Monday, September 24, 2018

Palimpsest Drawing

In our throw-away and digital society, the concept and necessity of using Palimpsests are outdated and antiquated ones.

In art, you can get an interesting visual look by writing over and over on a piece of paper and then creating a realistic or non-objective scene that represents the words. I had students choose an overarching theme and then a word and a quotation that goes with that idea. Students free-wrote about their theme, gessoed over the words, then wrote the word and quote, and finally created an image over all those previous layers.

Song lyrics: Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Student Painting Number Four

Medium: Acrylic paint on canvas
Title: Patricia
Date: June, 2018

Monday, March 12, 2018

Embroidery as Drawing

 I started with a photo I took at the Bronx Zoo two summers ago. 

I sketched it in my sketchbook in pencil and then drew over my lines with a black marker.

I traced my marker drawing onto muslin with a pencil.

It was really fun to do and I like how it turned out.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Adobe Spark Learning Journal: Comics in the Classroom

Learning Journal
I'm taking a comics class right now through the Adobe Education Exchange. Click here to find some fun free online classes from Adobe.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Double Exposure Using Photoshop

I have always loved this look. Now I can make it and so can you...

The article from Create Magazine that explains how to do it.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Creating a High Contrast Stencil

Step 1: Take a high contrast photo. There should be shapes that are really light highlights and shapes that are really dark shadows.

Step 2: Trace the shapes that you want to cut out

Step 3: Prepare your background (if you need to.)

Step 4: Cut out your shapes.

Step 5: Spray or paint in the stencil shapes.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

India Ink and Charcoal

So far the goal I have of working with my students this year is going well. We have done some expressive little india ink drawings, and charcoal still-life drawings in black and white.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Stencil Self-Portrait

Highlights: Find the lightest areas of an image and cut them out.

Spray or brush the light color in the highlight shapes.

Shadows: Find the darkest values in an image. It helped me to draw over them with a black marker.

Cut dark shadows out.

Line up your image with the first stencil color. Spray or brush through the stencil. 

Now you have an image with highlights, mid-tones, and shadows. I think my mid-tones are a bit dark here, so it's not as successful as it could be.

This is from a session I went to at the NAEA Convention in March called "Tag It" A Unit on Graffiti and Stencil Street Art by Deborah Huff. Nasco has published this lesson plan as well.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Painting 3 of Student Series

I Finally finished it!
Medium: Acrylic paint on canvas paper
Title: Justin
Date: March, 2017

Tuesday, March 07, 2017


Thursday, February 02, 2017

Monday, January 23, 2017

Growth is Stronger Than Stone

My first animated GIF.

Stop Motion Animation: Falling Paper Man Video

My previous post was based off these photos. We did stop motion animation last spring. This was my quick example.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Falling Man

More fun with Photoshop.

Thursday, January 19, 2017