2022 Begins

This year I’m walking class to class. My room was taken for another classroom. Up and down steps all day will either kill me or make me healthier. I’m a pretty optimistic guy, so I’m going to go with healthy. I usually start the year out with some sort of finger-paint/mono print activity and this year is no different. Well, it’s a little bit different, because I’m hauling all the materials and paper room to room, but things are going well so far.

Below are some pics of a k class. I’d never done this before, but all we did was read a book and draw pictures on a very long piece of paper. It worked out well.


Some 4th and 5th Grade Google Drawings

Above is a quick animation, done in google slides and google drawing by Ayda Shakirova. Below are drawings using google draw done by my 4th and 5th graders. They did very well with this new technique, I couldn’t be happier!

Students Using Google draw

I put these images here to show how some of 4th grade students have learned to open up and use google draw. For most of the students this was their first time at using any graphics program. They had to learn to use the line tool, shape tool, paint bucket, and a lot of the other tools that come for free with google draw.

The above image was done by Madison L. in 4th grade

Aisha did the one above. Nice gradient background.

Mariah entitled this one, “Evil Pacman”

Ms. Kennedy M calls this one, “Tunnel”
Preston D did a nice piece here using the line tool.
Arzu did the above piece using the shapes that come with google draw.
Wyatt M. did a nice mandala using google draw. Nice rich colors.

Some Recent Work



A nice animation by Katelyn S. Nice to see what can be accomplished with a bit of self motivation!

The above drawing was done using google draw by the wonderfully talented Grace P! Thanks for sending it my way, Ms. Grace.
Ms. P did this nice folded puppy! She’s always coming up with something.

Another google draw by Erin F. Pretty amazing work!

The above is a slide presentation done by the talented Ms. Katelyn S!

Another great google draw by Erin F.! He used a lot of move points on the lines to create the various shapes.

Above is a drawing done By Erin F. He used google draw for the whole thing! Usually students do not do quite this well with google draw, but Mr. Erin F. did this in under and hour or so, which is pretty amazing.

Ms. Hannah did a great example of some simple printmaking using scrap cardboard.
This is is a good example of what the room looks like when we’re doing printmaking.

Some examples of some printmaking using cardboard.

Above is a student using scrap Styrofoam to make some prints.

Here’s a quick animation from Troy

Here’s one done by Landon

Potato Printing In Ms. Kalt’s class

I usually do potato prints along with printmaking every year, but this year, I’m not in my room due to co-vid restrictions. So it generally did not happen. Ms. Kalt suggested we try her class with potato printing and it would have been hard to say no. I enjoy it, and a lot of vocabulary and concepts are bought into play when you study printmaking. Above is the table where part of the action happened.

Above is a student getting started with the carving aspect of potato printing. I usually use spoons with the younger ones. It works fine to get the idea of removing material to get an image suitable for inking up and printing.

Above is a student rolling paint out on a piece of plexiglass, in preparation to apply the paint to the potato.

A row of activity and creation in various stages.

Another shot of the table where the paint was spread out and applied to the potatoes. Oddly calm and quiet looking.

He looks to be pondering his next move. I see potatoes inked up and some printed images, so things are going well.

Another proud creation!

Some Recent Work

So we read this book called Crazy Hair Day.

Which is about this kid who makes his hair into a crazy look because he thinks it’s “Crazy Hair Day” at his school. Turns out it’s the next week and so begins the adventure.

I read this with my kindergarten students and then we cut out and add yarn to a piece of paper that we draw a head onto. They like it, and from an occupational therapy perspective, it’s a good scissor activity. If you look at the first one, you can see someone who really does not permit a lot of chaos into his life. It’s fun seeing K kids and they way they are starting out in the world of education.

There are also 2 pics of some first graders doing their first still life, and they have got the cute thing hammered!

Quarantine Artwork May 11-15

The first one this week came from Janine! You can see it towards the bottom here.

fly guy riley mcgrath

Fly guy came out great for Mr. Riley.  Thanks for sending in and keep up the good work!

From my 7th grade classes, Ms. Skye L did the castle gif  build and Ryan R. did the nice house gif.

dinara tkhilove unicorn

Ms. Dinara T did the unicorn above.   Looks good, Dinara. The eye is nice, I wonder how it would look with a rainbow?

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Savannah H has been busy this week.  Birds, unicorns, and a basket.  Thanks for sending Savannah!  I put your work as a slideshow, it should play automatically after a second or two.

