#Tuesday and #Sketchbooks – Let’s use #Selfies #StudioArt360 – #Art making for the rest and #Critique while were at it… Sheesh.


52 Every color has an opposite, called a complement. Complementary colors sit opposite one another in the color wheel. Additionally, all colors are affected by the presence of other colors. Even the smallest presence of a complement will enhance the intensity of a color when it is present in the same visual field. The presence of red, for instance, will cause the retina to “seek” green in the other colors present, hereby enhancing all parts of the green spectrum. If you wish to intensify a color in a composition, place some of its complement nearby. This applies to all media. The effective use of color is one of the greatest tools at an artist’s disposal. – Kit White 101 Things to Learn in Art School

STUDIO ART 360: Sketchbook (and Color Scheme)

What STRUGGLES do you have with OBSERVATION? How about VALUE? Did you come to class with your SELFIE MADE and PRINTED? Take your selfie – your entire head needs to be in the photograph and cut out the head, glue it to the sketchbook page, and then give it to a friend. Using the photograph that has been glued down – resolve the rest of the picture with a friend. Let them begin the background and encourage them to DISREGARD to what was in the original background. HAVE FUN with this.

Check out Mica Angela Hendrick’s website – see what her and her daughter can come up with. http://goo.gl/Xiihh1

Mr. Korb and his daughter’s run at this assignment HERE.

Mr. Korb's and his daughter's run at this!
Mr. Korb’s and his daughter’s run at this!

What was the most fun about the sketchbook as it required nothing but creativity for you today? What was challenging in the process for you today?

Check out the photos from the UWM Field Trip last week: https://goo.gl/lmmiu9

PAINTING: Oil Painting Coming Up Soon LAST DAY TO CRIT!

What is one question you have about the process of building a canvas? Ask around and see if your classmates can help you resolve those questions before you begin to build. N: Build a canvas and resolve the drawing.

What can YOU draw well when it comes to the portrait? Practice in your sketchbook! https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/9f/fb/ca/9ffbcae8de3b925577329c6197a6b51b.jpg
What can YOU draw well when it comes to the portrait? Katherine Fox: “Face 3: Self-Portrait” Practice in your sketchbook! https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/9f/fb/ca/9ffbcae8de3b925577329c6197a6b51b.jpg

Practicing the FACIAL FEATURES is a lot of work. Looking at the few facial features / shapes / forms you have drawn today… what is the #1 Challenge (and WHY) you faced – no pun intended.

Using CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS as your impetus… you will need to RESEARCH a GALLERY ARTIST that is CONTEMPORARY and base your pose on their composition. This might be homework, but it’ll be woth it! http://artviaanderson.weebly.com/theory-and-practice/self-portraits-then-and-now

DRAWING: Ralph Malph (Mouth)


When you start out drawing the MOUTH… what do you start with? Why do you feel that you start with that facial feature?

Ouch! https://i2.wp.com/ih1.redbubble.net/image.7138760.9464/flat,1000x1000,075,f.jpg
Ouch! http://ih1.redbubble.net/image.7138760.9464/flat,1000×1000,075,f.jpg

What mistakes did YOU make – how bad were they when it came to mouth? 



AP STUDIO ART: Website and Uploads!

What are two things (specifically) that you have accomplished during your past week as you’ve worked on your CONCENTRATION? Write out the IDEA behind your work and then SHARE the story with your classmate and MORE IMPORTANTLY – ON THE SITE – Let’s log in.


With ALL that is going on these past two weeks – and little input from me… what have you accomplished VISUALLY and / or TECHNOLOGICALLY?

THURSDAY! TYPE up a 200 word MAXIMUM page to introduce yourself and describe the work you have created – how can you help the author understand the image / artwork you created in response to their story? In case you need to RELISTEN… https://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/448/adventure 



With all the challenges that come across in life, there are times where God sends his angles out to remind me that things are good. I know that with the flooding in Louisiana, the earthquake in Italy, wars, poverty, hunger, nonacceptance, and all the other challenges that life offers, my disappointments are trivial. Thank you to all those who reached out to me yesterday (August 23, 2016) with words of love, comfort, and reminders that “My hour has not yet come.”

