Thursday, August 27, 2015

Blind Contour Watercolor Abstract Paintings

I'm always looking for a good beginning of the year project to do with my art 2 students. I want the students to walk in the door and get started working pretty much day 1.

Well, after all of these years teaching, I think I have finally found my GO TO project! Woohoo! (Well, I say a go to project, but then I end up changing my projects every year.. but this one may be a keeper anyway!)

Day 1: 

Blind Contour object drawings with sharpie on watercolor paper. I had the students work on 15x22 student grade watercolor paper. 

Each student had to draw four different drawings on three different papers. 

Here is a sample of a first drawing.  Students were allowed to draw any object that they observed from around the classroom.

As you can see below, I had the students rotate the paper a quarter turn for their second drawing. This creates a nice set overlapping of lines.

For the third drawing they rotated the paper again. 

And again for the fourth drawing.

This is a sample of one of the first pages. 

It is important to remember and to explain to students that each blind contour drawing sheet should in theory get better. While I didn't limit the time spent on the blind drawings, I didn't ask the students to linger over the drawings. 

These 12 drawings were a GREAT first assignment! There is something so freeing about a blind contour drawing. No judgement at all.

The next day, I had students choose their "worst" page of drawings to work with first. This allows students to figure out the media without "ruining" their best work.

This process is FUN!! 

All you need are liquid watercolors, some pipettes and a couple of spray bottles. (and lots of cleaning time!)

Here are my students at work. 

I asked students to work with the paper dry and wet, to run the watercolor down the paper, to spritz it, drop it... and anything else they could think of to "paint" the paper.

Most students "painted" two of their pieces during one class period.

Here is my sample piece.

Here are some of the awesome pieces on the drying rack. 

And aren't these pieces AWESOME!!

Next up (tomorrow), the students will be asked to select a 6"x 6" square and outline the box using a sharpie.

See below.

They will then use oil pastels and color in the block. 

Students are challenged to shade the object within the box, but they have to keep the color tones of the watercolor that they used originally.

And there you have it. A super fun and non-threatening Art 2 project! 

I can't wait to see and show off my student's completed pieces!

And what I love most is that this is a quality project that is completed the first week of school!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Wow..what the heck have I been doing?

Wow. I am a total loser! I can't believe I have gone almost an entire school year without posting!

I feel so bad.

but, I haven't really gone that long, I've been posting to facebook and instagram instead.


I wonder if I can make a live a feed from facebook or instagram post directly to this site?

I'll have to look into it!

For now...

Please just find me on facebook at  StephenvilleHighSchoolArt

We have been busy!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Zentangle Umbrella Project

Art 2 students created a zentangle inspired patio umbrella project. It was a project created and oversaw by my student teacher while she was here. It was a nice idea, but it had issues. The main issue was that it took way, way longer than the time we had allotted so the student teacher didn't get to see the project finished. That was a bummer.
Overall, I'd say that this won't be a repeat project. The students enjoyed working on it, but it wasn't worth the expense or the mess.  I think if we had been able to purchase denim or duckcloth and use bleach pens like we had originally wanted, the project would have been super cool. But we had to purchase the more inexpensive polyester umbrellas (that's all Walmart had..) and then use slick fabric paint. The fabric paint bled throught the fabric and stained my floor in lots and lots of places even though we put down poster board between the fabric and the floor.  We also used a ton of paint.. and we still ran out.
A few close ups..

And a few pictures of the finished umbrellas.


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Congrats to two amazing artists!

It's the end of fabulous art year.
To top it off, we got the official results from the Congressional Art Contest today.
We compete in District 11, Congressman Mike Conaway's district which includes schools from both small rural areas and large school districts.
The way it works is that every high school from each congressional district is invited to submit 3 pieces to their congressman to be judged. The winning piece is placed in the US Capitol for a year.
This year, 2 of our 3 student's placed.
Shelby received one of only 5 Honorable Mention's awarded.
Shelby with her graphite portrait.
And,  Santiago placed 4th!
Santiago with his photograph.

I couldn't be prouder of these students! And to top it off.. they are only sophomore's! WooHoo! Can't wait to see what they will create next year! 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Spatula Painting

I've been having fun with my advanced students teaching them how to paint with a palette knife. Then this past weekend at the State VASE contest, I had an opportunity to teach 80 of the best art students in the state how to paint with a kitchen spatula!! It was a blast.

Here are a couple of the samples I made.

Here is my tutorial!

How to make an acrylic painting with a spatula by emilymclemore

Friday, March 7, 2014

Art 2 Self Portraits

As we get to spring break, I'm trying to clean up my room, my files and get students to finish up artwork!

Part of this clean up is updating my website, my artsonia site and just general publicity stuff for the kids.

Animoto gives me a chance to make 30 second videos for free, so here are some of the self portraits that students have completed recently.

[Click on Art 2 Self Portraits to see the video..]

I can only include like 12 pictures in the video, so these videos are just representative works. It hard, I'd like to include everyone's work, but I don't want to pay for the animoto membership!! :)

If you want to see more of the work, make sure to check out my artsonia site!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Art 1 Still Life Painting Projects

Art 1 students have been drawing and painting a still life for what seems like weeks! The process has been rather involved, but well worth the efforts. 

Here are a couple of pictures of the still life set ups. I placed 9 arrangements of different objects around the classroom. Thankfully I have a large room!

Students were required to draw each of the 9 arrangements 3 times on a quarter size piece of paper. Yes, that was 27 drawings!!! As you can imagine, they appreciated this assignment.

Once the 27 were done, the students then chose one they enjoyed drawing the most and drew it on a larger paper. This was a separate grade.
Then I gave out 12x12 chipboard and the students had to draw their still life on the board, completely filling the board.

Here is my sample that I drew.

 Then, because we were using chipboard and it would warp, I had the students paint the backside a solid color.

And finally the fun part! Students had to paint their "canvas" in grey scale. This base makes students focus on composition errors and highlights and shadows. 

When the "dead" painting was the complete, the students was ready to add color. Students were given red, yellow, blue, black and white and were required to mix their own colors. The dark greys from the dead painting gave a great depth to the mixed colors.

This project has taken a lot longer than I originally planned, but was worth it. I can't wait to show off the finished artwork!