Saturday, February 28, 2015

Youth Art Exhibit 2015-Otterbein work

Just like with my Prairie Crossing kids, Otterbein got to participate in the exhibit, as well.  Due to school size rules, 8 of my 300+ students were given the honor of participating in the Youth Art Exhibit this year.
Kindergarten, inspired by Mouse Paint

1st grade, Futuristic House

2nd grade, inspired by Snowmen at Night

3rd grade, inspired by Van Gogh's Starry Night

4th grade, inspired by Alexander Calder's mobiles

5th grade, based on Edward Hopper's landscapes

5th grade Pueblo Pottery (right)

...and the one that won a ribbon!  6th grade, based on Rene Magritte's False Mirror

Once again, the show runs until April 3rd, 2015.  I would really like to thank those who braved the cold to come out on opening night!  It was standing room only for the first hour, and the cookies ran out after 30 minutes!

Youth Art Exhibit 2015-Prairie Crossing work

Most every year, I have the opportunity to take artwork made by my students to the Tippecanoe Arts Federation for a two-month long exhibit.  Of my 500+ Prairie Crossing students, I get to honor 12 by taking their artwork to this exhibit.  Below are this years lucky participants.

Kindergarten, Wayne Thiebaud inspired

1st grade, Futuristic House

1st grade, There's a Nightmare in My Closet Nightmare

2nd grade, based on Snowmen at Night

3rd grade, inspired by Van Gogh's Starry Night

3rd grade Ojos de Dios (Eyes of God)

4th grade, inspired by Keith Haring's 'Cookie Cutter Men'

5th grade Pueblo pottery (left pot)

5th grade, Pop Art Onomatopoeia, inspired by Roy Lichtenstein

6th grade, inspired by Magritte's False Mirror

6th grade, Design a Lego Man

6th grade, George Ohr inspired mug

A lot of the kids made it for opening night, and I hope the rest make it in before it's over (April 3rd).

Friday, February 27, 2015

Otterbein Spirit Chair

At last, the Otterbein Spirit Chair is done!  I've had a crew of four sixth grade students working on this chair since October.  After sanding the original coat, 3-4 coats of primer, 4 coats of red, lots of touch-ups, 3 coats of poly-acrylic (plus sanding between each and every layer of primer, paint, and clear-coat), and adding the Otterbein Red Devil, it's done!  A special thanks goes to my brother-in-law and husband for doing the castors.  Now that it's finished, there will be a daily drawing for the chair and the lucky winner gets to be a Red Devil for a day.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

George Ohr Mugs-6th grade

A long-standing tradition at both of my schools is for 6th grade to make mugs.  They love having functional art to take home, and they also love to give them as gifts.  I started doing mugs first semester instead of second for that very reason-the kids work harder and faster because they want to give them as Christmas presents.  Win-win for all!  Here are some of the highlights, inspired by the art of George Ohr, the Mad Potter of Biloxi.  Ohr was one to think outside the box and make pottery that was considered strange and ahead of his time.  We did the same, and had some pretty awesome results!

A little surprise awaits inside....

The witch hat comes off to reveal your tasty beverage.

There's always that one student who doesn't believe me when I say that you can't just glaze over a 'whoopsie' on a mug, or they don't believe that all the colors will show through if they layer them.  Here's a before and after shot for all non-believers.  This student experimented with at least 6 different colors of glaze and layered them all.

Before firing...

...and after! 

This is what happens when you layer all of your glazes.  ALL of the colors still show!  It did make for an interesting piece, I must admit.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Keith Haring inspired mural

I'm pretty good at coming up with big projects, and then taking awhile to present them to the world. Last year's 6th graders made a mural based on the awesomely fun art of Keith Haring, with each student designing their own moving 'cookie cutter man.' We got the board ready, got them glued on, I clear coated...and then work came to a grinding halt. We needed a quote. The kids and I searched, but couldn't find the perfect one. So, it sat. We presented what we had completed at the end-of-year school awards ceremony, and I continued the search for the perfect quote.  I finally found it-8 months later. Our quote comes from the book, The Crayon Box that Talked, by Shane Derolf.  I showed it to our current group of 6th graders, and they think it's perfect (and well worth the wait).

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Egyptian Art

I'm a little behind in posting these, but better late than never. Every year, myself and my cohorts (music, library, whoever wants to join in) do a themed unit with the kids. The theme for Spring 2014 was Egypt, and needless to say, there was a LOT of gold paint involved! I would like to give special thanks to those who purchased from PCE's Art to Remember fundraiser; those funds helped buy gold paint and plaster gauze for masks.

4th grade used King Tutankhamun's many coffin layers within his sarcophagus as inspiration, making our own boxes from clay.

6th grade designed their own funerary masks using plaster gauze on a face mold, cardboard, and acrylics.

3rd grade looked at the "weighing of the heart" portion of the Book of the Dead and practiced drawing figures in an Egyptian style, using a crayon resist with watercolor.  Yes, we all practiced walking like Egyptians before we started! (They found out it's harder than it looks).  The sarcophagus below was made by our librarian, using an actual cardboard coffin box, courtesy of Shoemaker Funeral Home.

4th grade practiced their landscape skills by painting pyramids!  We used a wet-on-wet watercolor technique for the sky and ground (with a li'l bit o' salt for sand texture) and tempera for our pyramids.  Camels/grave robbers were popular details...

2nd graders learned about King Tut's cartouche and made their own, Egyptian hieroglyphs included.  Once they took them home, they had so much fun fooling their friends into thinking their gold-painted ceramic cartouche was real.

5th grade worked their metal skills and created toolings from brass-coated aluminum based on the animal forms of popular gods/goddesses.

A great time was had by all!  There were more projects involved, but the kids were so excited about them, I sent them home right away and forgot to take pictures.  My loss.