Contest: Math Team T-Shirt

Mrs. Bocca has approached me about having students create a t-shirt design for the math team to wear to competitions.  Here’s what she’s looking for:

“We think of single color, short sleeve T-shirts (fun, meaningful, appropriate, pretty..”

Design deadline to Mrs. Bocca is Tues. 2/4/19.  Good luck!


Finishing Up

People are finishing up glazing and moving on to painting and decorating mythological masks.  During our finals period, we will present the mask and your character’s history.  There will be a little quizlet about the characters presented.  It shouldn’t be too difficult if you pay attention to the presentations.  Hint:  think about what is the purpose of the myth as described by Joseph Campbell.  Here is the schedule of the finals for Studio Art 1.

1st period:  Thursday, 11:15 – 1pm

3rd period:  Wednesday  8:15 – 10 am

6th period: Wednesday 2:15 – 4 pm

In the classroom this week, there is still a lot of work to be finished, but at least the homework isn’t too difficult.  Here’s a hint.

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Homework due Monday, 12/17:

Clean out your box.  Recycle and take things home.  The only thing that should be left at school is your mask and your study guide.  Send me a picture of your ceramics projects as installed in their new location at your home.  Your picture should show your ceramics in their best light.  Stylize it.  Accessorize it.  My email is

Paper Mache

This week we built our masks layer by layer.  On Monday, we will remove the clay base.  Then, it is time to turn our attention to glazing our ceramics pieces next week.  Finally we will finish by embellishing our masks.  Although there will be embellishment materials, you might want to think if you have things at home that would help add texture (and bring to life) your mask.  Or, maybe a trip to the wonderful, Idea Store, at Lincoln Square might be fun because it is full of reusable materials that would really be great to add to the mask.


Above are class shots and some shots from Steve Jarand‘s mask making website that might be inspiring to check out.

Homework due Dec. 9

Sketch something that is meaningful or beautiful in your life.  Media is optional.

Mask Making

This week after break, we began working on the clay forms for our mythological masks.  We began by breaking up and rehydrating the clay.  We also discussed where the stories of our myths fall in the continuum of Sarah Lawrence professor and anthropologist,  Joseph Cambell‘s functions of myths:  Sociological, Mystical, Pedagogical and Cosmological.


The kiln!

Homework Due Dec. 3:

Create a one page study sheet that addresses the history of your creature and distinctive visual elements associated with this personage.

Your study sheet should be as creative and visually interesting as possible.  You should have at least two illustrations, at least one of which should be drawn by you.  You may also include an illustration of how this creature has been portrayed by other artists as one of your illustrations.  The typography and layout should contribute towards our understanding of your mythological creature.


Details:  Length – 1 page maximum

Minimum 2 illustrations, one of which must be drawn by you.

Typed, 200 word minimum (not including vocabulary words, describing history

Vocabulary words: Minimum of 3 with definitions

2 reference sources



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Hi Everyone,

I hope you are enjoying your Thanksgiving break.  If you want some art activities to do, here are some contests to think about entering:

Itsy Bitsy show held by Fine and Applied Arts at U of I (now named “Small Works”)  due to Ms. Evans by noon, Monday 11/26.  Any media.  Must be smaller than 6″x6″x6″.

Youth Art Month – 12/20/18 (but I need to receive by 12/10/18 in order to send in.)

Champaign County Town and Country Amateur Art Show – Check out the website for details.  Entries due to park district on 2/28.

See everyone on Monday with to discuss the mythological mask project.


Ceramics Week 2

Ambitious ceramic projects are underway this unit.  Also, some disasters are occurring as the height becomes more ambitious.  Remember as Mr. Peeler said, “Timing is everything.”  Proper moisture is key.


Contemporary artist Peter Volkos’ pot and ancient Roman depiction of Zeus above.

Homework:  Due Monday, 11/19   YOUR MYTHOLOGY

Draw a full page color sketch of the facial features of a mythological character from your cultural background.  Be prepared to explain the character’s history.  This may be the character that you wish to portray in a mask, or you could change to another character.



Ceramics: Week 1

This week we began clay sculpting (or hand building).  The results look promising.  Lots of variety in student projects from vessels to lanterns.

Below is a photo of Arts/Industry artist Olen Hsu working in his studio space at Kohler Co. Pottery, 2006.  Kohler (yes the toilet manufacturer) has a residency program for artists to use their facility to make sculpture in Kohler Wisconsin.  Well worth a visit to see ceramics being manufactured on an industrial


Homework due Monday, 11/12

FOREIGN INFLUENCE: Go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art‘s collection page.  Type   “Ceramics (Culture of your Choice)” into the search box.  Using an example of ceramics from a culture other than what you began with (typically American), re-draw your ceramics project showing the influence of the art you selected.  Post your inspiration piece with your name and its culture on the Padlet for your class below.  Do not use the same post the same piece as someone else.

1st Hour Foreign Influence Padlet

3rd Hour Foreign Influence Padlet

6th Hour Foreign Influence Padlet