Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Let It Rain

clay, glaze, metallic rubbing compounds, & mixed media embellishments

We have been blessed with rain in California.
All our reservoirs and lakes are filling up,
and our air is crisp and clean.
I'd like to attribute it to  my Intermediate Ceramics students and their Rainsticks.

I'd like to start with a stick that was built last school year by senior James Cho.
For some reason, 
I forgot to post the sticks from last school year, 
but I remembered that one of our teachers had purchased James' stick and she let me borrow it.
It's so breathtakingly beautiful
 with the metallic rubbing compound he rubbed on the sawdust fired clay surface.
In addition he wrapped thin gold wire around the bamboo joints.
And I love the sweet frog on top.

Senior Cindy Ryoo in complete right brain mode

The kids start by building a tall slab cylinder that they can texture then thump and drag,
or they can choose to roll the clay out and have no texture.

Senior Yasmeen Pardo below has also chosen to marbleize her clay before rolling 
for a really pretty effect.
Note the stern face, 
I caught her off guard right in the middle of trying to repair a crack in her piece.
She was not a happy camper 

This is what they look like on the inside.
Lots of coils for the clay balls to hit to make the magical musical sounds.

And then there is Maggie.
This rainstick was made by senior Nicolas Tudor.
Here's Maggie below getting her skin colors painted on.
What a cutie  :)

She patiently awaits her fate as I close the kiln lid.
She sits in front of Yasmeen's really tall stick.
They both are going thru their 2nd firing.

Here are the finished results.
Love the nails Yasmeen stuck into the side of her work, 
and the text she put on with nail polish.
Hope you can also see the marbling in the clay.

And here is Maggie in all her glory.
Can you find the pretty crystal necklace Nick has made and put around her neck?
He also added a foot on the bottom to keep her steady and standing.
He even carved out a little area and melted a bit of glass for added interest.

Senior Erin Hsiao has added the sweetest owl on top of her stick,
 and senior Ju Eun Lee has put a clay bird on top with real bird feathers surrounding.

Senior Sameera Ahmad has rubbed metallics around her lovely textured leaves,
and Cindy has glued on real twigs amongst the tree limps.
These kids are amazing, right???
Let them know, 
please send in your comments!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Special Shout Out...

to Cassidy Chansirik,
one of my favorite 3-D students from last school year.
Cassidy left Whitney to go to Cerritos High School where she is in the 9th grade.
I miss you in my art program.
You were an amazingly creative young artist with impeccable craftsmanship skills,
 and had the older kids in awe of you.
I wish you the best at Cerritos, 
and stop by when you can!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Let's Take A Peek

mixed media

About 5-6 times a year
 my art assistant & 2012 alum Alyssa Olea 
hangs an art display wall in the office hallway here at school. 
She prides herself on outdoing herself every time and she doesn't disappoint.

She was able to use the Beginning 2-D Portfolios, 
my Beginning 3-D Eco Dyed Wall Hangings (a new assignment this year), 
and their Stitch Samplers.

Also in the mix were my Intermediate 2-D students Perspective Drawings, 
and my Beginning 2-D kids Self-Portrait Collages. 

It made for a really nice grouping as you can see.
And Alyssa received a lot of compliments on how she arranged it all.
Thank you Alyssa for all you do for me.
You are a treasure!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Kaili Hamada -Extra Credit

We saw some of senior Kaili's Handspun in yesterday's blog post
I wanted you show you what she's doing with some of it.
She's weaving with it on cardboard looms
 to create journals for her friend's Xmas presents.
And Kaili has a lot of friends  :)
Her mamma told me she is one busy girl right now!
Doing this instead of her homework.

Friday, December 12, 2014

All Together Now

I love to share beautiful fiber finds with my 3-D students who I've taught to spin yarn.
So below are spun up skeins from 3 seniors that I gave roving to,
as well as my own.
What I find so interesting is that I gave them each the same amount of roving and each of the yarns turned out so differently.
On the far left is a 2-ply by Laarnie Barcelon, 
top center is my two-ply,
Then below me is Biana Tolentino
 who has Navajo plied hers then knit it into a beautiful pattern she was experimenting with..
And far right is a singles by Kaili Hamada.

I am so proud to share these young woman who continue the art of spinning 
even after the assignment is over a whole year later.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Holidays Are Fast Approaching

So it's going to be hit and miss with my blogging.
So much to do, 
so little time.
so if I miss a couple of days, 
please forgive me.
Trying my best to keep up.

Ceramics II Students
Happy Children
All Seniors
Cindy, Erin, Ju Eun, Sameera, Yasmeen and Nicholas

I'm working on a big post for these hardworking kids  :)

Monday, December 8, 2014

Meet My New 7th Graders


 These new young ones are coming in with some strong skills, just like my 1st Quarter group, 
and they are taking to the art class like ducks to water.  :)
So let's look at their 1st assignment.

They had to do a 5 step value scale, 
and  figure out their shading style.
Hailey Choi has decided to shade on the diagonal for the hair,
and then goes into vertical for her doorway.
I like how she is using her paper wisely by drawing off the edges.
It really amazes me how the kids come in with these innate design skills. 

