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

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Friday, January 13, 2017

Adobe Spark Example Video

This is an autobiography about my hands and feet...eeewww! Enjoy :)

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


I'm planning on bringing back some old assignments. It has been about 8 years since I have done this one in class. You take a picture out of context, and a word, phrase, or cliché out of context and remix them with each other to create new meaning.

I would just like to say that Adobe Spark Post is a great tool to do this! We can do some graphic design in class without all the software (even though I would like all the software.)


Phrase--Literature Quotation