Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Name That Color Scheme! Online Quiz

Please complete the following online quiz today. 

When you are finished, show your teacher your results. 

If you are not happy with your score, you may re-take the quiz one time. 

Click on this picture:
 Name That Color Scheme Quiz

Monday, March 26, 2018

Color Theory Digital Flash Cards

 Color Theory Digital Flash Cards
Please complete this digital flash card activity to review information about our Color Theory unit.

Some of the information may be new, since we have not reviewed Properties of Color yet.
You can preview the Color Properties presentation in Canvas (under Modules).

Do your best!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Fragmented project method ideas

"Shattered Values" project:
1. Draw an image
2. Divide up the picture plane by tracing a ruler (or stencil) in many directions
3. Shade each fragment with a gradient.

If you think this looks difficult --- it's not! 
Here's a video tutorial about this method that was designed for first graders:

Another option: divide up the picture by tracing a stencil:

click either picture for instructions and samples

Fill each fragment with of colors instead of gradients:
Artist: Emanuel Ologeano 


1. Cut your reference images
2. Arrange them & glue them down
3. Draw the fragmented collage
click for instructions

1. Chop up your drawing, photos, printed papers, etc.
2. Collage them together:
Click for instructions
Another option: replace some pieces with other paper:

Some other images that might inspire:


Yeah, this Tom Mervik dude is pretty awesome

Samson Flexor, Self Portrait, 1947-48

use more than one reference photo; collage them together and draw

No need to just make a drawing... check these out!

Pablo Picasso - "Mandolin" (1914)

Pablo Picasso - Cardboard Guitar (1912)

Dog Sculpture by Terrell Powell

Sunday, March 13, 2016

It's been a long time...

Well, it's certainly been a long time since I've posted anything on this here blog. And the main reason is because I haven't needed to! My school district uses a Learning Management Software called Canvas, so any time I need to direct students to website, images, links, or files, I simply publish them in Canvas. "Canvas" is an unfortunate LMS name for an Art Teacher, in my opinion, as when I ask students if they want to create a painting "on canvas," I usually get very confused looks until they realize I'm not asking them if they want to work online. Which, by the way, would totally NOT work. I have a gripe with Canvas, because although the software has been in use for a little over 5 years, the available tools within Canvas are not particularly conducive to having students share their own images in discussions. If I create a discussion board, my student can't take a picture of his/her artwork from their phone and embed it into the discussion without first leaving the discussion and going to a completely different set of menus, outside of my course, where they would need to upload their picture to their Files... then they can go back to the discussion and write a post in which they can embed the image. #firstworldproblems? Clearly. But apparently this exact concern has been an open ticket for Instructure since 2011. Rude.

Anyway, since I don't need to use this blog to post info and updates for my students, I am hoping to carve out time to write posts ABOUT my lessons, activities, and the awesome artwork my students have been creating. Today we had a reception at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers in New Brunswick, NJ for an exhibit that featured work by 24 of my students. I'll try to update this post with some pictures later!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

National Coffee Day! Painting with Coffee!

Greetings, folks! I haven't been able to blog at all since the new school year started. I am now teaching art at a Catholic high school in Edison, NJ (and so far I love it! My students rock!).

This morning while I was making my 1-hour (yep) commute to work, I heard on the radio that today is National Coffee Day. Painting with coffee is something I discovered on Pinterest last year and never got to do with my students at RMHS.

Armed with excitement, a prep 2nd period, and free coffee for teachers provided in the cafeteria each morning, I whipped up a quick Google Slides presentation about painting with coffee. My slideshow featured a coffee-ring-stain portrait by Malaysian artist Red Hong Yi and a video of Mary Doodles painting a picture of a penguin with coffee. I also explained what a resist is, because I included a series of three coffee paintings that made use of wax resist.

Red Hong Yi making a coffee portrait
Most of my students were still finishing their previous assignment (sketchnotes about sketchnotes... so meta!) but a few got to try out painting with coffee, and more are looking forward to trying it on our next Free Choice Friday.

I didn't take too many pictures today, but hopefully I will remember to add more later.

"Because you know what happens when you drink coffee, Ms. Walker"

I am also excited because I think Red Hong Yi's artwork will transition perfectly into a lesson about Vik Muniz (and Wasteland), which we can use a springboard to do some environmental awareness projects. Yes!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

#Reflect31 Day 5

My experiences and knowledge from being a student, educator, and teammate in different fields are all interwoven, like the crocheted blanket here. My goal as an educator is to be like the crochet hook; I strive to be an educator who empowers students to stitch together their knowledge and experiences. Sometimes our connections -- whether it be of knowledge, with people, or to other aspects of our lives -- can feel like the tangled knot of yarn here. It's important to remember that our students often feel this way, too. Untangling a knot is hard, but when we draw on our knowledge and support network, we can work through the knots and create masterpieces.

A teeny bit of insight into the symbolism pictured above:

  • The graduation pendant represents my own experiences as a K-12 student
  • The paintbrushes to represent art
  • The coin purse was a gift from my mentor teacher during my provisional teacher program
  • The book represents my training & experience in Higher Education (Marcia Baxter Magolda is my favorite Student Development theorist)
  • The roller skate wheel represents roller derby; my roller derby families have been some of the most supportive people in my life post-college
  • The background is a baby blanket that I am crocheting for the child of a friend from college

While I was editing the image above and adding text (on twitter I posted a version of the pic with the text in the image), my cat decided to take over my carefully planned display:

What a little knucklehead