Friday, April 29, 2011

District Wide Art Show

So another hectic week has passed.  Thursday was the 2nd annual district-wide art show.  All of the art teachers at the different levels collect their best artwork throughout the year and display them all together.  We also feature entertainment by the districts choirs, bands, and the ballroom dance students at the high school. We had a great turnout of parents, students, teachers and people from the community.  I was exhausted from hanging the show, then attending the event, then taking everything down.  The artwork had to be taken down last night, because the multi purpose building is also being used for the Prom this weekend, so decorations had to be finished today. But it is all worth it for the community to see what talent our students have.

Art 3 and 4 Artwork

Art 2 Artwork
3D artwork and Classroom Mural
by 8th graders...students of Ms. Barnard

Me with the Middle School Art Teacher, Ms. Barnard
Our Superintendant speaking with one of our City Councilman.

BHS Students Admiring Artwork...and posing for the camera!

So this is what I worked on all week and wore myself out!  Looking forward to spending the next week with my Seniors for the last time!  Always bittersweet!

Have a great weekend!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Colored Pencil Workshop with Toni James

Last weekend I attended a colored pencil workshop in Memphis.  The workshop instructor was Toni James.  She is an amazing portrait artist from Arizona, and I am fortunate enough to be friends with her, so she agreed to come to Memphis to do a workshop for our chapter.  I love to go to workshops and learn new techniques, but her techniques I really think that I will make use of.  I haven't done alot of colored pencil drawing lately, because of all of the pen and ink house commissions that I've been doing.  But colored pencils are one of my favorite mediums and I hope to get more practice using them and actually do some portraits. 

(and yes...I am tall and she is short! In that photo, it looks like I'm almost a full head taller! )

 Toni is a natural teacher and did a wonderful job explaining and demonstrating exactly how she creates the beautiful portraits that she does.  She is shown above starting her demo on the eye that we worked on day one.  I was very pleased with the results that I achieved. And I think that everyone there was too.

Memphis Chapter CPSA
End of Day 1
Toni James Workshop

On another note, school will be out in about 7 weeks for me.  I cannot wait to really get alot done this summer in my art studio.  I may even finish painting the walls in here.  But who wants to stop to paint the walls when you can create other stuff like portraits, houses, and just spend time thinking of new things to do!? 

Have a great weekend!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Pen and Ink and More

Sorry for such a long pause between posts. I've been trying to stay caught up with everything else that needs my attention.  I just finished 2 pen and ink drawings and need to start 3 more! School is beginning to wind down. We are looking at our last 8 weeks of school. Much of that time is used for state testing and  getting the seniors ready for their departure!  And trying to keep them on task! The seniors come down with an 'illness' called senioritis..and about now it ready starts to get more intense.  They see the end of this road and are a little panicky trying to figure out which road to take after graduation!  And I can't blame them. It is such a serious and important decision.

I'm on my way to a Colored Pencil Portrait Workshop with Toni James this weekend and I'm really looking forward to it!

Have a great weekend!


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