Monday, May 23, 2011

FRANK STELLA's abstract use of color and shape

Not many better examples of artists using color and shapes to create dynamic work!!! Look at the combinations of color and how they "shimmer" or react on the surface.... Also, notice that Stella's work changed from flat work to 3D sculptures as he got older (and wiser?).

See more about him here...

Monday, May 9, 2011

Perspective Drawing Grade Sheet

Here it is!! Please fill it out and pass it in....

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Giovanni Battista Piranesi and the Prisons

Look how Piranesi uses dramatic perspective to draw these outrageous prisons.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Monday, March 28, 2011

Block Printing Grade Sheet

Here is the sheet to use for self evaluation of your work!!! Great job on the prints!

Thursday, March 24, 2011


Create an interesting visual reaction between two magazine images.... Look for what worked and use it again (only amplified) in the second version.

Monday, March 14, 2011

William Morris' Textile prints

Morris is well known for his organic designs, used in textiles, wall paper, ceramics and other decorative areas...
Look for ideas to apply to your block print design..


Let's combine out knowledge of shape and pattern with color, by creating a three color block print.

We  first need to design a pattern, which flows off each edge of the foam block and "connects" with a print of the same block on either side...

Here is the handout...
Follow this link to see examples of student prints from last year...

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


Let's make and image using well crafted lines with creative ideas...

Here's the handout and some samples of other kid's work

Detail of the drawing above- WOW!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Expressive Lines! a warm up sheet..

Check it out! Let's get into the creating and use of lines....
Complete this warm up and notice what good results you may want to use in our next "group project".

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Shading Pattern Project

Let's get into using the pencil to create a range of VALUES to make the illusion of depth. First, you have to create a design of SHAPES to break up the page into organic, mechanical and symbolic forms. Each form will be filled in with VALUES.
Here's the handout- and some ideas for shapes..

Mechanical shapes...

Symbolic shapes

Organic shapes!!! Wow!

About the Class...

Here are copies of the class goals, elements and principals vocab sheets.

Please look through the previous posts to see examples of Art 1 kid's artwork and the work of other artists.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Kerri Szolusha

My artwork was a rendition of Carolina by Jacob Collins. This was an assignment to further my own personal interest in art, and I wanted to refine my skills. I believe that the shoulder was the best part of my drawing because I worked the hardest on it, and it took the most time. I refined it multiple times until I felt that it looked both anatomically correct, and true to the original artist's work.