December 14, 2012

Ceramic Sugar Skull

Allie hand built this ceramic skull and has been carefully adding underglaze details.... Today, we fire it.

December 13, 2012

The French Connection

The French connection of papers, that is....
The Drawing students hand bound their own sketchbooks to use this trimester!

December 10, 2012

Ceramics club

These are my B Period girls... They are learning how to throw on the wheel!

November 29, 2012


It's the start of a new trimester! The Drawing students are making their very own, hand-bound sketchbooks. Here are the beautiful cover boards (and the bricks we will use to weigh the paper as we bind the papers).

November 16, 2012

T1 Unload

Here is a trimester's worth of work! The 11 students were an awesome group these past ten weeks; very energetic and inspired.

South American Inspiration.

Allie was inspired by some artwork she saw at the museum last week.... So she started this slab! It's almost done.

November 15, 2012


We had a little extra time at the end of the semester so the Ceramic students chose a free project.... Julian gravitated to Sharpie drawing on tiles!

October 17, 2012

The other half

I found this little gem while grading students' homework assignments. Can you guess which half is a magazine photo and which half the student drew?! He has an innate talent for seeing details and subtle value shirts.

October 08, 2012

Blue Curli-Q

Caroline's pitcher will have carved out waves that will be painted various shades and colors of blue. The handle matches the curves of the waves.

Atlantis Pitcher

Jacks vision for this pitcher is the lost city of Atlantis. The rippled edges will become cavernous areas surrounded by treasures and fish. Don't you love his handle?

October 07, 2012

Water Pitchers

These are preliminary sketches done by Ceramics students. The theme at WMA this year is water... What better way to incorporate the theme in art than with a water container!

October 04, 2012


These ladies are almost finished constructing their pitchers out of coils. Next comes spouts, pulled handles and sgraffito designs!

October 02, 2012

Still life pencil Drawing

After about a week of drawing activities, the Studio Art students started a still life. They implemented what they learned about line, contour line, negative space and value. Today, I also taught them about atmosphere. After they had shaded general dark areas, they smudged the whole paper and started to add in more darks and erase where light hit the objects and created highlights. I was impressed with how far they've come in just one week!

September 25, 2012

Contour Lines

The Studio Art students are learning about contour lines: lines that describe and define form. Using gourds for a still life, they are practicing the complicated technique. Later, next week, they will create a still life that uses their sketching skills as well as the Idea of form & contours as they create forms with completed value. (this drawing is my unfinished demo piece.)

Happy Fall! The leaves here at WMA are beginning to turn!

September 18, 2012


Vicky's lantern idea has come to life!

Abstract Relief Sculpture

The Studio Art students created abstract shapes out of cardboard that were inspired by some paintings. They were to paint all the shapes using an analogous color scheme.

September 07, 2012


The ceramics students have completed their hand-formed bowls! After they are dried, I will fire them and they can be glazed.


You think red can only be red? Think again. Any color (including black and white) can be mixed to create variation.

Color Wheel

Using red, blue, and yellow, students created their own color wheel

August 26, 2012

Black & White Design

This is the first assignment I do each semester of Studio art. As students get comfortable in the room, they begin to explore abstract art, line, pattern, value, repetition and variety.

August 21, 2012

Boston University Summer Studios

This July, I spent 9 days at an intensive summer studio program for my graduate studies. There, I took a course in drawing where I learned more about composition and construction lines and brushed up on some perspective and value techniques. I also took a book-arts course that changed my whole outlook on lesson-planning; I am excited to try some new things in the Drawing and Studio classes this year! Enjoy!