Friday, January 29, 2016

I've Been Thinking...

Lately I've been thinking about working alongside students more and planning for them and grading less. I want to inspire and be inspired. I think that the start of the new semester on Tuesday will set me up for that. How will I begin to inspire students to be creative when they don't know how to be so, and work when they don't know what to do next?

I can't stop thinking about listening to Phil Hansen speak at the NAEA Convention in 2014 (I think.)

Here's an article about creativity within constraints
Phil Hansen's Ted Talk
Phil Hansen's Goodbye Art Academy
Phil Hansen's artwork

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Basket Weaving: Upcycle Saucer Basket

This is the first time I have ever made a basket. I taught myself from Blick's lesson plan and the related video.

 It was such a therapeutic process. Over, under, over under, over, under, over, under...If you are stressed I highly suggest doing a bit of weaving.

I couldn't figure out how to sew the lip of the basket, so I put the waxed thread around it and put wood glue all around the top. That baby is not coming apart.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Pop Sculpture

Here's a sculpture I made a couple of years ago with my students.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Issues In Art

I want my students to know art can make a difference:
Here are some links to help teach this:
  1. Rebecca Roberts: Their Work Not Mine--NAEA Convention Session 2012
  2. Project Unbreakable Home Site and Tumblr
  3. Tatyana Fazlalizadeh Takes Her Public Art Project to Georgia--New York Times Article
Please add to the comments if you find/know of anything else.

Friday, March 28, 2014

NAEA San Diego Pre-Conference Workshop

   See the presenters' website:

Big theme ideas:

My notes and work from the day:

Mind Map:

Drawing from mind map. 

This is a symbology prompt drawing activity where you or students rank a circle, a square, a triangle, a cross, and a spiral as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Then you create a design showing your preference. 

This was free writing about one of the big ideas with a water soluable writing implement. Then re-emphasizing certain words as shown on their slides above. 

Monday, August 26, 2013

Sunday, August 25, 2013

iPad App Drawing

I found some fun art-making apps for the iPad the other day, so I thought I would share.

This drawing was made on Paper.

Friday, June 28, 2013

School Art

Students had to be influenced by an artist from history to create a portrait. I did the assignment with them. Extra credit to anyone who can tell me the artist that this was based on.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Justin's Insides

I am drawing a picture of a student in the style of M.C. Escher's bust which looks like a ribbon floating in the sky. I have finished his insides, and will post the rest when I'm finished.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Where Have I been?

Why I haven't been posting:

1) I had a baby
2) I had a baby
3) Blogger has partnered with Picasa, or whatever it is called, and has capped the amount of photos one can upload to the blog. Since I have two photo blogs and two art blogs I have reached my limit as SLW.

I will now be posting as St.Wieringa. Enjoy.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Making Books at the Center for Book Arts!

It was a fun and awesome day of PD!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Sketchbook Homework

Here's my drawing from December 7 around the theme Fantasy.

Here's the sketchbook drawing I did yesterday for today's homework.
Theme: "Draw a mysterious doorway or staircase"

Monday, February 06, 2012

Overlapping Implied Shape Prints

Some of the registration is a bit shaky, but I will do more...many, many more.