Monday, October 31, 2011

Quote o' the Week

How it works:

Read the quotes below and write about how one (or more) applies to your life or how you can learn from it (10 points)


Make a visual representation of a quote - drawing, painting, etc. (5 to 100 points depending on quality and effort)

The quotes:

"My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am."
~ Author Unknown

"You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him."
~ James D. Miles

"Quality means doing it right when no one is looking."
~ Henry Ford

Happy Halloween!

I predict you will buy a yearbook! Why? Because it will be SPOOKTACULAR! Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Quote o' the Week

How it works:

Read the quotes below and write about how one (or more) applies to your life or how you can learn from it (10 points)


Make a visual representation of a quote - drawing, painting, etc. (5 to 100 points depending on quality and effort)

The quotes:

"A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be."
~ Douglas Pagels

"A friend accepts us as we are yet helps us to be what we should."
~ Author Unknown

"The best way to mend a broken heart is time and girlfriends."
~ Gwyneth Paltrow

Art Proposals

All art students must complete art proposals before starting an independent art project. This proposal helps students plan their art project prior to starting and will guide the student in the art-making process. The proposal must be approved prior to starting any art project and turned in with the art project to get full credit. Students can find art proposals here:

S Drive: mburnell: Resources: Art Proposals

Thank you!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Miz Art Two ~ Computer Graphics & Yearbook

Dawoud Bey is one of my favorite contemporary photographers. I think you will enjoy this Miz Art because the body of work you will be looking at relates to high school students.

Your Miz Art:

View Dawoud Bey's website:

Dawoud Bey

A) Browse Dawoud Bey's website and read his biography.

B) Click on Photographs and then Class Pictures. Read the Project Text (the link will say "Outside Inside: On Dawoud Bey's Class Pictures" by Taro Nettleton). Answer this question for number one:
What are your thoughts on this?
Would you be a willing participant for Dawoud Bey's Class Picture's project?
Why or why not?

C) Next click back on Class Pictures and view all of the portraits and read the accompanying texts. Answer this question for number two:
What person's story struck you the most and why?

D) Number three: What are your thoughts on Dawoud Bey's artwork? How would you describe it?

EXTRA CREDIT: The students wrote about themselves and shared parts of their lives that no one would know by just looking at their portraits. This really enriches the art project and gives the photography so much meaning and depth. If Dawoud Bey were to take a portrait of you, what would you like to say? For extra credit, write about yourself. One to three paragraphs. Up to 100 points.

DUE: December 9th, 2011

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Miz Art Two ~ Art Class ~ Harlem Renaissance

The Harlem Renaissance

The Harlem Renaissance was a time of great arts and cultural innovation in the African-American community in the 1920's and 1930's. Art, literature, poetry, music and theatre was springing up everywhere during this time period and it's influence continues today. Some of these artists and intellectuals were trying to form a new identity for themselves that rose against the terrible racism and difficulties that they were facing. They were living in an atmosphere of segregation, lynchings, and when African-Americans were portrayed in the media with negative stereotypes. These artists were rising above (remember Spiral Group?) to create new meanings, new art, new identities for themselves and their culture. This is a very simplified way of defining the movement/history and I urge you to research it more on your own as it is truly a very important part of American history.

Your Miz Art:

Read about one of the Harlem Renaissance artists and answer the following questions:

1) What is the artist's name and where and when did they live?

2) What medium did they work with?

3) Pick one artwork and describe it using your art vocabulary. Describe the focal point, whether they used rule of thirds, texture, value, color, line, shape, form, and so on. Make sure you include the title of the artwork, what year it was created and the medium.

4) Read about the artist and their life. List three interesting facts about the artist.

Here are the artists you can choose from (I have links below but you may google them or research them in the library for more information):

Aaron Douglas

Romare Bearden

Augusta Savage

Archibald Motley

DUE: December 9th, 2011

Student Work! Salvador Dali Surrealism Digital Projects

Vincent Van Gogh

"...Now I as a painter shall never amount to anything important, I am absolutely sure of it."

~ Vincent Van Gogh
Letter to brother Theo, May 1889

"Nineteenth-century Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh painted for only eight years. During that time, he was scorned or, at best, ignored; only one of his paintings was sold during his lifetime. And yet, although plagued by self-doubt, he instinctively viewed the world through the eyes of an artist. The resulting paintings and drawings stand as a powerful and lyrical testament to the ultimate triumph of this brilliant man."

~ Pascal Bonafoux
"Van Gogh: The Passionate Eye"

I came across these two quotes as I was looking for images of trees for the Cinderella play. Often in life we come across obstacles as Van Gogh did. Look how beautiful Van Gogh's paintings are! He is one of the most famous artists of all time now! Then there is Chuck Close. He continues to paint even though he is paralyzed. I am reminded that every person is valuable and to continue even when things are difficult.

A student this morning completed a work of art that didn't turn out the way she wanted it to. On the back she wrote "I tried!". Sometimes that happens! We try. And we try again. That's also how life works. Sometimes we fail. Sometimes we succeed. We have to learn from our mistakes and keep plugging along. We can do it! And help others along the way. We're all in this journey together!

"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."
~ Scott Adams

2011/2012 Yearbooks are now on sale!

