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. 

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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

sitdown1sitdown2I 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 begining 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.

Reflection- If I was to do this assignment again. I would demonstrate the watercolor washes on the big paper. We did a small sample sheet, but it wasn’t enough. Some students painted their entire papers, chairs and all one color and it kinda killed the composition. The more successful compositions masked out the chairs and had the paint in the background.

 

Artist Trading Cards

Wikipedia says that ATC’s are, “Artist trading cards (or ATCs) are miniature works of art about the same size as modern trading cards baseball cards, or 2 1⁄2 by 3 1⁄2 inches (64 mm × 89 mm), small enough to fit inside standard card-collector pockets, sleeves or sheets. The ATC movement developed out of the mail art movement and has its origins in Switzerland. Cards are produced in various media, including dry media (pencils, pens, markers, etc.), wet media (watercolor, acrylic paints, etc.), paper media (in the form of collage, papercuts, found objects, etc.) or even metals or fiber. The cards are usually traded or exchanged.

atcJohn Dyhouse breaks making an ATC down into 6 simple steps.  I created a word document of the steps and added a few of my own. Artist Trading Cards.docx
Artist Trading Cards .pdf

  1. Find or create your background
  2. Find and select the main image.
  3. Select details to enhance or embellish the ATC design.
  4. Select text or quote (optional)
  5. Play with the elements to create your design
  6. Finalize the design and glue down
  7. Finalize the back of the card
    (sign your work)

Ideas for ATC

Art Ed Guru suggests: “Trading Cards: [History, Cultures] Create trading cards (2) for a famous artist in history based on a list provided by the teacher, chosen from a hat, or based on student interest. One card should show the artist, and their personal information on the back, similar to a baseball card. The second should be an artwork they are known for, with an illustration on the front, and simple but pertinent information on the back. These can be presented to the class, but also used later as a matching game to reinforce concepts, or copied and used to make a class set of flashcards for studying.”

Follow Janis’s board Art Ed. – Artist Trading Cards on Pinterest.

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Elementary Art Books

On the art teacher facebook group teachers recommend the following books for the artroom:

    • The Dot
    • Ish
    • Art Dog
    • When Pigasso Met Mootisse
    • anything in the Getting to Know World’s Famous Artist series,
    • Mouse Paint
    • Color Dance
    • Rabbit’s Color Book
    • Why is Blue Dog Blue
    • Roberto the Insect Architect
    • I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More
    • Beautiful Oops
    • The Squiggle
    • Snail Trail
    • The Museum
    • The Hungry Caterpillar
    • Mousterpiece
    • The Cat and the Bird,
    • My Many Colored Days,
    • Monster’s Love Colors
    • Purple, Green & Yellow
    • Harold and the Purple Crayon
    • One by Catherine Otoshi
    • Art & Max
    • The Day The Crayon Quits
    • a day with no crayons
    • beautiful oops
    • When Sophie Gets Angry, Really, Really Angry by Molly Bang (color/emotion)
    • Painting the Wind,
    • Linnea in Monet’s Garden…
    • Round Trip,
    • Bear’s Picture,
    • The Noisy Paint Box,
    • Too Much Glue,
    • A Bird in Winter,
    • Uncle Andy’s Cats,
    • Sandy’s Circus,
    • Action Jackson,
    • The Calder Game,
    • The Wright 3,
    • Chasing Vermeer
    • Do you do a digeridoo,
    • This Moose belongs to me,
    • Falling for Rapunzel,
    • Rosie Revere Engineer,
    • Larry Gets Lost in New York,
    • Math-terpieces by Greg Tang
    • my blue is happy
    • the 14th dragon
    • the princess and the peacocks
    • What makes a picasso, a picasso

Useful Links

 

Artist Report

On the facebook group Art Teachers, there were two cool artist report ideas that I saw today.
The first was a painting on a bottle with the report rolled up as the message in the bottle. This project is the idea of Jodie Kill-Victoria. Here is what she has to say,

“Tried a different approach to teaching art history with my high school painting class this semester. This lesson involved researching, evaluating, recreating and writing a personal letter to an artist from history that they were given. We painted using acrylic paint and sealed our bottles with a spray gloss. We then rolled up our letters for the finished “Message in a Bottle” art lesson.”

The second idea is an artist sketchbook report. This was created by
The elements on the page are 5 cool facts, 5 identifying characteristics, why are they important, a quote and 7 pictures of their work.