Janine did a great job with the birds.  I had never done this one and I thought it was a good, simple solution to doing a paper bird.  Thanks for sending and keep up the great work!

Sadie zimmerman paper bird in hand

Ms. Sadie Z. did some nice colorful birds here.  Just the right size to fit in your hand.  Thanks for sending.

Quarantine Artwork 5.4-5.8.2020

Mr. Riley M. was the first person to send work this week.  I’m certainly happy to see what everyone is  working on.

addie wilburn doiley dyed

Ms. Addie W did the dyed work above.  Very colorful!   Thanks for sending.

alexa turner yoda

Ms. Alex T did the Baby Yoda above, I like the background shapes. Thanks for sending!

vanna best teacher ever

Ms. Vanna R. sent in the wonderful  sign above.  What a nice thing to say and no teacher ever hears that enough!  Thanks for sending!

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Ms. Reese B did all the work in the slideshow above. I’m so happy she remembered and tried the still life.  Thanks for sending Reese!

Dinar T yoda

So many nice Baby Yoda’s this week!  The one above was drawn quite well by the amazing Dinara T.

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Above is Ms. Savannah doing some projects at home, she does well on just about everything she puts her mind to.  Thanks for sending the pics, I made a quick slide show of your work, I hope you like it.

rowan morris origianl animal

Rowan M. did a nice drawing of an original animal he came up with all by himself, Thanks for sending, Rowan!


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Ms Bailey W. did the nice work above. She does great at drawing people and they are very professional looking. It will be interesting to see what she comes up with in the coming years.

brian harrellson baby yoda

Brian H did some nice work with the Baby Yoda, great colors, Brian!  Thanks for sending

Riley did the great baby Yoda above, what a great way to celebrate May 4th! Thanks for sending Riley.

Janine did a great job with the basket and the Baby Yoda drawing. I miss your big smile, Janine!

Quarantine Artwork: The Starting Weeks

I’ll probably change the title. I’m going to put work that is e-mailed to me below.  I Hope lots of people send me work that they are doing at home.


Sydney szeman

Ms. Sydney S did a nice job on the heart, she has some nice folding skills and it’s wonderful to see a picture of her.  I hope we’re all together soon!


lydia adkins table

Ms. Lydia A. did the table above.  It will be great to see what she comes up with next.


Mr Dylan C. got out his sewing machine and made his own mask.   Not everyone knows how to run a sewing machine, thanks to your mom or grandma, most likely, you do now.  I come from a family of women who sew, although I don’t do it very much.  Thanks for sending the pic in and keep up the good work.

I love the turtles!  I want to know what the clear plastic is so other people can do it too!  Thanks for sending and keep up the good work.  I hope you send some more photos.


garette bercot fish

The fish looks good Garrett B!  Glad you tried it and I can’t wait to see what else you’ll come up with.  Thanks for sending.


Lucas did a great job on the walking, folded paper horse.  I put it on you tube and the pic to click should be above.   Thanks for sending!


Ryan S. did the fish project up very well.  Eyes and tails look great!

Natalie S fish

Excellent job on the folded, cut, and glued paper fish!  I just learned this myself.  Glad to see your working from home.Ryleigh Tarburton’s fish

Ryleigh’s fish with the googly eyes came out great. I wonder what else you could make with the same idea.  Thanks for sending in the picture, Ms. Ryleigh T.

Ms. Ava B. did a nice job with the fish.  I love the new painting you’re starting with the black background, very nice job on some popular cartoons!

Lucas H. did some nice origami here, thanks for sending!

Brennan M did the drawing above which sums how everyone probably feels right about now.


Bennet tried the fish I posted and looks to have done a pretty great job on it.  Thanks for sending the picture and keep up the good work!

Ms. Savannah H. did some nice cut paper creations. I just learned the fish myself, I thought it was a nice cut and fold piece.  Ms. Savannah, I can’t wait to see what you’ll come up with next?  Thanks for sending pics of your work!


Grant M did a step by step piece on the steps outside of his house!

Grant M step 1

Grant M step 2

grant m step 3

grant m finished long view

Great work Grant, I want you to try this in paint when we get back in school!

