Friday, August 12, 2016


glass & clay shards, wooden frames, paper images & text, Modge Podge, wood burning tools, watercolors, acrylics & other misc. goodies like buttons & jewelry parts

My students love, love, love this assignment.
It's super fun & fairly easy,
and the results are always stunning.
The most challenging part is the grouting only because it takes time, 
and impeccable craftsmanship.
I personally love grouting because it's so tedious.
And that's right up my alley  LOL

Let's check out this first one by junior Helen Park.
Love her well balanced design & the variety of objects she found to use.
I also find her high & low relief interesting,
makes me want to run my fingers over her piece.
Below a close up of the fun buttons she used and how she had to grout around them.

This next one,
was created by senior Clarissa Gutierrez.
What a cool design she was able to get thru her use of curves.

Senior Jenna Llamas built this beauty above.
(sorry Jenna that it's a bit blurry)
I like how she limited her color scheme and also included dinnerware shards.

And of course senior Elias Rodriguez gave us a very different look with this asymmetrical work.
I like how he moves the colors from dark blues thru greens to yellows.
As you can see below,
he also did that with the back of his frame only in acrylics for a bit of extra credit.
He has even include a title,
Breeze Blocks.
Very cool Elias!

In this next one ,
English teacher Deliana Park,
goes with the yellows and aquas that she loves to work in.
Look closely and you will see text & music notes under some of her transparent glass shards.
And check out her backside.
I believe she used watercolors to build this lovely design.
I also like that she stylized her flowers and butterflies with blocks of color.
Really inspirational Deliana.
I admire all the thought and time you put into everything you make.

And oh, oh ,oh,
what wonderful pieces and colors senior Eileen Wang has put together.
Really eye-catching Eileen!
And then there is the back side of her frame.
She has used paint to stain the wood,

I rarely showcase this many works by my students in one post,
but there were just so many outstanding pieces to chose from like this one above by senior Iris Xu.
Very clever color work here 
with the monochromatic greens then bringing in a touch of complementary red to give it a "pop".

One of my strongest 8th grade designers this year was Sydney Eng.
She created this brilliant design.
Using analogous colors with those striking linear black lines running thru,
and then that unusual shade of grout color that pulls it all together,
stunningly beautiful my girl!

And junior Thulashi Raveendran has outdone herself both on the front and backsides.

Several of the kids this year took advantage of first collaging text or patterned papers 
to the raw wood before gluing down their glass shards.
That's what 8th grader Elliana Lee did here.
Love the rose paper she found to put down using the Modge Podge sauce.
It's so lovely she really doesn't even need the glass shards on top.
But let's she what she did next.
Adorable Elliana!
She drew these cute little figures on white paper and glued them to clear glass,
then glued those pieces down on the roses.
Adding more clear glass to show off the roses underneath 
along with a few buttons and opaque shards,
and then mixing the right shade of pinky mauve to pull it all together.
A lot of these kids mixed their own grout colors
which can be really scary if you run out before you are done grouting,
cuz you will never mix the exact color again.
But they were fearless in their quest for just the right color.

I adore this next one by junior Insha Khan.
Both the front and the backside.
On the front,
her color choices, 
the glass arrangement of the challenging symmetry,
the small sizes moving into linear shapes moving into rounds.
So well planned out!
Insha also thought to use the woodburning tool to draw designs on the backside.
Along with the paint stain,
it compliments the front perfectly.

And one of my sweetest young ones,
8th grader Malia Pulido,
was also brave enough to use the wood burning tool on her backside.
And look closely at her front,
she spent a lot of time gluing down text in just the right places.
I also love that she's incorporating the dinnerware pieces that add great textural interest.

And we end with one of my favorite students this year,
one of the best people I've ever met in my whole life,
senior Hapshiba Kwon.
This young woman has so many gifts that she has brought to our school,
to our teachers, 
and to her peers.
She is a phenomenal writer as well as an exceptional designer.
But so much more importantly,
a genuinely good person.
I have showcased many of her pieces over the last two years.
I hope you will put her name in the search engine and find what other pieces she has created.
Her work moves use all because she most always finds a way 
to incorporate her words in her art pieces.
If you look closely under the clear shards you will find either her words
 or inspirational words from one she admires.
Perhaps she will send in a comment to let use know which she used in this piece.
Now I want you to scroll back up to see what she has done with color.
How she has patiently and purposefully moved the colors from blackest black thru blues to pink.
and extremely difficult to do.
It took her so long I was scared she wasn't going to finish on time.
But she never lets us down,
always doing her very best because that's who she is.
And look how perfectly she has stained her backside to flow with the front.

Thank you,
 all of you,
for creating so much beauty for me to share with the world.
I feel so blessed and incredibly lucky to be your teacher.


  1. The words under the glass are quotes/excerpts from books I enjoyed: Fahrenheit 451, The Great Gatsby, Peter Pan, Les Miserables., etc.

    Thank you for showcasing all this beautiful work! I always love checking up on your blog, and will continue to do so. I'm excited to see all the talent that remains left to be cultivated by teachers like you. Thank you also, for the kind words you always express to me and about me... You give me way too much credit. :')

  2. Every single one of these is amazing ... the text and images beneath perfectly placed pieces ... the colors in the shards and the grouts ... the arrangement of forms ... even the backs are a joy (as b-sides so often are).