Our first Annual AP Senior Art Show was a huge success. Halls were packed with visitors, students, teachers, and administrators. Hundreds of works were on view for all to admire. Thank you to everyone who was a part of making this a successful evening.
I was midly humored to see that 2 of the top 5 books in the android play store may have some useful information. No. 3 The Educator’s Guide to Texas School Law. Followed by No. 5 The Subtle art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living the Good Life.
If you’ve been teaching art for a few years, you have probably come across a few sculptural goodies that you never assigned. I am talking about bongs, pipes, and the penis. They never covered this in education classes. What is a new teacher to do? Well Timothy Bogatz has answered just this question. He has put together a fantastic video called, How to Deal with Poorly Made Bongs. watch video
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As you approach you notice the beautiful branch with leaves that sway, but upon close inspection the details tell a different story. This tree is made up of some unusual materials. Items that were very unexpected. The leaves were hanging sales tags which looked as if they were stained with tea. The cabbage roses also made of tags. The installation gave up secretes as I studied the details. I noticed the straws, chocolate wraps, and baggie ties which came together to create beautiful textures throughout the sculpture. This was located at Anthropology in North Park Mall, Dallas, Texas.
When most people think of San Diego they start with the fantastic weather. True, it has year round weather that beats most of the country, but when I think of San Diego I think of home. I grew up on a small piece of land located on a hill named, Mt. Helix. I ran wild, playing in the fields of Bird of Paradise that were harvested for the floral industry. We picked oranges straight from the tree. To this day, nothing beats a warm sweet orange from the highest branchs. We had an orchard of Macadamia nut trees, which also included avocado trees, a lemon tree, a lime tree, orange trees, and one tangelo tree. Now, living in Texas my kids don’t have a an orchard to snack from. So when when spent time in San Diego this summer I headed straight for the Musicant estate. My son climbed higher than I did, as a child. He wanted to grab oranges from the top branches of the tree. I was so busying trying to make sure he did not fall, I had to set my camera down. So no pictures of him picking.
Today I ventured off to Willow Bend Mall in Plano Tx. Just stopped in for a Chicken Waldorf Salad at CPK. Afterward I located a new shop called Bullzerk, I had to go in after seeing the sign, Kiss me I’m DALISH. Pinch me! An Irish-Dallas Combo Tshirt? No way! It must be my lucky day. I had tears rolling down my face when I read all the trash talking Oklahoma shirts. Like, I’m with Stupid or Oklahoma: Annoying Texas since 1907. Some of my favorites were the oh so true, Lake Lewisville the Hamptons of Dallas, or My Favorite F -word is Frisco. So many accurate stereotypes, that I said to myself, You’ve gotta be McKinney Me…
I am always trying to find supplies for the classroom, which is difficult because I’m always at work. I decided to use Spring Break to acquire new resources for classroom materials. Time is not the only issue, money is always in short supply. So I have become adept at locating free, or as close to free materials as possible.
Today’s location is:
Scrap located in Denton Texas. I heard about Scrap from a teacher friend who graduated from the University of North Texas which is located very near this store. Scrap is a nice size shop located 420 S. Bell Ave. in Denton, Texas. The cashier at the counter was exceptionally nice, as she explained how items were priced. The items here are donated, then they categorize like items and price them to sell. Let me state that I never had to ask for a price on any item. Seeing the vast amount of stuff, I admired the time it must have taken to complete such a huge task. Many items could be purchased by the scoop, by the bag, or more fun, by the handful. Guess that’s my favorite because I have huge hands! My man hands came in very useful today. As you can see in the photos items were priced well. Scrap offers a membership program where you get discounts and special offers. Currently they are running a special, two memberships for the price of one, during March 2017. Memberships are not required to shop at scrap. Scrap is for anyone wanting to explore or looking for items they forgot they needed. They have great prices too. Srap is a great resource in the “Almost Free” category. Scrap Website
Photos were taken by Cutie in The Kitchen (my daughter)
I had a chance to meander the beautiful area in which I live. Sometimes it seems challenging to just get away from work, but that is what I did on Saturday morning. In downtown Plano, Texas stands the original buildings that first welcomed passengers from the Central Railroad in 1840. The track still moves passengers along in modern yellow electric rail cars know as DART. Downtown Plano was bustling with activities. It has recently earned the esteemed Arts District recognition, and rightly so. This morning I could see the dancers at the International Festival, people sitting in the grass at Haggard Park listening to folk singers from (i’m not sure where, but it sounds somewhat like Polish. My grandfather spoke Polish but I never heard him sing.) Food trucks were parked alongside the Courtyard Theater, and Cox Playhouse where two cast members came out in costume from Theatre Britain. I wanted to go see what I was missing, but I was on a mission. I walked past the galleries, headed to Angela’s at the Crosswalk, an eatery filled with sticky buns, country cooking, pies, and everything that says, “home”. I just wanted to enjoy a hot cup of tortilla soup. I was feeling a bit international, so I ordered a Greek salad with it.
