I printed this gorilla shirt myself! I have been printing my own t-shirts for clubs and special events for about 10 years, now I'm sharing my secrets with you in this DIY blog post. (Video is at the bottom of the page)
- Embroidery hoop
- Sheer curtain fabric (the thinner the weave, the finer the detail)
- Something to print on (t-shirt, canvas bag, your choice)
- Screen printing ink, but you could get away with acrylic paint if you're on a super budget
- Mod Podge or some other type of non water soluble glue
- A small paint brush you wouldn't mind dedicating to glue
- Something to use as a squeegee, paper or an gift card
- Wax paper if you're printing on fabric (to put underneath the layer you're printing on)
- A black marker, I used a Sharpie
Put the fabric in the embroidery hoop and pull it as taught as possible. Put the hoop (aka screen) fabric side down on top of your image, and trace it with the marker. Make sure there's at least an inch border of extra space around the image or the inside of the hoop.
Flip the screen over and paint everything you DON'T want to print with the Mod Podge glue. This part is about craftsmanship, so paint slowly and carefully with small brushes. Let it dry, then do a second coat checking for small pin holes. To check for holes, hold it up to a light and look very close.
Let it dry completely (I usually wait overnight, but it probably only takes a couple hours), then stretch out the fabric ready to print. Put cardboard or wax paper under the fabric so it doesn't soak through. Lay the screen on top, fabric side down.
Get a decent amount of screen printing ink (or paint) on the old credit card, and while holding the screen firmly in place, drag the ink at a 45 degree-ish angle across the screen where the image is to be printed. Re-dip as much as you need to get the space covered.
Lift the screen up and marvel at your new t-shirt!
My future art teachers have been inspired by Claes Oldenburg’s larger than life sculptures since we visited the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City and came face-to-face with the 19-foot-tall shuttlecocks.
Claes Oldenburg is just one of the artists that began the Pop Art movement in New York in the 1950s. Other Pop Art artists include Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns, Keith Haring, and others some still working today. The “pop” in Pop Art stands for mass media and popular culture, and from this, artists would take popular everyday items and reproduce them, think Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans, 1962.
Warhol, Campbell's Soup Cans, 1962 (Image courtesy of MOMA)
My class was asked to bring in their favorite chip or candy bag from a vending machine, and together we recreated these bags in papier-mache at least twice their original size.
You will need a large piece of newspaper that is folded. Keep the fold in the paper and with masking tape, tape two sides creating a bag or in class, we referred to it as a pillowcase. After you have your pillow case, ball up other pieces of newspaper or any recyclable paper and stuff you bag as full as you would like it, mimicking the original. Once you have your bag stuffed, tape the open end and begin to papier-mache your bag. This will take several coats of papier-mache, and we took two classes to do both sides.
Once your bag is dried from the papier-mache, I recommend painting your bag with a white primer (Gesso) to make it a little stiffer and to begin with a clean white surface. Students started drawing every detail on their bag before painting. Class conversations revolved around fonts, color choices, and spacing.
The class noticed new details such as backgrounds had stripes instead of being a solid color (Funyuns) the first ingredient listed is “Smiles” (Goldfish) and everything looks like it was designed and placed on purpose. “This process makes you pay attention to the details and that each thing has been designed by an artist” stated a student.
Here are some finished pictures of the Pop Art Bags.
I am taking my art education class online this summer, and in anticipation of that experience was thinking about recreating the feeling of being in an art studio and playing around with materials. When I show students different ways to use art materials, and they get the chance to experiment with them, they are more likely to use them in their classroom. This raw experimentation and the art of "gettin messy" is something I did not want to lose with an online class.
With the help of some of my students, I created a few videos and set up my YouTube channel! It was a little bit of a process to create the videos and edit them using my iPad and iMovie. I then uploaded each video to my google drive for safe keeping. The following day I set up a YouTube channel and uploaded each of my first five videos. YouTube was very easy to navigate, and the uploads went quickly. There is always a learning curve with me and technology, but I am proud to say, I figured it out!
As I write this blogpost, my YouTube videos have no views, and no comments, so give them a look-see and tell me what you think.
I had purchased ping pong balls at the Dollar store, and with a fine point permanent marker (Sharpie) wrote questions on the balls that related to the Elements of Art and Principles of Design. As a teacher, you could add questions related to your content area, or even chapter questions to help students review for a test. I then separated the class into two teams, and they took turns throwing the ping pong balls into the cups. If a ball landed in a cup on their side, they would dig out the ball and answer the question. We have been looking at contemporary artists of Kehinde Wiley, Kara Walker, and in the video, Hank Willis Thomas' Afro-American Express is on the overhead and currently being analyzed. (click instagram icon on the right column to watch this video)
Art Education teaches more than color and lines and my students learn techniques and tricks that are transferable to their future classroom whatever their subject matter.
