Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Art Process in Mr. P's Class

One of the benefits of supervising art education student teachers is witnessing the artistic process among our talented youth. Brittany continues to impress with her thoughtful lesson development, classroom management and personal reflections. She has now experienced the thrill of facilitating and inspiring artistic development and her passion is contagious. 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Pinwheels for Peace "Whirled Peace"

"Imagine…  millions of pinwheels spinning in the wind – pinwheels in the United States, Great Britain, South America, Australia, the Middle East, Canada,  Africa, Europe and Asia;  pinwheels all over the world! – big pinwheels, small pinwheels;  pinwheels of all  shapes and sizes – colorful pinwheels, decorated with drawings, paintings, collages, photographs  – pinwheels with words of peace and harmony written on them – fields of pinwheels, pinwheels along roadsides, in schoolyards, in parks, pinwheels EVERYWHERE! 
This is the Pinwheels for Peace project!
Please join us EVERY year on International Day of Peace, September 21st, as we create a visual public statement about peace!"

Thursday, September 17, 2015

I Am an Artist by Pat Lowery Collins

"I am an artist when I discover shadows made by the moon, or trace patterns in the sand, or when I name the colors inside a shell"

I Am an Artist

Observing Connections: Art, Poetry, and the Environment

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Rubin Vase-Face Illusion

Rubin Vase-Face Illusion

The vase/profile illusion was made famous by Danish psychologist Edgar Rubin in 1915. Its pedigree, however, is much older. Examples can be found in 18th century French prints, in which the portraits not only define a vase, usually in a naturalistic setting, but the profiles themselves differ, each representing a particular person.

#EDU301 USA Baldwin County K-6 education students create their personal Vase-Faces.

More info...

10 Simple but Wonderful Optical Illusions

Vase Face Optical Illusion YouTube

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Vase/Faces Exercises

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

My Heroes

I spent the morning visiting one of our graduate art education students and her cooperating teacher/mentor at Mary G. Montgomery High School. I was reminded of why K-12 teachers are my heroes. Despite the challenges, lack of resources and inadequate compensation, teachers like "Mr. P" bring out the best in their students and enthusiastically mentor our future teachers. We couldn't do it without them!!

I can't wait to visit again and see the continuation of this art by Mr. P's talented students!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Saturday, September 5, 2015


The USA COE Art Lab was a busy place Thursday & Friday.
 #BlueDogArt #EDU301 #GeorgeRodrigue

"Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what's inside you, to make your soul grow."