Now that I was full I was ready to investigate. I walked towards the festival when a figurine in the window caught my eye. The shop was La Foofaraw, and little witch sat on the edge of the moon watching the people walk by.
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Not the chainsaws, and fake blood Halloween, but rather the homemade Halloween. Where people make their own costumes. This figurine was created by an artisan who took the time to thoughtfully design the buckles on her shoes. I decided to walk in to see more. The store had many figurines created by Bethany Lowe and , Karen and Mary Hammerschmidt. I enjoyed talking with the shop keepers, and asked to share their shop with my readers.
I am putting together a Wonderland inspired birthday party. We are still a few weeks out. So far I have finished the invitations, and miniature Hatter style hats. Just took pictures of the homemade hat pins. I used large paper clips unfolded and glued on old beads from earrings that hurt my ears. I am still working on the Red Queen’s Table.
The actual spatial immersion into a painting is a powerful way to prompt contemplation of its many facets. My project is not only a creative piece of work on its own; it stands in a larger context. It provides the unusual opportunity to view the painting from a unique perspective, revealing aspects that would normally stay hidden from the casual viewer. When we discern the original painting in this three-dimensional reproduction, we recognize which features most significantly constitute the painting. Consequently this three-dimensional exploration of Picasso’s Guernica is an innovative technique for comprehending and appreciating the original masterpiece.
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We took a trip to Galveston, Texas in June. It had been a cold winter, even for Texas. So when we drove down Broadway turned onto 25th Street towards the seawall, we were delighted to see the new Pleasure Pier on the horizon. I was surprised to see all the compact rides that still had BIG impact. It was beautiful at night.
Our July began with us rummaging though our attic in the heat looking for our old pink flamingos. Last year I had painted one of the flamingos. The patriotic plumage suited him well. So this year I was planning on adding to the flock. My daughter and I spent time painting two more. We began by spraying Kilz primer to lightly cover the pink plastic. After the primer dried we painting the body area blue. We continued on to the wings, beak and eyes. I signed my name on bottom and dated them. I have had several people threaten to stealing them. Kidding, I’m sure. We then had to decorate the scooter for this years bicycle parade. Our neighborhood began this tradition four years ago. My husband grew up in a nearby city and I have added a photo of their bike parade (bigger must be better). You will know which photo it is when you see it.
Visiting Bentonville Arkansas we stayed at the Museum Hotel. We loved it. The rooms were very quite, and the beds were comfortable. I really loved all the art in the room and around the hotel. The art in the lobby was fantastic it transformed as the day went from day to night. The self packing suitcase was mesmerizing. During our visit we saw the exhibit, OFF-SPRING: New Generations in Contemporary Art Ebony Patterson (Jamaican) Gully Godz in Conversations Revised I, II, and II, 2010. It was comprised of mixed media tapestry, wallpaper, fake flowers, bedazzled shoes, and cinder blocks. Courtesy the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago. Love this place http://www.21cmuseumhotels.com/bentonville/
I just created my first GIF. We played in the snow today and I had this series of photos. I turned them into a GIF file using Adobe CS2. At this point I am only learning and cannot post a How To on this, but here is the link I used.
Over the summer we were driving in San Diego when we past the man and his wife walking down the street. I yelled stop the car. I jumped out with my camera and asked them if I could take their picture. They said yes and I had to quickly get back to the car which had turned around and was slowing to pick me up on this busy street. I did not get names. If you know anyone in these photos please let me know.
During the summer Texas women were slapped in the face by our governor, Rick Perry. I don’t usually take on political art but our governor has, “little lady-ed” this hard working, Texas born, mother, wife, and teacher, one too many times. With Prick Dairy running this rodeo, women will lose their rights to: Earn a fair wage, We really need someone who understands people. He is part of the Texas Taliban. Whats next? Planned Parenthood?
As we prepare for hoards of kids knocking at our door this Halloween, I have decorated the dining area just off the front door. I used 2 paper lanterns. The first is a bright orange pumpkin that smiles at everyone. The 2nd, is a black cat paper lantern which is centered falling just under the hanging lamp. It is bit difficult to see. I added yellow, white, and black honeycombed paper spheres to fill the space. Overall, I like the effect. It provides a welcoming happy look. The cats in the center of the table are homemade. I created 13 papier mache cats a couple years ago, these are two of them. We set up a candy bar for our friends. The orange lights around the containers create nice effect.
