Friday, February 19, 2010

Positive and Negative Space Paper Tear High School Art

To teach negative and positive space and implied line, I had my Art Theory 1 kids use scrap colored paper to fill in negative space around this image of Jack Palance.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Identity Diagram High School Art

These diagrams were made in my Studio Art class to help the students realize what is important to them, make connections between these things, and decide on what they will make their 5 piece series about. They start with themselves in the middle and branch out with different identities and items of interest connected to those identities. Then they color coded each item according to current importance in their lives.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Planet Making Photoshop Tutorial

These Planet Making and Space Lighting Effects tutorials are available due to the talent at

Blind Contour Drawing High School Art

These are blind contour portraits that my Art Theory 1 students did of someone sitting across from them. I probably gave them 8 minutes or so to do this. They usually have a lot of fun doing it.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

1st Day Drawing High School Art

The second day of class in Art Theory 1, I have the kids do a pencil drawing of some simple objects to evaluate where they are. I give no instruction except to draw what is in front of them. I don't know how much this helps me. But a period of observational drawing is never a bad thing.


Monday, February 8, 2010

Contemporizing Madame X High School Art

I showed my Art Theory 1 kids John Singer Sargent's painting, Madame X and printed out a copy for them. We talked about the paintings history and why it was scandalous at the time. They then had to draw her but with a contemporary style.

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Friday, February 5, 2010

Contour Drawing High School Art

These are contour drawings from Art Theory 1 when I teach them about contour line. I have them draw in pen to ween them off erasers at the very beginning.