Sunday, August 9, 2009

I'm back... sort of

Okay I am no longer in Hawaii... but not back to work yet. I'm busy getting things around the house in order before the school year (and work time for me starts).

Actually that brings me to some news. I accepted the position of Art Teacher at St. Joseph's Regional school in the fall. It is perfect: grades preschool - 8th grade and only two days a week so I can still do my artwork 3 days a week while the kids are in school. I also teach a kid's ceramics class on Mondays after school, at the Moco Arts School of Art in Keene.

So I have a question for you all.

What is the most memorable art project(s) you had in school?

Your responses would be greatly appreciated.


22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nicole congratulations on your new teaching position! Funny you should ask about the most memorible project...sadly for me it was a negative...each year the teacher put butcher around the entire room and our assignment was to draw what we did over the summer. Hated that because I didn't think I could draw so it was never much fun...now I know that most everyone in my class felt the same way...lol...I am sure with your sharing spirit anything you decide to do will be a hit with the kids.

Pam

David Bernal said...

Kongrats on the awesome gig!!
hmmm! I loved playing with papier mache and wire :) specially making animals.

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Assaf Shtilman said...

Well, my mosr memrable art project from this time was a day my teachers called Ballad Day: They tought us about all kinds of love ballads in Literature, and then we wrote our own ballad in articulation class (We had specific classes for many things in Israel) and finally we had to write it down, paint around it and illustrate the main events we wrote about. The suggested result was a medieval manuscript, so we painted on parchment texture paper. It was a lot of fun, since each of us wrote a different song and had different subject matter for the painting, but we all shred a theme.

Corrine said...

congrats!! that is awesome
my most memorable art project...a charcoal pig!! haha

Pauline said...

Congratulations and welcome back, I have missed your blogs.
My most memorable projects were modelling a head in clay and creating tiles to represent school sujects. My most hated art project was painting from the imagination. Art projects are so much more exciting and inovative these days compared to the early 60's when I was at high school. I would love to be a kid in your art class.

veda murthy said...

welcome back Nicole! congratulations with ur new job!

semba08 said...

Hi, I loved when my teacher taught us how to draw a face - where to put all the features. This was in grade 7 and it really taught me how to "see" things, how to distinguish between how you think an object should look and what it really looks like... and I'm thinking... that's pretty important.

readingsully2 said...

Clay.

Carolina said...

I'm so glad to know that you're going to teach at school! That's great!
I'm afraid I can't remember any special art project from school, I can only remember that I liked painting... sorry not being of help now...

shouldin said...

Once a visiting artist came to my class who I believe was an architect. He showed us some of his designs and we went on a field trip to see one of "his houses." We then made our own modern houses out of paper. That was one of my favorite projects-love architecture!

Dee said...

My favorite project was a collage self portrait. The one I liked least was an assignment to draw mountains with crayons from memory. I lived on the very flat, marshy eastern shore of Maryland.
Dee
ps Congratulations on the new job.

Julia said...

Congrats on the new job! While I don't have a memorable art project I remember feeling very annoyed by not having the right tools. Paint brushes that wouldn't come to a point, crayons instead of colored pencils and when I did have colored pencils they hardly had any color! I would have killed for someone to show me how to layer color back then! Love your blog and it makes me want to carve out a bit of time (maybe during the kid's nap) so I can start painting again. Thanks for the inspiration!

Julia
http://www.innervoiceartstudio.com

Jessie said...

Hi Nicole! Congrats on your new job! Funny, I'm at work and I am working on one of our websites and I noticed we had 'artworks' listed on one of our pages and I had no clue what it was, or even if it still existed, so I googled it and came across your website! Pretty cool :) You had told me you were an artist...but man your artwork really blew me away! You have some great talent.

Anyhow, see you in the 'hood!
-Jessica (Kiki's mom)

Judy said...

We painted with coffee. We used instant coffee and mixed it in jar tops all different amounts of water to get different values. I have done paintings in coffee as an adult as well. Try it.
www.judyfowler.com

Michael Finley said...

I mostly liked eating the paste.

I liked when we decorated for the holidays and the stuff was hung up.

In first grade we did this 3-D scarecrow with folding the arms and legs. We made all the pieces by direction and did not know what it was until we pasted it together. We got to pick the colors of the paper so each one of ours was different. Mrs. Bean cut out the circles for the heads and then we colored in the face.

I think the hung up stuff was the best.

glograbear said...

Making our scratch board by laying down layers of color,topping it off w/ black crayon. I was bored w/ the heat& trying to stay cool I did the same w/ some pieces of oil pastels given to me. I now have 5 of them around the house matted.
Playing w/ clay since my mother wouldn't let us have it since it was too messy!! I let my kids have play-doh & modeling clay. I luv playing w/it w/ my grandkids.

Dhara said...

2 projects i remember very well when i was little.

one was designing a circus poster. With gouache. Boy that was so much fun. I remember that i made a chineese magician. And i had such a great time working on this project.

and the second project was drawing with pen and indian ink. and creating a fantasy world with only textures.
so dots, circles, lines. We had a short story to help us on the way. A story about hairy beasts, with eyes on sticks, and stones and grass. No outlines where allowed, only textures.

Kathy said...

One of my favorite art projects as a child was covering tag board completely with a crayon rainbow top to bottom, left to right. Then painting over all of it with black ink, two coats, I believe. Then we would create a drawing by scratching with a blunt tool - empty ballpoint pen, bent paper clip, etc. - into the ink and watch the magic happen!

Another project I remember was tracing around various objects like leaves so that they overlap and then randomly filling the created spaces with different colors. All about fun!

Anonymous said...

7th grade -- was shown pointalism masters and then made our own work. i tihnk the reason it was such an impact on me was that it was the only time that "art", as opposed to craft (glue this crap) or "art terminology", was shared with me. "draw this from X 'Perspective'" "paint X in the 'Foreground'" was what I remember about art in middle school. to be shown real artwork was amazing.

Kate said...

Congrats! I'm usually a lurker here, but love this question. An exercise I fondly remember was the teacher giving us each paper and something to draw with, then describing a person in detail and having us draw from that oral description. Part of the lesson was how wildly different everyone's interpretation was of the description.

Beth said...

Congratulations on the new job! I'm sure you will do fine and have a great time!