It's not a stereotype if its true.



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.”


Atmospheric Perspective handout 

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


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.


Lesson Color Scheme Wheel

Analogous colors are groups of three colors that are next to each other on the color wheel, with one being the dominant color, which tends to be a primary or secondary color, and one on either side of the color. They usually match well and create serene and comfortable designs. Analogous colors are often found in nature and are harmonious to the eye. This project also addresses symmetry, pattern, and space.


Create an interesting shape that is about 20 cm long. Practice making several abstract/organic shapes with paper and scissors until you find something you like.
Pin the shape down to the center of the paper with a thumb tack. Gently trace the outline of the shape at the lines on your circle. Paint a color pattern with your three or four analogous colors. You may use white and/or black to create interesting variety.
Layout with HB pencil, ruler, and a protractor. Each new line will be ½ of the previous angle.


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