Experimenting with new ideas and materials

20 10 2012

The theme this month is “risk it”, well at least I am.  I have jumped head into an art history lesson that involves a shallow tunnel book format and I am asking students to remix it.  Now, a tunnel book construction is not new to me, so I am comfortable with this idea but Voice Thread not so much.  I am working on sharing our threads with another school to get feedback about the progress of our works.  It is a free program and pretty easy to set up.  I am more concerned with with results from the exchange and I hope it is worthwhile.  It has great potential but it will take extra time.  I will keep you posted. 

Next is our large coffee portrait paintings…new media on the grand scale.  We are using unstretched primed canvas as our surface.  The compositional size is 3 feet by 5 or 6 feet.  I love the color of the coffee, it is so warm, and creates soft flowing edges.  My students are troopers and dive in feet first with me and work it all out.  I can’t wait to show off the final results.

My last big deal is, I feel I finally see all the hard work I have put into some of my students.  They can DRAW, really DRAW, and realistically, and also with creative expression.  I am so excited to see that my students can SEE and FEEL it too.  So empowering when the “light switch” is ON!  

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