Adaline hats and stuffed animals

These hats are Made by Ms. Adaline W.  I’m glad you remembered how to make the hats, they work very well with your stuffed animals.  Thanks for sending the picture!

jseeisc dorn, i miss school elephant

Another one from Ms. Jessica D.  I think at this point we all miss school!  Thanks for sending.

charlotte dorn

Above is Ms. Charlotte D. Modeling an origami creation.  Thanks for sending and keep up the good work.  Send me more pictures of anything you make! Thanks to your mom for sending!

floweres color grace pierano

flower drawing by Grace Pierano, pencil

The above pieces are done by Grace P.  It’s great to see you’ve been busy making things during our time at home!  Thanks for sending and send more whenever you can!

Thanks to Olivia, Katelyn, and Ethan for sending some work my way to post!  It’s great to hear from you and great to see you’ve been busy working.  I hope all is going as well as can be expected.  Send more or your work when ever you have time. Thanks to your mom for sending!

Lilly Williams, penguin 4.5.20

Thank you Ms. Lily for sending in a such a great(and large)Penguin.  It looks great Lily, I miss you and everyone else!

Infographic, Personal Collage, and Some Animations

One of the assignments here is for the student to construct an infographic about something of a personal interest.  The actual assignment, on a google doc, is here.  I’m also going to put some student drawn cartoons and some collage pieces.  I’m also going to put some personal interest collages and some animations.  Probably should have titled this “September Work”

I like the way Rusty G did the animation above with and pasted in a GIF for fire, an easy way to add to your animation without a lot of work.

I believe Ms. Elmira did the nice work above.

cartoon osmanGuess who drew the above?  Since the draw file was sent to me, I opened it in draw and added some stuff, and then downloaded it as a jpeg.

9-6-19_ infographic Gorillaz

Ms. Skye S. did a great job on the above info graphic!

If you want more information about the music, Here’s the wikipedia page, “Their second studio album, Demon Days (2005), went six times platinum in the UK[4] and double platinum in the US.[5][6][7]

In case you’re wondering, the idea of a recording going “Platinum” means the recording sold 1,000,000 copies. So in the UK that means sales of over 6,000,000 and in the U.S, 2,000,000!  They’ve done well-I’m going to give them a listen later.


Animal Cell

Info grapic

infographic M&Ms

Interest Collage

personal collage

Taco bell infographic

Untitled drawing (1)

infographic M&Ms

ian collageI believe Ian R, did the one above, the pizza pic looks weird.

collageChristian B did this one above.  Interesting mix of images.

Some Pixel Drawings

Below are a small selection of pixel drawings and quickie animations from graphic arts class.


Castlebritt w

jason castle




Castle 20Eli



Nick J, who’s only been in the class for 3 weeks did the above animation.  Great work, Nick!

jason castle

Blake did a great animation of a castle build here.


I believe Noah did the nice castle above!

karlee p


explosion leeland

Leeland did a nice explosion here!


garrett f castle

Garrett, for some reason this file does not look right.  Let’s figure this out tomorrow, or go back and resize it on your own. You’ll need to re download it and make sure the res is set for 300 or so.

caden h castleI believe the good castle build above was done by the famous Caden H.



The amazing Anmol did  406 frames to make the above castle animation happen!

Castle brando mThe amazing Brandon M did the castle gif above!  He better get those clouds moving if he wants an “A”!


Nick J. did the one above.  Pretty great work, especially when you realize he’s only been in the class for about 2 weeks!

New Piskel

Kazim did the fireworks inspired piece above.

cohen k

Mr. Cohen K. did a great bomb explosion here.

sophia c

Nice character exploding by Sofia C.

anmol s

Another great piece by Anmol!



Five objects rodgers

From Ms. Morgan, I believe.  Great first drawings using a new draw program!

New Piskel noah

Noah did a nice Space Invaders drawing with moving legs and arms.

Egyptian Project

What follows follow is a small sampling of some finished work from the Egyptian project.  Students had to do some research first and the assignment that was given is here.

DSCN8798DSCN8797Ms. Olivia S. did a  great Egyptian cat above.

DSCN8721DSCN8722Part of the assignment was to do your name in Egyptian hieroglyphics. There are a few websites that enable you to type in your name and get the partially proper hieroglyphics.  I like the nice cartouche above.

DSCN8723DSCN8724DSCN8725DSCN8726This one was done both sides, nice bold, Eye of Horus or Uchat.


DSCN8729Nice simple, well made piece


DSCN8738DSCN8739DSCN8740Ms. Sam did a nice original piece here!

