Thursday, November 10, 2011

Judging & Award-giving for Hearst Elementary School's Reflections competition

I recently judged and presented awards for the Reflections Art Competition at Hearst Elementary School in Pleasanton, California.

Congratulations to everyone who received certificates and trophies!  I saw lots of outstanding work!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Watercolor Paintings by my Teen Class



Paintings from the Imagination
Watercolor on paper
from the younger students in my Saturday Teen / Adult Class

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Sunday, September 25, 2011

2 - 3 hour drawings by younger students in my Saturday Adult & Teen Art Class


Pre-Figure Study drawings of an artists' wooden model
by younger students in my Saturday Adult & Teen Art Class

Students focused on placing the whole figure in the center of the paper in a balanced way.  Proportions were studied as well as the relationship between length, size and tone of the various parts of the figure.  Contrast between secondary elements in the background and the main figure (focal point) were looked at.  The drawings were finished by balancing the drawing, emphasizing the focal point/s and removing extraneous elements, if necessary.

First-time Oil painting by my Homeschool class




 First-time Oil Paintings after a painting by Rembrandt van Rijn
by middle and high-school aged students in my Homeschoolers' class at the Livermore Community Center

The students focused on accurate observation, good composition, creating a strong focal point and looking at the subtleties of color and tone in painting the portrait and the background.

Sunday, September 11, 2011


Clay Sculpture Portrait of a shouting king with a top-knot crown
by a 7 year old student.
Crayola air-dry clay

Teen / Adult class Bas-Relief portraits in clay

Expressive Clay Bas-relief Portrait 
by a 13 year old student
Crayola air-dry clay

Bas-relief sculpture is a low-relief sculpture or a sculpture that is slightly raised from a flat background or background plane.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Two-hour cardboard robot-making project

Robot with bared teeth and bow-tie
by an 8 year-old student
 
Robot with thought-bubble and purple trousers
by a 7 year-old student

Robot (with thought-bubble & purple trousers) in his home with fridge, TV, couch & table
by a 7 year-old student

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Student work: two-hour oil paintings

Still-life
Oil on canvas
by a 13 year old student

Still-life
Oil on canvas
by a 10 year old student

Friday, August 12, 2011

Painted clay fantasy animals

Fantasy horned dog looking at bones
(Air-dry clay and water-based oil paint)
by an 8 year old student


 Fantasy angel dog
(Air-dry clay and water-based oil paint)
by a 7 year old student

Comic book style watercolor paintings





Painted story after the Smurfs comics by Peyo 
(pencil, watercolor and gouache on paper)
by a 7 year old student


 Comic book style story (work in progress)
(pencil and gouache on paper) by an 8 year old student