Tuesday, December 14, 2010

HCA Christmas card contest

IF you missed the notice in the Catholic Witness about the Holy Childhood Association Art Contest you can find the information on:


Wednesday, December 1, 2010


Anyone remember the crayola website someone metioned that can make photos a coloring page?

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Veggies and Fruit Pictures


Thanksgiving two of the projects my class creates is with color copies of vegetables.

Color printable pages

Downloadable images

Project Examples:


Two Projects:

How are you Peeling creating paper collage creatures.


Self Portrait in the style of Giuseppe Arcimoldo collage.

*I stop the video at the 2 min. mark, due to the last two paintings.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Bob Ross time


Ok, Winter is coming and the painting of pine trees. I do a painting lesson with my middle school by working with the fan brush. In 6th grade I introduce the pine tree. Before this they have used the fan brush to create grass and fun little things with the fan brush. It s a favorite, but  only get them out  every once in awhile.

I play this video for  6-8 grade about how to create a fan brush pine tree.  For 6th grade it’s an introduction and for the 7th & 8th a review.

We start winter landscapes at the end of November. If I didn’t, with all the Christmas stuff going on they would never get them done by Christmas.

6th grade creates a basic tempera paint pine tree landscape painting.

7th grade creates a 4 piece card set the theme is pine trees done in four different ways. Choices  4 different art materials, colors or seasons.

8th pushes a little farther and creates an acrylic  winter scene, they may choose a pine tree calendar page to work from and a 4x4” canvas.

They love these as Christmas gifts.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Great “The Scream” video

Great artist for Halloween Art

The video is from art  DocuWatch has some really good videos. Also you can share this site with other teachers they have history, science etc.

They have Sister Wendy for you high school teachers!

I cannot embed this but here is the link:
Private Life Of A Masterpiece - Munch's The Scream


I watched part of the with my 8th grade you can see my examples on the other Art Blog

Sunday, October 17, 2010

The Impossible Cube of MC Escher

How to draw MC Escher's Impossible Cube


Great video for MC Escher fans. I did this with 6th grade, after we finished the lesson on tessellations. They love this, for the next two weeks they are drawing these all the time and tormenting younger siblings by drawing quickly and confusing them. I have the younger siblings being tormented asking me how do you draw that, I just tell them when they get into 6th grade they will learn how to.

We look at this drawing

I don’t tell them much in the beginning but that this is known as the impossible cube. At first they think it’s a regular cube until someone notices the irregularity.

I show the video

1. Run it through the first time having the class watch it.

2. Run it through the second time and stop at each step:

Students have a direction sheet from wiki how


They usually get it and then create several, color, cut out and mount onto construction paper.


After learning to drawing the cube I show them this website of a woodworker whose objective s to create 3-D  sculptures of Escher’s art. One side looks like the drawing, then he shows how it needs warped on the other side of the shape to create it.


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Good Video

Good video for continuous contour line portraits .

website: http://biggestdrawingintheworld.com/drawing.aspx video is from youtube on his site if your school blocks youtube. I put it on from the dailymotion website, but it does have an add that runs before.

Thursday, October 7, 2010



Here is an example of an animoto slide show my 5th grade put together. If you belong to artsonia you can get a education membership through artsonia or it is $30 a year, it is free for 30 sec.video which is about 15 pictures.

I used this as a review session. Fifth grade had a short class period due to Trinity Band playing at our school. So instead of getting a bunch of art materials out we did a review session using the artwork they created the week before.

I had students write phrases, sentences or words about the warm color desert scenes we did the previous week and placed them in a basket. Then I pulled a paper out of the basket an read the quote. We used some, discussed others and placed them throughout the show (similar to a Power Point). Added video, pictures and songs that was provided from the animoto site.  You can download your own if you used a specific art print. It took about 15 Min. and 5 minutes to process, then we watched it.

They loved the ending result and can’t wait for the next one.

I have a projector, though a public school art teacher I know just turns the computer screen around on her desk or if you had a TV you can hook it to your computer.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Here is our first post.

To get started with blogging we are using blogspot. Here is a great resource to get you started:
a lot of times some have a hyperlink instead of the webaddress, which looks like this: art
 click and you will go to another webpage.

once you get added to the blog as a constributer by clicking the link e-mailed to you, then you can get started. There are many ways to blog from your dashboard (pictured below). Click new post and you can add your topic. You can also comment on others post and have an ongoing dialog.

Other ways to blog from your phone you can add an app. from google. I use Microsoft Live Writer on my netbook, my daughter uses her ipod touch to post to her blog:

Windows Live writer download some computers alreasy have it installed.

Test it out and have fun!