Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Chalk drawing in the style of Australian Aboriginal Art

At the school where I volunteer, there's an art program which consists of traveling teachers who take their lessons to every school in the district. Unfortunately, they can't always go to every classroom at every school. And while the art teacher visited Mrs. W's class last year, she is not able to this year.

But she has been gracious in sharing her lessons with me, so I can do them with Mrs. W's class.

This is the next lesson in her series. They are done in a sort of Australian Aboriginal style, including an "X-ray" view and lots of repeating patterns.

I have collected a bunch of simple line drawings of Australian animals for the kids to use as guides. This looks like such a fun project, I decided to make a lizard one just for myself in ArtRage, but it still looks like chalk, don't you think? I even included a couple of mistakes, where I goofed up on the alternating pattern of purple and orange triangles in the frame. I wonder if the kids would notice?

Monday, September 27, 2010

Not just "hot"...

"Death Valley hot!"

I pulled these from the page. DV may get hotter later, but we've already gone 5 degrees over what they predicted for Fullerton, and the hottest part of the day is still to come.

I'll try to update this in a few hours.

UPDATES: 1:30pm DV: 112, Fullerton: 111
3:09pm DV:114, Fullerton: 109 (I guess we peaked here.)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Where Summer meets Fall

In front of my local Trader Joes, the battle for the supremacy of the seasonal big, round, vine-grown produce favorites has suddenly shifted in favor of pumpkins. Just in time for the equinox.

Happy Autumn!