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Digital Art: Self Portraits vs. Selfies

Digital Art: Self Portraits vs. Selfies

“You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.” – George Bernard Shaw A large part of November found my art classes engaged in Digital Art Making with their iPads. One of the projects was Self Portraits accomplished through the rotoscoping (tracing outlines) method traditionally used in […]

ZoneDoodles

ZoneDoodles

“Doodling serves as a means of keeping the hand or fingers limber, so that they are always ready for serious work.” – Charles E. Burchfield Doesn’t everyone doodle? When I was a kid, I’d fill our phone book with doodles as I stretched the phone cord as far as I could to attain privacy away from […]

Self-Portraits Published On Artsonia

Self-Portraits Published On Artsonia

“Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.”  ― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray Self Portraits For the past few weeks, all 5/6 art students have been working in self-portraits. Fifth grade artists have been learning to mix unique flesh tones and show shadows with darker complementary […]

Sketchbooks and Artsonia

Sketchbooks and Artsonia

Here it is Friday already and as I look back on the week I think two things: 1. busy 2. hot  Sketchbooks We began the week by making sketchbooks with 23″ x 35″ text paper and 15.5″ x 11.5″ cover stock. Students painted their covers last week using watered-down tempera paint applied with straws (blowing), […]

New Art On Artsonia

New Art On Artsonia

Long after our in-house art show is over, our online gallery continues to display new artwork. Today, three new projects have been uploaded to Artsonia. Abstraction: For this project, students divided the 2 dimensional paper plane of a still life using an abstraction technique called Contour Continuation. Once divided, they filled the positive space with […]

New Semester: New Beginnings – Google Classroom, Artsonia, Sketchbooks

New Semester: New Beginnings – Google Classroom, Artsonia, Sketchbooks

Starting the second semester is in many ways like starting a brand new school year. As I welcome new classes and learn to put names with new faces, I am also establishing a foundation of communication and routines for our next five months together. Google Classroom – The first goal was to get all of my new […]

Shell Sketches Are Up On Artsonia

Shell Sketches Are Up On Artsonia

Last week while the snow fell and the cold air swirled around outside, we sketched shells using Ebony pencils, kneaded erasers, and blending stomps. Looking Closely is the first step in wondering how things work and why they are the way they are. In the art classroom, drawing from observation is a quiet, focused activity, […]

D is for December/D is for Digital Art

D is for December/D is for Digital Art

In the 5/6 art room we’ve had a great week or so learning to create digital art on iPads. During a frenetic time in the world outside the room, this focused work has been cozy, calming, and generally pretty quiet. After introductory tutorials in person and provided as a reference in Google Classroom, the students […]

On The Day Before Thanksgiving We Traced Our Hands

On The Day Before Thanksgiving We Traced Our Hands

And made peacocks from the outline. Wait, you were expecting turkeys? Anyway, we had abbreviated classes on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving – too short to accomplish much, but long enough to accomplish a peacock. We used construction paper crayon on a nice black cover stock and they came out fantastic! Here are a few to hold […]

Fifth Grade Family Portraits On Artsonia

Fifth Grade Family Portraits On Artsonia

Just in the St. Nick of time, fifth grade family portraits have been uploaded to Artsonia for your viewing pleasure! Whether gathered around a menorah, holiday table, Christmas tree, or on the beach, students have portrayed their families in warm, welcoming environments. To begin this unit, which addresses many objectives including perspective, space, figure drawing, […]

It’s Showtime!

It’s Showtime!

When the excitement is palpable, the energy is electric, and there are not enough hours in the day – you know IT’S SHOWTIME! Over the next nine days we have three big events (count ’em, three) for which we’ve been busily preparing: On Thursday night we’re packing up our 3D printer along with a bunch […]

5th Grade Family Portraits & 6th Grade Abstractions

5th Grade Family Portraits & 6th Grade Abstractions

My fifth grade students usually do their Family Portraits in the late fall so they often include holiday dinners. In rewriting my curriculum last summer, I moved the unit to late winter. Interestingly, many students still incorporated holiday dinners in their paintings, even though they were begun in February. To begin this unit, which addresses many objectives including perspective, […]

“And BOOM! Masterpiece!”

“And BOOM! Masterpiece!”

It was with such enthusiasm that Gillian Y. crafted her Artist’s Statement when she uploaded her Notan art to Artsonia last week. Notan is a Japanese concept of light and dark. Fifth grade students used sets of complementary colors to create Notan using construction paper. The process of “Painting with Scissors” they employed is modeled […]

Light, Shadow, Self Portraits, and Artsonia

Light, Shadow, Self Portraits, and Artsonia

Throughout the past several classes, both fifth and sixth grade students have been engaged in a unit on Self Portraits. Before commencing instruction, students began with a pre-assessment self portrait using pencil and a mirror. Here are examples of before and after drawings: Instruction began with students using iPads to sketch along with some “How to Draw” videos […]

First Artsonia Uploads Of The School Year

First Artsonia Uploads Of The School Year

It is always a milestone in the art room when the students add art to their Artsonia gallery for the first time in a new grade. Last week all of my students uploaded cropped images of the design from the cover of their portfolios that they had completed within the first weeks of school. As […]

iPads and Websites for Parents/Guardians

iPads and Websites for Parents/Guardians

Now that iPads have been rolled out with all Miscoe Hill students, there are a few things you should know: 1. Soon you will be receiving an email from Artsonia.com about our online art gallery. Artsonia is a website established by art teachers for art teachers. It is a secure site. In the past three […]

Rotoscoping? Wait. What?

Rotoscoping? Wait. What?

Rotoscoping is an animation technique in which animators trace over footage, frame by frame, for use in live-action and animated films. Originally, recorded live-action film images were projected onto a frosted glass panel and re-drawn by an animator. This projection equipment is called a rotoscope. Although this device was eventually replaced by computers, the process […]

Now You As The Viewer, Imagine What Happens Next*

Now You As The Viewer, Imagine What Happens Next*

*The title of this post is pulled from Ryan’s artist statement, which is near the bottom of the page. The truth is, I’ve been so busy this winter that I haven’t had time to write many posts and to showcase the work we are doing in class. It’s all good, as they say, with the […]

Family Portraits on Artsonia

Family Portraits on Artsonia

Just in the St. Nick of time, fifth grade family portraits have been uploaded to Artsonia for your viewing pleasure! Whether gathered around a menorah, holiday table, or Christmas tree, students have portrayed their families in warm, welcoming environments.     Starting with “dissection” (analysis) of the elements of 18th century family portraits (best described […]

Sweet Faces, Winter Stuff, & Holes In The Page

Sweet Faces, Winter Stuff, & Holes In The Page

Want to look at some art? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Now that my sixth grade students have iPads up and running, they are uploading work using the Artsonia “Class” feature. At this time they have uploaded their Charcoal Selfies and Winter Themed Clay projects. Their art is accompanied by some pretty sweet […]