Audrey Ancheta is choosing to incorporate content within her scale.
I'm always impressed when the kids express themselves thru their art pieces.

Kylan Soni is showing amazing craftsmanship for one so young.

And Aditi Shah is showing off her understanding of value throughout her entire design.

But the child who came in with the highest level of critical thinking was Jeffrey Hwang.
What an incredible composition for a young man his age.

I'm really looking forward to sharing more of their work.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Dyeing with Kool Aid

I love to try new dyeing techniques.
I've known about this one for several years,
 but have never tried it out till just recently.
Here are the directions below:

Instead of using mohair I used handspun wool (blue faced leicester).
I bundled the small skeins with rubber bands to get a few resist areas, 
and followed the directions somewhat . 

I used cool water instead of warm water to pour down the side of the jar
(I was too lazy to get out the portable stove to heat my water)
At first I was worried because the Kool Aid looked black...

but after a few minutes things started to change.
I began to see some color ,
and some color separation.
I was also too lazy to steam the jar,
so I put it out into the direct sunlight for a couple of weeks outside my classroom door.
And each day I would look at it and see it changing before my eyes.
So cool!
Yesterday when I was picking it up to check it I noticed that the water had turned clear
 so I knew it was done.

These are the results.
Lovely soft blues into blue-violets,
violets into red violets.

I think I'd like to try this again with with perhaps some silk/wool blends.

What was really interesting was what happened to the rubber bands that bound the wool.
They expanded, changed color, and became very textural.
Scary what a bit of sugar and water will do.

Friday, December 5, 2014



This weekend there are two really exciting EXTRA CREDIT  opportunities, both 10 points each!
Chemers Gallery in Tustin is having it's Annual Holiday Faire,
and Laguna Beach is hosting it's Annual Holiday Art Show 
at the Sawdust Festival.
For more info please go to my homepage and click on Extra Credit Opportunities.

Sawdust Festival

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Laarnie Barcelon - In Her Own Words

Hello everyone! 
My name is Laarnie Barcelon and I am a senior here at Whitney. 
I have been taking art classes with Mrs. Sposa for three years. 
I am currently in her Advanced 3-Dimensional class,
 and my most recent assignment was constructing the pages for my Wayfarers Wanderbook,
(a class that Ms. Sposa took with India Flint
for this post, 
I was given the ability to blog about each one of the pages myself.
A little while before I had started working on all of my pages, 
Mrs. Sposa was giving away some of the old 2-D artwork that her past students had made.
 I thought it would be interesting to use some of them for my pages,
 so I had asked and had kind of moved on from there!
For this page, 
I had crosshatched and made several stitches on top of the paper where there had been rips. Afterwards, 
I stitched some fabric ruffles over top and then finally,
 I made some marks and wrote ambiguous phrases using an inky pen.
The page was then dyed/steamed in pomegranate skins and innards,
 but not the seeds.
 Inside the book's page was various pieces of strawberries,
and other little things that I had found when wandering around the school. 

The page above is my signature page! 
The page's requirement had told me to write my name all  over the I did.
 I wrote my name in inky pen, 
colored markers, 
and colored pencils. 

it was stuffed with strawberries, 
splattered with avocados, 
eucalyptus leaves,
 and more.
Here's a shot of it bundled up with can lids and clamps!
These are the pictures of it when it was all finished! 
There were a lot of holes and rips here and there,
 so after it had came out, 
I collaged and stitched the ripped pieces onto itself along with some neutral colored pages of sheet music, 
tissue paper,
 and dictionary pages.
I forgot to mention that the backside of the signature paper was originally a paper that had some 2-D artwork on it before I dyed it.

As for this page,
 I had forgotten to take a picture of it before we had dyed it in pomegranate! 
 But the page was stitched on and I had applied coffee filters,
 some ripped tissues,
 and some parchment paper on top of it.
 I had intended for it to have a dandelion flower-y theme,
 but because of how the page turned out, 
you can't really tell.

As for these pages, they were made using the milk resist technique.
 I can't for the life of me remember what I had dyed them in,
 but they sure came out wonderfully~!
 On all of the pages,
 I had stitched them according to the themes I had came up with.
 The far left's theme was threads and stitches, 
the middle was splatters and spiders, 
and the far right's theme was based around how it's a page with a pocket.
 Each of the pages have some kind of pencil and pen markings, 
something stitched over top like silk, 
or tissue papers. 
 and they all had some kind of coffee watercolor on them too that matched with the milk resist design.

To be honest,
 I was very lucky with how the pages above came out! 
They all came out with some of the most beautiful blue markings and wonderful leaf imprints. 

As for the paper above,
 I don't exactly know what had happened to it.
 If I remember correctly, 
it was dyed in turquoise RIT dye rather than being boiled with something organic. 

As for this paper,
 it's an old piece of sheet music that I had gotten from my music teacher Mr. England
 after we had cleared out the jazz band library.
 The page had been dyed with the insides of a pomegranate. 
I had thrown in some leaves and flowers here and there after writing all over the backside some silly gibberish with the same inky pen.