April 30, 2012

White Drawings on Black

The Studio Art students did a great job with these! They have learned a lot about the importance of a wide range of values.

April 29, 2012


See these bowls? Each of their owners created and trimmed them on the wheel... As first timers. We have some talent at WMA!


Using a texture plate, it allows the glaze to run off and reveal this beautiful effect.

Remember these Guys?

Once bland and the solid terra cotta color, they have now been completed with colorful glazes!
(The left one actually has underglazes and was finished with a clear, glossy glaze).

Greek Vases

Grade Six learned about Black and Red Figure vases from Greek art history. The vases tell stories of myths and battles. The students learned how to add coils to a pinch pot to build up their vase and then they added handles. After the bisque firing, they painted their designs with glaze, incorporating a Greek story or a symbol to represent a god or goddess.

April 27, 2012

Torso Drawing

Once again, here is a progression of one of my drawings:

Here is the sculpture I drew from:

The very loose preliminary sketch:

Adding the first layer of values:

Smudging to create an atmosphere and a midtone for the whole paper:

Adding in more darks with the pencil and pulling out the lights with an eraser:

And, the final drawing:

I shouldn't say it is final, because there were many more areas I wanted to work on further. However, I only had two hours at the museum so the piece was deemed "complete" because of time constraints.

An Adorable Mug

Sophie trimmed and put a handle on her first mug.... Well, it's more like a teacup!

Gesture Drawing is:

Shape Defining.
A Sketch.
Captures Motion.


April 25, 2012


Today, I worked on organizing the glaze cabinet, list and test tiles.

April 24, 2012

Jerry's Bowl

The students in Advanced Ceramics are creating mugs and yunomis (Japanese tea bowls) on the wheel. They are doing a great job!

April 17, 2012

Bisque Bowls

By bisque, I don't mean a soup.

Bisque is the first stage of firing clay. In the kiln, bone dry (and very brittle) clay is fired at the lowest temperature. The end product allows for the water in glaze to be soaked up and to stick to the piece. After glaze is applied, the bisqueware is fired at a higher temperature where the glaze melts and the piece is finalized.
Stay tuned to see what these bowls will look like!

Haniwa Figures

Japanese Haniwa figures were used to mark the graves of soldiers. The students in Advanced Ceramics researched these figures as well as figures from other cultures. They then sketched and proposed their own version of a Haniwa figure; that's what you see here.

April 11, 2012

Reversing Values

This is Hermes. I drew him in a technique that reverses the values. Rather than creating a drawing by building up graphite on white paper, I crated him by adding whites an reds on black paper. It's a way to switch how your brain sees as well as hand - eye coordination.

April 05, 2012

Pinch Bowls

The students in ceramics are nearing the end of their three bowl series. They have created them with their hands and a few tools... No wheels involved!

Abstract Paintings

Studio Art created five pieces of art while listening to songs from the students' five countries. Now, after critiquing the art and discussing the successful elements, students are creating abstract paintings. The paintings are either copied directly from a 2 inch x 3 inch area of one of the originals or they created a new composition inspired by elements of the originals. These guys/girls seem to love painting!

April 03, 2012

Colored Pencil Figure

Here is another series of photos from my drawing class. I had a slow start and took a bit for me to mentally and even physically get in the "groove". I've been sick and was contemplating staying home tonight; but, it was worth going and I learned something new as always. 

I was a little too lazy with my preliminary sketch and just let the head go off the edge of the paper. 
Note to self: take your time in the beginning, it is best for the overall drawing! 

It was good to practice using a whole spectrum of colors, even through the end product is a little too psychedelic for me. As you look through this progression, you can see that by the end I learned to give one side a darker value to enhance the 3-dimensional effect. This technique is so much different than a pencil drawing. Not only do you have to think about values, but the color relationships are just as important (for instance: complimentary colors, like yellow and purple or red and green, add contrast).  Also, with a colored pencil drawing, it is a purely additive method. You cannot push and pull the darks and lights like you can with pencil or charcoal; colored pencil does not erase well.

(Don't mind the little grey orb; it appears in every one of my photos I take with my phone... a little factory defect.)