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This blog is here for Cornerstone Christian Academy art students to use as a tutorial and troubleshooting site for the completion of their various yearly projects. Use this blog to find periodic updates and tips. Please leave comments: ask questions, comment on your progress, or leave helpful tips for your fellow classmates to read regarding a particular class project. Good Luck!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

X-Acto Knives Update!!!!

Hey class - I have purchased enough x-acto #1 knives for the entire class so if you don't want to purchase one of your own you can opt to use those that I have in class next Thursday. However, you will have to be able to finish your project in class. This means that you need a concrete design which will allow you to hit the ground running when we meet for class.

If you still would like to purchase your own x-acto blade, A C Moore has the cheapest - $3.51 - located in the wood carving department in the back corner.

Send me any questions you have regarding your assignment and I can help you. I don't want to turn Mr. Newton's small violin solo into a quartet of foolish fiddlers, so get in the habit of regularly checking this blog. It's even easier if you subscribe to it using your email account! Good luck - Mr. Jared

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

New Project - Sept. 18

Hey class - I am placing a link for examples of our new project starting this Thursday, Sept 18. We will be taking one sheet of paper and creating a piece of art with it. The paper size is your choice. The only requirement is that it be a white sheet of paper. You will be using X-acto knives so I will have them in class for your use by next Thursday, Sept 25. In the meantime, I would like everyone to bring their sketchbooks to class and be ready to brainstorm for ideas. I'll expect to see the ideas that you come up with and can guide you as to which ideas are more successful than others. So, for your convenience check out this link : One Sheet of Paper

Good Luck - Mr. Kelley

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Great Examples of Shading Techniques

Hey class - Here are a few links to see great examples of shading techniques.

Child Born by AscenderRising - Stippling/ pointillism

Hendrick Goltzius' The Massacre of the Innocent - cross-hatching
Claude Mellan's portrait of Michel de Marolles - hatching

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Value Excercise - Due Sep.18, 2008

Value Exercise using 1. Hatching 2. Cross Hatching 3. Stippling/Pointillism 4. Using One of your Initials 5. Smudging/Blending

OK -this is your latest homework assignment. If your not using this blog and checking it regularly then it's gonna be tough to do well in this class and let's be honest - you DON'T want to be the student who failed art! It's a given "A" if you just attempt to do your best.

This example is one that I put together on the same sheet of paper that all of you were handed in class. It took me less than one hour to complete. TIP: Be careful when pulling your tape off the paper; if you pressed the tape on firmly it might peel the paper off with it in the end so pull the tape slowly and carefully. Also if you want to protect your graphite from smearing, after you finish everything, use hairspray (outdoors, not indoors!) and lightly spray the surface of your paper. If you have any questions, email me at tigerpride@live.com or leave your question in a comment box here on this blog. Remember to subscribe to this blog by entering your email address in the designated box at the top of the blog.

Lastly - all of you who quietly smuggled our rulers out of the classroom, please return them next week. It's my second week teaching you all and I'll be darned if I'm gonna be accused of taken office supplies! Thanks and good luck. - Mr. Kelley

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Sale on Sketchbooks!

Hey class: Michael's Arts and Crafts Store has all sketchbooks for 30% off. This is probably the best deal in town right now. See you in class on Thursday. Bring your new sketchbooks and some pens or pencils. Remember to send me your suggestions for music that you'd like to hear during classes. - Mr. Kelley