Thursday, October 19, 2017

Zine Mimi MagaZINE Book

Definition of a ZINE: short for magazine or fanzine) is most commonly a small-circulation self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images, usually reproduced via photocopier. Usually zines are the product of a single person, or of a very small group.

  • Complete the zine worksheet before starting your zine.
  • Fold paper.
  • Book is a picture book with few words each page.
  • Use black pen only after you sketch your drawings and words in pencil.
  • I will photo copy your book so you will have 10 copies to share. 


Wednesday, September 27, 2017


  • Creating tessellation's in your sketchbook with a tessellation ruler. 
  • Pick a shape and fill a page of your sketchbook with that shape. No space in beween the shapes (like puzzle pieces). 
  • Design one of the shapes and put the exact design on the rest of the shapes.
  • Color the shape and color each shape exactly alike.
  • The more colors, the more elaborate the pattern you create will be.😁
Riverview students tessellation's
Escher Website


Friday, September 08, 2017

Graffiti Creator - Sketchbook Assignment

  • Your sketchbook assignment this week is to write a word in Graffiti Creator on the computer: print, cut out and glue in your sketchbook.
  • Include drawings with the graffiti word.
  • color
  • upload to Artsonia by Friday.


Sunday, September 03, 2017

Watercolor/Oil Pastel Story Painting Quilt


  1.  Draw your picture on the muslim and use oil pastels and watercolors to add color.
  2. Cut out squares & rectangles and use oil pastels & paint with patterns
  3. Glue the picture you painted on black felt and the squares and rectangles you painted around the painting. 
  4. If you want you can sew the squares for extra credit.


1. G.W. Hobbs, was among the earliest known portrait artists, from the period of 1773–1887.  He was the first African American to paint a portrait of another African AmericanHARRIET POWERS, known as the "mother of African-American quilting," was born into slavery in Athens, Georgia on October 29, 1837 (died in 1911). She married Armstead Powers, and her first daughter Amanda was born in 1855 when Harriet was 18. Southern Negro women slaves were often trained as expert seamstresses and Harriet was probably instructed in the craft of appliqué quilt making by her mother. 

There are just two quilts by Harriet Powers that have come down to us (both created after she was freed from slavery following the Civil War), but they are among the most famous and revered works of art in the history of African American folk art. The magical story of how Harriet Powers' story Bible quilts came to be known and preserved has been told many times. Each panel in Harriet Powers' quilts tells a story of its own and can be viewed and studied like a painting. And so although we have only two quilts, they are comprised of 26 panels in all, eleven for the first and fifteen for the second. Mrs. Powers' art is truly powerful and yet playful, warmly innocent and yet full of spiritual wisdom -- her panel-stories are rightly credited as masterworks of American folk art.

2. The Harlem Renaissance was one of the most notable movements in African-American art.  Between 1920-1930 and outburst of creativity among African American occurred in every aspect of art. This cultural movement became known as "The New Negro Movement" later the "Harlem Renaissance.  African Americans were encouraged to celebrate their heritage and to become "The New Negro" a term coined in 1925. Aaron Douglas (1899-1979)" let's bare our arms and plunge them deep through laughter, through pain, through sorrow, through hope, through disappointment, into the very depths of the souls of our people and drag forth material crude, rough, neglected. Then let's sing it, dance it, write it, paint it. Let's do the impossible” Aaron Douglas completed sketches in preparation for a mural he painted under WPA sponsorship fir the 135th Street branch of the New York Public Library in Harlem. The four-panel series Aspects of Negro Life tracks the journey of African Americans from freedom in Africa to enslavement in the United States and from liberation after the Civil War to life in the modern city.
3Jacob Lawrence, one of the most important artists of the 20th century, was born in 1917 and is best known for his series of narrative paintings depicting important moments in African American history. Lawrence was introduced to art when in his early teens, Lawrence's mother enrolled him in Utopia Children's Center, which provided an after-school art program in Harlem. By the mid-1930s, he was regularly participating in art programs at the Harlem Art Workshop and the Harlem Community Art Center where he was exposed to leading African American artists of the time. At the community art centers, Lawrence studied African art, Aaron Douglas's paintings and African American history. With the help and encouragement of Augusta Savage, Lawrence secured a scholarship to the American Artists School and later gained employment with the WPA, working as a painter in the easel division. Lawrence began painting in series format in the late 1930s, completing 41 paintings on the life of a revolutionary who established the Haitian Republic. Other series followed on the lives of the abolitionists Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, and John Brown. The Migration of the Negro, one of his best-known series, was completed in 1941. The most widely acclaimed African American artist of this century, Lawrence continued to paint until his death in 2000.

