The last three weeks of class have been devoted to experimenting with collage and transfer techniques. We played with layering papers of all sorts with paint and transferring images from newspapers, photocopies and magazines using liquid and gel mediums as well as contact paper and tape. I confess I was challenged to be patient enough to let the medium dry before... more
In week three we explored ways of putting paint onto paper. There were sticks and erasers, leaves and pieces of cardboard. And bubble wrap–I mustn’t forget the bubble wrap. To provide some coherence to the work, each person worked with a palette limited to three... more
This week was an exploration of color. We looked at color relationships and everyone followed a set of written instructions to create very different paintings. The purpose was to see what happens when complementary and analogous colors are juxtaposed, what happens when they are overpainted and how to use those properties to create some excitement and tension in a... more
Think of it as Summer Camp with Wine. For the past several years I have taught Introduction to Oil Painting on Monday evenings. I love it. It’s always so much fun to watch students noodle through drawing the still life and then painting it, solving all sorts of problems of composition, color, value and texture along the way. But this summer I am taking a break for six... more
Part two of a two-part series investigating the role, purpose and benefits of social media to artists and art appreciators.
Social media in itself can also be an art form and facilitate collaboration and create new methods and modes of art. It can also affect the amount of people or amount of time those people engage in an artistic endeavor. The National... more
This is a two part series about art and social media. This first part offers practical advice while the second part challenges the idea of art and the role social media plays in creating/affecting art itself.
The term ‘social media’ is a broad one and can generally apply to any web-based application or website where a community of people generate their own... more
As the school year is drawing to a close- our Mosaic project at Brent Elementary is entering its final stages. We had a change of plans in our construction method and, at the suggestion of a parent, used tile glue instead of cement to attach the pieces to the cement board. The mural is large – all together there are six panels of interesting shapes and bright colors... more
Two months of brainstorming and planning are behind us and we’ve finally started working on our public art project: a found object mosaic mural in the Urban Canyon at Brent Elementary. My team of 11 ambitious second and third graders has taken on the huge project of designing and constructing a 9×5 foot masterpiece that will celebrate the unique and diverse ecosystem... more