Monday, February 13, 2017

Found Object Sculptures

We tried a new center this trimester called "found object sculptures" using recycled materials.  I've been piling up junk in the art storage for 10 years, so it was time to put that stuff to good use.  It's always a little stressful to just give the kids random materials and let them go.  I think the most important thing is to make sure the students understand the correct way to attach various pieces so the artworks don't fall apart.  So far there have been some very creative pieces!  This activity is best done at 3rd grade or higher.  It would be a great middle/high school project as well.

We started with a teacher example, as usual.  Here's a quick time-lapse video that I showed to the kids of my sculpture:

Teacher example:

Students then completed a found object sculpture assignment built step-by-step with the teacher.  After that, they are free to design and build their own creations.  Once finished, they have the option to paint their piece using acrylic paint.

Some student examples:


...and of course...the student who copies the teacher example:

Monday, January 16, 2017

Winter Photography in Rocky Mountain National Park 2016/2017

Sunrise on the Mummy Range in Rocky Mountain National Park near Estes Park Colorado
Sunrise on the Mummy Range

Longs Peak from Hwy 7


Sunrise on Moraine Park with elk herd

Beaver Meadows area

Dream Lake - Before dawn

Dream Lake - Sunrise

Dream Lake - Morning

Time-lapse video of the sunrise

We also went for a snowshoe to the Loch Vale in Glacier Gorge in February.  A few photos from that trip:

The Alberta Falls were completely covered with snow
Alberta Falls completely covered in snow.

Rocky Mountain National Park Winter Loch Vale lake Glacier Gorge photography
The Loch

Super wide angle

Friday, December 23, 2016

Painting - Washed in the Blood
Prints available

This most recent artwork has been an emotional one to paint to say the least.  Years ago, I saw another artist's rough sketch of this same idea and wanted to paint one of my own.  The top hand represents Jesus on the cross.  The blood runs down and symbolically turns to water which represents washing or cleansing of the dirty hands underneath.  The message is that Christ's blood cleanses us from our sins and we can have the hope of living forever with Him if we obey his Gospel.

The process involved using two good friends as hand models and lots of research on crucifixion artworks.  It's unknown where the actual placement of the nails was historically.  Many think they were actually put through His wrists rather than his hands as the hands wouldn't support the weight of the body.  Others think the spikes went into his hands/palms but with other supports in place.  Regardless, it gives a glimpse of how painful and costly His sacrifice was, and on a deeper level, how strong His love for His bride (the church) was/is.  It's my hope that this work might encourage people to come to Christ and to know the love he has for us all.

"...if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin."
 - 1 John  1:7

"As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."
  - Ephesians 2:1-10

"For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect."

 -  1 Peter 1:18-19