Fauvist on Top of Grisaille, Oh Yay!

In a normal year, my sophomores would have encountered paint and have dealt with value during their freshman Foundations class. Unfortunately, this year that is not the case, because as we return to fully in-person instruction we are still a year behind on some of our materials explorations. Now, some of my students in Studio... Continue Reading →

Small Boxes of Personality

Inspired by the weird box of boxes I hoarded over the years and saved from the giant purge of our old art classroom, I started the year with this quick warm-up project. Students were asked to create small works of art inside (and outside) of these small boxes. The whole process was completely up to... Continue Reading →

New Digs

So throughout the pandemic, the construction on our campus has continued and finally, this year, our entire arts department has moved into a new space: The Mater Center. Named after a fresco of Mary as a young women dubbed "Mater Admirabilis" meaning "Mother Most Admirable" it is both a dining hall, theater, worship space, and... Continue Reading →

From Start to Finish

This year my Studio II class was one of the MOST resilient group of students I taught. They dealt with the most disruptions to their schedule in an already chaotic year, and STILL, despite everything they showed initiative, challenged themselves to try new things, and gave each other loving support and praise as they lifted... Continue Reading →

Meaningful Objects

In our Studio II class we discussed how objects can become symbolic when we give them context or use them to tell a story. In this case we chose items that told me (the viewer) more about them as a person. In a way this simple object suddenly became almost a self portrait without having to be a... Continue Reading →

Recent Work

Here is a smattering of some recent work by my amazing students, just to show off a little! I am SO proud of them and all they've overcome and done this year! I cannot believe the year is winding down, but I am also ready to cry big fat tears of joy while I watch... Continue Reading →

Amy Sherald Inspired Portraits

Amy Sherald is an artist from Baltimore, Maryland (my place of origin, too) and she is known for her achromatic portraits of African-Americans with colorful backgrounds and clothing. I introduced some of her work to my students and then should them her portrait of the former First Lady Michelle Obama. The colors she chooses for... Continue Reading →

Final Exams

As in years past, our final exam for the Foundations of Studio Art class consists of an independent project designed by the students themselves. My goal is that each student sets out to explore their personal art interests. This means they can re-visit any of the materials, techniques, and themes we have explored during the... Continue Reading →

Final Recycled Projects

We finally finished our recycled art projects and what wonderful sculptures they turned out to be! Each group really did a phenomenal job this year finding a unique way to solve a problem: How do you give a second life to an old box? Some transformations were more extreme than others. Some students preserved their... Continue Reading →

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