Monday, May 25, 2015

Friday, May 22, 2015

Brush and Ink drawing High School

We ordered colored inks this year and thought we should learn how to use them. I showed my students different examples of techniques and let them experiment with styles to figure out a process that best suited them. They choose a technique by means of brush stokes as a form of expression. The project was strictly brush and ink. Students used a camera to take photos of their subject matter. Approx. side of projects 18" x 24"

Now for some shameless self-promotion. I've been writing and illustrating a book about the 80's Denver Punk Rock Scene that I was a part of. Below are a few illustrations using strictly brush and ink from the project.  To see more, click here

High School Oil Painting

This was our first true oil painting project of the semester. There was some metaphorical tears, but there was some great leaning as a result. I sometimes wonder if working with oils paints with 9th and 10th graders is a wise idea. The student's worked approx 18" x 24" on heavy duty paper. We used olive oil to mix colors and clean...a safe alternative to mineral spirits and such!

We used the art department's cameras and went around our beautiful campus to snap photos. the students worked from the photos they took.

High School Painting: Ethiopian Animal Skulls

Kudos to Mr. H. for suppling my painting class with his skull collection. The students drew from life and used a black Crayola marker. The background was in introduction to mixing oil paints. Size of projects 18" x 24"

The first step is to crate a pencil drawing, followed by using the marker and a paintbrush and water to create the shading effect.