Here are more of the 3rd grade abstract landscapes. I love how they are all so different! The kids really made them their own. There are a couple I'm not sure about the landscape"ness" of their work, but they still look amazing & work well as an abstract. I have more info on this project in the first post. Just look down a few posts & you'll see it!
January 31, 2022
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There are many people that think art is purely a "natural" gift that few people have. You either have it or you don't. The truth is...being an artist/creating art takes work. If you want to be good at anything you have to put the time and effort into your "craft". There may be times where you feel frustrated. You might believe you'll never improve. You can quit or keep going. Those who quit will just say they were never good at art or that they weren't an artist. Those who keep going will see their work improve over time and experience. You may hear voices around you say that your work is no good. You may hear your own inner voice question your worth as an artist. KEEP GOING. Don't give up on something just because you get negative feed back, hit a plateau, or become frustrated. KEEP GOING!
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper
time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
As believers, we should be living a life that reflects Christ. That doesn't always come "naturally". As we grow in our faith we see more of Christ in our attitudes, actions, and reactions. We may have people question us. We may have people put us down. People may doubt our sincerity. No matter...we must KEEP GOING. We must realize that we are a work in progress. When we face negativity we must approach it in self reflection. Maybe there area things we need to change. Maybe there are things we need to do better Viewing our faith as an ongoing opportunity to grow will allow us to KEEP GOING knowing we are becoming more like Jesus each day we are given.
January 28, 2022
I had to share more of the kindergarten paintings! I'm so impressed with their work. It is always so amazing when the class goes silent, and the kids are so focused on their work that they are unaware of anything around them! THEY WERE IN THE ZONE!!!!!! Check out this batch of beautiful paintings.
January 26, 2022
We had to take some time to talk about abstract landscapes. We looked at several different artists, and looked at how they "deconstructed" a landscape in their work. It was an interesting discussion, and I feel a majority of my students "got it".
THE BREAK DOWN
On Day 1 students looked at and discussed abstract landscapes. They drew out their pictures, and used paint sticks to begin to fill them in.
On Day 2 students finished "filling in" their pictures using paint sticks. Next they used liquid black tempera to add a thick black line around their images/colors.
CHECK OUT THE BEAUTIFUL RESULTS!!
January 25, 2022
So the title of this post should be longer, but I felt it was getting a bit ridiculous. Kindergarten Wax Resist Water Color Cubist Still Life. See what I mean! ha ha These are going to be in the running for our Abstract All School Art Show this year! (they get to pick from several projects)
Let me just say...these kiddos blow me away!
CHECK THEM OUT!
January 24, 2022
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I believe most states offer an "ART" or "ARTS" license plate. Tennessee has had several over the years, but I've not really been a huge fan.
January 21, 2022
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I've shared before how I "do" my art shows on here, but I thought I might explain for those of you who are new here! Please know this is the way I do things...I'm not saying it "THE" way. Art shows are as different as art. The important thing is that you are giving your students the opportunity to display their work & take pride in their creations.
I do a theme based art show. We begin as soon as we return from Christmas break. With snow days, sickness, and other holiday's off...I like to provide enough time for students to create several projects within the theme so they can choose their favorite work. This year we are exploring abstract/non-objective art work. Here are some past themes.
Dinosaurs, Bugs, Recycled, Food, Night at The Zoo, Robots/Space, Under Water, Color Explosion, Art Around the World, Secret Garden(fairies, gnomes, and other garden magic), Out of this World(aliens, ufos, alien landscapes..etc), Story Book Forest (fairy tales and fables), How Artists See.
It's not too late to start on your own all school art show!! I can't wait to see what you come up with.
January 10, 2022
I use two bookcases pushed back to pack for my demo space. I contact papered over the top of the two bookcases when I first began using this space. Eventually...the in-between space split. I've continued using the space but kept it to just the one half of the bookcases. That was limiting. Recently at Home Depot I found a board that was white board surface on one side, and chalk board surface on the other. IT WAS ONLY $6.98!!! I am loving the surface. It is smooth, hides messes(Sharpie markers, paint stains..etc), nice contrast for white paper, and no crack down the middle! I know everyone has different situations for their work spaces, but this could be a solution for others out there.
January 09, 2022
Art can be messy at times, but some of the messes are not so desirable. I remember professors telling me I was overworking the surface of my art and muddying it up. This was not my intent, but my choices(poor choices) led to this unfortunate outcome. It often occurs when one adds too much, too many ideas, too many colors, too many brush strokes, and creates a "muddy" area in their work. It comes from rushing. It comes from lack of vision for the end product. It comes from inexperience. It comes from not knowing when to stop. It comes from being stressed. It comes from being tired. No one intends to make their work appear muddy, but it happens. Though most artists will move beyond these mistakes as they grow/mature in their work, there are a number of factors that can cause one to still muddy things up from time to time.
I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.