September 09, 2014

Still-lives

After a week or so of drawing contour lines, value scales, and eggs... The students of Studio Art have graduated to white still-lives. They have fine-tuned their eyes to recognize subtle values.

September 05, 2014

Bowls Bowls Bowls

It's that time of year! The Ceramics students are introduced to the basics through the creation of a family of pinch bowls. After they are fired, they will paint designs on the surfaces.

June 22, 2014

GreenFront Sketching

(The Green Front Restaurant bar)
Another art teacher and I went to a restaurant to catch up on life but mainly to talk about the importance of sketching from daily life. As artists, we need to always be practicing our skills (not only hand, but also being inspired by what we see). It felt good to draw from life, (as I haven't really since school ended) and also to talk nerdy about fountain pens & colored pencils. Happy Summer!
(Man sitting at the bar)

April 10, 2014

Fabric

Today, in Drawing, students looked at some sketches and final masterpieces of Renaissance artists. Fabric was a common sketch subject, as it helped artists understand shape and value as well as to give them practice for their masterpieces which often included drapery cloth. My drawing students are working on drawing this fabric using white conte crayon & charcoal on toned paper.

April 02, 2014

Progress

When I went to China in June of 2013, I was inspired by the beautiful designs and colors that were present everywhere we went. From the ornate door frames to shining peacock tails, I was absolutely in love. I want to capture both these elements and the faces of some of the beautiful people I met in a series of artwork this spring/summer. This is a piece inspired by the Dai village we visited in the Yunnan Province.

March 17, 2014

Biiig Lent Sketch

I fell off the saddle with my Lent Sketch routine. I worked for about 3 hours on this drawing and figured that made up for the 8 days I missed.

Lent Sketch 3/17

March 13, 2014

March 05, 2014

Lent Sketch 3/5

Ceramic City

To adhere to our all-school theme, "Cities", students from the first and second trimester Ceramics classes created houses. They researched architecture styles and proposed a design. Using slabs, they created their walls and roofs, later cutting out windows and adding elements such as chimneys, shingles, and steps. I want to congratulate the students on their hard work this year, so far.