This year's 2011/2012 Yearbook is now on sale! Buy now for $45! We will be selling them at the Parent-Teacher conferences. This price won't last so pre-order your copy now!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Quarter One: Due Dates!

Due this Week!

Art I Students
Continue working on your Chuck Close Value Project

Art II, III & IV Students
Your Projects One and Two are due Wednesday

Yearbook & Photography Students
Page Plans are due on Friday

Computer Graphics Students
Continue to work on your Albums (Deadline has been extended to next Friday)

Quote o' the Week

I was fortunate enough to be a student myself over the last few days. Here are some magnificent quotes about the value of lifelong learning.

How it works:

Read the quotes below and write about how one (or more) applies to your life or how you can learn from it (10 points)


Make a visual representation of a quote - drawing, painting, etc. (5 to 100 points depending on quality and effort)

The quotes:

"You learn something every day if you pay attention."
~ Ray LeBlond

"You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives."
~ Clay P. Bedford

"Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere."
~ Chinese Proverb

"Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn and you will."
~ Vernon Howard

"Get over the idea that only children should spend their time in study. Be a student so long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life."
~ Henry L. Doherty

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Colorado Art Education Association Conference

Over the last two days I've had the privilege of taking some fabulous art classes, attended some thought-provoking events and had the honor of meeting some amazing artists and educators! I can't wait to share my new ideas with my students and colleagues!

I am very grateful that I was able to attend this year!

Thursday, October 13, 2011


Last years' yearbooks will be distributed next week during lunch on Tuesday and after school on Thursday in the front lobby. If you didn't buy one they are available for $50.

See ya there!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Student Artwork ~ Perspective Drawings

I'm impressed with what my wonderful MHS students did in one week! I love these perspective drawings because of their imaginative use of perspective. Way to go!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


Click on the illustration above to view One, Two and Three Point Perspectives.

Artists and architects use perspective to make buildings, and other objects, appear realistic. They do this by making the buildings and other objects closest to the viewer larger and the other objects/buildings gradually appear smaller as they go off into the "distance". Artists create the illusion of perspective (remember form?) by using these tricks.

Horizon Line: A horizontal line across the picture. You place your vanishing points along the horizon line. You may or may not erase the horizon line later.

Vanishing Point: The point(s) where the lines meet on the horizon. The amount of points depend on which perspective is used (one, two or three point perspective).

"Bird's Eye View": Three point perspective and looking down.

"Worm's Eye View": Three point perspective and looking up.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Quote o' the Week

How it works:

Read the quotes below and write about how one (or more) applies to your life or how you can learn from it (10 points)


Make a visual representation of a quote - drawing, painting, etc. (5 to 100 points depending on quality and effort)

The quotes:

"Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none."
~ William Shakespeare

"'Tis better to suffer wrong than do it."
~ Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732

"You can stand tall without standing on someone. You can be a victor without having victims."
~ Harriet Woods

"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion."
~ Dalai Lama

"Being considerate of others will take your children further in life than any college degree."
~ Marian Wright Edelman

Extra Credit: Art & Science

Here is a very interesting (and mind boggling) article about the connections (and differences) of art and science. Read the article and write a summary. Minimum three paragraphs. What is your opinion?

The article is here:
Where art and science collide

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Gustav Klimt inspired Blind Drawing & Shape Projects


VALUE: How dark or light a color or shade is. Black, white and greys are all values. Color also has value.

Lack of multiple values gives an artwork contrast. Black and white contrast each other. Complementary colors contrast each other. Complementary colors are colors that are opposite of each other on the color wheel. Blue and orange (think Broncos), red and green (think Christmas) and purple and yellow (think Lakers or Chargers) are all complementary colors. When there is a lack

Value and how it relates to Shape and Form

Please click on the image to make it larger! Thanks!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Highlights from Homecoming

Everyone had a great time during Homecoming week! Our yearbook staff got some great photos for our yearbook as well! Be sure to buy a yearbook - it's going to be awesome! Our promotion this month is buy a yearbook and get a DVD of all the images from yearbook for $5 more! We took hundreds of great images! Buy your yearbook today!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Quote o' the Week

Yesterday we learned about the fabulous artist Chuck Close. Even after his spinal artery collapse and paralysis, he continues to paint. Talk about overcoming adversity! We all deal with difficult circumstances in our life at one point or another. It makes us stronger, more compassionate and better in the long run.

I am in awe of Chuck Close. He is not only incredibly talented but also an amazing human being.

Here are some of my favorite quotes that relate to adversity.

How it works:

Read the quotes below and write about how one (or more) applies to your life or how you can learn from it (10 points)


Make a visual representation of a quote - drawing, painting, etc. (5 to 100 points depending on quality and effort)

The quotes:

"Turn your wounds into wisdom."
~ Oprah Winfrey

"Sleep, riches, and health to be truly enjoyed must be interrupted."
~ Johann Paul Friedrich Richter

"Adversity is the first path to truth."
~ Lord Byron

"Suffering is above, not below. And everyone thinks that suffering is below. And everyone wants to rise."
~ Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

"Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing. Use the pain as fuel, as a reminder of your strength."
~ August Wilson