013

Art quote

Do a google search on Richard Avedon to see his photographs. What do you think he meant when he said: "All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth." Do you agree or disagree, defend your position. 

Please respond via e-mail by Tuesday, 8, 2013.