Thursday, May 19, 2016

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Lego People...

I needed an "extra grade" for some of my classes. I decided to challenge them to design their own Lego person. This was something they could do completely on their own time. It would tell me more about them and help them earn an "extra grade."

There are some pretty creative students at NMS!

I am thinking I am going to have this to my sub plan for future use! 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016


My Wednesday art classes have been finishing up a lesson on Animation. It has been so much fun seeing all the different ideas.

Here are few of my favorites:

Taste the rainbow!

The Life and Times of Bill

Fish Fight Smackdown 
(no one was harmed and the "slap fight" made me laugh out loud)

Color Mixing!

There are more that you can check out at CarlisleArt on YouTube

I think they are pretty darn good for first time animations! 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Radial Balance, Different Ways!

One of my favorite projects this year had my students creating 18x18 radial designs. They were BEAUTIFUL! 
I gave the challenge and then they could select from oil pastel, tempera paint or colored pencils to complete their image. They could also choose warm colors, cool colors, color wheel order or monochromatic color scheme. The variety and beauty was amazing. 
color wheel order with oil pastels

monochromatic "batik" with oil pastel
cool colors with tempera paint

complimentary colors with oil pastel

You can check out more at our Artsonia site.

A while later we had one of those 20 minute class periods that EVERY art teacher loves. 
We used it as an opportunity to review radial balance. Students used the app Amaziograph to create radially balance "coloring pages." We uploaded them to artsonia and students can print them off to color them. 

I also took this as an opportunity to try out a website I had heard about. Spoonflower is a fabric site but I heard they did a really neat job of printing fabric you design. I downloaded a few of my students designs and gave it a shot. I was really impressed. 
Ashytn's design on artsonia, 
printed out and colored and 
printed by Spoonflower on fabric!

Here is a colored version...
The color is pretty intense and I am going to see how it washes up but I am very impressed. 
Thank you Spoonflower for helping my students take their art work to another level. 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

City Silhouette's

In the interest of switching things up a bit, I took my 12x18 paper and chopped it in half... long long way.

That created 6x18 papers for my students to work on. We set up some fun painting stations and they worked to create a sky of their choosing.

I had printed out skylines from famous cities and some students loved the challenge of trying to recreate them. Other students just wanted to make their own skylines. Either way, they turned out really nice. 

Friday, April 8, 2016

Colorful Notans

In cleaning up more and more folders, I have found a lot of things I photographed but seem to have failed to share. This is one such project.
Students created Notan designs and each class was given a different color of background paper.

 when they were done, we put them all together to make a color gradation. It was one of my favorite displays that year.