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.  


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