Thursday, December 18, 2008

marilyn monroe

This is a picture I drew of Marilyn Monroe. The contrasting I did turned out better than my previous projects I did so I am proud of that. I am disappointed because I think that it could have looked more like the actual Marilyn Monroe. If I had spent a little more time on it I might have gotten that to happen. But overall, I like what it looks like.


Pastel Face - Art 1

I think this project was fun because you get to draw what you want to. I like working with pastels because you can smear the color around with your finger or something else. I think this is the best type of project so far. The worst thing I hate about this project was shading. Kevin Whitnabel

Growing up on the beach- Studio Art

I did this canvas acrylic painting in Studio Art. It is a 2 foot by 3 foot painting of my twin sister and I when we were younger. The reason I chose this picture to paint was because my sister and I are getting older and this is a nice and exciting memory in both of our lives. Being on the beach was one of our past times. The reason i chose a pink and purple swimsuit was because my favorite color is purple, and my sister's favorite color is pink. I enjoyed this project because I love to work with acrylic paint and this was a very fun subject for me. -Heather F.

Semester Test - Art 1

I like this project because I worked hard on it. Even though you might not get what it really is at first, I like the idea that people have to look at it hard to figure it out. I really like sketching other objects so this was difficult because I didn't understand it until I was completely done with it, but I enjoyed it.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Stamp art/drawing

In this project we had to use stamps to make are picture. It took a long time do do it but it was very fun. we had to show different values of color in it form dark to lights. I hope to do this again sometime.

I got my idea from a magazine. I liked doing this project alot. The hardest part of this project was finding the stamps and making the picture look like it had value in it. Rachel

Wreath - Studio Art

I was sitting in art class thinking of a new project idea when i started thinking about what in the world i can give people for Christmas, so i started thinking of Christmasy stuff and bingo! wreath idea! but i didn't want a traditional pine wreath, i wanted to use scraps and collage materials to make something a little more modern. I made this wreath out of wood scraps, fake leaves, beads and silk flowers. I debated on whether or not to spray paint it solid silver or gold but ultimately decided to keep it the way it was, i like the textures and colors of the small items glued around the edges. -Sarah

Peaceful Night - Studio Art

I got the idea to do this watercolor painting by looking at other students watercolor painting. It inspired me to try to paint a beautiful landscape. I hope this watercolor painting has inspired you. This painting was created by Jordyn.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Mixed Media - Art 1

I'm trying to influence the students to think out of the box. We worked on the mixed media idea by first listing words/places/objects that inspire us. Then we picked, out of those items, things we could visualize and made quick thumbnail sketches of them. Then the idea was to bring these ideas from words and sketches together to create an artwork using at least 3 different media.
My artwork started with the idea of a dress hanging on a hanger. I imagined a ball gown that didn't get to go to the ball, but had to stay home. I've always liked angel wings and though of those hanging in the air behind the formal. My mixed media include: pencil, colored pencil, magazine pages, acrylic paint, tempera paint, feathers and glitter glue. It was fun to take a break and do a project along with the students. Miss J.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Scratch Art-Drawing

For this project we had to use a scratching tool on a black piece of scratching paper. I choose to do a lion so I could show the fur and textures. This project was difficult because it was hard to get all of the different textures. I really liked doing this project. Jenna

During this project we were handed a black piece of scratching paper along with a sharp edge cutter and were told to scratch a picture. I choose to scratch a picture of two deer next to each other eating grass. This project was fairly hard and seemed to take quit a while. It got EXTREMELY frustrating after a while of struggling. Of course i eventually finished it and am very proud of how it turned out. Over all this was a very good project.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Clay Whistles - Art 1

This is my whistle I made of an elephant. When I first began on this project I intended on making a baseball with a bat sticking through it but when i looked at it I seen the image of an elephant and went on to add the ears, tusks, and eyes. We painted with acyllic paint which i didn't like very much because you could see my strokes. But all in all it was a fun project and I enjoyed it.
-Joe K.
This is a whistel i made out of clay. It was very difficult to get the whistle to work. We then painted it using acryllic paint. I liked this project because it was a challenge

I got the idea of a seahorse from a drawing book that I looked at last year. I noticed that the whistle looked exactly like the head of the seahorse in the book. I loved doing this project too. Sometimes it was a challenge though. While I was making to body I couldn't get the neck to stay up, it kept bending toward the body.
-Chelsea M.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Studio Art Project 4

