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Tuesday
Aug222017

What is art for? (Video)

This would be a good video to show students, or parents, in the first week of school.

Philosopher Alain de Botton gives his top five reasons why art is such a vital force for humanity.

Wednesday
May242017

It's not a stereotype if its true.

Monday
May152017

Question

What do you think Thoreau was referring to with “if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”

Monday
May152017

Atmospheric Perspective handout 

This is a handout I made for an 8th grade student who was struggling with a landscape painting of a vineyard.

Sunday
Mar262017

Deadpool vs. Caracalla: Portrait Lesson

Deadpool vs. Marcus Aurelius Severus Antoninus Augustus (Emperor Caracalla)
Acrylic on canvasboard
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I use this example to try and engage the students with some history. I have used it with art histroy; ceramics, making a bust, and life drawing, portraits. 

I might say, "Who would win in an all-out street fight? Deadpool or Caracalla?"

The students will say, "Who is Caracalla?"

 

Students will gain knowledge of human anatomy and form through observation, research, and fundamental exercises. These exercises will develop skills in gesture, contour, outline, and tonal modeling. Students will explore and experiment with portrait representation. The artist’s self portrait is a tradition we will also explore within the history of art.

 

If the student is challanged by the materials have them try finger-painting the portrait. Even high school students enjoy finger-painting.

If you would like to see the complete ciricullum for this unit please contact me.