Thank you to those I do not mention… and a NAME DROP to these great individuals whose desire to continue to make the world a better and more beautiful place. Thank you to Danyelle, Mike, Jacob, Russell, Brandon, Colton, and especially the Queen of “No Fun” Connie. The cards you sent are a wonderful reminder that the challenges I face are worth it because I can work with and get to know the great individuals I do in my life.


One more day at the WI State Fair and Plein Air Painting

Thank you Larry Wynn at East Coast Concessions for the commission in painting the award winning concession stand at the WI State Fair. There were (what seemed to me) millions of toys and inflatables and stuffed animals and poop emoji hats. Earlier in the week a couple of kids stopped at my easel and told me I should incorporate a Pokemon into my paintings. I listened, laughed, and then said “I don’t think that’s ever going to happen.” Well… I think I painted about 20 Pikachu’s. Thanks to all the conversation and teachable moments to the kids (and adults). Persistence, working through the materials, envisioning the results long before they are visible were all aspects that I spoke to my audience about. 8 hours of painting – all in this 18″ x 24″ finished work “Natalie and Katie at East Coast Concessions at the WI State Fair.”

Full Moon Trophies are DONE and ready to be WON!

Thank  you Brett Roberts (and myself – Brett had the hard part… I had the tedious part) for creating the vessels / trophies that will be given out to the winners of tomorrow night’s FULL MOON FOUR MILER! I will be unable to attend, but the race should be a great one nonetheless. All the best to the racers, the organizers, and the fans. Be aware of the NEW starting spot at St. Thomas Aquinas in Waterford – thanks to all the construction. The monies made from the trophies go to the Waterford Union High School Art Fund which gives students scholarships to attend art school, aids in young artists attending field trips, brings artists and other art world speakers and demonstrators to the classroom, and helps fund other arts projects that might not be covered by other funding. Run well runners! Now… off for my 12 miler I’ll miss tomorrow.


2016 Full Moon Four Miler
Run / Walk

Full Moon 4 Miler


The Race

The Annual Full Moon Four Miler event is one of the few nighttime races that begin after sunset in southeast Wisconsin.

Each participant receives a moisture wicking runner shirt (guaranteed to the first 450 participants), a goodie bag, one post party drink ticket and fruit/snacks. Registration, post run party and awards ceremony will be held in the gymnasium of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish School, 302 S. Second Street, Waterford. This year the route has been revised and will be on the east side of the Village due to construction happening just west of Village Hall. Participants and guests are invited to stay and enjoy the food, beverages and music at the post run party.

The Route

Full Moon 4 MIler Race Route

Select Map for Route Directions

Awards are given in 13 categories:

14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69 and 70 & over. Special award to overall male and female winners and to the first place male and female master winners.


You may download our Registration form and mail or walk-in with payment to the Chamber office at 102 E. Main St., Waterford, WI 53185)

You may also scan the QR code below or go to active.com to register online.

Full Moon Four Miler online registration

Registration Fees

$20.00 early registration by June 8

$25.00 June 9 – July 28

$30.00 July 29 – August 6

Full Moon Four Miler Committee:

Bill Czaja, State Farm Insurance – Full Moon Four Miler Chair
Katy Engels, Waterford Area Chamber Of Commerce
Rayana Kaul, St. Thomas Aquinas School
Julie Lobitz, Principal, St. Thomas Aquinas School
Tina Multhauf & Team, Skyline Landscape & Design
Lisa Pochowski, Patriot Financial

We Need Volunteers!

If you are able to help with setup, registration or being a corner guard, please fill out and return theVolunteer Form. Thank you!

If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact the Chamber office at: (262) 534-5911 orchamber@waterford-wi.org.

Beautiful Waterford, Wisconsin is located approximately 30 minutes Southwest of Milwaukee, 2 hours North of Chicago and 30 minutes West of Racine.

http://www.waterford-wi.org/fm4m_hmmm.html for more (not really – this is all from that site) information.

Two Groups of Artists – One Great Summer

This has been, and continues to be, a very productive summer for the artists of Waterford, WI. Artists that I have had the opportunity to work with are the Plein Air Art from the Waterford Union High School Artists and the Waterford Seven – clients of Connie Lelivelt and my 3rd year of work with them. For those of you who are not able to get out to see the Plein Air works of art in the WUHS Art Gallery – I have submitted a short video (à la manière de James Kalm) for your perusing.

