Size Paper? 12″x18″ minimum

Source Imagery? You take a picture of yourself or a family member. You  need to use a reflective surface. Glass, mirror, water, etc.

Medium? pencil or colored pencils

Qualities Evaluated On? Do you use the whole page? Do you have lots of detail? Did you use many of the Elements and Principles of Design? Are you focused on your work or often off-task.

Artist Example:

M.C. Escher



Student Examples:


Measuring Student Learning

I have begun research to design my own B5 art room pre-test. Here are a few things I have found on my Pinterest board.

Of special note is a cool article, Making SLO’s manageable in the art room. and Using Pre & Post tests to Measure Student Growth all from the ARTofEd

A fun activity (though I hate the pop-up ads) is proprofs 25 question visual art pre-test

Krysta McRae, an art teacher suggested a pre-test include:

  • What are the 3 Primary Colors?
  • What are the 3 Secondary Colors?
  • What are the 6 Tertiary Colors?
  • What are the Warm Colors?
  • What are the Cool Colors?
  • Name the 3 sets of Complementary Colors.
  • What is a Still Life?
  • What is a Landscape?
  • What is a Portrait?
  • Draw and label three 2-D Shapes?
  • Draw and label three 3-D Shapes

TAB Blog Posts

I need help in transitioning my room to one that Teaches For Artistic Behaviors. Here are some good blogs & blog posts about TAB I need to read.

Prom Songs

Here are the songs from the 2012 prom:

Main Song: Summer Nights- Rascal Flatts

What winners are going to dance to: She’s My Kind of Rain- Tim McGraw

  • Rack City (clean)-Tyga
  • The Motto- Drake (clean)
  • Dance- Big Sean feat. Nicki Minaj
  • Cashin Out- Cash out (clean)
  • UP – Love Rance (clean)
  • Birthday Cake- Rihanna (clean)
  • Blackout- breathe Carolina
  • Glad you came- the wanted
  • Starships- Nicki Minaj
  • Fishin’ in the dark- Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  • Wobble- VIC
  • Booty Work- T-Pain (clean)
  • WOP- J Dash (clean)
  • Ayy Ladies- Tyga ft. Travis Porter (clean)
  • Super Bass- Nicki Minaj (clean)
  • All the lights- Kanya West
  • God Gave me you- Blake Shelton
  • Angel eyes- Love and Theft
  • Dynamite- Taio Cruz
  • Club Can’t Handle me- Flo Rida
  • Take Care- Drake and Rihanna
  • The whistle song-Juelz Santana
  • TGIF- Katy Perry
  • International Love- Chris Brown and Pitbull
  • Wild Ones- Flo Rida ft. Sia
  • Summer love- Justin Timberlake
  • On the Floor- Jennifer Lopez ft. Pitbull
  • Just Dance- Lady Gaga
  • Ridin Solo- Jason Derulo
  • I like it- Enrique Iglesias

We need to figure out the 2015 prom songs!!

Valentine’s Notan


IMG_4570I was inspired by Matt Mazur’s lesson Notan From Dark to Light published in the January 2014 issue of Arts and Activities Magazine.

“The Japanese concept of Notan involves a play between dark and light. Some of the Robert Motherwell’s paintings and Japanese characters are good examples of light and dark contrast that connect well to the concept.”

IMG_4576“Paper cutting is a valued form of Japanese folk art – many Notan pieces are collaged, not painted.”

It is important to note that this project deals with Positive and Negative space, Organic and Geometric Shapes and Figure Ground Relationships. 

notan3Additional Resources:


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Stained Glass Starter Kit

I am working on developing a stained glass unit with my advanced art students. I plan to ask the artist Betti L. to come do a demonstration and be a visiting artist for a period in my classroom.

You will need glass scorers, running pliers, glass grinders, grossing pliers, copper foil or lead cane (I recommend the copper foil) soldering irons and 60/40 solder. Also safety glasses, stained glass, and lots of band-aids.

The beginner kit for $229. on Delphi Glass includes:

  • Gryphon Gryphette Grinder
  • Studio 100-watt soldering iron with built in temperature control
  • 8 piece Kokomo French Cobblestone glass pack about 8″ x 8″ ea.
  • 3″ Round bevel
  • Supercutter dry wheel glass cutter
  • Delphi Stained Glass Made Easy DVD
  • Breaker/grozer pliers
  • Running pliers
  • 60/40 Solder
  • Copper foil
  • Flux pen
  • Marking pen
  • Safety glasses

Sit Down and Speak Up

Amazing student example by Carson Bollman
The beginning of a sketch.
Teacher example using a “box” to get the proportions of the chair and placement of the legs.

I love the projects featured on The Blooming Palette. Several semesters I saw the Sit Down and Speak Up project and fell in love with it. I show my students the Rock the Vote 2014 video and ask them to pick an issue important to them. We brainstorm a list of words and practice drawing several different types of chairs.

Here are some beginning sketches of chairs and stools I demoed in class.

First step, select the correct orientation of your paper — horizontal or vertical. Next make a slight mark where you would like the top and bottom of the chair to be on your paper. This is to remind you not to run off the page while you are practicing.

Second, using your pencil like a windshield wiper to find the correct angles. Draw a box out of the chair legs.

Next draw the chair legs going up. Just go for it. Don’t be afraid of making a wrong mark. Make many lines so you have enough to choose from.

Fourth, measure for proportions. How long are the legs to the back of the chair.

Next add detail. Look for the shading and changes in value.

Think about your composition. Does your eye go in a circle around the picture plane. Do you have some large and small objects? Is everything the same size? Are your dark areas balanced?

A word of caution about text – Think about the FONT of your words. If you use ALL stencils you will give your work a military feel. Do you want that? Does it help your artwork? Think about having some text hanging off/running off your page. Think about using cursive and print.

A word of caution – do not paint your entire paper, words and chairs all one color it will kill the composition. The more successful compositions masks out the chairs and paint the background in different neutral color washes. This will give DEPTH to your composition.


Teacher made example using neutral color washes in the background,
Student Example