End of Winter Term

Greenware, bisqueware, and glazeware, collectively. 5th Grade.

The winter term has wrapped up in public school and slowly at the art center where I teach afternoons. This week has been a perfect week for me to reflect on students’ progress by reviewing past lessons and projects since mid-January. As a whole it seems everyone’s had fun and learned quite a bit. I’m pleased with the successes had then till now.

6th Grader working intently on his comic book.

I get ‘a little’ excited talking about art.

Progress report

A cloaked figure by Ilan, 13.

This week started off great after the holiday weekend! As the semester begins to wind down I’m giving students more freedom in class and seeing just what they’ve learned in class (and if they were paying attention these last several weeks). I’m starting with my kindergarteners and working my way up.

Yesterday I asked my k’s to assemble from clay a pet of alien design for their action heroes that were created a week ago. I watched carefully as everyone created limbs and “scratch & attached” with slip to form unique creatures. After looking them over, each figure remained hollow (important during the firing process), was put together correctly with safe use of a pin tool, and all had its own story to tell. I’m very proud of them!

The success continued with my seventh graders who have been working on drafting their own comic book. Many of the students have been wary of inking their pencils, afraid to ruin weeks worth of work. I requested that everyone practice inking a figure in their sketchbook after reviewing the steps. I was impressed with the end result and I think it gave the students confidence to proceed. One student showed me an example of a similar try out she had done at home, then compared it to her practice piece from class and expressed how pleased her work had improved. I’m glad the students are learning to experiment more with their art and, more importantly, have fun. My older students are beginning to develop their own style with their artwork and it’s exciting to be a part of the process as it progresses.

A manga inspired school girl/princess by, Sarah, 14.

Happy Halloween!

WONDER WOMAN #118, 1996

I think some adults enjoy Halloween almost as much as children. I’ve been delightfully putting together a pen and ink lesson for my graphic novel class using the elements of horror and shadow in comic books to create a definitive mood. Unfortunately classes were postponed due to the hurricane that blew through the East Coast, but I had so much fun pouring over old comics as I searched out examples to show students.

vozwords: Al Parker (1906-1985)

Mike Vosburg was one of my favorite comic book artists of my dad’s original Marvel and DC Comics collection from the Seventies and Eighties. I happened across his blog and was immediately inspired by his love of an illustration artist I had never heard of. Vosburg has moved on from comic books into TV, film, and even music videos and is another real life example of where comic books can take you. I’ll be using Mike Vosburg as suggestion of research for my older students, as well as Al Parker, featured in the link below.

vozwords: Al Parker (1906-1985): The invention of the camera shattered art in the western world. For several centuries one of the primary goals of the artist was to reprodu…