Value Charts

A great way to reinforce color and use up scrap paper. Students in Painting 1 created 4 ten box areas to color. They used black and white paint, colored paint, colored pencil and drawing pencil. Students created examples of shades and tints. This will translate into their larger paintings.





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Some freebies for my fellow art teachers. I needed a color theory activity for my technology classes so I created a digital worksheet that students can download and complete using Adobe Photoshop. While making it I decided to roll out a new version for my painting classes. Please feel free to download and use these in your class. (not to be published). Please link back to my blog. Thanks!


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Stop Animation

When I returned to school after maternity leave, my students were in the midst of a stop animation project. It was interesting to see how they used their critical thinking and collaboration skills to problem solve. Being the first time for a project like this, there were many unknown challenges. The final results were quite fun and will be posted soon!

Photo 1+5 – Making changes to the object that is being animated.

Photo 2 – Working on a soundtrack in Adobe Premiere

Photo 3 – Melting characters for the ending.

Photo 4 – Taking one of the hundreds of shots needed for an animation.






Painting 1 students studied the elements and principles of art and began a new “secret” watercolor project, more on that later. Right now we are working on design ideas using a matrix. Initial ideas will develop into thumbnail sketches and eventually a finished paintings.




Computers in Design class were so excited to work outside today. Sometimes a change if scenery is a creativity booster. Here the students are working on animations. They are project planning, making group contract, investigating collaboration tools on their phones and drawing storyboards. A productive day.




Back to Blogging

I haven’t updated my blog for some time as I’ve been out on Maternity leave. While I was gone, I paid a visit to Teacher’s Treasures, a place for teachers to collect donated supplies.

One if the items on offer was glitter glue sticks. I left with a huge bag of them and no idea how they would be used!

On Thursday, I presented the glitter sticks to my New Tech Craft Club and we started to brainstorm ideas. There are several mini projects in the works but I really liked one student’s fashion accessorising as she melted the sticks and began to personalise her shoes. I can’t wait to see what else these creative kids do.


Color Your World

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Color is all around us, but how many of us really pay attention to it. By this, I mean, think about why things are certain colors?

All of my art and technology classes begin their journey of creativity by learning about the basic element of color and how it affects they way they will have to think about their paintings and designs. Colors emit emotions. Colors are used to enhance ideas. Color is used in marketing to sway our thoughts about a product or service. While most of us feel this subconsciously, my students are now aware of how color is woven into their lives. Every student is now armed with knowledge  and held responsible for color selections in their future lessons.

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