Teaching

Symbols that represent ourselves personally

Students’ in my classes this semester had to research symbols on who they were personally. Along with researching symbols they had to find one color that represented their personality. Along with researching these symbols and color, the students had to take a photo of themselves or a selfie. I call this project “Selfie Symbolism” or “Personal Symbols”. Students had fun researching more about themselves and incorporating those symbols into their projects.

Here are a few examples:

 

Each student took a different interpretation into the assignment and brought forth interesting composition for each artwork.  

Working with shapes and stories

My students in Drawing and Design worked on a project focusing on Positive and Negative Space. The students used references from a story they have read. They had to make the image 12X12″ and utilize positive and negative space. Creating simplified images to tell the story in a new perspective for the audience to read.

Here are a couple of examples:

Greek Myth, Sharpie Maker, 12X12″, 2018
Greek Myth, Sharpie Marker, 12X12″, 2018
Greek Myth, Sharpie Maker, 12X12″, 2018
Labors of Hercules, Sharpie Maker, 12X12″, 2018
Labors of Hercules, Sharpie Maker, 12X12″, 2018
Labors of Hercules, Sharpie Maker, 12X12″, 2018
Where the Red Ferns Grows, Sharpie, 12X12″, 2018
Where the Red Ferns Grows, Sharpie, 12X12″, 2018
Where the Red Ferns Grows, Sharpie, 12X12″, 2018

 

 

 

The students are now scanning these images into Adobe Illustrator to digitalizes their illustrations! Can not wait to share these works when they are finished! 

Student works from Spring 2018

Spring semester is underway, and my students are already hard working on their midterm projects. I am posting a few from the first month of class focusing on the Design Principles and understanding line and shape in a grid. 

The project is called 5X5. Students had to create a grid using 25 squares. In those 25 squares they had to incorporate line and shape using the Principles of Design as a Guide. Some students followed the grid throughout their whole piece, while others broke the grid to create a new design piece within. This assignment is a great for non art majors and art majors as it pushes the way they see line and shape in a project so that they can see beyond the grid.

18X24″, 5X5, 2018, media pastels, sharpie, and color pencils
18X24″, 5X5, 2018, Sharpie and Marker
18X24″, 5X5, charcoal, color pencil, and pastel, 2018

Motion in Art and Design

Engaging students in new media technologies in art and design bring awareness to what tools they can use to convey a message to the mass media. In Drawing 1, I challenge students to create a stop motion animation focusing on the environment the ocean. They could use any media to create their stop-motion animation. 

Here are some examples of there gifs:

 Courtney, Drawing 1, Pastel, Charcoal, Sand, Shell, Adobe Photoshop, 2017

 Miguel, Drawing 1, Charcoal, Graphite, Adobe Photoshop, 2017