Thursday, December 31, 2009

More Book Projects/Projects with Words

These types of projects are perennial favorites-
I ask for a polished, finished projects requiring a format- a box, a frame- contained in some way...
Medium of choice.
Lyrics, poems, quotations of choice.
I love these- My students do great work!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Archetypes- 3DD

The world is made up of types- here are some of the ones we chose to represent- the witch, the athlete, the maiden, the musician and the mystic madman.

The witch face is Sculptamold on wood, the maiden and the mystic- fired clay, the athlete and rock star- masking tape on popsicle sticks with hands, face and feet of Sculpey. If you give free choice to your students- be aware that the Sculptamold takes far less time....

We did some research to get a feel for the universality of character types:
Jungian Archetypes
Tarot Cards (characters) and Stock Characters (in theatre)
Commedia dell'Arte

Monday, December 28, 2009

Mass MoCA revisited

Two students chose to work through the eyes of Sol LeWitt, using the wall pieces they saw at Mass MoCA as inspiration. These are approximately 3 x 4 ft...big...and nice. Or nice and big?

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Paper-Cut Cards

Antsy kids enjoyed making paper cards using instructions from the book "Made with Paper" by Florence Temko, which is only available as a used book at this time. I have to admit, these are my examples, which deviated more and more from the original models as the day wore on- exactly the point!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Sweater Birds

Red sweater (Salvation Army -shrunk in dryer), wool felt, beads, trim, paper bag, wooden square and dowel, paint.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Field Trip to Mass MoCA

Even though Mass MoCA is about 2 1/2 hours away, the eight students who took the trip enjoyed themselves, as did I.  We were particularly moved by Pawel Wojtasik's piece in 360 degrees (projected on the walls of a round room) which "addresses the relationship between New Orleans and its surrounding waters, focusing most specifically on the effects of industry on the disappearing wetlands ("
We appreciated the work of Sol LeWitt, whose work will be exhibited for 25 years in its own 3 story building. Students pondered the time involved in making complex work, whether they liked the final product or not.  What restores me always is the thought that - whether you like it, hate it, or are repulsed by it...whether you find it boring, exciting or displayed in a space such as Mass MoCA's is a visual Candyland, an escape from everyday life. Yeah!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Waffle Faces Pre-Thanksgiving

We unleashed a little creativity in the classroom during a half day before vacation.  Next year: whipped cream,too!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Loosely Painted Lemons

Students sketched with paint and did not use a pencil.  Isn't it wonderful that everyone's work is so different?  Most of these were painted without adult interference (or very little).  Sometimes we need that freedom...every single one of us!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

More Handpainted Fabric Projects...

Students in Three-D Design made these after looking at the following : Teesha Moore, a site for the The International Quilt Show, and the book by Somerset Studio Publications, Material Visions.

The handbag was made out of rayon velvet and decorated with Sharpie Markers blended with rubbing alcohol, and acrylic paint.  the rest were painted with acrylics on muslin or canvas.

Friday, October 30, 2009

How Many Hours do You Spend Staring at a Screen?

How many hours do you spend staring at a screen? These are responses from Studio Art students (9th - 12th graders). Game consoles, phones, cameras, television, drive-ins and home movies became the subject matter. We used 2 techniques per piece to separate the world of the screen from the "real" world.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Personal Shrines

Students were asked to create personal shrines after looking at many examples. Our art room has lots of bric-a-brac, and I am willing to bring in what I can from home, by request- so the results were quite good. Take a look....

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Wall Squares

Mix and match these colorful wall squares- approximately 6" square- available at

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Papier Mache on Wheels

...Another project made with recycled materials- except for the wheels and some of the bonding materials! The foundation was made from a pair of animal silhouettes cut out of corrugated cardboard. The legs were reinforced with wood strips. The stuffing was made from balled up newspaper, with masking tape to secure it. The outer body was padded with balled up newspaper, and in some cases covered with packing tape and in others, plaster casting material. The animals were
coated with approximately 5 layers of papier mache made from flour, white glue and water. Before the students left each day they could coat the whole thing with that mixture so it would harden up. Some students forgot to, or chose not to.....then it took longer....
These were made in a 3D Design class.

We made them on wheels so we can roll them
and chuckle.....