Monday, October 31, 2011


basic 10-20 second gesture drawings to incorporate in to the contour drawing

working on drawing textures

The advanced art class and the drawing/painting class attended a class at Eastern Illinois University instructed by the Art Education students as part of their practicum time. They were given a tour of the faculty exhibit and then were directed in creating a piece of art based from a particular artist. The idea of the project was to create a triptych style work. For the sake of time, the students only created two separate drawings. After cutting them in half, they were then asked to piece them back together.

The projects were created in charcoal. A little messy but fun. It was interesting watching the student teachers work with my kids. Watching the EIU college instructors was interesting. It reminded me of the time I had to do and all the fears I had facing a group of students I didn't know. You could tell who was comfortable and who had no idea how to handle the normal high school kid. Right then and there I could tell who was going to be a high school teacher and who was going to be elementary. If you have ever taught high school, you will know, they are a different breed. All in all the kids enjoyed their day and I enjoyed taking them out and experiencing some great art!

Fantasy Photoshop

by Meredith

by Alec

Photo 1 students have begun to "play" around in Photoshop. We are looking and learning the very basic techniques of combining images together to form a single image. One of the first assignments they had was to create some sort of fantasy scape in photoshop. We rely a lot on using the many online tutorials to help us learn. I enjoy them teaching me what they learn, so after they finish creating, we have a show and tell time where the students have the chance to teach us the new tricks and tidbits they learn!

coming back

It has certainly been a long time. I would love to have a great excuse, but illness and being overwhelmed at the end of the nine weeks, seems to be it. My kids have been working so hard despite my lack of enthusiasm. I hate it when you don't feel good and no matter how hard you try, you can't seem to shake it. I am working my hardest to get over it and get back to being super duper art teacher!

So today my plan is to get some student work up and to show you all how very busy we have been!