Thursday, February 21, 2008

Field Trip to EIU

Several students attended a field trip to Eastern Illinois University on Tuesday. Our first stop was at the Art Park which is where the majority of art classes are located while the new Fine Arts Center is being built. Jeff Boshart, head of the sculpture department met with the students and gave them a wonderful tour of the art department. Many of the teachers talk to our students about the projects that their students were working on as well as what is involved in their programs. After the tour, students were able to go back in to the classrooms at their own pace where they were able to talk to students and view artwork. Many of the instructors were my former instructors and I was so pleased to see them. I felt like they went above and beyond to work with my students and answer questions, show them how certain things work such as their kiln room, and put an amazement and excitement in my students. They are truly amazing teachers!
We then traveled to the Tarble Art Center for a tour and activity. The art education students from EIU use this program as part of their practicum hour work. The work that my students created was based on the work of artist Ben Whitehouse. His work revolves around continuous time and color in landscape. The college students did a nice job with the students. I am hoping to see several of them in the future for observation hours.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Advanced Art Class- Shannon

Each week, I am going to try and share with the work and ideas of one of my advaced art students. This week it is Shannon. Shannon is a senior here at PHS and the following are her thoughts and ideas in regard to her work.

"My work is not like many other students work here at PHS. I have never ending ideas and thoughts. I like to do things that will make people ask questions or that will protray a certain emotion. Sometimes, I like to send a message through art and I would like those who look at my art work to feel something from what I have done. Everyone has a different idea about how objects are seen. For me, I see things out of the ordinary.Someone once told me that those who love art are not afraid to be abstract, but those who love science and math always have to have perspective. When I use color I tend to use earth tones, I feel they can send a message better than anything else because you always see them. But, the colors I have had great intrest in lately is black and white. The main reason is this semester Mrs. Phegly asked us to pick a theme, I chose emotions. Emotions can be seen through anyone. You may be sad, loney or confused, but people get this way for different reasons. Black and white helps you see exactly what mood your going for. It lets those who are looking at your artwork really focus on the image, rather than all the color or lines in the piece."

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Indianapolis Home Show

Recently, I was lucky enough to take a group of art students to the Indianapolis Home Show. I had never been to a home show and frankly it was not at all what I expected. There were buildings full of designers and decorators...perfect for my students who have shown an interest in the arts in regard to home design, decorating, and photography. I listened as the girls discussed what they like and what they didn't like. They talked about color schemes, arragement, proportion, mural paintings, and images on film. I was so excited to see them excited about the many ways that the arts can influence a career choice.

Altered Collage

My Art I students are in the process of creating altered collage. Many of the students have had a very difficult time with this task. We researched and then students selected collage artists that inspired them. I believe that the biggest battle that was fought was to get students to understand that collage is not cutting pictures out of magazines and gluing them on the page by overlapping them. Collage is adding found objects, decorative elements, and images to a canvas. Here are a few of the works in progress.