Monday, November 17, 2014

Family Day

SUPER busy day! Free family day at the Frist Center for Visual Arts. Lots of fun art-making activities based on the current exhibitions. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

College Night

A slightly different clientele in Art Quest tonight. Admission only to those with college IDs. These guys were a lot of fun to make art with. ^_^

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


I'm working in Art Quest at the Frist Center of Visual Arts this year. Very different from classroom teaching but still getting a lot of fun experience and ideas for summer camps and future teaching. This weekend they had the contest winners paint their designs on the bollards at the entrance. I love these so much more than just the plain black they were. :)

Thanks to the artists for their wonderful creations! You can find the Frist Center official website here and their Facebook page here.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Drawing FUNdamentals

Summer Camp at the Frist is over now. :( While I am happy to have my summer back, it was a lot of fun and a wonderful experience that I will miss. I taught 2 weeks of two different camps for a total of 4 weeks. One was Drawing FUNdamentals for 8-10 year olds. We focused on technical drawing skills such as proportions, perspective, figure drawing, and creating depth. Here are some pictures from both camps.

We discussed facial proportions to create these self-portraits.

After discussing how a face should look, we explored paper-crafting techniques to created abstract portraits. Did you see the Ironman face? ^_^

We created 3D shapes using shading techniques with oil pastels.

Using 1-point perspective, we created name zentagle designs.

This project used angles and diagonal lines to show cityscapes from a new perspective.

In these, we used vertical lines to show the depth of canyon desert landscapes.

We moved from the desert to the ocean using overlapping and paper-craft to create ocean scenes.

We experimented with value changes in our sketchbooks before using those skills to create bamboo paintings that show atmospheric perspective.

And one of my favorite projects...we used gesture and contour drawing techniques to draw a mannequin in either warm or cool colors with the opposite in the background.