Friday, March 2, 2018

The printmaking class is in full swing!  Students are completed with their first "block" print and the images are from their reduction prints, a process of printing a color, then removing some of the linoleum, printing another color on top which allows the first color to show.  The process is continued until the print is completed and in this case usually three to four colors. (note the red ones in the last photo and then the second color of a dark blue is shown in the image above.) Very exciting to see such beautiful work being done by juniors and seniors in high school!  

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Crop Art - Example Post for Blogs

White Pine located along Hwy 71 between Menahga and Park Rapids, MN
Last year, I created a class called the Art of the Unique Technique because I wanted to teach the students stained glass. I felt that the stained glass was more of a unit vs. an entire semester or year-long class so I began researching projects that were unique that could be units.  This led to exploring art forms that are not considered to be a part of the "fine arts" but still have value and contribute to cultures, time periods and community. Things like "folk art," "outsider art," "kitsch art" all became contenders to incorporate.

Beginning the class by creating Pine Needle Baskets, followed by a unit in Calligraphy and another project creating Suits of Armor the progression began to follow a historical timeline as well.

Finally, in the spring we attempted Crop Art, the art form where seeds are used to create images.  In Minnesota, the State Fair holds an annual competition for this art form and it's a well-attended exhibit for the 10 days during the fair time. After starting a demo for the students, I ended up researching the rules and deadlines and actually submitted my finished piece into the Novice category where I won the Blue Ribbon!  My ongoing joke during the entire time was that I was going to go in and usurp the top crop artists and take the crown.  (It should be noted that I entered the "Novice" category and the competition was against other crop art newbies, not prior winners.  But, I have my ribbon and checked off a bucket list item.  Will I continue to enter?  Probably, but I have to up my game.

For students:  this is an example of a post that you might write on your own blog.  Mine is a little longer than what's expected of you, but those who enjoy writing may find yours often look like this.


1. Full paragraph (3-5 sentences) with correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation.  Install the Chrome App Grammarly to help you with this and/or use the spell check feature in Blogger.

2.  Image:  crop image if necessary to enhance the photo.  Captions are optional. Be sure to download your image from your phone, e-mail etc. and UPLOAD to blogger.  Otherwise the image may not show if you try the "copy/paste" technique.  Hint:  while in the post mode, click on the uploaded image and you will have options for adding a caption and making it larger, etc.

3.  Content of writing:  write about the process and that will help you to include three terms related to the project.  Include your opinion and WHY you feel the way you do about the project, process, etc.  It might be struggles, successes or what you would do differently if given the chance. 

Thursday, February 2, 2017


The Ceramic II students are taking on the BOW (Body of Work) projects.  The premise of the project is to create a cohesive body of work that is unique, unified and challenges their skills.

The video below is the beginning step for Chelsey's BOW which will be a series of masks that exhibit different human emotions.  

Monday, October 31, 2016

Seventh Grade Art Books

The Seventh Graders at Menahga Middle School are part of a rotation that lasts from 6 to 9 weeks.  During the course of that time, they learn the Art Elements, Design Principles, and are introduced to a variety of media and artists or art styles.  To fully understand the concepts, the students create a Clay Covered Accordian book that houses a minimum of 8 works that address a specific media, art element and Design Principle.  Some look more in depth at artists or a style of art, such as Wayne Theibaud, Georgia O'Keefe or  Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque.  Below are some of the various artworks that have been created through the years.

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