Posted in 30 days of blank, Art, art project, ATCs, Musings, tagged 30 days of blank, Art, drawing, meditation, zentangle on August 2, 2009|
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Today my bit of creativity included drawing. Drawing is probably my most favorite art method, particularly using pen and ink. I have also always been fond of doodles. Last spring I came across an art technique called Zentangle. Basically you draw a random shape and fill in the spaces created by the random shape with a variety of doodles. You can even get a whole Zentangle making kit over at zentangle.com. Zentangles are meditative in nature, hence the whole “zen” thing. Just do a google image search for zentangles and you will find hundreds of glorious examples. So for today’s little bit of creativity I created three zentangles of my own. Enjoy!
These images are copyrighted to Julie Kohl. Please do not use, copy or link directly to these images without my permission.
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Posted in Art, art education, art lesson, art project, Musings, teaching art, tagged Art, art show, children, face paint, kids, paint, painting, school, teach, teaching on May 24, 2009|
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This past week was the K-12 Art show for our school. I am the k-12 art teacher. Since our new fine arts building was open this year we were able to host the show in the new Elementary PE gym. It really went well. Each student in grades k-8 submitted a picture for the art show. The only requirement was that the artwork had to be something that was completed during art class. Since I dont see all of the 9-12 graders this section was optional. High School Students were allowed to submit as many pieces as they like.
In conjunction with the Art Show the school also had a k-4 music concert and a k-6 field day on Friday. Each class in the k-6 was scheduled 20 minutes to view the art show and to allow students to get their faces painted. The whole event went really well.
Here are some highlight of the art show.
Kindergarten – The focus in Kindergarten is mostly color and shape. We discuss each of the elements and principles but do not dwell on them. By the second half of the year we combine what we have learned about color and shape to completed guided drawings.
1st Grade – In first grade we continue to work on the basic drawing skills that we started in Kindergarten. We also begin to focus a little bit more on the elements of art and start to conciously incorporate these into our artwork.
2nd Grade – Students in the second grade complete a unit called “Art Around the World” We spend the year studying different cultures and replicating that art. Most of the projects we make are 3-dimensional but here is a small sampling of their 2-D work.
3rd Grade – The third grade focus is the Masters. We spend the year looking at famous artists and mimicking/adapting their styles and creating one of a kind artworks.
4th Grade – Student in the fourth grade spend most of the year learning specifically and in-depth about the elements and principle of art. The last few weeks of school this year we worked on a “Weaving in the Round” project that the students really enjoyed.
5th Grade – 8th Grade – I see the fifth grade through 8th grade on a rotation everyday for 9 weeks. This enables us to get a little more in depth with some projects rather than trying to do projects we can complete in one or two 40 minute class periods. My 5th – 8th graders did a wide variety of drawing and painting projects.
High School – This year I tought two sections of art one and 1 section of advanced art. My art 1 classes focus on the elements and principle of art as well as experiment with a wide variety of art media. My advanced art students this year each developed thier own course of study and focused on projects and media that were of interest to them. The only thing I regret is that I allowed my high school students to take projects home before the end of the year. Many of my students took their very best works home and gave them to family members or hung them in their rooms and didnt want to bring them back for the art show. You can still see they are a very talented group.
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Posted in Art, art education, art lesson, art project, Family, teaching art, tagged Art, fun, summer, teacher, vacation on June 26, 2008|
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Yes I am a teacher and yes school has technically been out since the 23rd of May and yes we did take 5 days to go to Virginia. But we are also required to get 60 hours of professional development over the course of the summer. The education co-op offers workshops all summer long but Richie and I decided we wanted to try to get them out of the way early this year. Since we both have master’s degrees and Richie has about 40 credit hours beyond a master’s we have been in University classes every summer in the eight years that we have been married. This is actually the first summer that neither of us have University obligations. Well today was our last official workshop until school starts back on August 7th. I have 43 days of uninterrupted vacation ahead of me. I was able to attend all art related workshops. Richie attended 3 of them with me which was really nice. It was really neat to see him tap in to his creative side and he did some interesting work. Here are some of the projects we did over the last 3 workdays.
PAINTING AND PERSPECTIVE DRAWING
Covered Bridge by Richie
Covered Bridge (unfinished) by Julie
Pattern Turtle #1 by Richie – he didn’t like it so he “ran it over”
Pattern Turtle #2 by Richie
Pattern Turtle by Julie
Mixed Animal by Richie
Mixed Animal by Julie
Pattern Hand by Richie
Pattern Hand by Julie
Comic Strip by Richie
Comic Strip by Julie (I CAN NOT draw people!)
We really had lots of fun! I got lots of great ideas for my classes next year. I was proud of Richie for trying everything and surprised to see that he actually has a lot of natural talent. He said the last time he drew anything was about 22 years ago!!!
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