Sunday, August 29, 2010

Cultural Differences

When I ask students to draw what they did over the summer I see lots of Disney World drawings, kids doing fun things like swimming or going to birthday parties. You know, fun and generally happy drawings. I did not expect to see this drawing!

My immediate thought was this child is disturbed. He has witnessed something horrible and it's scared him for life. I must seek help immediately. When I asked the student to tell me about his drawing he beamed up at me and told me he was finally grown up. His family had visited relatives back in Mexico and his father and uncle thought he was finally old enough to help slaughter a goat for the cook out. I asked him if it made him sad to see this and he said "No because I knew how good the food would be!" This apparently was a very proud moment for him. I remember when I was about 7 or 8 years old our neighbor gutted a giant catfish for a fish fry. For some reason I didn't think fish had blood, so you can imagine my horror when all this blood came gushing out. I remember staring down at the blood soaked grass and thinking how horrible this was. I don't think I ate fish for years after that.

It's crazy how some can perceive the act of slaughtering animals as gruesome while others see it as a defining moment in their lives. It may even be more of a male (father & son) bonding ritual. Anyway, I thought I'd share this.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Art Educator In-Service Day

I count myself very blessed to be an art educator in the FWISD. We have such wonderful In-Service days where we learn new art making processes, get new materials to play with, share different ideas and gain inspiration from others. This year we're focusing on the book "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" By Betty Edwards. We split off into groups and spent an hour in different classrooms learning new techniques for drawing. It's a great way to start off the new school year. You could spend the whole year teaching from this book.

This was really fun, even though I really, really, really hate the grid process. Who Doesn't like to draw dinosaurs? Especially pink and blue ones?

This dinosaur likes to eat pencils...he's a 2B - Rex! Yeah, that was pretty lame of me. Sorry.

This drawing is by Olivia Garcia Hassell, a fellow art teacher. I think it's pretty awesome. Do dinosaurs go to heaven? Hmmmmm.... As you can tell, we have a lot of fun at these in-services. Thank you FWISD!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Art Mail

Oh what to do with the students who are early finishers. Last year I had a rack of papers they were to grab and make free drawings with...that would only last them a mere minute or two. Then I added folders filled with fun drawing worksheets...that pretty much did the trick, up until they had completed all of them.

So this year I created the Art Idea Mailbox. They're only $7.99 at Joanne's Fabrics. All you have to do is give them a paint job (my room is paisley themed this year...oh paisley, how I love thee) and stuff them with as many envelopes as you can. In those envelopes are ideas that they are to draw. Ideas that will absolutely not be finished by the time class is over. You know why? Because they have to draw the picture prompt, then color it 100%. If they pick it they have to draw it. They can't put it back and try to say they don't like any of the ideas...HA-HA! It's a foolproof plan...totally foolproof...I think. That and I think they'll really dig opening up a mailbox and finding envelopes. I know I would have liked it as a kid.

If your interested in sketchbook ideas I got most of mine off of this site., they have some great ideas. I also cut some images out of magazines and asked them to draw a background. I'll see how it goes. If it ends up being non-foolproof, you will be the first to know. I have my fingers crossed!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Ray Doll Love

I made a doll of my friend Ray. He's perfect for doll form.

First I made him naked. Just for a laugh...

Then I decided he needed little clothes. And little shoes. I think the shoes are my favorite part.

Here's his backside.

I hope he like's his little mini me.