Stephanie Flis

Anything but white walls (an art blog)

Art Education

This is my teacher sample of the cherry blossom project. The medium for this project was felt tip pen and crayon. In this project I modeled how to draw cherry blossoms and explained size, scale and the rule of thirds. These things are important when you compose an art piece. Cherry Blossoms have an international significance in our culture. Japan gave us these trees, a lot of which are in Washington D.C. as a sign of their friendship. It is tradition for the 1st lady of the white house to plant one. Every year in Washington D.C. they have a cherry blossom festival to celebrate the arrival of spring.

This is one of my favorite Student Samples. You can see she followed the assignment very well. I love that she used her imagination and created a story with the petal being blown by the wind. I also adore the editions of the bumble bees and the caterpillar.

This is my teacher sample for the project food art. The medium for this project is crayon. In this project we discussed the famous artist Wayne Theilbaud. He is famous for his paintings of desserts.

This next project is my zentangle project. In this project we learned how to do certain zentangle patterns or doodles. The medium for this was graphite. After the students were done they could add their own creatures in their piece if they wished. If you have never heard of Zentangle you can read the description below

The process of creating a Zentangle is a form of “artistic meditation” as one becomes completely engrossed in making each pattern, deliberately focusing on “one stroke at a time”®. The creativity options and pattern combinations are boundless. And anyone can do it!

The Zentangle method “increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being. The Zentangle method is enjoyed all over this world across a wide range of skills, interests and ages.”

The one above is my sample the next three are student samples

Another project I have done in the past was pattern/textile design. In this project we also discussed inspiration. What is inspiration and where does it come from. At the end of the assignment they had to list where they got their inspiration such as architecture, nature, Islamic culture etc. In the next pictures here are 2 samples.

For the textile project the students had a choice to do it in grayscale or color the next sample is a student that did it in color

The next project had to do with abstract art. We discussed Wassilly Kandinsky and his contribution to the art world. This project is Tempra Paint on cardboard and here are four student samples.

The last project is the Kindness Hands. The students at Anna Maria Elementary participated in the Kindness week contest. One was a project in art where we helped build the largest wall of kindness hands for the Guiness Book of World Records.

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