Thanks for the great semester!


I have enjoyed teaching you this semester and hope you will all keep making art in your own very special way.  Thanks for the ideas, projects, music and great conversations.




Final Projects in Process

Thank you for the survey responses.  This information will help make the class better next year.

But this year, with roughly a week left, people are busy, busy, busy working on their final projects.  Shown below are Ayah and Ayat working on their Final Projects.

Homework due Monday, May 15:  TAKE HOME ALL ART and supplies except your final project/supplies.    Remember art makes a wonderful Mother’s Day gift!

Final Project Begins!

This week we transitioned between our brief Self Portraiture unit and Final Projects.  Seventh hour was treated to a special guest, Lisa Gatzke who talked about her work at U of I with Web interfaces and data visualization.

Above, Sarah discusses Raya’s work.

I’m gratified to see everyone jumping into their Final Projects with confidence.  Final Critiques will begin on Wed., May 17.

Homework for this week:  Take the anonymous survey that corresponds to your class.  If I receive 7 responses or more for 4th hour, you will each receive 10 extra credit points.  For 7th hour, I must receive 10 responses or more for extra credit points.  Please make sure you go to the correct class link.  Thanks!

Survey – 4th hour

Survey – 7th hour

Heads up!  Homework due next week Monday, May 15 is to take EVERYTHING HOME except what your final project and final project supplies.  Start taking things home NOW!!

Self Portraits

images-3  Vincent VanGogh’s Self Portrait as a Buddhist Monk at Fogg Museum/ Harvard, 1888.

Padlet sites:

4th hour

7th hour 

Self Portrait Unit

Choose one of the following assignments:  Due Monday, May 1

  1. ) Selfie challenge. Using creativity, take 16 or more new selfies that exhibit the qualities listed on the Bingo Card.  (You may use filters for 4 or less photos.)  Create a Padlet and upload your photos, identifying the quality that you think each photo exhibits.  Email me the link to your padlet.  For your subject line put “your name Padlet” e.g. Evans Padlet.

            Homework:    Create an 8.5 x 11 drawing (pencil, pen, colored pencil, chalk, charcoal or  oil crayon) based upon one of your selfies.  Color is optional.


  1. Create an observational portrait in chalk, craypas (or paint) that uses realistic proportion.  You are encouraged to think about using symbolism and unrealistic color as well as other qualities that express your identity.

Homework:  LARGE detailed observational drawing of eye, lips or nose using entire 8.5 x 11 paper or a portrait sketch of a friend or family member.

Abstraction/Surrealism Painting


The culminating painting project is underway with students creating masterpiece riffs, abstractions and surrealist pieces.  Thanks to Shaleen Agrawal, we have mini-canvasses at our disposal.


Homework:  Due 4/17

Design a homework assignment for a future student that pertains to one of the units we have covered in class.  Write out the instructions and create a sample of the homework.

See art this weekend!

FullSizeRenderAll over Champaign Urbana artists are showing their work at the Boneyard Arts Fest.  Check out what people are doing and have fun!

Need extra credit?      Write a 200 to 250 word review for up to 10 extra credit points.   Send it to me via email by Monday 4/10  with a selfie of you with the art.