Sunday, December 4, 2016

Reflective Silhouettes

Objective: To create an ink self-portrait silhouette on a page from a book leaving a word or phrase un-obscured in the background text.

Digital Camera
Computer (Adobe Photoshop Program)
Page from a book
Permanent Marker

1. Ask a to photograph you using a digital camera or iPad in a 3/4 pose.
2. Use Adobe Photoshop to manipulate your photograph into a stencil.

3. Print the manipulated photograph
4. Draw yourself on a page fro a book using your manipulated photograph as a reference. 
5. Fill in your portrait with a black permanent marker leaving one word or phrase un-obscured in the background text.
6. Give your artwork a title. 

Examples of Student Work: 

© Live Art, Breathe Art 2015

© Live Art, Breathe Art 2015

© Live Art, Breathe Art 2015

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Tool Time

To make a composition using a non-painting tool for the composition, tool and subject matter. 

Sketch book or scratch paper

Various forms of non-art tools (fork, spoon, brush, etc.) that can be dipped in paint.
Watercolor paper 

Acrylic Paint
Permanent Marker

1.  Choose from a variety of tools or objects to create a drawing. 

2. Create studies (practice drawings) in your sketchbook or scratch paper emphasizing effective use of the elements of art and principles of design (line, shape, texture)
3.  Use your object to create an abstract painting using acrylic paint on your watercolor paper. This      will be the background of your drawing. 

4.  Once the acrylic paint is dry,  draw your object by repeating all or parts of the tool chosen over your abstract painting

***Tip: Be open to what happens during this process.  ***

Write a self reflection discussing the pros and cons of working in this unconventional manner. 

What did you like or dislike about this project? Why? 
Did the struggle outweigh the enjoyment and sense of discovery or vice versa? 

Examples of Student Work: 
© Live Art, Breathe Art  2016

© Live Art, Breathe Art  2016

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Welcome to the new school year!

I am thrilled to be starting my third year at Jackson Middle School.  I am also looking forward to a year filled with challenges and excitement.
This year, we will focus on:
  • Developing Craft
  • Engaging and Persisting
  • Envisioning
  • Expression
  • Observation
  • Reflection
  • Exploration
  • Understanding the Art World
If you have any questions or concerns about any part of the school year please reach out to me either during my conference period, by email at, or by phone at 210.356.4400

Please note that it is important that you arrive on time and ready to learn as we will have a lot of exciting material to cover each day. 

I look forward to getting to know you better and helping you achieve all of your education goals for the year. 

Let's work together to make this the Best Year Ever! 

Monday, May 23, 2016


For this assignment, I asked my 6th grade students to pretend they were botanists who had recently discovered a new, never before been seen plant.

The students had to document their findings and include the following key pieces of information:
  • plant's name
  • plant's basic needs
  • how the plant's needs are met
  • where the plant lives
  • a colored illustration of the plant in it's natural habitat
  • an illustration showing the principal parts of the plant's anatomy (text features like labels, captions, maps, bold words, subheading, and more)

Then the student's had to create a paper mache' model of the plant using a plastic bottle, cardboard, and masking tape. Below are the student's examples:

© Live Art, Breathe Art 2016
© Live Art, Breathe Art 2016

© Live Art, Breathe Art 2016

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Night Gallery 2016

We are cordially inviting you, your family and friends to attend the

Night Gallery 2016

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Thursday, April 28, 2016

6:00 - 8:00 pm

Littleton Gym
Blossom Athletic Center
Free Admission ! 

This year we are inviting the visitors to this popular show to become actively engaged by indicating their personal art preferences.  To show your appreciation, red dots my be purchased and placed on student artworks.  

Come and enjoy the outstanding artwork created by our students, and express "The People's Choice" by becoming actively involved in the exhibit.  All of the North East ISD middle schools and high schools will be represented.  

This is no charge for this event.  We hope to see you there!