Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Two nights in a row!
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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Art I Self-Portraits

I am sooooo excited to FINALY share these with you. It is one of the proudest moments I have had in teaching!!!   Here are some examples of my Art I acrylic self-portraits.

Did I mention how much I loooooove them!

Printmaking- Silk Screen Finals

Earlier I was so excited about this project I posted during the process. Well now the project is done and here are some samples!
Earlier I was so excited about this project I posted during the process. Well now the project is done and here are some samples!

Monday, May 16, 2011

ArtII Celebrity Paper Mosaic

After much hard work, here are the celebrity mosaics of my Art IIs this semester. I think next year, I will use a smaller format (these are 20x16inches)

Sadie goes to Uncle Zach's graduation

and she even helped the lady sing the National Anthem....and uncle Zach likes to bite her ear...

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


Keeping their distance from sadie...but she was more scared, than they.
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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Vegas Pictures

What happens in Vegas....

Big Scare

Last Thursday, Sadie got some vaccines (rabies, and I think DHPP). Well she had a terrible reaction. Two hours after she was shaking, stiff, and scared. We gave her half of a baby aspirin as directed by our vet, and headed to bed. Sadie has slept with us pretty much everynight since we brought her home, with a few vacation exceptions. Well, she did not that night, and when I woke up and saw she wasn't on the beath I was preparing myself to find her under our bed, not breathing. Fortunatley, she wasn't there...or dead. But she did walk in very slowly, still shaking from our living room. She had eaten her midnight snack, so I took her outside and her normal Sadie adventure walk in the morning, was slow and sad to watch. I brought her back in, and hoped she would perk up a little. She didn't touch her breakfast. No poop. T's dad came home to let the dogs out for lunch, and Sadie wouldn't leave her crate. Still stiff. Still shaking. The bad news is we had to go out of town ( we planned on taking her with us). Good news is, our amazing vet, lives next door to us. So I begged T to go knock on his door and ask him what we should do, benadryl? He ended up giving Sadie a steroid- mixed shot. Fortunatley that seemed to save her. While she was still not herself until a few days later, she is better! But I was scared for a little girl. She's a fighter:-)

Silk Screen- Current Project

While I am on a blogging benge, I might as well post my current art II project: Silk-Screen! I inherited brand new silk-screens and was nercous about using them/putting them together, but I pulled the trigger this past week and had an ag student (agriculture/woodshop savvy) help assemble the screens. They then edited a photo to be high contrast at, printed it out, and traced it onto contact paper in sharpie. They had to make sure all of the white sections touched. Then, exacto knife them out. The contact paper is then put inside the screen with the stick part attaching to the screen I made contact paper be oversized so that there would be no leakage. Then they flipped the screen over and used a paintbrush and with school glue, painted all of the areas under the contact paper so there would be no leaks. Do not skip this step!! It saved me:-) Then with block printing speedball ink  the students pulled the color with the squeege over the contact paperand WAHLA- a beautiful print. They could do as many as they wanted (about 4). Would definatley work on a tshirt. I have some still working/doing a second one after they saw how it worked. I was amazed at how cool/easy it was. I don't know why I waited so long!

I did the yorkie (its my Sadie Bug). I was experimenting with a double color. Then, I did black prints for my house. I can't wait to frame them:-)

Andy Warhol -Pop-Art Animals

If you haven't noticed...I haven't posted in a long time, but I have been taking pics. The problem was I didn't have the time to "transfer" the pictures from my school computer to home, so I could blog. In the mean time discovered the wonderful world of picasa. I didn't realize how easy it was to use! So today I am trying to catch up. Sorry to over load you!! But better all at once then not at all!

Students had a posterized image of an animal they saved and edited at Then with a grid drawing transferred it four times (light table would come in handy). Really cool results. Took about a week of 1.5 hour blocks.

Value Utensils

To practice value, I had my students draw and shade my kitchen utensils. Hubby did ask where the spatula was during this week. These are 8th and 9th graders, Art I. I was so proud. Last semester teaching value was a huge challenge. But this semester my kids seemed to get it!!!

Oil Pastel/Water Color Fun

For my art two students (mostly 9th graders) I decided to let them pick two different compositions to do watercolor on one and oil pastel on the other to practice different techniques. The water color had to be some sort of architecture and the oil pastel had to be an animal or flower. Here are the results!

Celebrity-Half Challenge

For this project my students had been practicing value for a while, and before we did a self-portrait I wanted them to practice on another face. I could not believe the results! This is  8th/9th graders. They were so proud of themselves, and I think they were excited to understand value. Each student picked a celebrity and I printed it out on an 8x10.  They had to fold it down the middle of the celebrity's face (not down the middle of the paper, due to head tilts, and unsquare photography). I may let them do this again!!

*some are repeats because the lighting was tough to capture all of the detail. Sometimes the flash would reflect off the heavy pencil.

Vegas inspired!

Hubby and I went to Vegas for Spring Break (perks of being a teacher!). To get psyched I had my students do one of my favorite projects- a self-portrait playing card.