Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Last Hurrah

In recent classes, students have been making sketches of one another. As a last hurrah, I attempted to make a quick caricature sketch of every student at Lynch-Bustin Elementary School. About six hundred drawings later, I think I got everybody! Have a great summer!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Lynch-Bustin Rocks!

As the finale to our Living History Day (with the theme of "The Sixties"), music teacher Mr. Patt and his band put on a rock concert. Imagine 600 screaming kids, all wearing tie dye t-shirts (thanks to PTG and Mrs. Jacoski). The perfect end to a perfect day! Here's a little video and a few pictures of the concert.

Sixties Day

Today was our school-wide Living History Day with the theme of "The Sixties". Here is our art station all set up for the kids to learn about Pop Art printmaking -- Robert Rauscenberg Style.

Here is guest art educator Anna Wales (my daughter). I stole the idea from her, so I asked her to help get us started.

Here she is demonstrating to Mrs. Yeakel's third grade class.

If you want to know how to do this, you paint muscle rub (Ben Gay) on a freshly printed computer print. We used portraits of famous people from the 1960s. Next you place your white paper over the image and rub with a brayer. A reverse image will be transfered to your white paper.

I would say that this is something best done outside. The smell of the muscle rub is quite strong.

Below are a couple I made as examples. If there's something you want in your print to not be the reverse, you can flip it in Photoshop. Below, I wanted to use a photo of Lennon's handwritten lyrics for "Give Peace a Chance". I reversed it in Photoshop so that the print would look right. On the left is the original, and on the right is the print.