For one of my studio art projects I decided to do another acrylic canvas painting. I had done one acrylic canvas painting already this semester so I decided to put a little twist on this project, I would use only my fingers. In the past I have used my fingers along with brushes but I have never done a complete canvas painting using ONLY my fingers. It was a fun project although I did get frustrated sometimes when it came to the smaller details. All in all I definitely would like to do another project like this.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Tape Sculptures - 3-D Art

This is my tape sculpture. My love for football and the Green Bay Packers inspired me to do this. This is accomplished by taping multiple layers over the helmet, then cut tape off in sections and resemble to create things like this.

I did my project as a violin because I am learning to play it and because I thought it would look good. That is why I did my violin. I had to use a lot of tape to cover the violin and then I cut it off and tapped it back together. -Trevor Molnar
I did my legs overlapping because I saw some pictures on another site and I thought it was cool. That is why I did the legs. We had to use plastic wrap and then go over it with clear tape. -Breanna M.

In 3-D Art we made tape sculptures. We had to choose a topic to wrap in saran wrap, then wrap about 3 layers of tape around the saran wrap. I chose to do a chair. The legs were the hardest part because they were so skinny. I also put some stars on the chair, because i like stars. I chose purple because it is my favorite color. This project was different and a lot of fun. -Heather F.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Pastel Gesture Drawings - Drawing

For the pastel gesture drawing we had models that came to the room and we had a few sheets of paper and we drew them with marker. I had a few different poses I couldn't choose between. So, I chose this one of Jacob. My favorite part would be the shirt or the background. Kimberly A.

For this project our class had some models come down from study hall. We drew them in many different poses, and after we had them all drawn we picked our favorites. The last thing we had to do was add pastel. We had to mix different colors so we could show contrast and shadows. Overall this was a fun project.
Alex B.

I started this project by practicing gesture drawings in class. Eventually models from study hall came down to class and began posing as our class drew four or five different poses. After completing the drawings, I chose my favorite pose. The next step was adding pastels. I combined multiple colors to show contrast and definition. I really enjoyed this project because it didn't involve having to be a perfectionist. --Katie H.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Watercolor Grid - Art 1

When I was brainstorming for my ideas, I had a friend give me a couple and this is a result of it. My watercolor project is of a sun in a box. It took a while to get all the detail in. It also took awhile to find colors that were not the same, to put by each other. I liked this project because it challenged me and it made me explore something different! - Kenzee G.
I get to learn how to use water colors and it was to use them and make different colors and paint what I drew. Danny L.

My watercolor picture has food in it because the day i was brainstorming ideas for what to do i guess i was hungry! It has some of my favorite foods in it like chocolate, strawberries, and whipped cream. The mountains were hard to paint because they took awhile to get different colors that weren't out of the watercolor palette i used. I liked this project because we could do pretty much anything we wanted and it was colorful! :] - Rachel R.

For our watercolor grid pictures we had to create a picture that was unrealistic and kind of real at the same time. For my picture, i chose to paint the M&M characters floating on Reeses Peanut Butter Cups. They are floating over a valley with clouds in the sky. I chose shades of green and brown for the ground. For the sky i chose shades of lighter green, blue, and purple. For the clouds i chose shades of gray and white. For the M&M's i chose shades of green, red, orange, and yellow. I liked this project and i liked how mine turned out:D -- Micheala R.

My watercolor picture shows an eye crying into a creek of tears. The trees trunks are fingers. I thought this project was a lot of fun because you got to fill each square with different colors and it turns out looking really good. The thing i didn't like about this project was that it took a lot of time. Over all i thought this project was really fun and my finished project turned out well!
-Britni N.

This watercolor project was one of my favorite projects. This project took a long time, and lots patience. My picture is a ping-pong table in the clouds. I loved the way the project turned out. You have to blend many colors, in this project. This was one of my favorite project.
-John H.

I chose to have a cat in my pic. because I have two cats and one is orange. I found it to be a lot more easy to make by using little boxes.
-Shane K.

