Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Color Quiz Recovery!

If you took the color quiz this week and did not do as well as you had hoped - there's still hope!

I will be offering recovery opportunities Thursday and Friday. You can re-take the quiz and I will average your two scores together. An example would be if you scored a 60 the first time, and a 100 the second time, your final score would be an 80. Much better than a 60! I hope you all take advantage of this opportunity. All the information you need to study for this test is on this blog and in your sketchbooks.

KSU Studio Open House


KSU School of Art and Design

February 15th


Studios in action, Portfolio Reviews and Pizza!


Save the Date for the Spring Arts Festival! 

April 14th, 11-4

Sell your work!  For more info. go to: 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Unsung Hero Impact Paper

VC1 students here is the information about the IMPACT Paper that is due as a part of the Unsung Hero Project on 2/9.

Impact Paper
All entrants in any medium must submit an Impact Paper (minimum of 500 words to a maximum of 1,000 words) that addresses the following prompts:
  • What do you find inspirational about the Unsung Hero and why?
  • What is your vision behind your creative interpretation?
  • How did you share your project with your community? Please include photos and links as relevant to illustrate the reach of your project.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Color Theory Quiz Wednesday!

All classes are having their color theory quiz on Wednesday, January 31st. Use the color theory work you have done in your sketchbook to study for the quiz (and the color wheel above).

You will need to know:

How to create and label a color wheel
Primary Colors - red, yellow, blue
Secondary Colors - green, blue, violet
Intermediate (Tertiary) Colors - red-violet, red-orange, yellow-green, yellow-orange, blue-green, blue- violet
3 sets of complimentary colors - red/green, yellow/violet, blue/orange
Analogous Colors - any 4 colors next to each other on the color wheel
Warm Colors - reds, oranges, and yellows
Cool Colors - blues, greens, and violets
Monochromatic Colors - One Color - lights and darks or one color
Tint - one color plus white
Shade - one color plus black
Value - the lightness and darkness of a color

Tuesday, January 16, 2018


I am excited to FINALLY be back at school for a full week (hopefully)! Here is what we have going on in the art room!

6th - Learning about value and creating their own value scales and gradients.
7th - Exploring gesture drawing and how to draw from observation of the model.
8th - Observational drawing from the still life.
VC1 - Working on Unsung Hero Artwork - please remember that this includes the IMPACT paper.
            The deadline is quickly approaching and this is a major assignment. Completed ideas/sketches              are due in class tomorrow!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Unsung Hero Contest

Here is the link to the Unsung Hero Contest. These are due for VC1 on 2/9/18. We will take pictures of your work and then we will post the submission online. See me if you have any questions.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Art Online Portfolio Requirements

Visual Composition class needs to have their websites updated by Friday, 1/12/18. Please make sure you include the following on your portfolio website:
  • 4 pages - Home, Sketchbook, Projects, Assessments (if you want to add additional please do)
  • Home page needs to include your artist statement. It needs to be at least a paragraph long.
  • Sketchbook page needs to include a pic of your value study and 4 other sketches you have done this year. Sketches can be from home or in class.
  • Projects page needs to include pics of these projects - Masterpiece mashup, papermache project, Reflections project, Flip book, Colored Pencil Monsters, and any other projects you have done that you are think are strong and want to include.
  • Assessments page needs to include the one assessment from first semester AND your pic of the piece you are writing about.
This is a hard deadline, please do not be late. I will drop a letter grade for each day it is not finished on time. You will be getting time in class to work on this so there are no excuses! I know you guys will get it done because you work so hard.  Come to me for help if you need to.

Here are some troubleshooting tips if you are stuck:
  • If you are trying to log on from your phone and you cannot please try on a computer. You need to log-in to
  • Firstname/Last initial/2017 is the log-in information for most of you(all one word, no spaces). If you are using a nickname, try using your full first name.
  • Your password is mcclurems unless you changed it and then I don't know!
  • If you don't know how to do something please refer to the VIDEO on the original blog post that shows you step by step how to do everything you will need for this assignment.