This Halloween we will have two fortune tellers at our house. At our party we want to promote the skills of both mystics. I used photo editing software to put these posters together. One of my favorite programs is Picasa 3. I use it to straighten my photos. I then used Photoshop to add the mystical vapors around the crystal ball.
Looking back at last years Halloween Gala I noticed the glittery crystal ball. It was an over sized ornament turned upside-down. This year I have upgraded to a glass light fixture.
Over the years I have hosted many Halloween Parties, so my guests are on the look out for tricks cleverly placed around the house. This year I decided to place a large plastic tarantula spider inside the lid of the toilet seat. Knowing my guests would suspect something in the powder room I tried to distract the guest by placing a vampire portrait above the toilet. I had glued a second large spider to the mirror which attracted their attention as they did something mundane as lifting the toilet seat. So each time a new guest entered the restroom I waited to hear a scream. No screams came, instead it was muffled cursing. One guest came out and said, I suspected something, but I was too busy looking around when I lifted the seat, “Damn, that startled me”.
Inspired by the movie, Marie Antoinette with Kirsten Dunst. I created an 18th Century Pouf hairstyle on my daughter. Yes, that is her real hair, not a wig. I began with about 5 plastic grocery bags. I placed 4 of the bags inside one bag. I then shaped it into a pillow on top of her head. My daughter’s hair reaches about 2″ lower than her shoulders, so I could create this look with her real hair. But if you have short hair, not to worry, Here is a tutorial I found using a wig. I just created a soft armature (plastic bag pouf) and designed it on her head instead.
This took about 45mins of just pulling up her hair around the plastic bags. I used about 80 bobby pins. So have plenty on hand. I also used hairspray on each strand. I decorated the finished hair with flowers and bugs for Halloween.
Yes, she does have a red cut along her neck, this is the ghost of Marie Antoinette.
Video: Creating this look with real hair, here.
We are almost ready for the Gaston Ghoulish Gala 2013. This year my daughter and I will be dressed as Gypsy Fortune Tellers. We purchased her costume online here. The quality of the costume is ok. The top of the dress is see through, so she is wearing an undershirt. I picked up the tarot card at the same online store. I am still working on my costume. I am trying to work with the colors in her costume and incorporate them into mine. We will both have purple and turquoise in our garb. I will post my costume soon, once complete. These costumes are a departure from last years, the ghost of Marie Antoinette here. Stay tuned.
Searching Pinterest I came across an all black wreath covered in snakes. I liked the concept, but lacked a black wreath. I went up to the attic and found my trusty pumpkin wreath. Realizing I had snakes from the dollar store I could put them together. So I got to work. Here are a couple of the finished photos. I have already had a comment about the wreath. My neighbor said, “It really startled me”. That’s the response I am looking for.
This Halloween we are decorating the entry as a fortune tellers room. I would like to have a table with unopened letters written to the fortune teller. The table looks like she takes off her jewelry and throws down the mail. I have a link at the bottom of this post to the template to print this. Hope you like it.
FortuneTellerLetters Here is the PDF Template.
So I am watching the Ovation Channel, Art of Sneakers 2013. I love seeing personal expression in everyday objects. This show acknowledges that Art is found everywhere, including on shoes. So you can have one of your designs painted or printed on a pair of your shoes. I think I want to place some of my designs on a shoe, but how do I decide which one? Halloween is coming but then I could only wear the shoe during Halloween. I did see the Sugar Skulls by The Ave Venice. Very nice. Although I like the hand painted art of Adriana Gutierrez, owner of King of Sneakers Custom Footwear.
My life is filled with things that should not be thrown out. No, I am not a hoarder. I am a sculpture teacher, so when I see a puzzle piece, or cap from a soda bottle, I don’t automatically think, “Recycle”. I think…. How should I file this? Do I have other like items? Or should I categorize it by the material it is made of? Plastic, metal, etc. Often this can become a dilemma. My solution came to me in a very berry, Roman Raspberry moment of unadulterated pleasure. A crisp cool gelato that can make a sweltering hot day seem delightful. My thoughts of eating chilled raspberries on a white sand beach came to a screeching halt when I noticed the container of pure heaven was empty. Such a nice size, sturdy container. What could I do with this? This is the solution to my organizational quandary. They could be filled with items that were either too small, or too few. Items that would be lost in my larger plastic bins. After I filled the first container, it gave me the excuse to eat more gelato. Sacrificing myself in the name of organization!!!
Each of these sculptures where constructed of found plastic items. Most are plastic water bottles, but the top one is made of plastic forks. The assignment was to collect plastic trash for two weeks. Students were asked to collect items at lunch. The final works came out nicely. Some student heated the bottles with a heat gun, outside in a WELL ventilated area. This gave a nice wavy distortion to the areas where it was applied.