Plein Air Artists: Video, Gallery, and (click to see) Day at Taliesin

And the Gallery:

And the Waterford Seven’s works of art: Click HERE for the full Gallery of images (so far)


Plein Air Art Show at WUHS

Although it looks like the floor of the gallery is about to be stripped and re-waxed, here is a walk through of the hard work by our 8 artists. Great work everyone!

The End Has Come – #PleinAir #Paint #Draw on your own

That’s it folks… Summer School is OVER. I am really happy with the work that has been created over the past four weeks. I would venture to bet, if I were a betting man, that this was the most work some of you have done in the shortest period of time. That tells me that one needs to make a LOT of art and not focus on ONE work… well… in some cases make a lot of work but in other cases… persistence and sticktoitiveness is important.

I think about the Studio Habits of Mind as the artists were out there and appreciate all the work that was demonstrated. I am curious about how those thoughts and ideas stuck with the young artists as they worked out in the real world. Developing Craft, Observing, Reflecting,  and Engaging and Persisting are some that really stand out to me as being some of the habits that really stood out. All of the SHoM, if the artists were to sit back and really look at the ideas they were working with, were with them everyday – and to see the development in all the artists is a great thing to see. Now… did all the artists take away the same level of learning, experience, development… of course not. But they all did take some away.

This link will take you to see the many photographs that were made during the 4 weeks of Plein Air Art in the Waterford (and Spring Green) area from this past summer. Enoy.

PLEIN AIR STATE FAIR OPPORTUNITY – If you are interested – and I hope some of you are – the Wisconsin State Fair is having their SECOND Plein Air Art Opportunity. The cost is $35 and you get 4 tickets to the fair. You need to supply you own materials and the day is yours to paint. You DO need to have something to show – framed and ready to share – but this is a GREAT resume builder and day to paint. READ THE RULES and be ready to PAINT!

PDF Information HERE

Entry Form HERE


Week 2 #PleinAir #Art – #MakeArt #Outside – #Critique and #Rubrics too.

Emily really got thinking about her art today…

Today we started with ACRYLICS as well as some SELF-EVALUATION. The three different National Visual Arts Standards Based Rubrics are all focused on the different levels of abilities and skills and standards that high school art students ought to be confident in as they leave certain levels of their art making career. These have been developed over the past two years and really broken down over the first part of the summer vacation. Please enjoy them and see if there are aspects of them YOU might utilize.

And then we have photos from today’s artventure!


#Monday withOUT #MrKorb in #Art – What WILL you DO?

Start With THIS video… then onto YOUR CLASSES:

What has Jerry Saltz got to say to Art Students? Let’s hear it from Mr. Korb:

1. Go to an art school that doesn’t cost too much. Those who go to Yale and Columbia might get a nine-month career bump right after graduation, but you’ll all be back on the same level in a year, and you won’t be in as much debt.

2. Envy will eat you alive.

Drawing: 2 Days to DRAW in CLASS

Morandi SIMPLIFIED! http://uploads3.wikiart.org/images/giorgio-morandi/natura-morta-1(1).jpg


  • 2.1Ac: Through experimentation, practice, and persistence, demonstrate acquisition of skills and knowledge in a chosen art form.
  • How have you changed in the process since you have begun? How are you drawing DIFFERENTLY than you did PRIOR to this Drawing?

Reflection: Have you improved your drawings skills over the past project?  What is the biggest success you have accomplished with this work? Where are you struggling still? EXPLAIN – Sentence… not just a word.

Studio Art 360: One solid day to FOCUS on the DRAWING

Morandi – http://www.artsjournal.com/aboutlastnight/op_inc_253_gra.gif


  • 10.1P: Document the process of developing ideas from early stages to fully elaborated ideas.
  • What are you nervous, apprehensive, afraid of when it comes to drawing in perspective? I mean… what do you struggle with?

Reflection: Of ALL the parts of your drawing – SINCE DAY ONE – what are you happiest with and what caused you the biggest problem? WHY?

AP Studio Art: Work on your Work of Art inspired by Work Of Art! 

