Happy Parent Teacher Conference Morning!


Happy Friday – Parent Teacher Conference – Morning!

I had such a wonderful time meeting with all the parents and students who came out last night to talk about, explain, and share the opportunities and growth that the visual arts classes have offered. I am really looking forward to more of that this morning. We will be in the gymnasium until 10 so come on down to visit and talk about the artwork, progress, opportunities, future that your budding artist is working through… and we can talk grades too.

Next Week:

Art Foundations: Microbiology – Microscopic Images and 2 Point Perspective – Up To The LARGE PAPER and Oil Pastels!

Drawing: Wassily Kandinski 2014 – What are you bringing to the theory of color and math?

AP Studio Art: One more week with your NEW concentration works – then FIGURE STUDIES!

All late work – let’s get that done! See me, call me, email me with any questions or concerns.

Parent teacher conferences bring out great conversations… Thanks all.

Welcome to the conferences! These conversations are where so many great conversations can begin and the support for our students can continue! Please… come on in!

Special thanks to all of the parents and students who have come to the first parent teacher conference. Mary… Hello. Thanks for coming to conference. I wish I could name all the parents and kids who came, but thank you to everyone who came. I love the evening and all the conversations. Picasso, Cubism, rationale behind art, meanings in art, importance of art in our society… It was a great night. Thank you all. The BEST way to support out students – your children – is to have great communication between you and the teachers so that we can support the child at the apex of our education!

Who is at the TOP of the triangle of support? You got it - the students!
Who is at the TOP of the triangle of support? You got it – the students!

What is going well? Where are you struggling? Let’s talk!

Parent Teacher Conferences TONIGHT and TOMORROW MORNING!

“There is an immeasurable distance between late and too late.”

—Og Mandino (Paul Mark Sutherland http://goalhabits.com/2013/10/12/goal-achievement-quote-oct-12-2013/)


Art Foundations: 2 Point Perspective – The Cube – REVIEW AND DRAW!

2 point perspective in the big city. Where do you see the vanishing points?


  1. 1.2 create art that demonstrates an understanding of how your ideas relate to the 1.2.3 and processes you use
  2. 2.3 create artworks that solve visual challenges (Perspective and NON Linear Perspective)

Review with neighbors the RULES of THUMB and discuss the Differences in one and two point perspective. DRAW one while explaining the process with a neighbor – you do one – they do one! RETENTION of the MATERIALS!


Advanced Drawing: Abstraction and Value!

Richard Diebenkorn’s Abstract Bay Area CityScape.
ABSTRACTION from reality and observation!
ABSTRACTION from reality and observation!


  1. 2.3 RESOLVE artworks that solve visual challenges
  2. 5.1 identify the rationale behind making art (NON-Objective from direct observation)

How did you develop the idea of the composition? Is it challenging for you to see non-objective inside the real observable objects? Talk to your neighbor about the successes and failures you are having. Talk about the challenges you are being faced with.


AP Studio Art: Concentration #1 – Talk to me about your ideas!

What are your sketchbooks looking like? Do they look like battlegrounds and area of inspiration and experimentation?


  1. 1.3 communicate ideas clearly

What is your plan for the ENTIRE body of work? What is your plan for your first work (Due Monday). Explain your thoughts and process you are going through with your classmates! You have along haul ahead of you!


March 1, 2013 – Friday: Parent / Teacher Conference Day

“Our success at friendship, business, sports, love—indeed, at nearly every enterprise we attempt—is largely determined by our self-image. People who have a confidence in their personal worth seem to be magnets for success and happiness.”

— Alan Loy McGinn” – http://goalhabits.com/author/paul456/


Thank you to ALL the parents who came on Thursday night. I look forward to seeing the rest of you on Friday from 8 - 10 AM.
Thank you to ALL the parents who came on Thursday night. I look forward to seeing the rest of you on Friday from 8 – 10 AM.

Parent Teacher Conferences are TODAY! If you haven’t made plans to come, visit, and talk about what  is happening in the classroom – come on down 8 – 10am!

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