Infographic, Personal Collage, and Some Cartoons

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. 

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.

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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.


A Place To Sit

So over the last few years, my art room stools have been falling apart.  You can see the one below with no seat!20190819_093249Some are much worse than the one above, this one I was able to reattach the seat to the bottom frame.

So at CTC I know another instructor, John Ciprian, who agreed to have his students draw up some designs for some easily assembled(by my elementary students) slotted stool designs. This is part of my self initiated teachers-taking-advantage-of-other-teachers-good-nature-program. 

FFA emblem on ShopBotShopBot in FabLabThis is the machine the plywood was cut on.  John explains the machine saying there is a very small enchanted dragon, contained in a small box that spits out fire that actually does the cutting of the plywood.  I always thought it was done by lasers or some such, but what do I know.



DSCN8855First some sanding of the rough edges and then slide the parts together. The slots are necessarily tight so the stools don’t wiggle. I believe at this point Ms. Gabbi was complaining about a splinter.






DSCN8849The shots above are the glue up and the assembly.  I had the students assemble the stools once, check for fit, finish sand and file, and then reassemble with glue.

Most of the assembly was done by Gabbi, Mason and I believe Audra?  I’m ‘gonna have to double check.

20190820_141315After the assembly, I had the students paint the stools green.

Two schools+various students+two teachers=two completed stools.  A good time was had by all!






Some Pixel Drawings

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


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jason castle




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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.

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

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Nice character exploding by Sofia C.

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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.



Starting With Printmaking


I usually stat the year with printmaking.  Usually, mono printing, because it can be real close to finger painting, but a bit less messy.  Below are just some general shots of  the art room up to it’s armpits in chaos and paint.  They’re fun days!

Here’s a link to to a year or so ago with some vid and description of process.

20190903_093822_HDRThis is pretty much what printmaking looks like when you get a bunch of  nice 4th graders!

20190903_093701_HDRHe looks a bit pensive and introspective for a 4th grader!

20190903_093737They were happy about getting their prints done.

20190903_093951What a minute….what are those watercolors doing out?

20190903_122312Nice finished print with a couple of techniques.

20190903_104739A great piece by Ms. Natalie S., I believe.

20190903_104754This person figured out they could print using a sponge.

20190903_104806Looks like they were using the edge of some cardboard.

20190903_111956More printmaking using the edge of a piece of cardboard.



20190903_094008The two above are steps in pulling a mono print.

20190903_112023_HDRShe does not seem quite sure of  what she’s done.

20190903_112029_HDROnce someone did the cardboard edge as a printmaking technique, all wanted a piece of the action.

20190903_112038I just liked this picture.  I really should have told him no climbing on the table.  All were engaged, working and all were getting along, so I was happy.





Some Portraits



Untitled drawingMr.Yunus did the portrait above, I like the hair.

shah self portMs. S. A. did a nice portrait here, I love the details on the shirt!


levi Self PortraitLevi did the one above.  When he sent it to me it still had the photo background and was a bit small.  The nice thing about using google draw is you can work with others, which is what I did to change the way it looks.  I hope he likes it!

If you click here you will see it with moving eyeballs.

Copy of self porchet osmanOsman did the above portrait. I like the nice, bold approach.

Self portrait (1)

Copy of self portraitAli A did an interesting portrait here.

me a dedeElvin A did the one above, I believe. I like the nice loose line.

self portraitMr. Rynolds did an interesting portrait here, great color choices!

Better FaceNice likeness and good details!

copy ofI like Jarette’s pure line approach.

self portraitRyan did the big-head-floating-in-space approach here.  I feel a need to add stars and planets.

portraitMs. Medina I believe did the above, nice geometric approach.

self portaitI like the way Christian included the jacket.

self portrait 1Ms. Skye did a great job on her portrait here!