Students learn how to observe a realistic landscape by breaking it down into layers and shapes that show a sense of space. Students must consider size, direction, placement, and color to create depth and perspective.
Students design and sculpt shoes entirely out of recycled cardboard, using only masking tape and Elmer's glue to assemble. This challenging project promotes creative thinking and problem solving skills, perseverance, and patience.
Students use bicycles gears as the subject to create cut paper compositions representing four different Principles of Design. Understanding how to effectively apply the Principles of Design within a work of art creates successful and powerful pieces.
Students design original skateboard graphics inspired by lyrics from a song or text from literature. They creatively transform the words into visual imagery while considering how the Elements and Principles of Art and Design work in the composition.
Self Portraits are an excellent subject for students to explore. I have taught a wide variety of approaches to self portraits, including symbolic, mixed-media, personality, figure collages, and wire sculptures. The more traditional realistic self portraits displayed here represent the technical drawing skills that are foundational to all other art endeavors. Students practice drawing from observation, focusing on line quality, angles, proportions, and value.
After studying the work of Surrealist artists, students are challenged to use their imagination as they creatively combine a realistic eye with something that does not belong. To make their art relevant and significant, students explore meaningful personal experiences, interests, and dreams as imagery for their drawings.
Students study Abstract Expressionism, and learn how to express their own emotions, ideas, or beliefs in visual form. A wide variety of painting surfaces and techniques are explored as each student finds his/her own unique way of expression.