Mixed Gifs

The following animations/gifs are a mixed bag of some rockets, explosions, moving cars, fire, and some walking sprites from my 7th grade graphic arts class.  It’s nice to see what they’ve come up with!

This page is still in edit, I’ll post names & details as soon as I can.




Dennis W did a nice blinking bomb explosion.

Noah S. and his exploding volcano is above.

Kyndall did a great explosion!

Micah did a nice volcano above.

I think this is Ms. Kaylee’s explosion.


I believe the one above is made by Dallas.

The “boom” at the end cracks me up, I believe it’s Ms. Samantha S.

Colby K did a good moving/walking sprite here.

Alyson B did one of my favorites, a  walking hamburger!

Here’s a quick car by Noah S.

Micah C. did a nice job here with a Sponge Bob image.

Dillion, I believe did this one.


Ms. Alyson B. did nice rocket here.

Micah did pretty well here on his rising rocket.

Logan H. did a nice rising rocket here.



I believe the rocket above was done by Ms. Sam S.  I like the orderly progression of stripes for the fire, nice decorative touch.


micah 400 rocket

A great first attempt at a rocket gif by Micah C.


3re, 4th and 5th Grade Weaving



Her first piece of woven cloth!

Ms. Addison C was one of the first people to finish. Well woven, tied off, and done!

It might be small, but Jaxson did a pretty good job here.

Ms. Addison in 3rd did a great job here on her first woven piece.

I’ve taught weaving for quite some time.  Besides begin a nice activity for some, it adds to vocabulary with such words as loom, warp, weft, alternate, etc. It also gives me a chance to bring up the industrial revolution and point out that before machines all cloth was made by hand.

It starts with just wrapping string around a piece of cardboard.  The students have to measure every half inch to get the spacing right. This is called the warp of the loom.

Then it simply a matter of weaving a string over and under the warp, this is called the weft.


Looks like someone just getting started.


Here is someone cutting notches into a piece of cardboard to make a simple loom.


Pretty reasonable progress for just 2 days!

He’s really steaming along!

It definitely a group activity.

I believe this is 3rd grade.  This is the first time I’ve done weaving with all the third grades, going fine so far.

An almost finished piece

This is what the process looks like, students hunched over pieces of cardboard, string and yarn everywhere.

Nice peice, just about ready to remove from loom.

She did a great job here tyeing off and finishing the weaving.

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!

Mono-Printing, Fall 2017


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.



Castle Gifs

The castle gifs pictured below are done using Piskel. An online pixel and gif creating program.

A nice build by Noah S.

Anthony did a nice castle with moving clouds.

Ms. Kaylee B did the castle, ground, sky, and moving clouds pretty well here!

Noah S. did a great job on his castle build here.

Ms. Abby R did the red castle above.  I need to convince her to do some blue sky.

Colin G. did a nice looking castle here.

I believe the castle above was done by Kyndall F.

I like the castle Micah C did here.

Dennis W. did a nice castle build above.

I believe the castle above is done by talented Colby K.

The castle above was done by Nolan F. I like the below ground section, no one else has done that yet.

Dallas S. did a good animated castle above.  I like the multi colored approach.

A nice castle with moving clouds done by Ms. Allison B.


A castle build with moving clouds done by a mystery artist with the initials of A. B.

A great castle Gif with moving clouds done by Ms. Tessa R.

I  made this one(Mr. Tayse).  I made a few mistakes, can you tell me what they are?  I’m not keen on my waving flag. It doesn’t work all that well.  I need to go back and figure that out.  The clouds are a bit jerky too.  I’m still learning how to use the Piskel drawing program too!

Some Iwatani Inspired Imagery

This Page Is Still In Edit

The pics that follow are some student done, Iwatani inspired artwork done in either google draw or youidraw.

Above is the first animated gif done by Ms. Tessa R.  The resolution is not quite right but I’m leaving it for a day or so till it can be adjusted.

Dallas S. did both of the pieces  above.  One with youidraw, one with google draw.

Micah C. did the one above in google draw.  I wonder if he could put the glasses on the pac man image?