Friday, June 18, 2010

Summer Planning

Since it is summer, I'm sure a bunch of us are planning for the new year, especially with our new standards rolling out. As you are working on your curriculum mapping for next year, please keep in mind this blog. If you have anything you would like to share with the other art teachers in the county, please email me at so I can upload it and we can maximize the use of this blog.

Some things that might be helpful to others...
  • Tried and true lessons for yours-- ones that the kids enjoyed and were successful with
  • Materials management strategies-- how do you order, stock, and keep track of your materials?
  • Sketchbook ideas
  • Budget tricks-- how do you make the most of your budget, what do you spend the majority of your money on, what products are worth the money, what products are not worth the money
  • Competitions/Art Shows-- do you have any dates for upcoming art shows or competitions within the county or state?
  • Classroom set up-- what are some strategies you use to make your classroom most efficient?
Hope you all have a wonderful and safe summer!

Monday, May 17, 2010

East Paulding Drawing I

This is a project I recently finished with Drawing I at East Paulding.
Students worked with black and white charcoal on toned paper. The challenge was to use the toned paper as the mid tones and use the charcoal for high light and low lights. They had the freedom to choose any animal as long as they had a resource image to study.
They turned out great!

-Kayla Robinson

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Trompe L'oeil

My Ceramics I class just finished up a lesson on Trompe L'oeil imagery. If you are not familiar, trompe l'oeil means to fool the eye. Traditionally, painters have used this technique to trick their viewers into believing their paintings were the objects they painted and not just a picture on the canvas. Though using this technique for ceramics is a little different. Their goal was to take something that was not typically made out of clay and recreate it using clay so that as the viewer, you couldn't tell it was not the original object. Below are some pictures during production and post production.

You can see all of these in person at North Paulding's Art Show/Silent Auction on May 26th at the Dallas Municipal Court. McClure Middle school will also be hosting this event with us. Hope to see you there!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Visual Comp Mapping

Yesterday we got through 3 Units for Visual Comp. Below is what has been mapped so far:

Unit 1: VAHSVAMC 1, 2, & 3
Intro to Visual Arts
-What is Art?
-Elements and Principles
- What is a Critique?

Unit 2: VAHSVACU 1
-Visual Communication
--Chapter 2 in Discovering Art History Text
-Subject matter/media

Unit 3: VAHSVAPR 1,2, & 3/ VAHSVAAR: 1, 2, & 3
-Color Theory

That's really as far as we got-- just not enough time to continue. We also discussed having a Visual Verbal Journal for Visual Comp. There will be future posts detailing specific ideas and uses for the Visual Verbal Journals.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010


This is an experiment... hopefully this will be a good way for us to share ideas, lessons, curriculum mapping, photos, etc. The new GA high school standards are on separate pages to the right.