Saturday, February 23, 2013

Bridal Portraits | Raleigh, NC Photographer

I have been waiting FOREVER to share these photos with you guys.  [I wrote this in January and it KILLED me to wait to hit publish!!!]  I had permission to post these after 7 p.m. NC time today, and my bride said she was dying to share them too!!!  I've known Julianne since high school, so I was really excited when she asked me to take some family photos of her and her brother a while ago, and then doubly excited when she asked me to take her bridal portraits!  Julianne had a small, family wedding in Mexico, but she wanted to have some bridal portraits done here in NC before the big day.  Yates Mill is such a versatile location, and I feel like I find a new place there every time I go.  It was such a gorgeous day for a photo shoot [75 degrees in January!], and Julianne definitely rocked her dress.  I loved her beautiful flowers and simple, elegant jewelry.  Without further babbling, here are a few of Julianne's bridals!

What a beautiful day with a beautiful bride!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

DIY Radial Weaving

If you liked my 4th grade lesson on radial weaving, then hop over to my other blog to see a DIY!


Monday, February 18, 2013

Fresh From the Art Room

This is my first attempt to copy and paste directly from my school blog.  Let me know if there are any weird formatting problems!  If it looks weird to you, just go HERE.

A lot has gone on since my last update...

5th grade just finished working on a 2-part project involving line design and stippling.  They looked at the French artist Georges Seurat who painted using pointillism or stippling.

4th Grade finished their warm/cool color silhouettes, created a radial snowflake weavings, and has been studying North Carolina native Romare Bearden's collages in honor of Black History Month.  They created portrait collages using textured wall paper!
Warm or cool color silhouette:


By Bearden:

By our 4th graders:
3rd grade created snowflake prints using handmade stamps and ink!  They also studied Faith Ringgold story quilts in honor of Black History Month and created their own story quilts using fabric borders and markers.  We also read her book Tar Beach.
Snowflake prints:

Faith Ringgold's Tar Beach:

Our Story Quilts:

3rd grade is currently working on origami!
Winter Bulletin Board:

2nd grade completed positive and negative space trees using lines and patterns!  They have also been studying the same artist as 4th grade, Romare Bearden, to create music inspired collages using movement and rhythm.

1st grade and Kindergarten have both been working on similar projects.
They created color wheels using their primary colors and color mixing!  We read Mouse Paint, and our color wheels are inspired by the story.  They also created squish symmetry paintings, AND created snakes for Chinese New Year.  Some classes also had a chance to learn about background and create hearts using oil pastels based on Jim Dine's art.
Primary Colors and color mixing:

Chinese New Year Snake Puppets:

Jim Dine's Hearts:

Kindergarten hearts:

Sunday, February 10, 2013

M + K | White Lake, Elizabethtown Photographer

I was really excited to do this photo shoot because Karen and I emailed back and forth, planned, rescheduled, and worked around a military schedule to finally get together to shoot!  We met at White Lake, Elizabeth town and explored an abandoned carnival, a pier full of sea gulls, and a community playground.  I hope you enjoy their little peak!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Anatomy of a Collage | Elementary Collage Project

 I have always had trouble trying to explain the collage making process to kids.  Even after quickly making a collage for the kids, I still have those students who try to start with the main subject [which goes on top] before creating the background.  This comes from years of creating drawings beginning with the foreground and working to the background.  When I'm going to demonstrate a collage, I usually have a huge folder full of half collages, scrap paper, and examples, but I feel like I never have enough time to truly show the full collage making process.  Today I tried something new, and I think the kids really understood the back to front collage steps.
I started by creating a collage yesterday: 

As I made this collage, I made 2 of everything.  After I was finished, I recreated the collage layer by layer on clear sheets.

When my class came, I already had my layers of collage to put together.  It was so much faster and easier to explain how to layer and overlap, starting with the background.
 Here's where I show you my first gif ever haha:

  8GFwKQ on Make A Gif, Animated Gifs

I think today went smoother than some of the other days, but I'm interested to see how this process goes with next week's classes [and compare the collages from students who didn't see this with students who did].

Happy collaging!