I've been back teaching the digital arts since the end of September. I just got a new batch of sixth graders, and their first project is a self portrait. This is one of my examples
I launched this website about seven years ago. It has been a classroom website -- a place for communication between students, parents, school staff, and me. As I moved from school to school, teaching different subjects, I have adapted this website. At one point, about five years ago, I deleted all of the entries from this "home" page. I began arranging my courses on distinct web-pages which I would link to from tabs near the top of this page. I currently have those tabs archived and hidden. Those pages contain lesson plans, instructions, and examples -- and I might review that content and post some of it here at a latter date, to represent a broader and richer example of my work. But if you scroll down from here, you can see some limited examples of the lessons I have created over the years.
This change is happening because I am looking for work. The circumstances that brought me here are simple: I was never granted tenure, and a demographic shift forced a tenured teacher from another school into the position I had held. Due to those changes in my circumstances, the function of this website is changing. I currently do not have a consistent group of students to regularly teach. Temporarily this website does not need to be focused on communicating concepts and expectations to students. Instead, I am shifting the focus of this website to prospective employers. My plan is to build this website as a tool to display my abilities as a teacher and an artist. This transformation is not happening automatically. It is a gradual process. Please excuse the current, incomplete state of my website.
Inspiration from One of the Most Famous Contemporary Artists of the Last Half Century
An Example of a Typical and Boring Graphic Design Job
I have no idea what "Reimagine Day" is, but I was commissioned to customize some notepads. My portion of the job involved cutting vinyl, weeding it, and placing it on the cover.
Color Harmonies (Schemes): Combinations of colors that are considered satisfying or that produce certain effects.
Triadic Color Harmony (Scheme): Any three colors equidistant on the color wheel.
Complimentary Colors: Two colors that are directly opposite each other on the color wheel, meaning they are in extreme contrast with each other.
Analogous Colors: Colors that are next to each other on the color wheel and are closely related -- such as yellow, yellow-orange, yellow-green, and green.
Color Harmony (Scheme) Background
Color Harmony (Scheme) Review
Color Harmony (Scheme) Assignment
Step One: Use sketch paper to develop a design that you can repeat.
Examples of repeating images can be seen in the art of Andy Warhol, and art inspired by Andy Warhol.
Step Two: On your final paper, measure out four equal sections, and draw your design in each of the four sections so that it fills each section.
Step Three: Use your color wheels to pick three color harmonies (schemes). Your final work must include:
You will be painting with temera paint on paper. You might find that the tempera paint is a bad or unusual consistency. You may need to use water with your tempera paint to apply it evenly. You may need to paint over a section more that once, in order for the paint to cover the section completely. Please remember that part of your grade will be based on aesthetics, and the aesthetics portion of your grade is determined by craftsmanship. Do your best work.
One of the goals of this project is for you to see how the colors interact with each other when they are placed next to each other. Because of that, you should not outline your designs with black marker.
Color Harmony (Scheme) Assignment Examples
The flag on the top left represents a complimentary color harmony (scheme). The colors used in this flag are opposite each other on the color wheel.
The flag on the top right represents an analogous color harmony (scheme). The colors used in this flag are next to each other on the color wheel.
The flag on the bottom left represents a triadic color harmony (scheme). The colors used are equidistant from each other on the color wheel.
The flag on the bottom right represents a color harmony (scheme) of my choosing. It happens to also represent a split complimentary color harmony (scheme).
Finishing Up Our Expressive Line Assignments
What's Next? Make a Color Wheel
1) Use a yogurt container to draw a circle.
2) Divide the circle into 12 sectors.
3) Skipping Every Other Sector, Paint In the Primary and Secondary Colors, Using Tempera Paint In the Following Order.
Expressive line: lines that send us messages about what the artist wants his or her work to make us feel.
Line Shape or Movement: straight, curved, and jagged.
Line Direction: vertical, horizontal, and diagonal.
Abstract lines: are expressive and nonrepresentational; they are not used symbolize, outline, or look like shading.
First, Copy the vocabulary words and their definitions on the back side of your scratch paper.
We are going to create art from script -- specifically, our signatures.
1) Practice your "signature" on the scratch paper.
On Wednesday, August 21st, 2019, We Will...
2) Use tracing paper to transfer your signature to a piece of drawing paper, and begin to decorate.
Here are some examples of work done by other students, in the past:
Line: an element of art that is used to define space, contours, and outlines, or suggest mass and volume.
Descriptive lines: lines that help us understand what we are seeing.
Contour lines: the outer edges of shapes.
Edge: where one shape or space ends and another begins.
Assignment -- Continued from Friday
1) Write the Vocabulary Words on the upper left-hand side of your paper, so they do not take up too much space. When you are done writing the vocabulary words, flip your paper over. We are going to create a Contour Line Drawing.
2) Remove one of your shoes, and place it on the table in front of you.
3) On your paper, draw your shoe.
4) If you finish early, and you feel as if your work exceeds expectations: pick a few small areas of your contour line drawing (perhaps areas that represent shaded spaces), and add Cross-Contour Lines.
Take Your Contour Line Drawing to the Next Level by Incorporating Cross-Contour Lines