Friday, December 18, 2009

Dürer at the Boston MFA

Just got back from a field trip Thursday to see the Boston Museum of Fine arts. They have a wonderful Albrecht Dürer show. 45 etchings and wood block prints to see!!! He is considered the master of that media for his time, and these are wonderful examples of line used in drawings. Notice how the lines in the sky are going in a different direction from the clouds and figures. The link here lets you see the images in great detail. Check it out!

Here is the link....

Shown here is Dürer's "The Four Horsemen (Apocalypse)"
Woodcut Block print
probably 1497–1498

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


Let's get into clay! 
We are going to build clay containers with lids, using pinch, coil and slab construction techniques. Your challenge is to use SHAPE, TEXTURE and GESTURE to give the clay some personality!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Three Color Block Prints are Amazing!!

The Art 1 Class has completed the exciting and challenging task of creating a three-color block print! They used organic and geometric shapes, rich color combinations, and a variety of marks on the block to develop exciting images. 
The hard part was to make each of the three printings "match up"- Wonderful job!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The ultimate collection of decorative designs!


What a wonderful place to get ideas! Here's a digital version of the ultimate book of ornamental designs..... Owen Jones' book "The Grammar of Ornament" (1910)
a great place to get ideas for your own work!

Here is the link....

Object Obsession!!!

Let's look at where creative ideas come from..... often by LOOKING at objects from our surroundings. Looking closely, and recording what we find with sketches, creates a collection of images,shapes and forms we can use in creating ART!!

This project lets you choose an object and OBSESSSSSSS over it! Draw, paint, use marker, cut/paste - any way to record what you notice about the thing!!!

We will use these discoveries in creating a three - color BLOCK PRINT!!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Growing a drawing homework

Here's a new homework challenge for you! Use your shading and line drawing skills to "grow" a drawing from one magazine fragment to another....
Work with Ebony and other "hard" core pencils (HB, 2B, F pencils)
The challenge is in matching the values and shapes of one image and morphing it into the other....

Check out the amazing samples shown- COOL.

Monday, September 21, 2009

More amazing student artwork!

Here are more examples of student's work from this semester- Harmonious lines drawings. Emphasis was on the control of the pencil and the marks made. Note how the drawings "shimmer" or visually "move".

Mystery Image Drawing

Here's our next challenge for Art 1! Each student will get a fragment of a "mystery image" to recreate with shading!

See if you can figure out what the image is......

Mikaela's new drawing

To make The Positive and Negative Space drawing I used the ebony, 2B, and 2H pencils. I used patterns from nature and continuous lines. I used leaves, ants, suns, raindrops, and harmonious lines to fill the negative space. To make the positive space stand out I outlined the objects with the ebony pencil.

Quinn's New Drawing

The tools that I used to make this Positive and Negative Drawing was the ebony pencil and the 2b pencil. I made this drawing by fist making the outlines of the skewer and leafs by one long continuous line. I then made patterns in the negative space. The patterns i used were clouds, leafs, flowers, and waves. I outlined my positive space with dark lines using the ebony pencil.

Check out the other WA blogs!

Here are some other sites with WA student work!

*Credit goes to Mr. Leake for starting the bog revolution at WA!!! It was HIS idea! :-)

Sculpture blog here

Leake's Design class blog here...

First project- POS/NEG SPACE drawing

Students dove right into drawing from observation with these creations.
Here's the handout!


Welcome to the Art 1 class blog!

I hope you and I will use this as a source of ideas, pride and display of the work created in class this semester.
Students work will be on display as well as their ideas and comments.