Sunday, December 16, 2012

Holiday Gifts of Art

Tis the season to give original artwork. Black and white photographs and handmade collages are available in my Etsy shop at affordable prices. Each item purchased will arrive beautifully wrapped and shipping is free in U.S.

Friday, December 14, 2012

BASC Fall 2012: Sculpture Class

On the last day of our three day Styrofoam sculpture project the students painted their sculptures. The students made palettes on paper plates. They mixed their own unique colors using primary and secondary colors. Almost all used brushes to apply the paint, but some used their fingers as brushes. The plaster strips created many nooks and crannies that were challenging to cover in paint. However, I thought the white areas left behind created texture. Some students who were absent last week used masking tape to cover their Styrofoam sculptures and that worked well too. A wide variety of materials were used for this project. Each phase entailed a great deal of work. I am very proud of my students, who never lost interest or energy. 

Friday, December 7, 2012

BASC Fall 2012: Sculpture Class

Our art studio felt like an art hospital as students wrapped and smoothed their plaster strips onto their Styrofoam sculptures like doctors putting on casts. I bought a 5 lbs. box of plaster strips online and it was enough to cover eight large sculptures. I cut the plaster strips into squares so it would be easier to work with and the waste would be minimized. To activate the plaster strips they had to be submerged in warm water. I found warm water in the school cafeteria, and filled two pans and two containers. The plaster is dusty, but not too messy. The students enjoyed using their hands to wet and smooth the plaster onto their sculptures. They worked really hard. I think it would have been easier for some students if their sculptures were smaller (the size of a loaf of bread). Also, many of the sculptures had odd angles, curves and appendages that made it challenging to cover with the plaster. Overall the students enjoyed exploring this new material and were challenged with applying it onto their sculptures. Some students asked me where they could get plaster strips to use at home. Their interest and enthusiasm showed me that they were transferring what they had learned in the art studio to their real lives.