Friday, April 18, 2014

Table Tales.....New Table designs in the works for Waking Bear Studio

New ideas ore popping into my head for Table Tale designs......very excited and these are so fun to paint!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Batik Mobiles and Recycled painted blinds.....the art room is hopping!

Between the classes we are working on a assortment of upcycled, recycled and refurbished things.  From book mobiles, wood turning mobile and even a shark, the students are busy and working hard.  We have three large scale blind pieces that are nearing completion and have begun a Zen doodle batik sheet that will hang as a large scale quilt piece.  It may look like a madhouse in the art room and yet, we are accomplishing so much!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Progressing along

Three pieces started on the mural blind project at Blacklick High School......slow and steady gets the job done!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

New things on the horizon for Waking Bear Studio

Wall Sconces we helped to make....First time I have seen them completed.

And the next residency begins

I am currently working at Black Lick High school located in the booming metropolis of Nanty Glo.  I say that with tongue in cheek as this is a small high school in a small coal mining town.  The school has been going through some major renovation and although clean and bright, a bit lacking in some artwork on the walls.

Initially, Eric Hoover (the art teacher) and I had thought to make some sculpture pieces from some recycled wooden blinds.  However, the wood proved to be too brittle so we changed our concept and are now treating these huge blinds as our canvas areas.  We hope to be able to complete about 5 murals with some recycled elements and sculptural content.

I am also working with the 7th grade students and we are using recycled milk cartons to create some whimsical animal sculptures using tissue paper and eventually paint as part of our mixed media.  The classes are small and ideal for getting alot of work accomplished in this 20 day residency.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Final shots

So my residency at Latrobe Junior High School came a to close yesterday.  We spent the day finishing murals and hanging them proudly in the hallway.  The mosaic boxes are complete and with a little linseed oil and polyeurethene added to the grout line, look pretty fantastic.  So invigorated for my next teaching job and so happy this one went so well.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Many things happening as my residency comes to a close

So many things to do before I finish my residency at the Junior High School!  We are working on mosaic tiling our clay works and also painting our mural projects.  We have a series of work stations set up and the students are happily working in pairs and teams to help get the artwork finished up.  I can only hope they are enjoying this as much as I am.  Seriously though, grouting comes next and I hope the kids embrace this rather tedious part as I will attempt to do also.