Sunday, October 30, 2011

Movement Assignment-Personal Challenge Completed

   "Don't Ruffle Feathers in the Henhouse."

So here is my completed challenge based on movement. I would love to hear your commentary on it before I start explaining it. Do you think it is successful? Why or why not?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Giving Back

I am putting together a kids art calendar which I plan to offer for sale on my blog and website. The proceeds will go to benefit local non profit groups(American Cancer Society, The Pendleton Foundation) that support patients and their families here in my hometown who are dealing with cancer. The theme of the calendar will be "A Hope and a Future." If your child would like to particpate please have them create a drawing or painting in any media they like that they feel fits the theme. Kids ages five through 18 are welcome to participate. Please email photos of the drawing to msjuliesartclass[at]aol[dot]com or if you'd rather send it by mail please message me for the address. Deadline to receive entries is Friday November 11th. Calendar will be available for order to purchase from November 25th through December 31. Selections will be chosen by myself and my son Ryan. Local winners will receive one free art lesson from Miss Julie's Art School. Non-local winners will receive a customized art lesson designed my me via PDF.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Worth Checking Out

Sixty Free Art History Based Lessons for Grades 1 through 6

I just saw this link over at Homeschool Freebie of the Day. It looks like it could be a huge and very valuable resource for all elementary art educators- whether in public and private settings or for homeschool parents.
It was perfect timing for me. In a previous post I mentioned I am not teaching art right now. Well as of November 3rd, that will change. I am starting an Art in the Park class for homeschoolers in my area. I am really excited about this new endeavor!

Friday, October 21, 2011

A Response to a Collaborative Challenge-Franz Marc

After repeated  failed attempts to leave a comment with a link to this lesson for Ms.ArtTeacher, I am reposting it here in hopes she will see it or hear about it from other art teacher bloggers that google does not deny commenting ability to. I have no idea why that happened. Anyway here was the challenge...

Lesson mission: Create a lesson inspired by Franz Marc that asks students to think about expressive color

So even though  this lesson is not new, it does fit the bill and why reinvent the wheel when a simple redesign will do. I would love input on how to improve this lesson. I would really like to make it more criteria based and give less direct drawing instruction for older kids. The goals stated in the above link are really great.
Without futher ado, here is my contribution to the collaboration...

Franz Marc was a German painter famous for his brightly painted animals that were slightly cubist in nature. To learn more about him you can visit my post about him at my other site Artist of the Week for Kids.

To begin you will need

sharpie marker- black
oil pastels

The drawing instructions look like this...

At this point you will want to outline the horse in black sharpie.

Then decide whether to use rectangles, circles or triangles
and then draw them in pencil over the
outlined horse.
Be sure to overlap often and to make some shapes
smaller and other larger.
Here is what rectangles might look like.

Now you will want to use the oil pastels to outline all the lines. Be sure to use bright, bold colors like Marc did. He was not aiming for realistic colors but ones that would make a dramatic impact.

Keep all the lines inside the horse's head the same color, use a different color for the mane, and a third color to outline all the lines of the background.

Once that is done, use a Q-tip to blend the edges inside each shape.

Here are some student examples.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Personal Challenges

So obviously I haven't been posting much. I do have some pretty good reasons not to. The biggest reason may not be neccessarily what you think though. I simply haven't been posting because I haven't been teaching. Not art anyway.
I am still homeschooling, but Ryan's illness has made teaching a tricky proposition. I used to teach from my home before the fire. But now, even though we have found a permanent living situation, Ryan's immunosuppression has me preferring not to teach out of my home right now. There are also a lot of appointments to be available for. I also can't just leave him by himself to go teach in a different location- and having to pay a sitter would probably cut so far into anything I made it wouldn't be worth it. I am exploring some options though. Including just being happy in this season and enjoying the time I get to spend with my family instead of planning lessons and bending my schedule to try and make clients happy.
That's not to say that I don't have ideas. There are lots of those, but you fellow art teacher bloggers out there know that it takes way more than an idea to make a whole post on an art lesson.
So in this interim season of my life I've decided to try and tackle a few personal challenges that teaching left me little time for. Not that I have much more time now, I just feel the need to challenge myself as an artist in this one of the most challenging times in my life.
Some personal projects I have been working on are two self-published children's books. I am hoping to have links to them here soon. They are just in the polishing stages.
 I also want to put together an actual art lesson book for those who might like to use it. It would of course include lessons not available on the blog- can't give away the cow and the milk you know. It will be a bit different. I plan to focus on art history based art lessons that focus on criteria based outcomes. I feel they are far more open ended and teach critical thinking skills not as challenged by simple drawing instruction, though it will include a bit of that. It will also include suggestions for unit studies across the curriculum. Big endeavor I know. I plan to start volume 1 with ten lessons. I will try to post updates as it comes along. Hopefully you may be intrigued enough to want to buy it!!
My last little project is my own personal artwork.
The Bravo series The Next Top Artist has inspired me. In the absence of being in an art class it is sometimes difficult to challenge myself to assignments that are outside my usual style or subject matter. This show challenges the artists on it every week with some theme or project intended to stretch them as artists. This past week artists needed to depict an original personal interpretation of motion while maintaining a cohesive theme for a group show. So... there's no group show in my near future, but a personal and original interpetation of motion: That is intriguing! I will post here when I am done with it. The next show is on October 26th so I will give myself that date as well for a due date on my assignment. If you feel led to join the challenge, let me know. I'd love to see what you come up with!
Tomorrow is a chemo day for Ryan. It is generally an all-day affair. We have to travel about 90 miles one way to the infusion clinic. We have to check in by 8:30 am so tomorrow will be a very early day for us. The 13 year old is going to a friend's house and the baby is being taken care of by a dear friend from church. The good news is that it is a pediatric clinic and really caters to kids. There is a Wii system and movies and even an arts and crafts area, though my son and I are a bit snobby about the supplies we like to use! :) I will also be able to take my laptop. There is a wifi connection there. Slow as it is, it will allow me to work on my other blog so I can finally get an update over there on how Ryan is doing!