I regularly teach a teen and adult Polyester Plate Lithography class at the Multnomah Arts Center. This printmaking process is easy and enjoyable but sometimes can be an information overload for beginners. This short video was created for the Flipped-Classroom where students can watch my printing demonstration at home then come to class the next day with a much better understanding of the overall process and be ready to create an edition of their own prints.
Students at Wilson High School invented fictitious countries through a series of prompts and thumbnail sketches then designed currency to reflect the images and values their countries stand for. Through this process the students have been able to relate their interests and ideas they hold close to them and learn valuable colored pencil and micron-pen techniques.
Before the Make Your Own Currency project at Wilson High School, students spent five class periods learning key colored pencil techniques such as direct observation, color mixing, creating visual texture, perspective, night scenes and drawing from chosen owl photographs.
A great way to spark creativity and discuss the power of the absurd is my DADA collage assignment. DADA was an art movement created in Europe during the hight of the WWI as a way for artists, actors and musicians to communicate their thoughts and frustrations with the world around them. Time and time again this activity seems to resonate with most. Click here for the DADA worksheet PDF
I believe in student empowerment regarding individual voices and actions. This project is a way to tie design, print-making and critical art discussions into one product. Click here for Making an Art Manifesto worksheet PDF
For many students, drawing fundamentals can be a pain in the rear! This worksheet breaks down the process of drawing a cube to the simplest steps. Students start with drawing a cube from imagination then work up to a still-life in the art studio. Click here for How I Learned to Love the Cube worksheet PDF
For one of my Masters in Education classes at Concordia University, my team and I designed a BreakoutEDU assignment with the theme, “Zombie Apocalypse” where students had to survive this “undead wasteland” by solving technological clues throughout their journey. My leg of the project involved students finding the appropriate African War Masks to “wear” in order to protect themselves.
Above are my project examples that I create before each lesson to show students just one of many ways to execute the project at hand.