Wednesday, September 28, 2016

7th Grade INSPIRED by Tim and Lisa Kluttz

Tim and Lisa Kluttz are a husband/wife team of artists.  Recently, we posted on the Kluttz couple.  For a look, click here. (Tim and Lisa Kluttz)

I gave the middle school (7th grade) students some examples of Tim and Lisa Kluttz artwork.
The kids drew their ideas with a pencil.
Then, they painted with acrylic paint.
Once the paint dried, the kids outlined their work with a sharpie.

As you can see, some of the students used the Kluttz examples, but they put their own twist on their piece of artwork.

Nice job, 7th Grade!  There are some exceptional artists in this group of kids. 

Patience.  It is hard for middle school to have it with their artwork.  It's hard for adults to have it with their "lifework". 
Here's The Lumineers "Patience," off their new album, Cleopatra (2016).  Short song, but I like it because I have been know to be impatient with songs.  The kids beg, "Let it play, Mrs. Ray."


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Picasso Portraits of our Head of School

This lesson was well received by the whole school. I had photos of our Head of School from our webpage. The students learned about Picasso and how to make the face have 2 angles. A good resource was Teachers Pay Teachers

We also searched Art Ed Blogs for many resources

12x18 Large piece of watercolor paper. Tag board works too
Watercolor paint (Sax Liquid Watercolor)
The results were fabulous. These were made into note cards for our Maclay School's Headmaster to use.

Enjoy - 1969

Monday, September 26, 2016

Me and My Sign!

In the first month of school, I was struggling with a project that I liked for first grade.  After discussing this problem with my teacher friend, Laura Harrison, she had a suggestion.  Laura said, "Why don't you get kids to draw a self portrait with them saying something about first grade?  She said, You can have them holding a sign."  I jumped on this idea.  There is nothing better than having a great co-worker to bounce ideas back and forth with in a crunch!


I cut a rather large sheet of paper.
I drew a rectangle on each paper.
When the kids arrived, I explained the project idea.
I had them draw themselves holding the sign.
The kids painted with tempera cakes.

Here is a funny.  One of the little girls had to go to the restroom.  I guess she could not remember my name.  She says, "Mrs. Artica, may I go the the restroom?"  I cracked up.  I told that sweet child, "That's not my name.  I am Mrs. Ray.''  

Hey, at least she did have the word Art in my name.

You gotta love those fun first graders!

Here is a perfect song for this post by The Ting Tings.


Friday, September 23, 2016

Art Club (Clay Creations)

Students were asked to create something that they wanted in Art Club out of clay....This giraffe is rather unique!
I had a few bowls that were created after the art lesson in class that week. Love the color scheme.
How about a Rhinoceros? Pretty clever with the speckled over-glaze.
This penguin is a hoot with those eyes! Lots of detail!
Classic coil pot. Over-glaze experimenting.
Clay pot with lid.

These turtles are a hoot.

Everyone loves a dog.
This was extremely clever...clay finger puppet!

It is nice to free create. Food for the artist's soul. Enjoyed collaborating with these kiddos during Art Club. Super fun way to end my day on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Art Club rocks - 1969