Most recent Teaching Artist work from September 2015- July 2016
Combination Animal Wood Cut-outs
Working with ages 7-9 over the course of 5 weeks, each student picked at least three different animals (real or make believe) to combine together to create and entirely new creature. They made detailed drawings on paper first showing all the textures on their creatures and what they were made up of, (scales, feathers, fur) Learning different ways to show that. They planned out color in their sketches and fit it onto the paper how they were going to when they drastically scaled up to their 4ft x 2 1/2 ft pieces of plywood. They used pencil to draw their animals on the primed wood boards, then sharpie to trace all their lines. Using acrylic paint in translucent and opaque painting techniques they added color. After they were finished painting, I cut each creature out with a jigsaw and watched them really come to life! They were installed for the arts festival in the courtyard and created a really wonderful, interactive installation!
process, sketches with final piece
Mixed Media Selves
Looking at examples of artists' work that exists in the realm of magical realism and surrealism, my 10-14 year old painting class explored ways to create an expressive narrative of self, using mixed media and found objects combined with learning different ways to draw the face. I wanted to encourage them to use their own style and to show creative ways of how their selves were connected to their imaginative environments.
I started this project with 2nd & 3rd graders in September at the beginning of the school year and we worked on them until March. The following is a statement I wrote for their art show about the process: "I first showed the students examples of artists' work using themes of magical realism and surrealism, including artists I really admire as well as some of my own work. They were then asked to think of two different ways to pose that would allow them to interact with an imaginative environment that they were to create. I photographed them in their interactive poses, edited the photos, and had them pick one. They were printed out small, cut out and placed on 11"x17" paper for the students to use as sketches to develop drawings and ideas. Once their compositions were developed and expanded upon, I printed their photos larger, pasting them down to the big sheets of paper which they were then able to start their final pieces based on their sketches. They used pencil first to do all the drawing, inked all their pencil lines with sharpie, used crayons to do mark marking and watercolor over top. They were then asked to think of a title for their art work. I sat down with each of them to talk about what their pieces were about and to come up with a few sentences to share with the viewers.
I am so proud of them for all of their hard work, and have to say in my six years of teaching, this is by far my favorite project to date! Hope you enjoy the show and all their beautiful masterpieces!"
"The Sun is a Beauty"
Artwork by: Uri, 2nd grade
In the air and the sea is a life, and my home is a wet and hot place, and a place to be free.
"The Bruto Bots also known as the Auto Bots"
Artwork by: Oliver, 2nd grade
I am Rute the leader of the Bruto Bots. We are protectors of Earth, Sun, Moon, Mars, Jupiter, Pluto, and all other alien planets, including humans. I sometimes transform into my lightning, fire, or water forms.
Artwork by: Jude, 2nd grade
I'm in a haunted house to find something. I'm using my magic to make the haunted house come alive again.
"The Girl of Rain"
Artwork by: Sadie, 2nd grade
I am in a raincloud writing to someone, and playing with my butterfly, bat and bird friends. I'm part human and part bird, the queen of the rainclouds. Each time a rain cloud comes, I pop up in that raincloud and my wings come out too.
"The Water Museum That Got Out of Control"
Artwork by: Mylah, 2nd grade
The museum got out of control because something went wrong and all of the glass broke and all of the water got out the tank and the water was making a flood and it looks like an ocean in a house. And then Mylah got powers and she loved the water, she did not know that it was bad.
"The Kingdom of the Sea"
Artwork by: Noelia, 2nd grade
I am in my magical world with my friends and family. I have a rainbow in my hands, it represents the earth and the sea uniting.
"I Was Holding a Flower"
Artwork by: Shelley, 2nd grade
I am an Ice Princess. My sun is as frozen as a snow flake. My hearts are like ice, my trees are like waterfalls.
Artwork by: Freddie, 2nd grade
I'm doing magic to make a boy. The boy is going to be the trainer of the stars. The stars are my guardians, I'm training them to fight the bad guys, and to help defend the floating globe above me. The earth's old sun is disappearing from sickness and a new one is being born.
"Swans of the Air"
Artwork by: Ava, 2nd grade
I am an angel with powers. The swans have different types of powers: fire, water, and rainbow. They control the circle of life & balance. I love training the swans to be part of my community to help others when they need it. The butterflies and others animals are there to help the swans.
Artwork by: Taylar, 2nd grade
My imaginative environment is based on everything around me turning to ice. The rain is falling and melting the ice to reveal chocolate bars underneath. I'm holding water in my hands to feed the flowers growing from my finger tips. The flowers give me power to help control the ice.
"Good vs. Evil: The Battle"
Artwork by: Jaden, 2nd grade
I am making trees grow from my hands for my team because we're the defenders of earth and we're never going to give up. The trees energize the earth and us.
"Sea of the Sunset"
Artwork by: Sophia, 2nd grade
The sun sets like a beautiful rose. My dolphins are as blue as the sky. The tree brings me powers to keep the sun setting.