Nils Udo – Sacred Ecology: http://sacredecologyfilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Sacred_Ecology_Nils_Udo_02.jpg


  • 1.2Ad: Choose from a range of materials and methods of traditional and contemporary artistic practices, following or breaking established conventions, to plan the making of multiple works of art and design based on a theme, idea, or concept.
  • What has been successful for your outdoor work? What has FAILED you? Where do you need to go from here?

Reflection: With this OUT OF THE BOX (out of the doors) assignment… What struggles are you facing? What New ideas and  skills do you see developing?

Advanced Drawing: 

Are your paperbags a bit more challenging? I think so. http://www.utdallas.edu/~mel024000/pages/2D_Design/PaperBagDrawing/paperbagdraw.jpg


  • 1.2Ad: Choose from a range of materials and methods of traditional and contemporary artistic practices, following or breaking established conventions, to plan the making of multiple works of art and design.
  • How did last week’s critique help you or challenge you as you looked at it from that distance and heard from Mr. Korb or your fellow artists?

Reflection: Talk to your neighbor / partner about the potential meaning behind your work. Write those thoughts down PLEASE?

#WAEA 2105 Convention Thoughts (and Studio Time)

WAEA Art e-times

Published in this month’s WAEA ART e-Times is my article on the 2105 WAEA Convention. I have my article below, but I have also included a link (above) to the e-times so you can read through the whole thing. Having the opportunity to teach in Waterford gives me the great pleasure to have the support of the community, administration, school-board, and fellow staff members (as well as the students – thank you students for your hard work) to challenge the young artists with what it is to be an artist in the 21st century. It’s not about making the pretty pictures, but it’s about the thought and consideration in the choices we make. Art is about the challenges and persistence to get through the difficult tasks. Making art is about the failures and successes, the time BETWEEN artworks that help us grow as artists. Enough already… here’s the article.


P.S. Remember Artists… I’ll be in the art studio at WUHS on Monday and Wednesday this coming week to work – but more importantly to help you out if you are in need of some studio time.


It’s been at least 17 years since my first (and last) WAEA Convention. I took little away from it then in comparison to what I learned this year. Maybe I was too young to truly appreciate what I didn’t know about teaching, students, or learning. Perhaps I was just naive in the ways of education. I just remember that I didn’t walk away with an appreciation of what was offered. As I look back on the 2015 convention, I find myself thinking more on what art education is, what it can be, and what it should should be for today’s student.

WHAT IT IS: Being part of the visual arts are problem solving skills that the arts offer but other academics may not. These skills however are ones that are helpful in the success other fields. Considering the hands on experiences we provide, the act of making allows risk taking and often encourages failure in the search for success that other fields may not. Process over product, something that we and our students rely on to create the world we create.

WHAT IT CAN BE: Our young artists (and older ones) can become stronger and more thoughtful members of society than their non-art counterparts. I consider the ideas about the National Visual Arts Standards and goal setting as examples. As grown-up artists (mature?), it seems natural that we should know what it takes to make successful, important, engaging art. However, implementing the use of standards and goals can allows for points of departure, reflection, and assessment in making the successful work that gets made. While our artists may not always be making art that changes society, is engaging, or is as successful as they (or we) thought it could be, at the very least it can begin to change the individual on a level that leads to larger changes down the road.

WHAT IT SHOULD BE: Sessions that looked at assessment and rubrics, techniques in art teaching and art making, and even the ever popular PDP, SLO and PPG reminded me how the arts need to make connections that engage with the larger community and (as I mentioned before) society. Seeing the arts out in the big world, not just in the tiny studio, is essential. I often feel that my students, as well as their families, teachers, and the larger community, need to be reminded that there are strong connections between what we do in studio and how it relates to what happens outside of the studio. Art is important in the world.

The arts (visual, musical, theatrical, written, to mention a few) need to be an experience, an encouraging place, an opportunity for experimentation, a happening, an object that encourages self-discovery, creativity, new ways of thinking, and invention that today’s world demands. I look forward to the development of new friendships, and connections that I made at this year’s convention. More importantly however, I look forward to the conversation, collaboration, and art making that inspired me, and in turn my students, from the 2015 WAEA State Convention.