...I did bring this blog back...but probably won't do a ton of blogging on this site until closer to the beginning of the new school year...at my new school...gulp.
Even though I am in summer-break mode (teachers, ya'll know what I mean!) I am still thinking a little bit about teaching...my main platform for that right now...PINTEREST! Love it, love it, love it! So many amazing art lessons and resources all in one spot. I have two boards related to teaching, one is called, 'Teachin' Art' and the other is 'ART MATTERS! (Youth Art Month/Art Advocacy/Art Quotes)'. Art teachers, please feel free to check these boards out when you aren't enjoying the silence, lounging by the pool/beach, or working on your own artwork!!
I would like to note that I will make sure to post the inspirational graphics I make for the Art Hive Magazine Facebook to this page (if I don't add them to the Art Hive blog) and then pin to the 'ART MATTERS!' board...feel free to use 'em! I love art history, even more I like to have FUN with art history...using it as a reference, a source of inspiration, or for random silliness!
That being said..here is a little inspiration from one of my favs...Georgia O'Keeffe;
I also wanted to just mention again a really cool site that I found to create coloring pages from photos;
I used this site to convert some of my June 2013, 'Childhood' series into coloring pages to post on my art blog so...well, so kids (and kids at heart!) could print'em and color if they wanted.
I can definitely see where the coloring pages could be great for creating 'filler' activities...but they could also be used for Warhol-inspired lesson especially if you don't have Photoshop, etc at your school...but you could also use this site to quickly convert pictures for to make transfers for painting projects, etc. Just a thought...and I am actually doing that with a few of my pieces that I am working on right now.
Anyway, check out this site. It's free, don't know if I mentioned that...and it is easy to use! Yay!
Now...where was I? Oh yes....summer break!
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First off...I gotta say that I had to think about my blog post. Well, for starters- I had taken my 'teaching blog' off the navigation...why? Honestly- I took it off because I wasn't posting to it. Since I started posting to Instagram, I haven't posted as much to my art blog. I mean- I do post...but instead of every day or every other day it might be like, once a week...which is great...unless you are me...I am very regimented and when I don't stick to my self-imposed schedule or rules or organization...it stresses me out.
So, I hid the teaching blog. Outta sight outta mind, right? Not so much.
My next mental obstacle to overcome...should I just include my teaching posts within the context of my art blog? On one hand- yes, by all means. I identify myself as a teaching artist, I am both an artist and a teacher. But...I am also a little crazy about organization and to me having the blog posts separated into two spaces helps me to concentrate on whichever I am addressing.
Uh...so that makes sense to me at least. I brought back this here teaching blog...and I am going to try to keep it updated. Starting with a post about art camp. Here goes, let's start with a slideshow;
One of the biggest 'hits' at camp this week was the 'zine'. Now, I have heard of a 'zine before...but it has been a long time. My intern, Gigi, suggested that we make a 'zine and I said let's do it! So we did. I played student instead of teacher as I watched her folding technique for a 'zine, one that allows for the document to be easily photocopied and redistributed. Hey guess what? It was a hit! The kids LOVED making the 'zines. We made one inspired by Ancient Greece...and then the kids kept on making them even during lunch and breaks!
So...here is how you make a 'zine;
Talk about coincidence...I was doing my usual Sunday ritual of drawing at Barnes and Noble/Starbucks and I picked up the latest Juxtapoz and guess what? Yep, an article on 'zines. There is a solid history of 'zines, it is relevant to art today and...hey, you know what? It's easy, it's fun and it is super cheap to make a 'zine. I will definitely be using this lesson again, thinking it would be a good way to introduce sequential arts in my drawing/painting survey class at my new school...or could even be a fun digital photography lesson...maybe my students could take a photo journalistic approach and tell a story in images...just some thoughts.
Gigi, if you ever stumble upon my blog...