13
Dec 17

Letterheady

From the about section of Letterheady:

Letterheady
–adjective
1. overcome by a strong emotion due to a letterhead design.

Hello,

Much like its sibling, Letters of Note, Letterheady is an online homage to offline correspondence; specifically letters. However, here at Letterheady we don’t care about the letter’s content. Just its design. Click here to submit any letterheads you feel are worthy of exposure. Alternatively, email me the details.

Regards,
Shaun


09
Dec 16

Zines | Art II


09
Dec 15

“Elements of Art” Animated by Kyle Busse


01
Nov 15

School Spirt Challenge 2015


21
Oct 15

Radiolab | Colors Episode


(Adam Cole/WNYC)

You can listen to the podcast here, Radiolab.org, or download the podcast and listen on the go!


19
Oct 15

Art Education | What are the Studio Habits of Mind?


11
Oct 15

What is a process blogpost?

Artists blog about all parts of their process:
  • Art History Research
  • Material Research
  • Inspiration
  • Techniques
  • Growth Gained from Failures
Here are some great examples from Ian Sands’ students at Apex High School:
For more information about Ian and his application of the Teaching for Artistic Behavior Method checkout the links below:

10
Oct 15

The Art Assignment | Lost Childhood Object

This week the Art One students are taking on Lenka Clayton’s art assignment Lost Childhood Object.   

 

Here is a little more info on the assignment, Clayton, and the PBS web series The Art Assignment straight from The Art Assignment’s YouTube Channel.  

This week we visit Lenka Clayton, another Pittsburgh based artist whose work finds meaning in ordinary, everyday objects. For her assignment, she asks you to partner with someone and recreate a lost childhood object, using their memory of the object and the materials you have around you. Here are your instructions:

1. Ask someone to describe an object they made or cherished as a child. Make a mental image of that object

2. Create the object
3. Give the object back to the person (Ideally, you’d do this project in tandem)
4. Document and upload using #theartassignment
5. Fame and glory (your work might be in a future episode)

Check out more of Lenka’s work: http://www.lenkaclayton.com/


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Lenka Clayton, One Brown Shoe

09
Oct 15

The Art Assignment | Sorted Books

This week the Photography One students will be completing Nina Katchadourian‘s assignment from the PBS web series The Art Assignment.  

 

Here is a little more about the assignment from The Art Assignment’s YouTube channel.  
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Published on Aug 28, 2014
In which we meet Brooklyn-based artist Nina Katchadourian in Lawrence, Kansas, at the former home of American writer William S. Burroughs (1914 – 1997). Nina takes us on her journey of sorting Burroughs’s book collection and challenges you to sort some books yourself!Episode 13 Instructions:

1. Choose a person you know or would like to know better
2. Take a look at/through their library
3. Make 3 stacks of books to develop a portrait of the person
4. Upload it to your social media platform of choice using #theartassignment
5. Fame and glory (your work might be featured in a future episode)

Learn more about Nina’s work: http://www.ninakatchadourian.com/

And read about William S. Burroughs: http://www.burroughs100.com/


27
Sep 15

Compositional Tools | Steve McCurry



Steve McCurry is an American editorial photographer best known for his photograph “Afghan Girl” which originally appeared in National Geographic magazine.



26
Sep 15

Famous Photographers: Self-Portraits

Diane Arbus


Andreas Feininger


Man Ray

Self-Portrait with Half Beard, 1943

Gelatin silver print, 7 1/8 x 5 1/8 inches


Nan Goldin

 

Chuck Close


14
Jan 15

Journaling and Sketching Emotions

Feelings are often difficult to deal with, and communicating them is even harder.

While researching short videos on emotional intelligence to share with my 2nd Graders during our Expressionist unity I found this brief PBS Parents video.

The video explores a journaling/sketchbook technique to develop and foster social and emotional intelligence with your children, students, and self.


05
Jan 15

Creative Juices

I need to make one of these for my classroom.

