December 17, 2013

Monet Tiles

The students this fall trimester each received a square from one of Monet's "Nympheas" (waterlilies). They replicated the colors and shapes on a 6"x6" tile and this is the result! We are missing a few, but It was too exciting not to share!

December 12, 2013

Hello Winter

The kids love working in the warm & toasty Ceramics room during the winter.... Also the sunlight is quite beautiful.

December 10, 2013

Zentangles & Negative Space

Students this trimester experimented with value, variety, line & pattern within the space around letters. The absence of the letters creates negative space.

November 10, 2013

Complete the half

This is one of my favorite sketchbook assignments. It's easy to assign, yet the students are challenged and have fun with it. The assignment allows them to practice the use of proportion, value, shape, contrast, and composition. 

November 01, 2013


In ceramics, students are creating boxes or jars of their choice. This student is using the minions as her jar topper and handle. Happy Friday!

September 28, 2013

Friday play date

A few kids were done glazing their projects on Friday.... So I finally let them try the wheel out for a spin (pun intended). Happy Saturday!

August 27, 2013

Art is . . .

Yesterday, the first day of school, Mrs. Lowry Brook and I assigned our students two simple, yet deep questions to answer: "What is art?"and "Art is not..."
We wanted to have them think about art in a positive, non threatening way. Art can be found anywhere or created from anything and theres no reason for them to fear the creation process. Below you will find their compiled responses... I think they speak for themselves!

Art is creation.
Art is freedom.
Art is beauty.
Art is cultures.
Art is colors.
Art is shape.
Art is fashion.
Art is a story.
Art is courage.
Art is expressing your opinions.
Art is the representation of life.
Art is how you see the world.
Art is a way to show the inside of the mind.
Art is a world where you aren’t “you”, but your imagination is “you”.
Art is thinking creatively.
Art is thinking differently.
Art is joy.
Art is music.
Art is math.
Art is imagination.
Art is the expression of one’s self.
Art is thoughts.
Art is a way to express your emotions.
Art is unique and self-describing.
Art is not only decoration; it must contain meaning and thought.
Art is relaxation.
Art is a way to freely express your perspective.
Art is being creative; thinking about something or someone then describing it not by writing, but by drawing, painting, or sculpting.
Art is something I never get sick of & always on my mind.
Art is expressing with more than just words more than just words.
Art is a physical expression.
Art is a way of life.
Art is someone putting memories or thoughts on paper.
Art is making designs and pictures.
Art is a form of expression that can not only be through painting and drawing but through a variety of activities and sports.
Art makes me feel that bad things can be good creations.
Art is something that make people feel pleasant.
Art is something that makes our life more beautiful and colorful.
Art is free, you can make anything you want in art; that’s the awesome part!
Art is the base line of every aspect.
Art is sitting outside your imagination.
Art is using your surroundings to create an expressive item.
Art can be perfect.
Art is not perfect.
Art can be simple.
Art is not simple.
Art is not time.
Art is not a game.
Art is not uniform.
Art is not a dog.
Art isn’t an activity used to make others feel bad.
Art is not something with definite standards.
Art is not something you throw together. You have to give it a piece of yourself.
Art is not an easy thing to accomplish over night but rather something that must be practiced and be full of emotion.
Art is not right or wrong.
Art is never wrong.
Art is never created when it is mandatory.
Art isn’t just a subject or class.
Art is not always specific.
Art is not boring.
Art does not have the same meaning for everyone.
Art is not copying someone else.
Art does not have restrictions or boundaries on the human condition.

Art is . . . everything.

May 24, 2013

Completed Mosaics

Here are the final products! The face tiles were hand cut and glazed by the students and later the background was filled in with broken ceramic tiles. Finally, they grouted the background so you couldn't see the plywood anymore.

May 10, 2013

Karn's mosaic

Karn's is all put together! He did a great job of breaking up the surfaces of his face to create the illusion of dimension.

May 08, 2013

Mosaics Fired!

These are glaze fired pieces for the self portrait mosaics. The pieces will be mounted and grouted on these 12in x 12in boards. (Pictured above are some of the landscape tiles).

May 03, 2013

Glazed pieces!!

After a long week of worrying about the broken kiln (kids pieces need to be fired for the end of the year), I was pleased to unload all these pieces from the kiln. With the thermocouples fixed, WMA ceramics is now back in commission!

May 02, 2013

Tiled faces

Inspire by Picasso and the Cubist movement, students have been busy cutting and glazing tiles for a mosaic. After these pieces are fired, they will be glued down on a 12x12in board and accompanied by more mosaic tiles in the background. This is the first time I've introduced this lesson and so far, they look awesome!

April 23, 2013

Video Games at school

Jack created this pop-art sculpture of an X box controller. It will look awesome once it it glazed!

An Apology

Hello All,

I have to apologize for my absence. Something happened to this blogger account and my phone stopped connecting to the blog posts. A friend informed me that I "hadn't been posting since January" when in fact, I had! Today, I fixed the glitch and am now back in business. I will continue to post a couple times a week (as I have been!!), please check in for pictures of art projects as we finish out the school year!

This is why technology is not a good thing....

January 23, 2013

Glaze Beauties

Once again, I love opening a kiln after a glaze firing! There are 3 layers under this!