DSCN8741DSCN8743DSCN8744Another nicely made simple piece, very elegant line quality.

DSCN8745DSCN8746Nice sense of depth with the placement and drawings of the pyramids

DSCN8747Great Egyptian queen or princess image.

DSCN8749Cat imagery was very popular in class and this one came out very well.


Nice pastel work and color choices with her Egyptian imagery.


On the Board, with Haleigh and the Bradley

Both of students below like to draw on the board.  I’m not sure what the fascination is, but hey, to each his own.  Both come in my room on a regular basis and help clean and assist with the young students.  I’m always happy to have them in the room!

DSCN8770This is Midna from The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess.

DSCN8772A Catra inspired piece.  Haleigh is completely wired up and ready for the next season of She-Ra!

Weaving, Spring 2019

Still In Edit

I’ve been doing this lesson on weaving for a few years now.  There are lots of ancillary concerns and vocabulary, not just art objectives, that can be addressed through the teaching of weaving. Over, under, through, alternate, opposite,  warp, weft, loom, etc.,  are just some of the words that come up on a regular basis.

I started off with paper weaving with the 2nd grade and then start using string and yarn in the 3rd grades. I liked the really tiny one above!  No one has ever done one that small.   The above is a new photo tiling/mosaic feature in WordPress, I thought I’d try it.  I need to go look at in on a phone, see latency and how it renders, etc.


DSCN8586Ms. Aubrey made very fast work of this!

DSCN8587With the 2nd grade, I’m just trying to get the concept of weaving  introduced and started

DSCN8588Not what I was thinking but she was very happy and proud of her idea of making a snake!


DSCN8590Nice, careful, consistent work.


DSCN8591She went on to completely cover this!


DSCN8592Another proud weaver!


DSCN8593Good work on paper weaving.


It’s a very social activity, here’s a student talking with out even looking at the work.


DSCN8595String and yarn everywhere.


DSCN8584What a smile!

Paper and Metal Construction

Every October, after doing printmaking, I tend to do origami and paper constructions.  Many of the kids like it, but Brayden was one of the few that went over the top and made multiple objects with paper.  A lot of students like this project, so it’s pretty popular and it’s always great to see what they come up with. Here’s another post about a student project constructed with paper.DSCN8381.JPGAbove is a table and chairs Brayden made.

DSCN8523I had some aluminum flashing, so I brought some pop rivets and the appropriate tools. About the only thing I showed him was how to cut and bent the metal, because the actual construction was very much like the paper construction.  I thought he’d cut himself a a few times, due to bending and cutting sheet metal, but he never did!

DSCN8524Here you can see Brayden using the hand drill to make a hole to insert the pop rivet.

DSCN8528A good shot of the various tools required to make the project.

DSCN8530Looks like the table or chair under construction.

DSCN8531A shot of how to use the pop rivet to secure the part together.

DSCN8547A chair, almost done.


DSCN8549A couple of shots of the finished chair and table.

DSCN8550The table and chair done!  Brayden did a great job on measuring, learning how to use new tools and following through on an idea!

From 4-5 Years Ago

From time to time Google sends you an auto generated e-mail of pics you’ve taken years ago.  I thought these were fun.  I have lots more, these were just in a folder and easy to upload.   I’d like to attach some names so, if you want a name with a particular picture, let me know!







































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Congratulations to Amelia W!

Congratulations to Amelia W!

An artist from amoung us at Bethel entered and won a prize in an art contest sponsored by the Tipp City Area Arts Council. 

Below is the wonderful picture of a butterfly she did.  Thanks to her parents for the encouragement and driving the piece in.  Can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!






I’ve started out every year with printmaking for the past few years now.  It involves paint/ink, making a mess and the potential to learn a new method of working and some new vocabulary.  We talk about mono printing, relief printing, and intaglio printing along with learning such words as, carve, brayer, plate, Plexiglas, ink, etc.

We start with mono printing

Here the students is applying the ink/paint.

Next is using the brayer to roll the ink out evenly

Here the student is just making a quick scribble because I’m taking pictures to show the various steps the student has to go through for the making of a mono print

In this step the paper is being laid gently down on plate with the design.

Then the pulling of the print.

Here’s the final piece.  It goes pretty quick and the students have to take turns going around the table.


This is a short vid of a a young student making a mono-print.