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05
Jan 15

Before Photography – Photographic Processes Series


05
Jan 15

Art Quotes

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03
Jan 15

Science Shows Art Can Do Incredible Things for Your Mind and Body

Arts.mic or Mic.com just published an interesting article on art’s effect on the human brain.  Some of the highlights of the article were that “experiencing art decreases stress levels” and that “the brain is hardwired to process art.”  The article also noted that the biggest benefits come from actually producing art.

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“Along with the perks of enjoying and experiencing art, there are real-world benefits to making the art with your own two hands. According to a 2014 study, producing visual art improved psychological resilience and increased brain activity for the participants by the end of the experiment.

The study had two groups of recent retirees. One group was given lessons by an art educator and the participants actively created pieces of visual art that displayed their own personal form of artistic expression. The other group was treated more like a discussion class, where they talked about and interpreted selected paintings and sculptures. Both groups had their brains scanned before and after the period of courses.

The brain scans of the two groups before the classes (T0) and after 10 weeks (T1).Source: Anne Bolwerk/PLOSOne

Of the two groups, the one that produced art reaped the neural benefit of increased connectivity in the brain’s default mode network over the ten weeks of art class. This area deals with cognitive process like introspection, self-monitoring and memory.

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As Hyperallergic points out, the researchers speculate that the first group got the gains because of the combination of motor and cognitive processing. They state in the study, “The visual art production intervention involved the development of personal expression and attentional focus on self-related experience during art creation.” Utilizing motor skills and thinking about art together becomes more beneficial instead of doing either separately. “

Click the link below for the full article:
http://mic.com/articles/106504/science-shows-that-art-is-having-fantastic-effects-on-our-brains-and-bodies


11
Dec 14

Teaching art or teaching to think like an artist? | Cindy Foley | TEDxColumbus


27
Nov 14

Aelita Andre, World Famous Painter, Age 7

It’s amazing what children can do when they are allowed to explore, experiment, get messy, and play!

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Aelita Andre’s Website:
http://www.aelitaandre.com/


27
Nov 14

The Science Of Art: Why People Who Doodle Actually Pay More Attention

http://www.the-open-mind.com/the-science-of-art-why-people-who-doodle-actually-pay-more-attention/

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19
Nov 14

Specialists in Elementary School Classrooms? (Huffington Post)

Thought provoking article on the Chinese elementary school model, where every teacher is a specialist.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nancy-pine/specialist-teachers-best-_b_1669799.html


17
Nov 14

iPhone Photography Tips + Hacks

If you’re interested in photography here are some great tips and tricks that can turn a basic cell phone camera into so much more.

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http://www.lipstiq.com/others/7-photography-tricks-you-didnt-know-your-smartphone-can-do/


12
Nov 14

Artist Spotlight: Mateo C.

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Baby Man

Baby Man

Raining Tires

Raining Tires

Crocodile Eating Puppet

Crocodile Eating Puppet

Person For Dinner

Person For Dinner

Q:  What grade are you in?

A:  2nd

Q:  What is your favorite subject?  What is your favorite thing to make artwork about?

A:  I really like to use my imagination when I do artwork and make up things.

Q:  What is your favorite color?

A:  Blue.  It’s also my middle name.

Q:  How do you feel when you’re making work? 

A:  It’s really really fun and I feel happy.

Q:  How do you want people to feel when they see your work?

A:  Amazed!

Q:  What are your favorite mediums to use?  What are your favorite materials in the CRES studio? 

A:  Collage


27
Oct 14

Michael Stripe of REM Prompts College Students

In a recent SPIN article REM frontman Michael Stripe is prompting students at NYU in a new collaborative project “NEW SIGHTS, NEW NOISE”.

“Each week, Stipe and a different special guest will give the class’ 18 students a prompt, and they’ll respond with ‘100 images and gifs, both found and made, all of which will be uploaded to a private class website,’ and projected on the walls, automatic for the people (sorry). At the end of the class, the space at 80 WSE Gallery will open up to the public so they can see what they accomplished.”

For more on the project check out the whole article:
http://www.spin.com/articles/michael-stipe-art-classes-teacher-nyu

Wouldn’t this be a fabulous project for a digital photography, digital media, or graphic design class?


16
Oct 14

What is the Inspiration Station?

