Amazing Art

27 04 2012

Hey folks,

It’s a PD Day for me, and I day of rest (homework?) for you. We art teachers are sharing resources and ideas and Mr. Strickey from Bluefield just shared this artist with us, and I’m making them wait a minute before we move on so that I can share it with you.

No response from you is “required” but I do want you to check it out, and let me kow what you think.

And don’t forget to get some pictures posted! If we take a photo walk I want to see the results, no pictures – no more outside!





Photo Art Walk

24 04 2012

Photo Art Walk

By: Natalie





Photo Art Walk

24 04 2012

Photo Art Walk

By: Natalie





Photo Art Walk

24 04 2012

Photo Art Walk

By: Natalie





Photo Art Walk

24 04 2012

Photo Art Walk

By: Natalie





Art Analysis of Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks

27 02 2012

Edward Hopper's Nighthawks

The painting above is one of my favorite paintings of all time. Even if you haven’t seen the original, you’ve likely seen it referenced in many different media. The world is full of versions of this painting in Lego, featuring old film stars, with additional quotes added for entertainment. All of these homages are done because of the way this painting has resonated with the people who have seen it.

So now it’s time for you to look at it, really look at it, and see what you see.

I have an example of an art analysis prepared for you on another painting. If you want a head-start on this analysis you may see me before tomorrow’s class to get a copy of it, otherwise I’ll pass them along tomorrow. And from today you have a week to analyze this piece in your IWB and here on the blog. One of the responses may be a summary of the other. Once you guys have completed your analysis, I’ll provide you with my own and allow you the opportunity to reflect and revise your first analysis, which I will evaluate formally.

Just a little taste of those homages I mentioned.





No me for you this week!

13 02 2012

Ok, so this is our only art class this week, and it fell on a day where I am out at a meeting for the day. To make things all the more complicated half of you missed the last class when we got the latest painting started. I had really hoped to be with you each day we worked our way through these pieces, but we have to play the cards we are dealt, so to speak.

First of all, each student who was here will pair with a student who was not. You are to mentor your peer through the stages that they missed. this will take a little time, but you can get them started and then just keep tabs on them as the rest of the class progresses. The steps, if you recall are as follows;

1. Toning the canvas. Whether you tone it with what you expect will be a predominant color of the finished piece, or something that sets the tone pardon the pun) of the painting in terms of warmer or cooloer scenes is up to you. Confused? Ask your mentor.

2. Underpainting. Block in the basic shapes in the basic colors with a watered down, thinner version of the colors you expect to use. This allows you to judge size and placement as well as approximate color choice before you get to far in.

3. Then we’ll get in to some thicker paint, building up a little form, base this on the source images you have chosen, I don’t want to see unrealistic shapes on the canvas when you have realistic references. Also, focus on objects in the background first and move your way forward as you go

4. The mentors are still on step three (and have a little ways to go) but when they are done that it’s time to add detail and push the range of value further than it is right now.

5. Develop a sense of light and shadow throughout the piece – this may not happen till next class

Also, it has not gone unnoticed that only one of you did the homework online that was due yesterday. Get it done tonight. No excuses.