Wednesday, February 19, 2014

red velvet cheesecake.

For my sister's birthday, I made her a red velvet cheesecake this! She made the cheesecake part (she's been on a serious cheesecake kick) and then I made my favorite red velvet cake using my grandmother's recipe and stacked it on top and then iced the entire cake in cream cheese frosting.  Since her birthday is the day after Valentines Day, I made these cute heart cake toppers using cookie sticks & scrapbook paper.  CLICK HERE to see her cake from last year!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

snow days.

We have now had 5 snow days in just two weeks! I've been busy catching up on photo editing, working on some paintings, and just enjoying some much needed relaxing time!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

teach art: jim dine + cubism

I found the idea for this project while attending an AP studio art teacher workshop earlier this year.  We did this project as teachers and had so much fun! I then went back to school and did a variation of this project with my AP students.  We discussed synthetic cubism and  how it progressed from cubism, invented by Picasso & Braque.  More mediums and textures arose in synthetic cubism with  repetition of objects and symbols, and brighter colors! We then talked about the familiar work of Jim Dine and his incredible tool drawings.  The students were challenged to incorporate the styles of these artists in their pieces.
The day before we did the project I told them to each bring a tool to class with them. I gave them 2 days to complete it, a table of materials, they had to draw the object on at least 5 different papers, and incorporate the elements and principles of design to create a successful composition. I loved watching how each student reacted to this project.  It required a more spontaneous work flow and less planning than most were comfortable with, which was awesome! It required that they work outside of their comfort zones and try things that they normally wouldn't take the risk on.  Some students even suggested we do every project like this! If you feel like you have been stuck in a project routine, or the students just need some change in their work flow this is a great project to try!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

At your service.

Remember when I revived this old tray? Well, I did it again, but a new tray! I primed the cork part of the tray, but decided to leave a little still showing and then I used an awesome stencil made by Heidi Swapp  to create this cool beehive pattern! I then created my own flower design on top! I sealed the final design using Krylon Clear Coat, acrylic sealer and also a brush on varnish.