The Inspiration Station is a center in the CRES Studio that young artists can visit for:
– Inspiration
– Art History Books
– Reference Books
– Science Specimens
– Still-life Supplies
– Models
– How-to-Draw Books
– Drawing Prompts


16
Oct 14

Sketchbook Prompts as Inspiration

Since September students have been working on finding inspiration through sketchbook prompts and the Inspiration Station.

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Here is a quick little video showing the artists in action!


14
Oct 14

On the Coast of Maine, 2014

Each year the 3rd Grade students of Maine spend a large part of the year learning about our beloved home state.  The video below illustrates a collaboration between the music educator at my school, Karen Littlefield, the artists and musicians of Coastal Ridge Elementary School, and myself.

The students perform Mike Nobel’s “Coast of Maine” for their spring concert “Maine Night”.  Students in the CRES studio were asked to create thumbnail sketches and then a finished piece based on the lyrics.

Coast of Maine (On the Coast of Maine) Lyrics

By Mike Nobel

Welcome to a day along the coast of Maine
No place could ever be more beautiful to see
Stars are in the sky on the morning tide
The fishin’ boats are rockin’ the ocean birds are calling,
“Welcome to Maine” “Welcome to Maine”

Come see the sunrise high on Cadillac Mountain
Come see the sailboat reaching for the horizon
Come let the water carry you away
Along the rocky coast of Maine.

On a stormy day along the coast of Maine
The salty winds are singing, the buoy bells are ringing
On the rising tide, waves are breaking high
and when the storm is clearing, it’s Mother Nature saying:
“Welcome to Maine” “Welcome to Maine”

Come see the rainbow rising over the island
come see the children racing into the ocean
Come learn the song in the music of the waves
On the rocky coast of Maine.


15
Sep 14

Welcome Back! What are sketchbooks?

Welcome back to a new and exciting school year in the CRES Studio!

Sketchbooks

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We’re starting off the school year by working in our new sketchbooks.  Students will keep their sketchbooks for three years to show their progress and help them keep track of what inspires them.

I started the lesson by asking students some questions about sketchbooks.  Here are their insightful responses.

 

Why is a sketchbook a tool?

  • You practice in it.
  • You use it for ideas.
  • To sketch your ideas and plan it all out. -Lucy K.
  • It is ideas that you might want to do.
  • It’s a draft for drawing in.
  • Sometimes pictures will help me more than words.
  • If you’re going to make a house you need to sketch it first.
  • Always sketch before you paint.  You can erase sketches, but you can’t erase watercolor.
  • A sketchbook is a place where you put your thoughts.
  • A sketchbook is a tool because you use it to build something bigger.
  • It’s a place you can try new things

Why is a sketchbook a great place to try new things?

  • You don’t want to waste paper.  If you do it in your sketchbook first, the paper won’t go to waste.   
  • You can do experiments in your sketchbook.
  • If you mess up in your sketchbook it’s ok it’s not your final piece.
  • A sketchbook is a good place for trying thing out and see what works and what doesn’t.
  • Explore your mind. -Jack
  • If you want to draw something you can put it in your journal or sketchbook.
  • if you make a mistake you can just erase it as many times as possible, do it over until you’ve got it right.

Why are mistakes important to keep?

  • You can make a mistake into inspiration. -Maddie
  • You can keep an accident, because you can make it into a “happy accident.”
  • The reason why you keep a mistake is because you could turn it into a masterpiece.
  • There are no mistakes when making art!
  • You can get great ideas from mistakes.  Like happy accidents.  You can learn from mistakes and make your drawings better.
  • It’s good to learn from our own mistakes.
  • It’s just your sketchbook, not your whole life…don’t over react over anything.
  • You can turn your mistake into something else.
  • Keep your mistakes in your sketchbook so you can look back and not make the same mistake again.
  • There are no mistakes just happy accidents. That means if you make a mistake you can turn it into a beautiful drawing.  -Lexi R.
  • You can learn from your mistakes. -Cami

Why do most artists, writers, or other creative problem solvers keep a sketchbook on them at all times?

  • You can put your feelings in it.
  • It’s good because you can write down or sketch your ideas.
  • If you have a great idea write it on a piece of paper.
  • You might want to bring your sketchbook with you so you can draw stuff you like.
  • It’s good to sketch in a sketchbook
  • When you are inspired… don’t fear… get it!

