Degrees and Certifications:
BA Art Education, MFA Studio Teaching
March 24th UPDATE
Here is a little video blog I put together today for you!
You will be working on a fun name design in one point perspective. I will provide you with directions and a slideshow, as well as a link to a video you can watch and pause, step by step to create your name. Click the links below to see the documents related to this assignment. I would read through all of the directions first before getting started. Here is the URL if you are having trouble clicking through the document below. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9iKtcb4ZpfU
When you complete this task, I would love to see what you created! I would love to see you expand this simple project into something more complex and decorative. Have fun and be safe. I miss you all so much.
You will be creating an Artist Instagram! This does not mean you are creating a digital account, or anything online, but instead choosing an artist and creating a drawing/design using the template provided to create a page that might resemble what an artist's page might look like. It's fun to think about artists who lived in different time periods and what they would take a picture of on a daily basis. We know that instagram is a platform designed to share pictures, so think about what that artist would share each day. Maybe it is a snapshot of the park they walked through to get to their studio each day or it is a photo of the materials they use when they create. Maybe, like the artist Wayne Thiebaud, they painted a specific subject matter (he painted baked goods) so perhaps he made a visit to a bakery to buy a cake to paint. Think about what the artists daily life might look like and create that through the series of small squares on the page template. You can use any medium you would like for this- if you would like to draw them in, that would be great- you could paint, you could take your own photos and print them out and glue them onto the template- whatever works best for you. My goal is for you to research an artist and think about their daily lives and what makes them unique. That is what I would love to see you show in your squares. I have a direction sheet for you, a template to print and draw on, and a student example from last semester to check out. If you don't have access to a printer, just trace six squares and a circle on a white piece of paper, and that can easily work too. Email me if you have any questions.
Hi 8th graders! You will be doing work related to art history and art criticism. The directions are written out on the first page and you have a lot of different choices as far as how you want to approach this activity. Open document #1 (DIRECTIONS) first, and then the others will make more sense. You will only have to complete 3 of the activities, but are more than welcome to do more if you would like.
March 16th UPDATE
I would like to encourage students to take some time away from your screens and create. I will put a few ideas here for you. I find that creating gives me a sense of calm that not much else can. I would encourage you to try disconnecting from the news, your screens, and try making music, write a story, or of course, create visual art. I know that I will be working hard during this time on my own artwork and will update you on that. Here are some great ideas for those of you who are interested. This work will not be collected or graded, but I would absolutely LOVE to see what you have created over this break in our normal instruction if you decide to spend some of it creating.
Draw a still life. Set up a grouping of objects from your bedroom that remind you of your childhood. Draw the set-up in contour line first and add value (shading) or color to your piece. I encourage you to work on a piece like this multiple days, as we would in the classroom. Take your time, make adjustments and fine tune until it looks right. Invite your parent in to critique your work, have a conversation about what was easy and what was difficult. Remember, drawing from life is all about observation, so make sure you are looking at the objects and then translating them on to the paper.
Youtube Tutorials. There are many talented artists willing to share the way that they create on this platform. Search for whatever it is you want to draw, "How to draw a horse" and try the first few videos that pop up. The more you draw one object or animal in multiple ways, the more you will remember the skills and you can begin adding your own flair and touch to these drawings. If you like a certain style like Manga or Anime, this is a great way to learn how to draw people. Maybe draw your whole family in one of these styles.
Visit a Virtual Museum. There are so many museums with virtual tours. Many of these museums are quite crowded on a regular day, so this might be the best way to see some of them. Here are a few great resources for virtual art museum visits.
British Museum, London virtual tour.
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. two online exhibits through Google.
Musée d’Orsay, Paris virtually walk through this popular gallery.
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul virtual tour
Pergamon Museum, Berlin Virtual Tour.
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam Street View tour
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam Virtual Tour
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles Virtual Tour
Uffizi Gallery, Florence Virtual Tour (A favorite of mine since I studied abroad in Florence and spent many hours at the Uffizi)
Work on a Drawing Challenge! There are so many different drawing challenges circulating right now similar to Inktober for people who are at home. Search "Drawing Challenge" and find one that best suits you! You also could work on a drawing a day through the Inktober challenge if you didn't do it in October. I love the challenge of being forced to think of a way to portray a certain word or idea and when I did the Inktober challenge earlier this year, I came up with some really great ideas through those prompts that I have used as an artist in my own work.
Create a sculpture.
Learn how to weave or knit!
Draw a bunch of birthday cards to have ready for the rest of the year.
Create some cheery cards to mail to a local nursing home, or to put in an elderly neighbor's mailbox.
Create an animation on your phone using Toontastic (app).
Print a few coloring sheets (coloring can be very mindful and relaxing)
Team up with another friend who enjoys art and text each other pictures of what you are working on, or Facetime each other to share your creations. It's important to stay social even if we can't be together. Sharing in creativity is a great idea!
Gather small items from your yard and draw them in detail, actual size. Try to capture all of the tiny details.
Use old newspaper and create a bouquet of sculpture flowers using glue or tape.
If you have cardboard, create a sculpture of a piece of outdated technology (ie. rotary phone, old camera, boom box, etc)
DRAW DRAW DRAW!