Saturday, April 11, 2015

slingin paint on spring break- part deux.

Well, after 3 days of painting with 5th graders up at Angier Elementary, their first ever legacy mural is just about done. All I have left are touch ups, rolling a 2nd coat of yellow, and adding a couple details. The kids have been great and the support from staff and parents has been very sweet as the project developed this week.

I'm already looking forward to coming back next year and doing another one:)

The final size of the mural is 9.5' by 24.5'. It's always interesting to go from a drawing that under a foot long to something that's pretty darn big. Stay in school and do your math kids. It comes in handy;)

one of many hard working groups.

the boy helped me out one day, too:)

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

slinging paint on spring break ;)

This week I am working on a mural with 5th graders over at Angier Elementary. We are creating the first ever legacy project for the school. One of Zamo's former vice principals in now the principal there and I'm grateful for the opportunity to work with his kiddos. It's been a treat so far:) I drew the design out on Monday and had the first 5th grade class work on the wall yesterday. I'll see the other 2 classes Thursday and Friday. By the end of the day Friday we should be pretty close to being done!

The school has a large population of students that have family members serving in the military, so I wanted to recognize that as well as different facets of school life.

Friday, April 3, 2015

spring break sand art:)

So, after spending a couple of hours in the middle of the night chalking, I took the boy and the girl to the beach in the afternoon and made a few more drawings:)

Each of the kids did their own and they helped me out with mine, too.

The girl dancing for scale reference;)

Thursday, April 2, 2015

spring break street art.

Spring break in San Diego... woohoo!

Teaching at a school on a modified year round schedule, the kids and I don't go back until the end of April:) Before then, I've got lots to do. Painting a mural at an elementary school next week, being interviewed about art education programs and title 1 funding, being filmed teaching, going camping with the fam, seeing a couple bands with the missus, and... I think that's it.

Before all that, though, I headed out front last night and drew in the street. Made another chalk mandala. Very light traffic, got to listen to a few birds chirping and the neighborhood bar crowds heading out.

 In progress. Shown with flash. Did it by moonlight so the colors look way more similar when I'm out there ddrawing it.

 Color testing in our driveway under our light. I just had to remember what order the colors were in when I went back out to the street.

Done. Nothing like seeing what the colors actually look like in the daylight:) I'm sure it was an interesting sight for anyone saw me on top of my 10' ladder when I was taking this pic.

 Loved being able to share it with these two monkeys when they got up this morning.

 The boy shot this while I was doing a little traffic touch up.

Morning coffee out on the street. Big and small patterns:) I made that mug in 2002!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

this guy needs some help:)

I got all fancy today and changed the domain name of this here blog. No small feat for a guy like this.

Anywho... I have lost all my followers AND my blog roll.

So, what do I do now?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

warm and cool pendletons.

The 3rd graders got pretty messy with their chalk pastel cacti last week, so I thought I'd give them a cleaner project to try out this time. We're still focusing on warms and cools, but we are looking at an artwork that looks a lot different than our Jenny Willigrod inspired cacti, too. The painting below is by one of my favorite designers, Don Pendleton. I usually do at least one project inspired by his work each year. (Like this, and this, and this:) You can discuss many elements when looking at his work with kids- types of lines, types of shapes, color, focal points, and even art history by linking his work to the cubists and abstractionists that have come before...

I'm beginning to play with visual thinking strategies in my instruction, using it as a warm up, in hopes of having our classroom teachers explore it with their students next year. When I shared this image with the classes, I asked them to quietly look for a minute, then I asked- "What is going on here?" After each response, I paraphrased it, and then asked for more from other students- not what else is there, but "Is there more going on?" Students were able to break down and identify so much about the image, using a great deal of vocab. I'll be continuing this and going further with the approach with each grade level this year. As I've been learning about the approach, the benefits/skills should lend themselves well to other subjects, especially ELA.


Students started their own versions by drawing a large central shape- circle, diamond, or square. They then broke up the shape and the background with verticals and horizontals. They could fill the interior shapes with any characters, any things like wanted. Some went with Don's vocab of shapes, others did their own thing. They traced their lines with black crayons and sharpies to make them bold and strong.
Students used either warm colors or cools inside the main shape and the opposite on the outside. They used crayola washable markers to color.

They went over their marker parts with a wet brush to create a painted effect and to fill the shapes in more completely.

As usual, students completed an exit slip. I asked them to identify how this painting project was similar to their cacti drawings. They also needed to express which one they enjoyed more with a "because" statement.

Monday, March 16, 2015

finding balance:)

A few weeks ago, Nic over at Mini Matisse, posted about dealing with stress and the importance of finding balance amongst all the many hats we are wearing professionally and personally.

It really struck a chord with me, as I'm sure it did with many other readers.

Well, it was in the mid 90s over the weekend and we headed to the beach to beat the heat. While we were there, I took one of my kids' shovels and did something I hadn't done in quite some time- a temporary mandala. I started doing these in the middle of the night back when I was teaching summers at Bucks Rock camp and then I continued doing them in different cities or places I'd visit. Some would take hours, others were done in short little bursts.

Anywho, doing this at the beach felt GOOD! Getting lost in mark and pattern making, talking to people as they came up and watched, not paying attention to what my own kids were doing;)

Balance is important. Maybe I'll start doing some more of these again...

Here's one that I did at camp:)