Monday, February 6, 2017


tissue paper, Modge Podge, cardboard

Making portfolios to 18" by 24" with 35 kids requires a lot of room,
even more than I have.
So a lot of the young ones end up on the floor.
The actual requirements to pull off these designs are extremely complex,
and involves all that the kids have learned about the Design Elements and Principles.
Too many to list,
but the results were well worth the effort.

We are seeing the tail end of the project here
 where the kids really have to spread themselves out.

Here is senior Helen Park assembling & gluing  her paper collage pieces on top of her cardboard. 

And junior Inna Sikar is applying clear mailing tape over top her entire portfolio 
to protect her design from lifting.
The students store these in a cupboard on top of each other so they take a lot of abuse.
They also go home in the rain and the tape protects them as well from the elements.
An extra expense but well worth it.

Tah Dah!!
Some of the finished pieces.

We start with the uplifting colors and design of junior Mary Kim,
a natural born artist I'm finding out,
and destined for greatness.

Next up is this adorable and complex design by junior Tiffany Chen,
another future Art Major.
And love those rich colors together.
They make this piece POP!
Woo Hoo!!!!

And check out this gorgeous peacock design made by junior Vaishalee Chaudhary,
I'm in love with how it reverses itself!

Next we have the gorgeousness that is senior Melissa Ongko.
Fantastic use of color young one!
And it's super cool how the hair morphs into the stark trees.

Future Art Major and senior Lauren Kennedy outdid herself 
with this extremely complicated design above.
She is the only student who has ever created this difficult of a design
 with this many pieces to cut and re-glue together.
And of course the message is terrific.
way to go Lauren!!

What a fun and playful design senior Deborah Harris has pulled together here,
with great use of a monochromatic color scheme.

And not to be outdone is senior Jocelyn Chou below with her elegant birds & cage.
Jocelyn's craftsmanship in the cutting & gluing was impeccable.

And one of my personal favorites was this next one by junior Julie Guan.
If you look closely you will see some recycled tye-dye papers 
she incorporated into the yellow/greens,
and lots of recycled 7th grade stamped papers in the purples.
It all comes together as great looking texture,
and is extremely pleasing to the eye. 

And we've got to see how senior Helen Parks' portfolio turned out.
It's fabulous Helen,
as is everything you give your attention to.
A really dynamic design with a lot of movement, rhythm & texture.
Now if I could only get you to wake up in the morning and get yourself to school on time.
Ha ha!!
See ya at 8:00 a.m. sharp sweet woman.
Now I better make sure I get there on time  LOL

We end with super star junior Sarah Oh 
and another of her wonderful pieces.
Remember her from last Friday and the post about Pinch Pots?
Her pot was the first one featured with the lizard climbing into the bowl.
A special congrats to Sarah.
She has already sold her bowl to fellow mixed media artist Grace Forrest.
Thank you Grace for supporting this fine young artist!
She was thrilled to hear that you were interested in buying her pot. .


  1. Okay, I was overwhelmed the first time I saw these, and for that very reason, they deserve a second look.

    So, starting with Sarah's croc and fish ... at first I saw the fish as the eye of a bird and the croc's gullet as the end of a beak. Ha!

    Helen's sun beams recalled a poster made for Biology class my freshman year in high school for the very first Earth Day: rays of sun block by a clot of smog with the words "Let the sun shine in" because that was the reality of New York prior to the EPA.

    Julie's sun takes me to the beach ... the sun rising over the Atlantic, setting over the sound on the fragile barrier island known as the Outer Banks.

    Jocelyn brings Maya Angelou to mind ... and that always brings me back to a hopeful day in 1993 when I stood on the Mall in Washington and listened to her recite "On the Pulse of Morning"

    Deborah's hare pulls me in two directions ... to the trickster tales of the desert southwest and to Saskia's lithe rabbits in Tales from the Bird Hut

    The complexity of Lauren's piece speaks for itself

    Melissa's reflective work is haunting ... I just hope it doesn't foretell a day when we need to re-create the EPA

    Vaishalee's peacock initially "read" as a vase of rose buds ... guess I'm in a Valentine's state of mind

    Tiffany's bold use of complementary colors is an inspiration as I am slowly but surely bringing more color into my own work

    And last, but not least, Mary's spirals draw me back to the beach yet again ... a place I'm happy to go

    Thanks to all ... you have made my morning!

  2. My students and I are thrilled you took a second look because your comments bring so much joy and meaning. Thank you Liz.