Been busy in the studio. Glad I could eek out some time from lesson planning and chores and find the time to create.
I had the pleasure of receiving training under David Tamori from CA. Most of the other teachers were from AZ. One was from England. We all spent 4 days intensively working on learning the difference between drawing and 2-D design as far as how the college board separates them. Both art in some form or another thus no graphic design specifically was included. The generalization is that drawing uses mostly elements and mark making while design is mostly the principles of design. All of which we teach to our high school students. It is just when you present a portfolio of 24 pieces to the college board you need to decide which area is the strongest in your students works. There was also training for 3-D design. Not sure I will go for the college level for my kids on that one yet. I need quality camera equipment which the district cannot afford at this time and I am not lending my equipment to the district. The fun part of it all was that we made art constantly using a variety of mediums that are affordable for the most part. Which was good for those of us who teach at title one schools (below the poverty level). The following pictures are of sample I made during this workshop.
Group project done very quickly. Arrange 5 chairs into an interpretation of sorts. We expanded using an electric cord from the ceiling. We were the only group that broke the rules. Ha, the true sign of artists.
I have been practicing some techniques in drawing to pass on to my students. One is realism in graphite, a cactus in pre-bloom. Another is a colored pencil rendering of a firey sunrise view from my home using colored pencil, graphite and a heated surface while working in the colored pencil (makes for interesting blending of colors. I am not sure the photo does it justice). The other is an ink drawing with colored pencil for accents. This my husband calls my high school days style. I call it my Zentangle. Better yet, I just call it Keeper since it is our cat Keeper. Below Keeper is another Zentangle I call Fuzzy or grumpy bird. Fuzzy is a Say’s Phoebe that hatched in our back yard. I took a photo of him in his youth, thus the fuzzy head. He was very cute and a slow flight learner so he stuck around for awhile. He was fun to watch and very tame.
Finally got to use the Intova Sport HD II. Great little camera with amazing results.
One day was out of the water and fishing on a boat. Went out at least 10+ miles from shore. Not sure about the distance except to say we got out of site of any land. No keepers this trip. It was all catch and release and use on my trusty Nikon Point and shoot.