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Ted Harrison Art







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Father's Day

Make a Duct Tape Wallet

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Shrink Art


    Clean #6 Plastic
    Permanent Markers
    Aluminum Foil
    Oven and Tongs or Oven Mitt

 1. Obtain a piece of #6 plastic (polystyrene). Most clear containers at salad bars, delis, and grocery stores will work. Just flip it over and look for a “6” inside the recycling arrows. If you ask nicely, they’ll usually give you a fresh one.

2. Cut any excess plastic away to make a flat sheet (use both the top and the bottom), and recycle the excess.
3. Draw or write your desired image or text on your plastic canvas using permanent markers. The total image will shrink to about a third of its original size, and five or six times its original thickness. (My parents, of course, would make us measure before and after, and figure how much it had changed.)

4. Pre-heat your oven to 350°, and place a rack in the lowest position. Create a “tray” out of the aluminum foil by bending up the sides. Technically, you could cover a baking sheet with foil, but  the thinner surface allows for more direct heat and quicker shrinking.
5. Place your art in the tray, then use the tongs or an oven mitt to place the foil on the bottom rack.
6. For the first minute your art will curl up all crazy-like, but soon, it will flatten itself out. If you have an oven door through which you can see, then just keep an eye on it. If your door is solid, open it just slightly (as you would do when broiling) after 90 seconds. Total time for a large piece (5-6” starting size) will be about 3 1/2 minutes.

7. Using the tongs or oven mitt, remove the tray. At this point, it’s still plyable, so if you want to flatten it more, or add waves or bend the corners, do so CAREFULLY within the first ten seconds.
8. Now, you can do as you please. It’s still cut-able, sand-able, drill-able, glue-able, and plenty more. Attach it to jewelry, make a luggage label, or even a guitar pick!


Teaching About Line

How to Teach Art Students about Line by Making a Types of Line Organizer

By nlockard, eHow User


How to Teach Art Students about Line by Making a Types of Line OrganizerthumbnailWavy Lines

When teaching my middle school students about
the ELEMENTS of ART, we usually do preliminary
activities related to each of the elements leading
up to more comprehensive projects that require
careful deliberation in the application of all
SHAPE, FORM and TEXTURE. One could say
that Line is the most fundamental element,
it being required in the formation of a composition of any kind. To began exploring line we start by making a Types of Line Organizer.....





Things You'll Need

  • 12x18 inch white or manilla drawing paper
  • a whiteboard
  • 1

    Have 12x18" drawing paper already on student's desks.

  • 2

    Assuming you have already introduced students to the
    7 Elements of Art through,
    for instance, a film that explains
    them--begin the lesson by revisiting
    the element of Line. Point out that LINES can
    CONVEY MOVEMENT and FEELING, that they
    DEFINE SHAPES and AREAS in a composition and
    that they fall into 2 general categories: lines that are organic
    or "BIOMORPHIC" (genarally curvy)--that are found in nature
    and lines that are "GEOMETRIC" (generally sharp, straight, angular)
    and are found in the "manmade environment."

  • 3

    DIRECT STUDENTS to take thier 12x18"
    drawing paper and write their full name
    and period in the lower right hand corner.

  • 4

    PAPER and tell students to follow
    along with you in folding the paper
    step-by-step in such a way as to
    yield them 12 boxes. To do this,
    fold the paper at the 9" halfway
    point of the 18" length of the paper, and then at the 4 1/2"
    point of that 9" segment. Then fold that 4 1/2"x12"segment
    into thirds. Unfolded, this should yield 12 boxes.

  • 5

    and instruct students to
    follow along with you as
    you draw and talk about
    each of 12 different types
    of line. These are the
    12 types that I use: Horizontal, Vertical, Diagonal, Converging,
    Spiral, Squiggly, Interupted, Bold, Parallel, Biomorphic, Geometric
    and Zig-Zag. Start with "horizontal." Write 'horizontal' on the
    board--say "write this on the top of your upper left hand box."
    Then draw some horizontal lines.Now, say "draw these lines in
    your first box." Then ask students by raising their hands to say
    what kinds of feelings or movements this type of line might convey.
    Write a few of the answers on the board and tell students to write
    the answers in thier box. Then ask students for 2 examples of
    where they might find horizontal lines in nature and then 2 examples
    of where they might find horizontal lines in the manmade environment.
    They should follow along with you in writing these examples in thier
    box. Go through this same process for each type of line. We are able
    to complete a Types of Line Organizerin one 50 minute class period
    moving at a brisk pace.

  • 6

    grade them by the following criteria: whether
    they labelled each box, whether they drew the
    correct type of line to go with the label they
    wrote, whether this was neatly and legibly done,
    and whether the descriptive feeling,
    movement and environment words were written.

Read more: How to Teach Art Students about Line by Making a Types of Line Organizer | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_4876214_making-types-of-line-organizer.html#ixzz1ObnrOjgJ


Cake Pop Art


Step One: Tape edges of paper

step two: Large brush stroke paint paper black (let dry)

Step three: Draw cake with pencil on a piece of paper (talk about top oval, bottom oval, lines connecting)

Step four: use coloured chalk to colour back side of sketched cake

Step five: place chalk side down on your now black piece of paper

Step six. Trace over cake lines to imprint chalk lines onto black page

Step seven: Use colour pallet all with a bit of white (to make them pastel) and paint but avoid the lines. 



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The bottle cap mural is finished, and I just LOVE it. This one is hanging in the school hallway.
My students worked extremely hard on this mural, so they were very excited to see it hanging in the hallway. It looks awesome!
Here is a closeup of the mural. We certainly used a lot of caps for this project. This was such a fun way to recycle.


Posted by Holly V. at 2:18 PM 18 comments

Labels: 5th Grade, Famous Artists, Recycling


Wednesday, June 15, 2011


Bottle Cap Mural #2


It's the last week of school, but I am still trying to finish a few projects. I know I recently posted on the bottle cap murals my students have been creating, and this is our second mural. This one was inspired after Van Gogh's Starry Night. Today three fifth grade classes worked on this mural, and tomorrow, I plan to have a few students finish it up. I will post another picture when it is completely done. I am extremely excited to see how this one turns out.


This is a fun tornado lesson that I did with my fifth graders. I've done this lesson before, but it has been a few years.
This is a very simple lesson. Basically, we used cotton batting to form the tornado. Then we dug into my scrap paper box to create the rest of the picture. During the last 10 minutes of the lesson, I handed out oil pastels to add details.


This is a wonderful project that I have done many times with my fifth graders. It's a great way to teach the idea of foreshortening. It's actually quite simple. We begin by tracing our hands and feet. I then demonstrate how to draw the rest of the body. Finally we color everything with oil pastel, and the background is painted with watercolor.


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