EDUC 2235: Elementary Art Methods

     Over the last two weeks, I have participated in my Art Methods class required to receive my Bachelors degree at Idaho State University. At first the idea of this class totally stressed me out, as I am not an artsy person. I am creative toward words and music; however, drawing, painting, and the like kind of freaks me out. Now that I have finished the class (and survived), I can say that it was a stretching and valuable experience to my education. The methods taught, have provided me with ideas to present to my future students (even in the Middle School English classroom).

Course Content:
Learn various art media and techniques for use in classroom while developing resources for art projects with a minimum cost.

Division of Study: 
Collage, Printmaking, Painting, Drawing, Paper Projects, Resist, Clay, and Wire.

Elements of Art:
Line, shape/volume, color, value, texture, illusion of space, and illusion of motion.

The following are what I created during the class. Please stay tuned for instruction posts to come soon!

Day One

One Point Linear Perspective

Two Point Perspective

Coil Clay Pot

Day Two

Charcoal Drawings

Wire Sculpture

Tissue Paper Collage

Day Three


5 line cubism


Day Four


Crayon Resist

Paper Weaving

Day Five


Positive/Negative Design

Mono Prints

Nature Prints

Foam Prints

Block Prints

Day Six

Master Reproduction


     Pablo Ruiz Picasso was a Spanish artist and painter who revolutionized painting, drawing, sculpture, and ceramics. His artwork changed the way the general public looked at art; giving many a new appreciation for his work as well as others. Born in Malaga of Andalusia in 1881 to his father Jose Ruiz Blasco who was an artist and art teacher. At the age of 10, Picasso moved to La Coruna where he and his father continued to study art. As a young adult, he achieved admission into the High School of Arts in Barcelona with the aspiration to become a modern artist and create a new way of painting. As an adult, his paintings are inspired by his many trips to Paris and Spain.
     Today, Picasso is considered as one of the most important twentieth century artists and influential toward the development of modern art. There are over 1500 of his works in museums around the world. One of these is entitled, Bouquet of Peace (pictured here) is also known as Hands with Flowers as well as Flowers and Hands. This piece displays a simple design with a significant message, while expressing the power and beauty Picasso utilizes in his works. Originally this was a watercolor drawing that Picasso printed as a color lithograph for a peace demonstration in Stockholm, Sweden (1958).

     Bouquet of Peace is a visual representation for Picasso’s desire for people to join together in love and harmony. The brightly colored flowers convey a sense of hope and rebirth, and the bouquet forms a bond between two individuals symbolized by the two hands displayed within the piece. This simplicity of the forms represents both Picasso’s wish for childlike innocence in his art but also symbolized the purity and the openness needed to get along with others in peace.  


Twin Falls City Park Scavenger Hunt

Last Saturday, Coffee-mate and I took Half-a-Cup on a scavenger hunt presented by Twin Falls Public Library. I was quite impressed with all that I learned about the park that we often visit and drive by. We walked around City Park to find the answers to the questions that were given to us.

The color of the lampposts in the park are green.

The Vietnam Memorial is a triangle shape.

The Twin Falls City Band's first performance was July 4, 1906.

Four donors helped to fund the flagpole monument.

The only first name listed twice on the back of the Disabled American Veterans Monument is William.

Twentieth Century Club funded the 1915 creation of the arched water fountain located near the bandshell. 

When you see the following tree plaque, you will see the Twin Falls Public Library when you look up ahead of you.

The Twin Falls Millennium Sculpture includes a farming plow.

There are four swings located in the playground area.

The "Band Man's" last name was, Fuller.

There are five lamposts with flowers that line City Park along Shoshone Street.

There are 12 rounded Library windows on the Hansen Street side of the building.

The benches at the band shell are yellow/gold.

The Centennial Waterfall Project has a time capsule scheduled to be opened on July 3, 2090. (I had no idea we had a time capsule, does anyone know what is in it?)

The sign pictured below sits at the corner of 4th Ave & Shoshone.

Covnty (County) is spelled in an unusual way on the Courthouse. (Do you know why this is?)

Our selfie in front of the stone "Idaho"

That was such an incredible afternoon! What type of free, summertime entertainment do you do in your community? Please share in the comments!

Chicken Stuffed French Loaf

Last night, I made an incredible dinner. It was so simple & extremely scrumptious, I just had to share it with you! This would make a great lunch or dinner. It is extremely filling, no need to serve any additional sides to accompany the dish (we mistakenly added corn on the cob & fresh raspberries, I was completely stuffed). 

What you will need:
  • loaf of fresh french bread
  • 3 Frozen Tyson Grilled chicken breasts 
  • 2 cups shredded Colby-Jack cheese 
  • green onions (finely chopped) 
  • 1 1/2 Ranch dressing
  • 1-2 tbsp. Butter (melted)
  • 1 tbsp. Italian Bread Crumbs(optional)

What you will need to do:
  1. Preheat oven to 375° F. Spray broil pan with your favorite baking spray. I like to use the broil pan because it is longer than my baking sheets.
  2. Slice the french bread loaf (lengthwise) in half. Place both halves on broil pan. 
  3. Microwave Tyson Grilled Chicken Breasts for 4.5-5 minutes (as directed on package)
  4. While cooking, mix cheese, green onions and ranch dressing in a large bowl.
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  5. When Chicken is done, shred into pieces and add to mixture. 
  6. Stir & Spread mixture over one half of the loaf. Place the other half on top.
  7. Lightly spread butter on top of loaf. 
  8. (Optional) Sprinkle Italian Bread Crumbs on top of loaf.
  9. Bake 10 to 12 minutes (until cheese is melted). 
  10. Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes before slicing and serving. 
  11. Enjoy!