In this project we had to come up with a scene that was real but still unrealistic at the same time. Then draw a grid on top of that. When we painted it every time we came to a new pencil line we were to switch colors. In my painting I combined an underwater scene with the solar system in the sky. I love to paint so this was a really fun project for me. Jordyn V. :]

This is my water color painting. It is a movie theater with a waterfall on the screen and the water is coming out of the screen and into the movie theater. I like this picture because it took me a long time to do it and I like that the seats are all different colors. -Austin H

I got this idea from looking at box-elder bugs in my kitchen, they are so colorful, and I love the rain so it worked out pretty good.- Stefanie W.
I got my idea from looking at a painting of a ship on an ocean. I put the boat in a sink and I made big waves. I like some of the tones in my water and I like how it turned out. The hardest thing was staying in the grid.
I think that the little squares did not look the best because of the colors all looking the same. But I still thought that it was pretty good.- Derek K.
I got the idea for this painting from a friend. Using the grids made it easier for me to paint, and it was fun. -Zach PW

This is a picture of the world, the moon, and to the very left there is a giant red skittle.
We had to think of something random to draw, then paint, so i figured this would be alright.
It took a very long time because you had to draw it out, then put the one inch grid on top of it and finally water color the painting. The water color took a very long time because it kept bleeding into my other squares and then you had one big mess you needed to fix. Over all i enjoyed this project and think everyone should make one.:) Molly S.

When we started this project, I actually figured it'd be easy. It wasn't. First thing we did was came up with an idea that we could draw and eventually color with watercolor paint. Then, we had to draw it on a large piece of paper and put a 1 inch by 1 inch grid other the whole drawing. In every grid you had change your color scheme. As I started, I always out of habit painted the boxes right next to each other. But since it was watercolors, they kept bleeding together and then the light colors would be half dark and half light. It was really frustrating because then I'd have to make the paint brush really dry and actually bring up some of the color. It'd still be a little dark so I spread it throughout the small square. It was difficult trying to make different colors all the time. I made probably 20 shades of purple and used them over and over. Brown was the difficult color to make different shades of. I finally got done and I accidently spilled water on my painting so the colors bled together. But by that time, I had worked on it for 4 hours and I was tired ot fixing so I just left it. It was fun but also pretty difficult if you have no idea what what your doing (like me). But people should definately give it a try sometime ///^ -Kailee S.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Window Screen Sculpture - 3-D Art

I have been wanting to make a top hat for most of the year. And the screen project really gave me the chance to create it. One of the hardest part of this project was sowing all the pieces of screen because I seemed to really struggle at this part. The hat was one of my favorite things that we have done all year and I really like the way that it turned out in the end.

The screen sculptures were hard at the start and it got easier at the end. We used screen, needle, string, hanger, and spray paint I enjoyed this project except the fact the wire would poke you. bending the hanger was a challenge at first too -Kim A.

Friday, November 14, 2008


The Denver Public Library is currently sponsoring it's 27th competitive Dr. E. H. Stumme Art Show through November 22nd.
Congratulations to these High School student category ribbon winners!

Mixed Media - 1st Place Sarah Roach, 2nd Place Abbi Robinson, 3rd Place Wesley Franzen, Honorable Mention Jordyn Victoria
Drawing - 2nd Place Jordyn Victoria, 3rd Place Katie Heine, Honorable Mention Ryan Jamieson, Rachael Reiter, Jason Harris, Rachel Daugherty, Zack Hilmer, Luke Milius
Painting - 3rd Place Rachael Reiter, Honorable Mention Andy Fernau

Lions Club Peace Poster Contest

Congratulations to 7th grader Caleb Lohmann on winning the local Denver Lions Club Peace Poster contest. Sixth and seventh grade art students from first trimester art classes participated in this contest. It gave us the opportunity of talking about the world and imagine what our vision of peace could be. Images from peace signs, flags, hands shaking to many others appeared in the art room in the month of October when students worked on their posters.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Depth Pop- Outs - Art 1

I thought that the project was very successful. I had a lot of fun doing this project. --Aaron

This was my favorite
project this year. It was
very fun to work on.
-Josie W.

In this project we had to choose a photo that had many different depths. Then we cut out each depth. After that we glued them on top of each other with a piece of cardboard in between each layer. In mine the rocks are the furthest away and the light bulbs are the closest thing. I really liked this project.
~Jordyn V. :]