Friday, February 15, 2019

Timed drawings - paint

I really enjoyed this. Influenced, inspired, by Lynda Barry books on timed drawings, I had students draw from students around them given time limits of 1, 2, and 3 minutes. We warmed up first, doing drawings for 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 min. Then paint! Students had 3 drawings on one page and had to make it one. There was lots of silence, then laughter, and talk.












Friday, November 23, 2018

Video Montage - technique

If I teach it, I must do it! My sample Montage for Media Arts class.


Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Gifs - Media Arts

Gifs can be creative little films and an art unto themselves. Creating them also acts as an introduction to Animation, Stop Motion, Video, and Drawing animation, and learning of a variety of software, technical terms and general Animation Vocabulary.

We began with Zoetropes, as an intro to the moving picture and History of animation. Students created their own. Then we cut the drawings apart and photographed them individually, or with iMotion, a Stop Motion app for their phones.

All the work in my Media Arts class was done by Smartphones/iPhones as Camera, and LapTop for Video Editing. It was amazing to see what students can do!

Video Editing and Keyframe Software covered on laptops, Flash, Photoshop, GIMP, DaVinci Resolve.

Here is a sampling of student work. When finished they created Gifs using the following methods: Drawing (zoetropes), Vector, Video, Stop Motion.

C's vector gif

A's Video Gif with reversal

M's Drawing Gif


M's drawing Gif

E's hand drawn Gif

T's Video G
E's Drawing/Vector Gif



T's Vector/Drawing Gif

K's Video Gif

L's Video Gif

T's Vector Gif

M's Drawing Gif

R's Vector Gif

L's Video Gif

Y's Video Gif

K's Vector Gif
Y's Video Gif

M's Video Gif

A's Vector Gif

T's Drawing Gif

Y's Vector Gif




Friday, June 8, 2018

Visual Arts Gift to Grads

For our Graduation ceremony, Visual Arts undertook drawing and painting by Stop Motion from Grads funny Grad photos. It was made into a short Video and shown at the ceremony. Finished paintings were matted and hung in the ceremony room. The paintings looked great, and it was good for students to see the Video gift! We were asked to do something creative for the Grad Ceremony and our students delivered!







Term 2 - Media Arts - 2018

This is a compilation of Media Arts student's work. This includes all students, media, and techniques. Stories are told, media is explored, along with effects, a lot of work is not shown here. Not enough time.


Thursday, May 17, 2018

Printmaking 2018

This year I approached Printmaking classes as a crash course in materials. As a new medium for many students I started with Styrofoam to introduce the basics and the most important mirror imaging and relief cutting. Students love using Styrofoam for its ease. For schools, it's a really low cost material. 

This year I also introduced two color printing with Eraser Block for all grades. In this way, students build upon their skills and understanding of surfaces, tools, and the process of inking and printing.

Along the way, there is a PowerPoint presentation on the history of printing and printmaking up to contemporary artists use on street sewer cover printing and high end book printing. Discussions and demonstrations cover what makes a good print, happy accidents, inking station set up, and pressing techniques (we don't have a bed press).

Finally, for Gr. 11 & 12, they use Lino, and it is their choice to do one or two color prints.

This year, suggested subject matter was endangered animals.

Samples of students work follow.




Styrofoam prints, relief made with pencil.
Styrofoam print, happy accident. Pressing a wet plate, created a print with character.

C's styrofoam print.

K's styrofoam print, two colors.



J's eraser block, 2nd color, or one color print.

J's eraser block for  first color.



One of J's two color prints on color printmaking paper.
N's eraser block print, two colors.

A's eraser block.


K's lino cut prints.


Gr. 11 & 12 lino cuts, colored ink on colored paper.


V's lino cut on color printmaking paper.

O's lino cut prints.

EJ's Tiger and S's Rhino