Tuesday, October 28, 2014

4A drawing film stills that are important to them

1A is making some noise.

Whether they are making rubbings, using mirrors to check the accuracy of their self-portraits or using their phone to get specific drawing tips @Panthersart 1A is shakin' it.

Freshman in High School and Freshman in College

 This is Nick. He is a Freshman at the Art Institute of TN. He just finished my Fundamentals of Design Class I teach there in the evenings. He loves drawing Dragonball Z. The drawings below are from Tyrease aka Dub the Creator who is a Freshman at Maplewood High School. They are interested in meeting and talking about drawing. Maybe a collaboration is in their future.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Zineorama-Handmade Handbound Watkins College of Art,Design and Film

Over 150 Maplewood High School Art Students worked collaboratively to create the sixty one different zines(self-published books) that will be on display at Zineorama in the Watkins College of Art,Design and Film's library as part of the 4th Annual Handmade Handbound Festival. Congrats to all of the students on their creativity and hard work! The opening reception is free and open to the public on Friday October 3rd from 5-7pm. Saturday October 4th from 11am-4pm there will be food trucks, hands on activities for kids and adults, zines and books for sale.

Sunday, August 24, 2014


The academy of Energy and power has created a PBL about the Terraforming of Mars.

As part of this project Mr. Mitchell's Art2Photo classes will be working togther in small teams(groups) to submitt M.A.R.S. based proposals for the Frist Center for the Visual Art's Bollard Decoration Project

M.A.R.S./ B.D.P.

M.A.R.S. Teams of 4 will research Mars, Architecture, Art, Music, Fashion and Design(and anything else they can think of) to inform their proposal to the FRIST.

Each M.A.R.S. team will have 4 members to include Research Specialist, Art Director, Data Manager, Logistics Specialists. These members will work together to identify what their roles mean inside of the team and the expectations they have for each other.

Phase One M.A.R.S./B.D.P.

1.Teams Chosen
2.Data Folder Created
3.Members assigned roles
4.Members discuss roles
5.Practice M.A.R.S./B.D.P. exercise

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

8B Husky drawings

Just a few highlights from our great drawing session during 8B on Tuesday.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Art 1 5B Collaborative 30 second drawings

Our main in class activity today was to create 30 collaborative drawings that all 30 students worked on for 30 seconds each. These are now on display in the hallway outside of class. One student was our timer and every 30 seconds she called for her fellow artists to switch. The drawings turned out great and created lively discussion about collaborating and how you could work with or against the drawings made by the other artists in class.
We also practiced drawing 3-D boxes in our sketchbooks and one student really wanted me to put her mended/mending heart drawing on the blog. Digression is our ACT word of he week so added it to our sketchbooks.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Setting the bar for work ethic in art class.

We watched Tom Thum's TedxSydney talk today in class. In it he talks about "pursuing this crazy passion" of beatboxing. I told them that I am going to site this talk when they ask me "am I done" in reference to their artwork. Are you done? Have you put your heart, mind and soul into your work? Is it the best you are capabale of? Does Tom Thum just do the minimum while pursuing his crazy passion of pushing the human voice to its limits? How can ask more of yourself?

4A Self-Portraits

8B Humans of Maplewood

We watched Brandon Stanton's (Humans of New York photographer) TEDx talk about how to approach people and ask to take their picture.

7B Great Nametag

1A Self Portraits

2A Photo yo!