Artist Toolkit: Visual Elements & Principles

artist toolkit

Online resources don’t always stand the test of time or hold up with today’s technological advances but the Artist Toolkit has been part of my lessons since my student teaching days. The Toolkit is a collection of short, funny, and memorable animations illustrating the Elements and Principles of Design. Any of you who teach beginning art course… Read more »

Four Artists Paint One Tree

4 Artists Paint 1 Tree

This Disney Documentary from 1958 shows four artists with individual styles and ideas about art, work together on the animated film Sleeping Beauty. They learn to mold their skills and stick to the unified style of the movie, putting their individual ideas aside. To show how different they are in reality, Disney takes four of the animators out to… Read more »

Papercraft Skulls

papercraft skull

This is a fun, short project to do with students this time of year from the website Skull-A-Day. I used to create these paper craft skulls with my 3D Art students but you can do this in any art room. These can be cut out with scissors, no exact-o needed, but they are a bit… Read more »

Guillermo del Toro’s Sketchbooks

pan's labyrinth

Del Toro is an award winning Mexican director and film maker who is an artist at heart; communicating his ideas for films through elaborate sketches in notebooks. He is best known for horror and comic book style films like Blade 2, Hellboy 2, Pan’s Labyrinth, and Pacific Rim. More recently he helped produce the animated film The… Read more »