Sunday, September 14, 2014

Ms. Candice Hale Student Teaches in the Art Department this Semester

The Art Department is pleased to welcome Ms. Candice Hale on board this semester as she fulfills her student teaching requirement for Malone University.  Ms. Hale currently is working with senior high art students.  She'll switch to the elementary and junior high art classes in mid-October.   I asked her to introduce herself to the Lake Center Christian School community through this blog.

Ms. Hale and Advanced Art Student discuss reduction print process

"Hello students and parents!  While I have met the students already, I just wanted to take a minute to introduce myself to you.  My name is Ms. Hale, and I am a senior at Malone University studying Art Education.  Student teaching at LCCS is my final step of completing my degree and having a classroom of my own.  I am a showing artist, having been in five shows this last year, including a large solo exhibit at Malone University.  My medium of choice is watercolor, but I am experienced in all the various mediums.  I enjoy painting portraits of my family and still life’s of flowers the most.  I am grateful for the opportunity to work with the students at LCCS and excited to see what I can teach them, but I am more excited to see what I can learn from them!"

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Lizards and the Art of Reduction Printmaking

Prints drape from the drying rack, while brayers, cutters, ink, and jigs are neatly stacked on the back counter ready for use.  Advanced Art jumped into the first fall project interpreting "My Morning Routine." We're doing four-color reduction prints with 12x12" safety cut blocks.  If you're wondering what a reduction print is, Wikipedia explains it as a "multi-colored print in which the separate colors are printed from the same block at different stages."  
Portrait of Licky Licky, courtesy of my student

Although everyone has the same theme, subject matter has ranged from pets to pancakes and  sweaters to Starbucks.  One student even brought in the subject for her print, a pet lizard affectionately dubbed "Licky Licky".  The lizard was momentarily left under my watchful eye quietly resting on a washcloth so my student 
could grab something from the other side of the room.  To avoid the possibility of a runaway lizard, I don't think I even blinked until my student returned to her desk.  To be fair, though, I don't think Licky Licky took her eyes off of me either.