Time for a Selfie – drawings by Art Foundations 3

Everyone love a great selfie. Students had the option of taking their own selfie or to take a photo of someone else. Regardless of what they chose, they had to take ownership of the photo. They were introduced to various colored pencil techniques (scraffito, scumbling, frottage, cross-hatching, layering), the use of a colorless blender, and a grid (optional). They are all unique just like my students. : )

We are North – perspective drawings

Art Foundations 1 and Senior Art 1students finished their 1 and 2-point perspective. As a final assessment the Art Foundations 1 students created 6 large scale drawing at NHS using tape. This was a great way to students to apply their understanding on perspective as well as to engage in a group activity. 

AIR Happenings as of 23 October 2015

On the 12th, 13th, and 15th of October, I met with Mr. Soik’s Humanities class.
I was there for the students if they needed feedback on their individual ideas for his “Artsplosion” exercise, which he implements as a way to get the students to hone in on an essay topic that relates to the material they’ve been working on so far this semester.
They had a lively discussion on Monday, which mostly centered on the book, Feed, by M.T. Anderson.
On Tuesday, the class reviewed the exercise guidelines and the students began to work out their ideas for the project.
I was there to offer feedback and suggestions from the visual arts perspective.
Then, on Thursday, the students continued working on their projects. One of the students had a concept she wanted to expand on so we headed to the studio where she could work out her ideas in paint.

This past week, I have been working on making more plywood panels to continue working on an idea for a series of paintings I started. The series is based on some vintage 1960’s photographs I inherited from my godmother after she passed. They were images from one of her travel photo albums that stood out to me.

"Mission Garden," the first in a new series of paintings by Liz Ann Lange.

“Mission Garden,” the first in a new series of paintings by Liz Ann Lange.

The series will be called, “Other Peoples Memories,” and I have been cutting lots of plywood – 2 large sheets, into 16 panels – in anticipation of continuing this series.


It is my hope that I can complete one or two more paintings for this series  in time to be mounted in the Bradley Gallery at Lakeland College, where I will be in a two-person art exhibit with another painter, Agata Augustine.

I feel honored to have been invited back to show my work as an alumni. I last showed there as a student almost 6 years ago, with 3 others, for our senior portfolio exhibitions.
The show will run from November 6th through December 11th.

Art Foundations 1 students create large scale perspective drawings

The Art Foundations 1 students are creating large scale drawings using electrical tape. Each team selected their unique perspective of North High School . These drawings are student driven with little or no assistance from the teacher. This group activity is their final assessment of our 3-week unit on 1 and 2-point perspective. 

Gallery of Images

Artist Lecture Series: Silk Painting with artist, Patty Aker, at Sheboygan North High School

SHNS Artist Lecture TEMPLATE

Gallery of Images

Skype Session with artist, Jay Riggio

Today one of my AP Studio Art student, Mikayla, had the opportunity to  Skype with Brooklyn-based collage artist, Jay Riggio. She recently finished one of her AP Studio projects focusing on ‘atlered realities of Fairy Tales’, which led to this conversation with Jay about his artistic process, influences, time management, source materials, and so on. 

About Jay 

Jay Riggio created his first collage over 15 years ago. His inspiration came from the overwhelming desire to tell a visual story without the classic ability to illustrate.

Drawing on influences from a background in writing and film cinematography, Jay uses images from vintage magazines and books to create collages that explore his interpretations on life, love, humanity, humor and dreams.

Using an X-acto knife, scissors, and glue, Jay’s pieces bring together unrelated images that create unique visual perspectives. His collages have been featured in galleries throughout the US and around the world.

Jay currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Follow him on Instagram. @jayriggioart

Follow him on Tumblr. jayriggioart.tumblr.com

Text: courtesy of the artist.