Sunday, November 30, 2014

#colortheoryparty results

At the end of October, my Art III classes took part in an activity which I called "#ColorTheoryParty (#itsnotarealparty)" -- you can check out the original post with instructions for my students here.

We are now transitioning out of our Color Theory unit and into Post-Impressionism (impasto paintings are coming!), but I wanted to post some results from our activity.

Here is just a small handful of the pictures my students submitted:

Considering hosting a #ColorTheoryParty in your classroom? 
Some notes for teachers:

This activity will work best if your school has a BYODevice policy or makes allowances for use of mobile devices in the classroom for educational purposes. It's pretty much crucial that students be able to use their phones in order to get engaged.

Make sure you have at least one digital camera available for students who don't have a phone (or don't have it with them, have a dead battery, etc.). Some of my students borrowed their friends' phones to complete the activity, but just as many asked to use my personal camera instead (I don't know if we have a classroom camera).

Students REALLY enjoyed being able to use SnapChat to take their photos (although they had to email them to me... I don't Snap with my students!). SnapChat is ideal for this activity, because students were able to label their photos digitally, with no need to use a post-it note or remember to include each color scheme name in the email subject line. If they liked what they were learning and photographing enough to actually send it to their friends or their story, that seems like a bonus to me!

I initially listed 4 options for how students could submit their photos to me -- one was through social media by using the hashtag #colortheoryparty *if they had a public account, but all of my students chose to use my camera or email the photos directly to me. But do what works for you! I had also looked into an app called BlendIt ( which I think would work well, but nobody wanted to install a new app on their phones.

If you use this activity (or a variation), please let me know! I would love to see it in action other places!

-Ms. Walker

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Post-Impressionism (or Neo-Impressionism)

For our Post-Impressionism research today you will need to a read a brief article and view several paintings by the following 4 post-impressionist masters:

  • Vincent van Gogh
  • Paul Cezanne
  • Georges Seurat
  • Paul Gauguin

Reading Options:

A.  Read pages 371-373 in the ArtTalk textbook, then flip through some of the provided library books to see more paintings

B.  Read this article from Eyecon Art:

C.  Visit "Olga's Gallery" to read 1-2 paragraphs about each artist (and look at their paintings!) on separate web pages:
D.  Read the Metropolitain Museum of Art's timeline summary here

As you read and view, fill out the two-sided worksheet that Ms. Walker handed out. You can work with a partner. This worksheet will be collected and graded.

A Meat Lover's Masterpiece

Want to learn more?
If you are interested in learning more about specific paintings, check out this website, which has videos and short articles about several famous paintings by Post-Impressionist painters:

Monday, November 10, 2014

Name that Color Scheme!

UPDATE: I have made changes to the quiz -- it should be less confusing now.


Hello, class!

During our Color Theory and Post-Impressionism unit, you MUST complete the 2 activities in this post.

*You need to show Ms. Walker your results (and watch her write them down) or email a screenshot of your results to CWalker @ in order to receive credit.*


First, review your knowledge of Color Theory and Color Schemes using these digital flash cards:

 Color Theory Digital Flash Cards

Second, complete the "Name That Color Scheme" quiz at the link below:

You MAY work with a partner, as discussing the colors you see can help some people learn better!

Have fun!

-Ms. Walker

P.S. I found this while searching for "color schemes" in Google images... hahaha

"Your colors are so basic..."

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Happy Halloween!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween!

I'm really just posting because I LOVE this image:

I don't know the original source; he's all over the internet.