Why might you write in your sketchbook?

  • If you make a picture and name it, write it down so you don’t forget it.
  • To tell about your art.
  • You could draw the picture and then tell how you made it.
  • You could write down your idea and save it till you need it.
  • You can put your feelings in so you don’t hurt.
  • To tell whats in your picture.
  • You can write about your picture or instead of drawing the picture you could write it out the idea.
  • You can have writing in your sketchbook because later you can read the ideas and make it into art.
  • You can write a tip for another drawing. -Cami

12
Jun 14

Mini Collages and Artist Trading Cards


04
Mar 14

Army Base Collaboration : 2nd Grade

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04
Mar 14

Making Hinges

This 2nd Grader has been working with two other boys in his class to create an “Army Base”.  Here he is showing me how he created hinges for one of their doors using staples.


29
Jan 14

Flag Art with a Tasty Twist

“As part of a promotion for the Sydney International Food Festival, the advertising agency WHYBIN\TBWA designed 18 national flags using foods each country is commonly associated with and that would also match the colors of the flag.”

http://www.thisismarvelous.com

Wouldn’t showing these be great way to help make connections between Art and Social Studies?

Can you guess which countries these flags belong to?

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Click the link below to see them all!

http://www.thisismarvelous.com/i/52–National-Flags-Made-From-Each-Countrys-Traditional-Foods?utm_content=bufferf0c51&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer


22
Oct 13

Collaboration: Our Community, York, ME, Mrs. Foster’s 2nd Grade

Our second graders have been studying what makes up a community in their classrooms. In art we have been talking about what it means to collaborate and be part of a community.  The second graders in Mrs. Foster’s class did a fabulous job of brainstorming all of the amazing things that make up our community here in York, ME.

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30
Sep 13

Making Magic in the Studio, September 2013


26
Sep 13

Compliment Slip Critique


17
Sep 13

Drawing From Observation in the Inspiration Station


16
Sep 13

The Collage Center is Open!!!


11
Sep 13

Having Fun With Sketchbooks

3rd Graders exploring their sketchbooks!

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10
Sep 13

Welcome Back 2013-2014!

The CRES Studio is ready for an another amazing school year!


26
Jun 13

Learn to Think Like an Artist

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Courtesy of:

http://www.4cats.com/think-like-an-artist

via:  http://elmwoodart.blogspot.jp


21
May 13

Japanese Tea Cups

Second grade students at CRES have been studying Japan.  To go along with their unit we have been exploring pinch pot tea cups and origami.

Here was our schedule for making these beautiful works of art.

Week 1:  Build Pinch Pots.

When students were finished they had a choice of working with blocks or working in their sketchbooks.

Week 2:  Decorating Their Greenware

The greenware pinch pots were able to dry slightly durning the week so students were able to decorate them with engobes.  When students were finished they had a choice of working with blocks or working in their sketchbooks.

Week 3:  Origami and Bisque Fire.

Once the pots were no longer cool to the touch they were bisque fired.  During this week we took a little time to learn about origami.  I started off the class by reading them a Japanese folktale about two frogs and then we worked together as a class to create this simple origami jumping frog.  When students finished they were able to embellish their frogs, play with blocks, or work in their sketchbooks.

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Week 4 (A):  Glazing

Students put three coats of clear glaze onto their tea cups.  We did each layer as a group.  When students had time in between layers they had a choice of working with blocks or working in their sketchbooks.

Week 4(B):  Glaze Fire

All the pots made it!!!

 

Week 5:  Tea Ceremony

To celebrate the end of their unit we had a mini tea ceremony.  Students gathered in the second grade pod, where they were given their finished tea cups with a little lemonade.  We then watched a 6 minute tea ceremony video and had a group “cheers” to their hard work.

 Here is a link to the tea ceremony video on Vimeo.

A special thank you to Mrs. Foster, Mrs. Harrod, Mrs. Peterson, Mrs. Buckless, Ms. Harris, Mrs. Donnell, Mrs. Rose, and Dr. Dunn for joining us.