Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Mechanical Animals inspired by the movie Hugo

Due to one teacher being out sick a few weeks ago, we ended up starting the movie Hugo. Turns out, it's an amazing movie packed full of themes and history. We used the movie as a spring board for these steampunk inspired projects. 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Graffiti name designs

Kids love graffiti! In this lesson I combined a YouTube brick drawing tutorial, graffiti lettering, and stenciling in one project. 


Colored pencil
Watered down acrylic paint in a spray bottle
Stencils or die cuts 
YouTube "how to draw a brick wall"

Puppy shading

This is a simple shading exercise and the kids loved it!


A cute puppy picture in black and white :)

What you do:
Cut an image down the center and glue on half to a sheet of drawing paper. With the other half of the photo, turn it over and rub graphite on the back covering the image. Line the graphite backed image back up with the original and using a pencil, trace the outline of the puppy. This will give students a outline of the other half and allow them to focus more on the shading rather than the "drawing" aspect. It took the pressure off and allowed them to really perfect the shading. 

Black white grid portraits

These gorgeous portraits dreamed by Ms. Power are simple and effective. Students manipulated their photo in the PS Touch app for iPad by adjusting the threshhold which reduces it to the black and white image. Students then printed out the picture and using a grid, enlarged the portrait to a 16x22. Students then used black acrylic paint to paint the black values. 

16x22 watercolor paper
Black acrylic paint and brushes
Ruler ( we cut poster board strips in 1 inch and 2 inch stripes)
Print out of manipulated picture

Student spotlight

Love this amazing work created by our very own Carissa (8th grade)

Tunnel books after famous works

Students loved turning a 2d master work into a 3d tunnel book in this hands on activity. 

Supplies needed per student:

Art books to look for master works
5 5x5 inch sheets of watercolor paper or card stock
Colored pencil

 These books can have as many layers as students want, but I focused on three layers, foreground, middle ground, background. This helped students understand how space is divided.