Note: My college students took great pleasure in this activity while laughing and giggling. I told them if they are good at this activity they could blame it on art class.
Pittsburg State University is hosting their first ever TEDTalks in the spring of 2018. A massive email went out to all faculty members that would like to do a TEDTalk having them submit their cv, application, and an abstract of their research presentation.
I sent in my application for a TEDtalk outlining a presentation I have been working on titled, Self-Care: it’s not what you think. I had recently written a paper on self-care for my doctorate Leadership class and was planning to submit this presentation to the Kansas Art Education Association (KAEA) annual conference. This research was fresh in my mind and readily available. The dates from the original email to when the application was due did not allow for new research at my current pace. The timing over winter break and the Christmas holiday meant that I would need to pull something ready or spend my time researching a topic to submit. I chose the first option of submitting something already on my shelf.
I was selected as a finalist, and from the email invitation was given possible times and dates for my video audition. The email included a YouTube linked to two TEDtalks that show TED’s conversational style.
I practiced my talk out loud in my apartment the weekend prior. I was having a difficult time getting the research element and conversation style down to the 18-minute time frame.
The day of the audition I planned my outfit accordingly and was 15 minutes early to my 3:00 pm audition. The conference room was set up to be very intimidating, and I was nervous. I walked in and went past the table with six committee members waiting with their notes. The coordinator cued the video to begin recording and told me I would get hand signals from her when I had 2 minutes left in my time frame. I walked to the front of the conference room and began talking about self-care.
My talk ended at the 14-minute mark and I know I was talking too fast. I had put bullet points and quotes on small index cards that I could hold in my hand. I like index cards because they don’t show how nervous you are. A larger piece of paper without a podium would shake in my hand and give me away. The panel clapped at the end of my presentation, and the room coordinator gave me a paper that outlined that I was one of 200 people auditioning for nine presentation spots.
I got an email two weeks later stating that I was not chosen this year. I will continue to audition and try out next year and the following years because a TEDtalk is on my professional bucket list. I would be honored to be part of the prestigious organization of writers, artists, scientist, and researchers that makeup TED, just like I am honored to have been a finalist for the Pittsburg State University inaugural year.
First things first, Happy Galentine’s Day to all my lovely lady friends! I love you and cherish our friendship even if we are far apart.
Are you confused? Galentine’s Day is a fictional holiday made up by Amy Poehler’s character, Leslie Knope, on the long running and still playing on Netflix, sitcom, Parks and Rec. Leslie explains it as a holiday to eat brunch with your girlfriends celebrating lady love and the friendships that make our lives worth living.
"Oh, it's only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It's like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas." (Leslie Knope, Parks and Rec)
Leslie loves waffles and some may say that they are a supporting character on Parks and Rec, so I decided to make waffle postcards to send to my gal pals.
Model Magic air-dry clay, 3 single packages per waffle (White)
Craft Paint (White, Yellow, Brown)
E6000 Industrial Strength Glue
I combined three packages of clay to create enough dough to lay in my cold waffle iron and press into the shape of a waffle. Do not turn on the waffle iron. I cut around the extra with scissors and with it created small flat squares for butter pats.
The clay needs to dry for 24 hours before it can be painted. I did a base coat on the waffles and then used a dry brush technique to highlight the raised areas and make them a little darker like they were cooked. I painted the butter pats with bright yellow paint. I set everything aside to dry overnight.
I took ½ cup(ish) of glue and put it in a plastic cup and added brown paint to look like syrup. I then poured the glue over the waffles and let it dry for 24 hours. (Hint: it will dry darker)
After the waffles were dry I colored cardstock with colored pencils to recreate the waffle look and address them to my friends. I used strong glue to glue on the butter pat and the cardstock.
Now they are ready for the mail. They only weigh a couple of ounces but have them weighed at the post office for proper postage. I have mailed them before and they have arrived perfectly and how fun it is to get a waffle out of the mailbox!
Issue: The post office in my little town had never seen anything like this and refused to treat them as a “first class letter” instead wanted them to go as a package. I don’t mind paying the postage, but packages get large stickers with tracking codes that my post officer wanted to put right across the butter!! In the case of dealing with people that just don’t get it, don’t create a scene, just put them in a padded envelope. The waffle postcards that is, not the people.
