I love the beginning of school and still treat myself to a brand new box of 64 Crayola Crayons each year. Today I did a bit of web searching about this 100% American made product.

The names that Crayola gives their products are wonderfully rich. Laser Lemon, Jazzberry Jam, and Mauvelous are a few of my favorites. To date there are 133 colors, 24 swirl colors, 25+ magic scent colors, and 16 gem tone colors.

Which Crayola color comes closest to Alizarian? That’s my favorite acrylic/oil paint color. Send me your guess by posting a comment below.

All this got me thinking about students who might not have access to crayons to explore their creative ideas. Is anyone interested in a community service project? Let me know.


First Week – Bachmann Art Classes

All students need headphones or ear buds this week. All students will be taking an online interest survey during the first week. We’ll also learn to navigate through the Bachmann intrAnet and learn how to place assignments in the electronic drop box. Knowing your PowerSchool username and password is a must. Check with guidance if you do not have that information.

Graphic Art Design 1 -Handout provided of Photoshop CS5 toolbar. We’ll also learn to use a few of the palettes by drawing and painting with those two tools. Instead of the Eraser Tool students will learn other ways to delete color and images. There are lots of Photoshop tutorials on the web if you’d like to get a head start on learning.

Graphic Art Design 2 – With the Vue Infinite software you can move objects in three directions. Last year you could only move objects up and down. Now we’ll use the Z axis. I’ve ordered origami paper so we can make artistic models using XYZ. Some of you might enjoy origami models using VWXYZ. To view some of the sculptures click here.

Computer Art Graphics – Let’s start by looking at early animation devices and progress through important vocabulary. Bring a pencil. We’ll be drawing storyboards and making flip books. I’ll share some early animations like Gertie the Dinosaur.