Monday, June 27, 2011

TCU Sculpture Week

I love TCU.  I love that the staff at TCU fight for grants for art educators.  If it were not for Amanda and the awesome (and very patient) professors and assistants, we'd have nothing!  So often as art teachers we focus only on what cool and new things we can do with our kids and neglect our own desires to make art.  Let's face the facts folks...we need art too!

So last week we had a chance to make art for ourselves.  We were shown new techniques and given new materials in order to create sculptures.  It was such a great opportunity!  To be back in a studio environment and given expensive materials to play with, what more could you ask for...and it didn't cost us a penny?  It was like being back in college again.   Good times!

The first thing we did was make Roto Casts out of paper sculptures.  We folded up paper and secured it to the top of a plastic bottle, making sure it was air tight.  Then we poured silicone into the sculpture and slowly rotated it in order for the it to cover all the corners and crevices of the piece.
The materials.

The air tight paper sculpture.

The finished product.  I used sharpie and colored the inside of the paper creases to get the bleedy effect.
The next thing we did was silicone casting.  We glued what we wanted cast onto a board, then painted several different layers of silicone onto the piece.  After it dried we applied plaster around it, then broke out the encased silicone mold and used that to create new pieces. Pretty cool stuff.
The purple cog is the silicone casting.
The final project was to create a wire form and then spray it with a Styrofoam spray.  After it's sprayed you can file it down and paint it to your liking.  Some added plaster to it, some chose to weave materials through the chicken wire...it was crazy to see the different ideas!  I love art teachers!
The foam.
The AWESOME assistants working their tails off for us.

Sprayed and filed down.
Here are some of the WONDERFUL and AMAZING sculptures created by FWISD art teachers.  Please to enjoy the awesomeness!



















Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Knitting Class Cancelled!

So I was at Avoca  this afternoon for a delightful cup of iced mocha when I spotted this flyer.  I giggled and made the sign of the cross immediately afterward...I didn't want bad karma.  I guess I'll have to learn knitting somewhere else.  God rest his little gerbil soul.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Dog Days of Summer

Dude, it's so HOT!  I can't seem to get motivated to post lessons, or sew, or even make art.  I just want to sit in my nice air conditioned house and watch movies all day long.  The heat makes me lethargic, that's my excuse at least.  Stella has the right idea!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

12 Days Before School's Out

To the tune of 12 days of Christmas...

On the first day before school's out,
my students gave to me
A billion little love notes just for me.

On the second day before school's out,
my students gave to me
2 long stem roses,

  and a billion little love notes for me.

On the third day before school's out,
my students gave to me,
puke in my classroom,
(no photo, use your imagination)
two long stem roses,
and a billion little love notes just for me.

On the fourth day before school's out,
my students gave to me,
paint on my sidewalk,
puke in my classroom,
two long stem roses,
and a billion little love notes just for me.

On the fifth day before school's out,
my students gave to me,
one wire scorpion,
paint on my sidewalk, 
puke in my classroom,
two long stem roses,
and a billion little love notes just for me.

On the sixth day before school's out,
my students gave to me
one middle finger,
one wire scorpion,
paint on my sidewalk,
puke in my classroom,
two long stem roses,
and a billion little love notes just for me.

On the seventh day before school's out,
my students gave to me,
two 1st grade meltdowns,
one middle finger,
one wire scorpion,
paint on my sidewalk,
puke in my classroom,
two long stem roses,
and a billion little love notes just for me.

On the eighth day before school's out,
my students gave to me,
four 5th grade infractions,
two 1st grade meltdowns,
one middle finger,
one wire scorpion,
paint on my sidewalk,
puke in my classroom,
two long stem roses,
and a billion little love notes just for me.

On the ninth day before school's out,
my students gave to me,
two consecutive field days,
four 5th grade infractions,
two 1st grade meltdowns,
one middle finger,
one wire scorpion,
paint on my sidewalk,
puke in my classroom,
two long stem roses,
 and a billion little love notes just for me.

On the tenth day before school's out,
my students gave to me,
one dieing birdie,
two consecutive field days,
four 5th grade infractions,
two 1st grade meltdowns,
one middle finger,
one wire scorpion,
paint on my sidewalk,
puke in my classroom,
two long stem roses,
and a billion little love notes just for me.

On the eleventh day before school's out,
my students gave to me,
lots of hugs and high fives,
one dieing birdie,
two consecutive field days,
four 5th grade infractions,
two 1st grade meltdowns,
one middle finger,
one wire scorpion,
paint on my sidewalk,
puke in my classroom,
two long stem roses,
and a billion little love notes just for me.


On the twelfth day before school's out,
my students gave to me,
crumpled art in trash cans,
lots of hugs and high-fives,
one dieing birdie,
two consecutive field days,
four 5th grade infractions,
two 1st grade meltdowns,
one middle finger,
one wire scorpion,
paint on my sidewalk,
puke in my classroom,
two long stem roses,
and a billion little love notes just for me!