Monday, May 14, 2012

Finishing at Forest Hills Middle School May 2012

I finish my residency here at Forest Hills Middle School in just a few days.  As you can see we have been quite busy with watercolors, tempera paints, oil pastels and even acyrlics!  Having worked with 7th-9th grade and over 180 students in 20 intense days has given me a greater appreication of Patience with students.  It is almost the end of the year so Spring Fever is very evident.

My real core group of the 9th graders worked as teams to create 6 large murals that will hang in the cafeteria.  I also worked very briefly with them on a clay sculpture, the work of wich is literally firing in the kiln.  I probably enjoyed the 7th graders just as much and their work in watercolor, oil pastels and tempera painting was very successful.  A small sampling of their work is evident below.  I was even able to sneak in a piece that Mrs. Honkus accomplished....accidentally posted twice so we get to see it two times!

After this, we are working on finishing my studio space, flying to Vegas for a wholesale show and keeping up with our orders.....FUN and EXCITING!

More of Forest Hills Middle School

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Forest Hills Middle School Residency

Here I am at Forest Hills Middle School.  I will post more photos of the finished watercolors later this week.  Right now I am working with Art Teacher Lucille Honkus for 20 days with grades 7-9.  This is Lucille's retirement year and we will all really miss her!

The 7th and 8th graders are finishing their watercolors based on animal, plant and bird imagery.  I borrow the meanings from Ted Andrew's book Animal Speak as well as my own research based on Victorian Times and the language of flowers.  Each student selects 5 adjectives to describe themselves and then renders a drawing based on these images.

The 9th grade project involves us in teams working on large scale canvas paintings that will hand proudly in the cafeteria.  Of course Lucille and I had to do one that talks about the arts!  More photos and jargon to come.