Hand-built Teapots





I am always searching for new things to create with clay and this year I came across a fantastic lesson…hand-built ceramic teapots. My students loved this project. With one goal in mind, each student was able to fulfill the assignment successfully in a different way. Each student had a unique idea of what their teapot would look like. In this photo you can  see how three students approached the assignment and completed it with success. I am so proud of their creativity and willingness to step up to a challenge. 

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Packing Tape People

Art IV students just completed their packing tape people and they turned out great! For this assignment students wrapped themselves piece by piece with saran wrap and packing tape and had the option to leave their figures “blank” or they could fill them with paint, newspaper, magazines or confetti. The purpose of the assignment was to create an installation of people doing every day things. In this picture you can see a girl riding a scooter, a cheerleader making a motion, and a boy getting ready to box. This was a fun project for my students and a nice filler project in between ceramics and their final portfolio assignment. Great work kids!




  Notice the difference in these 2 eyes? Although both

   good drawings, one has that extra umph needed to

      really make it pop. That umph comes from the

       strong contrast in values that the artist used!

As with anything you would like to be good at, practice is the key. Whether it is sports,

academics, playing an instrument, dancing or drawing, you simply cannot reach your

full potential without exercising and refining skills. Alot of times, that means you have

to do work/practice outside of your school/practice/work day. But if being good at something

is your goal, the extra effort will eventually pay off. So, to all of my future artists out

there, PRACTICE!!! Do not wait to be told to draw or paint, just do it! Begin with simple tasks

and move slowly towards things that are more diificult. Focus on details, light and

shadows and don’t be afraid of contrast! Think of it this way, if you want to be noticed,

often times you have to do something to stand out, right? Well it’s no different for objects

on a piece of paper or canvas. Contrasting colors and shapes will make objects jump

off of the page. Try it!

New to Mrs. Cano’s Website!

Be sure to check out the new updates to my webpage. I have begun to add information

on current projects each class is doing. As the projects get completed I will have students

upload images of each project. Find out what your children are working on in class by

selecting the appropriate class tab. 

Art I Printmaking Project

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Attention Art I students! Introduction to Printmaking

Your next lesson is on Printmaking. Through the lesson you will learn about the history of printmaking, learn about the different styles of printmaking, learn printmaking techniques and get to know some artists who created prints. To the right side of the page you will see 3 animated videos. Watch each of them. The first describes your assignment and the second is an example of what your completed assignment might look like. The third and final animation gives you directions on how to create your own animation.

Click on the following link to watch a YouTube video which is a demonstration on relief printing with linoleum. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avfEqD0hhRM



Extra Credit Opportunities

Choose an artist from the following list and answer the questions below for extra credit.

  • Pablo Picasso
  • Jackson Pollock
  • Mary Cassatt
  • Salvador Dali
  • Vincent Van Gogh
  • Leonardo DaVinci
  • Michelangelo
  • Christo and Jeane Claude
  • Dale Chihuly
  • Peter Max
  • Frida Kahlo
  • Georgia O’Keefe
  • Ansel Adams
  • Jasper Johns
  • Salvador Dali
  • Rene Magritte
  • El Greco


1.) When and where was the artist born?

2.) What type of training did the artist have?

3.) What style of art did the artist do? (paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography etc.)

4.) What movement was the artist a part of?

5.) Name a work of art the artist created and tell what you like about it.

6.) If you could ask the artist any question, what would it be?


Art Websites We Like

Activities based on the elements of art. http://www.artsconnected.org/toolkit/index.html
Be an art detective http://www.eduweb.com/pintura/
Learn about art histor http://www.eduweb.com/insideart/
Build a self-portrait….Picasso style! http://www.mrpicassohead.com/create.html
Make your own paintings! http://artpad.art.com/artpad/painter/
Create a one point perspective drawing  http://www.olejarz.com/arted/perspective/door.html
Need help with drawing a self-portrait? http://www.portrait-artist.org/face/
Take a virtual field trip to a famous museum http://www.youngatartmuseum.org/
Want some drawing tips?  http://studiochalkboard.evansville.edu/draw.html

This website is great for art teachers. Check it out for articles and  lesson plan ideas. http://www.theartofed.com/

If you teach ceramics I highly recommend you check out the Ceramic Arts Daily website and register for their daily updates. You will have access to articles and videos containing ceramics techniques and ideas. http://ceramicartsdaily.org/

Art Appreciation! These websites are listed as links to help you with the class!
Looking up information about an artist or art movement? http://www.theartstory.org/
Want to paint digitally?   http://www.sumopaint.com/
Creating a presentation?  http://prezi.com/ http://animoto.com/

Other sites we like!