Faith Ringgold If One Can Anyone Can. All you Gotta Do Is Try!! 
Faith Ringgold, has used her art to voice her opinions on racism and gender inequality. Faith Ringgold, born in 1930 in Harlem, attended the City College of New York where she received her BS and her MA in Fine Arts. In 1967, Ringgold created a series, The American People, which focused on racial conflict and discrimination. Today, she is best known for her painted story quilts, an art form that combines story telling and quilt making. During the 1960s, Ringgold painted flat, figures that focused on the racial conflicts; depicting everything from riots to parties, which resulted in her "American People" series, showing the female view of the Civil Rights Movement Ringgold began quilted artworks in 1980; her first quilt being "Echoes of Harlem." She quilted her stories in order to be heard, since at the time no one would publish her autobiography. "Who's Afraid of Aunt Jemima?" (1983) is a quilt showing the story of Aunt Jemima as a matriarch restaurateur. 


  • Content Standard #3
    • 5-8 Students use subjects, themes, and symbols that demonstrate knowledge of contexts, values, and aesthetics that communicate intended meaning in artworks 
  • Content Standard #4 Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures
    • 5-8 Students know and compare the characteristics of artworks in various eras and cultures 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Review of Scholastic Art Magazine & Giveway of a Yearlong class Subscription to Scholastic Art Magazine

  There are  6 issues published each year by Scholastic Art magazine, an art magazine for middle school and high school students though there is lesson plans for elementary school also. This last years issues were:
  1. How to Read Art: featuring David Hockney, Georgia O’Keeffe, Diego Rivera Kehinde Wiley
  2. Working with Ideas: The Art of the Campaign
  3. Working with Light: featuring Edward Hopper
  4. Working with Form & Function: Objects from World Cultures
  5. Working with Value: Ansel Adams
  6. Painting Right Now: featuring Kerry James Marshall, Nijideka Akunyill Crosby, Li Shurui, Katharina Grosse
Each issue comes with a teacher's guide for elementary and high school, standards covered and an online digital issue for teachers and students. On the Scholastic Art website is the current issue as well as archives of past magazines, art videos, art skills sheets, hands-on projects, art jobs, art posters, and art news. The digital issue augments the Scholastic Art magazines you get in a bundle every couple of months with your subscription.

Pluses +

  • You and your students can read the whole magazine online and if you have a class set of iPads, like we do at  Riverview Middle, students can read Scholastic Art magazine on their iPad. 
  • The page titled web link in each digital issue gives students the opportunity to delve deeper and get more information about something they discovered in their Scholastic Art magazine. 
  •  Careers in art, that is on the last page of every issue of Scholastic Art magazine, should be the cover of every issue!! I've learned about careers in art that I never knew about and it's great to expose students to what is out there, what education they need, if they decide to make a career in art.
Videos are under 2-5 minutes and tie in with each magazine issue.  The videos aren't on YouTube or Vimeo and can't be embedded in your blog. Scholastic Art magazine also includes Student of the Month, highlighting a student and their art work.

Scholastic Art magazine is an art magazine for middle school and high school with lot's of pictures. I don't know of any other art magazine like it. 
  • I find it is the best way to introduce students to what is currently going on in art in the 21st century every couple of months with the latest magazine issue. That alone makes it invaluable
  • I like the digital edition, videos, iPad app, careers in art and the web link page. The students I teach have no idea what is going on in art except through the field trips we take each year. 
My classes do not usually do the art projects in each issue but skim over them. I don't build the art curriculum I teach around Scholastic Art magazine projects but when there is a project that fits into the our art curriculum, -rewind- I will go back and take out that issue of Scholastic Art magazine and then do the project. I try to have students take care of the magazines so I can save them and use them again.
I use the worksheets and older magazines for when I need a substitute lesson also.


**To be entered in the drawing for a yearlong subscription for Scholastic Art magazine. Post a reply to this blog with your email address and how you use Scholastic Art magazine in your class by August 15th.

Prizing and samples provided by Scholastic.
Review samples provided by Scholastic.
I have partnered with Scholastic to bring you this giveaway.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Taking a screen shot

Taking a screen shot on with Windows 10:

Taking a screen shot on an iPad:

Saturday, July 08, 2017

animate art rules

  1. Each table picks one "Why Teach art" quote.  
  2. Write the saying on the paper and illustrate the words with color - 2 pictures a person.
  3. Write a story  about your "Why Teach art" quote on your storyboard worksheet.
  4. Take a photos of each picture with yourt iPad.
  5. Open iMovie on the iPad.
  1. pick a theme in a iMovie
  2. Import your photos from the camera roll.
  3. Tap on the pictures to import them into your movie.
  4. Add title.
  5. Record a student telling the story on iMovie.
  6.  When finished export to Vimeo.

National Junior Art Honor Society

Riverview Middle has had a chapter of The National Junior Art Honor Society for the last 3 years. NJAHS is run by the National Art Education Association.
  • Last year members completed community service with face painting peers during lunch once a month.
  • Members went to the nearby pre-school and painted faces of all the pre-schoolers.
  • Members  recycled markers for 3 years straight with Crayola. 
  • Each year their artwork is published in the National Art Honor Society Magazine
  • This years member took a hike (5 miles) and had a picnic for their end of year field trip.
  • Members this year earned NJAHS t-shirts, membership cards and a NJAHS certificate.

shipping markers to Crayola

Art Room

iPad Art with Symmetrical Art on iOrnament

kiln, extruder, slab roller, wedging table
active board
15 computers in the art room
3D printer