Enjoy your waffles on Galentine’s Day and remember, “Ovaries before Brovaries!”
Today was one of my favorite days in Art Education. It’s edible color wheel day! I have been doing this project for years and it is always a hit. After lecturing on the color wheel, color schemes, and color theory to my class I like to take the next class to assess their knowledge with a group project. In class, each table of 4 to 6 students make their own color wheel with cookies and frosting. Here is what you will need:
Materials (per group)
20 or so cookie wafers
1 can of white frosting
food coloring in red, yellow, and blue (Take the green out of the box)
black food coloring- 1 bottle at the teacher’s station has lasted for years!
Spoons, plastic cups, napkins, poster board, and markers to label.
Step 1: As a group, draw the color wheel diagram on your presentation paper and frost 1 cookie with each of the 3 primary colors and place the cookie on your team’s poster board diagram of the color wheel.
Step 2: As a group, mix each secondary color and frost a cookie to place on your diagram. (Note: Some primary colors may not be able to be "treated equally" - your color intensities will vary. See what works for your colors - and "fudge" a bit to get the best secondary colors possible)
Step 3: As a group, mix the 6 tertiary colors. Then frost one cookie for each of these 6 colors and place them on the color wheel in the correct spots.
Step 4: As a group, mix any two complementary colors to make a Gray/Brown neutral and place that cookie in the middle of the color wheel.
Step 5: As a group, mix tints and shades of one hue (red or blue work best) to form a 5 point value scale on the side of the color wheel. (black coloring available at the teacher’s station)
Art Education students are learning about the Elements of Art (Line, Color, Shape, Space, Texture, Value, and Time and Motion) and the Principles of Design (Balance, Contract, Repetition, Pattern, Emphasis, Movement, and Unity). To visualize symmetry, they made Alien Names out of their cursive writing. The students only had 30 mins to complete this artwork. Student learning objectives included fine motor skills, learning about symmetry, becoming familiar with the art room procedures, discovering new art materials, and of course, using their creativity.
• Copy paper, 11″ x 17″ works well
• Black Sharpie Marker
• Crayons/Markers/Oil Pastels/Chalk
1. Students fold a large sheet of paper in half lengthwise. With the paper folded, they write their name in cursive, adjusting to fill the paper as much as possible. The bottoms of the letters should always touch the fold of the paper. Any descenders (such as the bottoms of g’s, j’s or y’s) need to be ignored for this project.
2. Students traced over the pencil lines with a large black Sharpie. They also trace the backside, fold, and trace again on the remaining side so they end up with one side of reflecting shapes.
3. Students turn their drawings into some kind of Alien creature. They can draw details with a thin marker and then color sections in with crayons. Remind students that for symmetry whatever color or pattern is on one side it must be repeated on the opposite side.
Today is the first day of school at PSU, aka- Syllabus Day. I could not go through that syllabus one more time, so I didn’t. Maybe some of this rebellion comes from my ten years of teaching college students, but how many times can you hear yourself say “absence policy?”
My family and I went to an escape room over Thanksgiving and had a wonderful time. We even escaped with 6 minutes to spare. I take no credit for that escape; I have brilliant family members. Since that time, I have been musing how to create an escape room for my students. It didn’t turn out exactly how I envisioned, but they were working together and running all over the building instead of looking at me with glazed eyes, or the “donut look” as I like to call it. In that aspect......Mission Accomplished!
I found tons of ideas on Pinterest and from some of my favorite blogs, like cassiestephens.blogspot.com. I divided the class up into five groups by having them select colored paper out of a basket. They then had to move to find their group and sit at the table with the same colored basket. A Mondrian inspired puzzle was there waiting for them, which lead them to a matching poster around my classroom. On the back of the poster, I had an envelope with a hieroglyphic code and a location for them to find. One location leads to another location until they had found the art office, the gallery, the bathrooms, vending machines, and water fountains. Then the group returned to the classroom to answer questions about the late policy and office hours conveniently located in the online syllabus, and then some classroom procedures- such as, where to put wet artwork. (Hint- it’s on the drying rack)
I had a gloriously relaxing evening painting the game pieces with liquid watercolors and felt honored that a few students wanted to take their "game pieces" with them. I also feel strong about the fact that I am modeling teaching strategies for my students and hopefully they will remember these funny moments from Art Education and repeat them in their classrooms.
I teach future art teachers at Emporia State University. Here is what is going on in my classes.