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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Street Art Stencils

Taking the positive/negative experience to the next level, Art One decided to create these large street art stencils. Here is the process from our first round...

OK, we cheat a little by finding images on the web. Then we import and manipulare them in PhotoShop to get them how we want. We also convert them to black and white using Threshold.

More cheating... er, um, I mean, creatively using technology... we project the images onto a sheet of tag board.

The rule is simple... if you are cutting out the black then you can't have white islands.

Next, I give all my students very sharp objects.

And they cut stuff.

We then prepare a place to spray our stencils. No, not the side of Building C. That would be bad!

Instead, we are using old bulletin boards and cardboard in 2"x2" frames. She is painting one of the bulletin boards black.

When all that is done it is time for the moment of truth. The stencil is attached to the board and the board is taken outside... I said outside!

Spray and peel.

Friday, February 11, 2011

The Top 10 Art History Toys

#10. Slide & Make K. Haring Puzzle Game: (some sticking may occur due to acrylic paint)

#9. Pin The Ear On The Van Gogh

#8. The Lichtenstein Coloring Book

#7. Polyklei-Dohs: Be Your Own Greek Sculptor!

#6. Andy Warhol Bobble Head: With Interchangeable Artworks

#5. Mr. Picasso Head

#4. Dress Me Up Egyptian Eternal Hippo

#3. Rubik's Cube Art History Edition

#2. Keith Haring Action Figures

and the number one Art History Toy...

#1. Make your Own Stonehenge:
Kit comes complete with rocks, mulch and unicorn...
because, according to Jen,
Stonehenge was a burial ground for unicorns.


Monday, February 7, 2011


Monalloon from iansands on Vimeo.

I was looking for some photos to go along with a version of Every Little Thing She Does is Magic that I recorded using ProKeys on my ipad...

I thought the world could use one more look at that November day when 150 art one students blew up 2,000 balloons to create the Mona Lisa.

Plus, my rendition of Every Little Thing She Does is Magic created on my iPad is pretty sweet!

Friday, February 4, 2011


Draw hands, contour line hands, blind contour line hands....

Draw turtles.


Wait, what?

Plaster hands, paint plaster hands, paint animals.

It all makes sense when you think about it.

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