Thursday, July 30, 2009

More Hand Printed Leaves

This is a darker approach to printing actual leaves on fabric. Here are rhododendron and hosta leaves- cut in half. Both of these leaves are tough and stand up to printing a big piece of fabric with one leaf of each type. The background was painted afterward (so that the leaf centers could remain lighter). My idea of fun. Click on the picture to see a close up (and on any other picture in this blog, as well).

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Stop Motion

I am working on a stop motion film about a you can see it is set inside of a cardboard box and is made up of cardboard gears and actual sawblades...materials on hand.....a film strip can...and so on.

I want the students to make a film this year that involves making the either the setting, the characters or both. This is all I have so far!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Beast and His Beauties

This is the first film that I ever made using stop motion. We used a free program called "Monkey Jam" that is not really meant for animating with photos- however, it did work. The students developed the scenario, acted in the film and shot the frames. Students Photoshopped segments of the film before putting them into Monkey Jam, as did I. The final film formatting was done in Movie Maker. The students really enjoyed making the film, so next year's class will either make one movie as we did this year, or each individual will make his/her own. Since then, I wrote a grant for more equipment, a better camera, the process should be easier next time.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Hand Printed and Painted Fabric

My friend gave me some natural, loosely woven fabric, so on a rare, very nice day I used leaves from the yard as stamps. I used acrylic paint to coat the vein side, turned them over, covered them with paper, and rubbed them until the veins transferred to the fabric. I tinted the stamped leaves watery acrylic paint. The modern looking leaves are hand painted.

Saturday, July 11, 2009


These are shirts that my kids and I made for a MUSIC festival that we are hosting. There will be badminton, too, of course.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Student Work

I just love my students' work so much that I hung it in my bathroom! That might sound insulting, but I love my newly finished bathroom. My husband put the bamboo ceiling up- it comes in a roll. I ordered it from some place in Seattle, but you can get it elsewhere. The poles came from there as well. He also made the medicine cabinet many years ago....

Back to the student work-
Top: Lithograph of an owl
Bottom: Silk screen print on white cloth.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Other Cardboard Projects...

For those who have not looked through this entire blog- many of my projects involve corrugated cardboard. It is free, you are teaching students to "reuse" and there are so many things you can do with it. The students have to use a blade to cut it (promoting hand and finger strength)...the downside- it could be dangerous. I have only had one student cut themselves after years of making things out of cardboard, however.

I assign the first project to high school
students taking three dimensional design. They are supposed to think about the principles of art/design when they create them.

The second project is a group project for middle schoolers. First they sketch their ideas. They need to make three squares theselves (they measure, use triangles, and cut using a snap blade knife). The individual squares need to have a couple of layers and a frame. They paint them using shades and pure color (the students know that the squares will be mounted on black). This piece won a "Best in Show" at a local art display. Click on the picture to see it bigger...

Pets in Pastel - 7th Grade Art

Students find pictures of their breed of pet on the internet (or you could have them bring them from home, but I haven't had much luck with that). They might choose a favorite animal either case they need to save the file. Then they can fool around a little with Photoshop filters as I have shown above. (They enjoy using the program and ultimately they don't really need to, but it adds to the enjoyment of the project). Then they can work on a simple pencil outline followed by the final pastel or oil pastel. I let them choose.

Renaissance Portraits

Seventh graders worked from reproductions of Renaissance portraits to produce these. I have found that pencil portraits at the 7th grade level are very stiff. For some reason, using oil pastels is much easier.

Really Big Cardboard Cut-outs

Normally students work from their own ideas, however, these were made to be displayed in the main hallway during the last week of school in a K-12 building. I was teaching a class that was new to me, graphic design- so after surveying the students I discovered that this was one of their favorite projects. I toyed with creating a light research project on Pop Art to accompany it....maybe next year.