Wednesday, January 6, 2016

CLAY FIRING TODAY (second attempt)

Your clay projects are in the kiln right now, well into the firing process.....

Here's more info about how that works:

Temperature.... this first firing, or BISQUE fire, is to cone 06- about 1820 degrees!

TIME.... the kiln will take up to 9 hours to reach high temp. then hours more to cool off. I won't open it until MONDAY afternoon.

Result- the high temperature burns off any water and organic matter in the clay, and transforms the structure of the clay itself into a stronger, waterproof and permanent material. Ceramics last......

How the KILN works....

Our kiln, in room H100

Starting to load our clay pieces into the kiln....

Showing the heating elements HOT!

Here's a quick video with some more info about clay and  firing... 

Sunday, January 3, 2016


Here we go!!!! 

We have TWO WEEKS to create an image for the final project.....

let's get right to it!

Here are copies of the handouts...

Here are some examples of students' final projects, and the artwork that inspired them...

This piece was influenced by the artists "Gilbert and George"....

Do you see how the student's work related to the artist's image?

This piece was influenced by Roy Lichtenstein.....

Another one from Warhol's artwork.....

One more.... this one is influenced by the Japanese block printing artist- Utagawa Kunisada

START HERE looking for an artist to work with.....

Here are some links to lists....



Tuesday, December 8, 2015

REPETITION with VARIATION, A Homework Drawing


Sorry to be absent today- Here is the handout for the homework... and some example images.

HERE is a sample, using a 12 box grid.... see how the images change?

More examples with a grid...

Here is a painting using the same GRID and REPETITION idea..... by DAVID HOCKNEY

David Hockney, "Woldgate Woods, 26, 27 & 30 July 2006"

No grid here, but wonderful use of repetition and variation.... by Vasilj Godzh
by Vasilj Godzh

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Ribbon Drawing

Please build your own "ribbon still life" to draw from.... Here are two examples:

This one is a good solution...

THIS one is a BETTER, CREATIVE solution... see the difference?

Artist of the Week- M. C. Escher

A wonderful mathematician and creative artist, Escher is well known for his "Metamorphosis" images and his "impossible shapes" images. He was influenced, in part, by the ornate tile work he saw in Islamic architecture- like the Alhambra.

Here are some examples of his work.....

The artist

See more here @

Sunday, November 15, 2015

POSTING the Paintings, and GRADE SHEETS

Great work on completing the Painting!
Please post images of the entire painting and details of your painting, then answer these questions about your work.

 1. What was your color scheme? post a photo of your color scheme diagram if you want.

2. Show where you used wet to wet, dry brush, tints and shades.

3. Take photos to show where you used VALUE and contrast to make EMPHASIS. Explain what you did with paint to make that area stand out. (tints, shades, complementary colors, or other ideas?)

Here is a copy of the grade sheet for the painting part of the Project...

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

PAINTING Your Patterns


Here are your directions....
STEP #1. Use your color grid to decide which colors to use in your painting. Choose a color scheme and collect 9 colors that fit the scheme...paint the 9 colors into a "grid".

STEP # 2  Seal your pencil lines, by painting the patterns with CLEAR ACRYLIC MEDIUM

STEP #3  "Stain" your patterns with one of the colors in your color scheme.... BE SURE you can see the pencil lines through the color layer.

STEP #4  Apply your  colors to your pattern AND use these variations:
    Tints of them
    Shades of them
    neutralized (no saturation) version of them (add black, add white, or mix complements)

and use these painting techniques:
    Solid color
    Wet to wet blending (smooth)
    drybrush techniques (visual texture)