Thursday, February 26, 2009

Let there be light!

Owen C has been student teaching in Kathy Jo P's art room which is in the Westfield Elementary School. The following projects were done with two pieces of paper - one to draw on, and the other to cut the shape of a light beam.
The light beam is glued behing the drawing. When the artwork is backlit, the light beam is visible.
Owen has hung the drawings in front of the ceiling lights so that everyone who enters the art room can enjoy these wonderful pieces.

Simple frames

If you've ever framed a lot of artwork, you know how quickly the expense can add up! I build my own frames to save big time. I begin with small backing boards so that I will have a surface to nail quarter inch thick slats around the artwork. Thanks goodness for power screw drivers!
I use elmer's glue to hold the masonite panels on the backing boards.
And a few small wire brads to hold the panels in place while the glue dries.
Below the slats are in place making a simple frame.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Elementary Art

Art student teacher Tom K developed this lesson after famous artist Loiuse Nevelson. Three examples made by students in Trish S's artroom in the Galeton Elementary School follow:

Friday, February 13, 2009

First batch nearing completion, second batch started

As I frame some of the finished work, I have new spaces to dry new pieces which I have been plastering (and texturing). My drying racks for my frames are not high tech - coffee cans!
The big problem is where to store the finished pieces? Some are hung in the garage, one has been moved into the permanent collection by my wife and the rest are in the front room next to my studio space.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Elementary Art

I'm supervising student teacher Heather K at the Clark Wood Elementary School in Elkland, PA. Her co-op is Rachel B. These fish were made by their students with some bright electrical wire added to a heavier wire shaped by hand. Some fancy little items have been added, too.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Photo club assignment for Tuesday's critique

For this week's critique, the members of the Grand Canyon Photo Club were asked to create an image by clicking photos at slow shutter speeds while the zoom was zooming. I found that my camera would not function during the zoom, so I had to manually move my camera quickly towards or away from my "subject." Below are the two best images I captured. Would you believe that the Christmas decoration below was my "subject." I had to turn off the flash to allow the shutter to remain open longer while shooting the images above.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

All done!

Now I have to start framing them all.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Here are six new paintings

I've been using some of the products from Trimtex - where I will have a show this coming June. The middle piece has imprints of a wide lace trim above the zebras. The piece on the right has imprints from a narrower lace trim running up & down.
I used commercial "texture plates" to impress two cirlcle patterns into the plaster of the painting below. As you can see, I haven't yet added the third color layer to many of the paintings near the top of the photo below.