When we were working with Spanish III class on a PBL project, Creating Social Awareness Through Art, I immediately thought of Tonia, The Barefoot Artist. Tonia and I were in art classes together throughout high school and I've always thought she was so creative and talented in art. I also keep in touch with Tonia on Facebook and I've been able to follow her career as a mural artist. I knew she was the perfect artist to come and inspire our students in their PBL mural project. We were very fortunate to have Tonia come to our school and give a presentation with some of her original artworks as well as slideshow of her murals. Tonia also worked with our students walking around and giving advice on their individual pieces. We all learned so much from Tonia and appreciate all her ideas and suggestions for our collaboration project. It was Tonia to suggest our mural come together in a 3-D installation. Thank you Tonia, it turned out amazing!!!
Please check out Tonia's website: http://www.thebarefootartist.com
On December 10th, we were so fortunate to have amazing watercolor artist and photographer, Ryan Fox, come to our art classes to demonstrate the pouring watercolor technique. We learned how to play with liquid watercolors and release control of painting to let the water do the painting. We used masking techniques with rubber cement and hairdryers to cover our paper in multiple layers of dancing colors. Ryan brought in his beautiful works of art, slide show presentation, and demonstrations to inspire the art students to explore and create. We had so much fun with Ryan and I really appreciate him for donating his time to spend the entire day with me and all my classes. Thank you Ryan Fox for sharing with us!
Please checkout Ryan's website to view his beautiful watercolor artworks: http://www.rfoxphoto.com/index.html
On December 2, 2015 I took 40 students on an art outing for the day. We started the day off at CAM, Contemporary Art Museum in downtown Raleigh, NC. Featured Artist, Sarah Cain: The Imaginary Architecture of Love, was very inspirational in teaching my students to play, explore, and have fun with art. I learned a lot as well. My students even got to play and create in Sarah Cain style. Then we ventured on a walk through the city to Visual Art Exchange and the 311 Art Gallery where we viewed many works of art by local artists. Next we hiked 5 more blocks to Artspace. Now this was an adventure with 40 teens! I was nervous, yet proud they were so mature while getting through stop lights, businesses, and traffic. I was so glad to see Artspace! We were greeted and learned about the Artists and their studio spaces. Then we all had an hour to go off on our own and tour the studios talking to artists. Amazing artful, exhausting day! We had a great time!
My sweet, caring husband bought 70 pumpkins for all my students to paint. So we had a pumpkin painting contest. Students sketched out ideas and used acrylic paint to bring design and life to their pumpkins. We displayed in Media Center the week before Halloween.
Students worked with an end in mind, by creating a plan with researching ideas, color schemes, and sketching. We practiced pinch, coil, and slab hand building techniques before beginning the process of putting their plan in play. Glazing will come next.
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Stormy Schumann-Art & Design Studio Director / Instructor / Facilitator for Vernon Malone College & Career Academy.
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