Rutherford Art Classes

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Plaster Tables

Wow! We are over half way through the first Trimester at Chelsea! A lot has happened since the last time I posted. We had our first Art Club meeting which was much more successful than I would have thought. We will be meeting again this Tuesday- so come on by!

We have had some very successful stuff coming out of the Ceramics class! Here are two wonderful examples:

Abraham has a knack for glazing.

Surprise! It's a lantern cat!

Chris helped Mrs. Naar and I with getting the plaster mixed for our new plaster tables! We had some special help with building the table then some of our kids helped with pouring. It takes three weeks to dry but it will be the an amazing addition to our Ceramics Program! Plaster tables (for those who don't know clay) help dry our wet clay so that we can continue to recycle clay and save money!

Thanks Chris!

Oh, and CONGRATULATIONS Bulldogs! Looks like our poster came in handy.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Studio Art

Here are some pictures from our Studio Art class where students work on projects in multiple mediums and many different results! Check it out:

Sam is practicing drawing fabric for his portfolio.

This giant key is going to be amazing when Dustin finishes applying the paper mache!

Chis is making a wax ring that will eventually be cast with sterling silver.

Look closely! This fish is created entirely from DOTS!

Inspired by pop art, Rebecca used her trumpet as inspiration.

We have an ART CLUB!!!

Starting next week, we are going to start having ART CLUB at the High School! The club will be after school from 3 to about 5pm on Tuesday afternoons! Everyone is welcome- it doesn't matter if a student has taken art or is currently in an art class. The club will not have any fees but we do want to plan trips to the DIA and other art galleries in the future. The club is meant to be a time for students to come and work on art, where Mrs. Naar and myself will be working along side while helping encourage creativity!

Come join us next week!!!

Monday, September 30, 2013

The Pickle

We have successfully added a pickle to our jewelry class! A pickle (yes, a pickle) is a warm acidic mixer (in our case) of vinegar, salt and water that makes it easier to clean jewelry. It is a little slower than professional pickles that use a stronger acid, but it is non-toxic and effective. It's called a pickle because years ago, they would use the left over vinegar from making pickles to clean metal. Hopefully student's work will come out beautiful and shiny!! 

Friday, September 20, 2013

Using the Big Kiln

We had so much work coming out of students that I had to start loading the BIG KILN today after work! Today in Ceramics, we worked on glazing our coil pots, whistles, and embellished bowls. We had a lot of fun but now I can't WAIT for the kiln to fire on Monday. It is so exciting when students are producing such cool stuff! This is the highlight of my week so far! I can't wait to see what we get coming from the class next! Keep watching to find out what these glazed pieces look like on Tuesday! :)

Something I made as inspiration for the next project! Squidy!

All the wet clay that I hope dries by Monday so I can fire!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Frustration Pots

We have been diligently working in our Ceramics class and we have has some phenomenal success!! We created the classic frustration pots where students make a tree like vessel that they then add an "unique" face. The project is fun and has a great success rate because students don't have to make anything look perfect- it looks good messy! This work by Abraham is a great example of a frustrated man- and I love the mushroom!!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Portfolio Track

For students who are on the Portfolio Track at Chelsea there are a couple things to consider! First is the Portfolio preparation which can be accessed on this website:

This is an online reference to build a stronger portfolio to help students who may consider applying to art schools in the future. A couple events that are coming up include the Michigan ArtPrize for 18 and under:

"Entries will only be accepted September 18, 2013 – September 26, 2013. The competition is entirely online, so artwork must be submitted digitally. Please e-mail all submissions to If your submission is a video, please upload your video to YouTube and e-mail the link."

We will be encouraging students to submit art to the Teen Art festival as well as other local art competitions! The College of Creative Studies will be coming to visit on November 7th and Kendall College of Art Design will be coming on January 22nd. 

Friday, September 6, 2013

Still is not the Life

The first week is done and while there were a couple bumpy moments, each class is doing well and excited to be part of the art department.

Ceramics made texture wheels, crests, patterned bowls and extraordinarily tall and skinny mugs. They will be fired after the weekend and then we can start glazing the lot!  

Jewelry got a introduction into sawing and they are designing a negative /positive piece of jewelry that they will sand down and buff to be bright and shiny. 

Studio art is working on a still life project where they get to use any design techniques for the final product. The projects are going to be a variety of interpretations of the concept of still life. Many are colorful and full of life. 

Maria and Kylie did a contour line drawing and painted between the lines. 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Cleaning is my life...

Just moved into the newly painted classroom and I've been digging through 35 years of stuff from the retired teacher. Naar and I have been working very hard for this room to be student-ready by this coming Tuesday! At the same time, we have to figure out what to do with all this stuff! We found so many different gems in the Art store room including an old fog machine with gasoline still inside as well as: 1,000 plastic spoons, hundreds of mauve pink tiles, fake plants, suspicious wine bottles (for still life drawing), and mouse poop. It's been an adventure.