Monday, February 2, 2015

A Lesson on Surrealism

Jr. High - High School Lesson                                by Beth Macre
Surrealism and Salvador Dali

This project is an introduction to Surrealism, Salvador Dali, Renee Magritte (or other Surrealist artists that you have examples of...)

Salvador Dali – ‘Persistence of Memory’ 
Known for Surrealism and his famous painting with the melting clocks. 
   For a short Bio of Salvador Dali and short video about his life, click on this link: 
             Biography: Salvador Dali
  ● For the official Salvador Dali website, Click here for: 

Assignment: Create a 
Mixed Media Collage that creates a unified theme using a variety of pictures and graphics from magazines

Steps to Assignment:
1. Go through magazines and cut out 10-20 images that:
    ● can be combined to create and tell
       a story.
    ● are interesting and colorful
    ● easy to cut out. (definite edges)
    ● graphic designs (letters shapes)
by Beth S Macre

2. Choose a theme based on the    pictures that you have cut out.
    ● Brainstorm ideas with pictures.
    ● Find more pictures to complete the

3. Temporarily tape pictures onto the
    background paper (18x24 paper)
    ● Use one small piece of tape, 
       rolled inside out, to stick the
       picture down, temporarily.
    ● try different compositions before
       finalizing your design.

4. Draw the background, using outlines, in pencil:
    ● Draw lines around your magazine pictures that are taped down.
    ● Drawing should will pull all of the pictures together and tell a story
    ● and create a unified design.

5. Add color to background with markers (I used the large size Crayola markers)
    ● Color around your pictures that are still temporarily taped on the paper.
       It’s easier to color around them before they are glued down.
    ● Do not color underneath them, as the glue can cause bleeding through the pictures
       on some papers.

6. Glue pictures down when color is added.
    ● Remove tape carefully!  
    ● Glue either by sections, as sections are complete, or when all of the color is  
Tips for Success:
Make sure that you do not lose or tear your pictures. You could draw outlines where they go (label what goes where) and remove them. 
Store the pictures in an envelope while you are working on the project. 
(We made envelopes with old dot matrix printing paper by folding and stapling the sides, or you could use gallon size Ziploc bags if you have them.)

Cut pictures out neatly, with smooth edges. 

Do not use too much glue, as it causes the paper to bubble. Glue sticks do not, but they do not stick as well. Use whatever type glue you have, but be sure they use it properly.

Surrealism         Creativity                  Theme              Collage
Salvador Dali     Graphic Design        Composition     Mixed Media

For more examples, see below:

"It's America"
by Beth S. Macre
"Weird, Wild, World"
by Beth S. Macre

Mrs. Macre  Loves Art!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Relax, It's December

Hey Guys!

It's December! 

Almost time for a break for the teachers out there! Yay!!!

I know teachers are counting down the days until Christmas break! I did every year!

It was/is always a crazy busy time of year for teachers, especially art teachers.  For some teachers, the end of the semester brings a slower pace to start reviewing for end of semester exams and grade papers.  I don't know about other art teachers, but this one always had students who were working on finishing big art assignments up until the last day of finals! I always gave a deadline, but if a student was trying their best to finish up a great project in time, on top of studying for other finals, I didn't have the heart to not allow them that extra day to finish. So this always lead to me also being frazzled with grading end of semester projects and giving exams. (We were required to give a final exam...not a fan of that!)

Even though I am 'retired' (I use that term loosely), I am also in the middle of being in the busiest time of year! I am getting ready for 2 more shows, plus the commissions that I have taken on that have to be finished BEFORE Christmas!  So...

...this is my work space chaos!

Hopefully after the holidays I will be ready to create some short lessons to add to this blog!

Until then....


 Mrs. Macre  Loves Art!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

New Launch of Mrs. Macre's Art Class

Hey Guys! I have decided to relaunch my Art teacher blog!

No, I haven't started teaching school again, but I decided that I could use this blog for some 'teachable moments'.  I still work as an artist, so I thought that teaching my own tips about working with clay, paint, drawing, and mixed media, still qualifies as being a teacher. Hopefully current teachers, homeschooling moms, or Dads, or just budding artists who need a little extra help or tips for learning about art!

Some of what you will be learning about include:

1. Tips for working with clay.

2. 'How to' posts for creating things from clay.

3. Tips for drawing with pencil, colored pencils, and ink.

4. Tips for working with mixed media.

5. My favorite art supplies. 

6. Anything else that I find to share along the way! 

I hope you will check back often to see what I am up to and check out the older posts from my teaching years. There are some very cool projects created by some very talented high school students.

Mrs. Macre Loves Art!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Drawing Tips - How to Draw a Perfect Circle

I came across this tip today and wished that I had this when I was teaching art. I thought it was so simple and useful for teachers, that I decided to add a post to my teacher blog! 

If I had a quarter for every time a student needed to draw a circle and we looked all over for a lid that is just the right size! I know...some of you may say, use a compass! But if you teach art, you may know that the compass is never around when you need it. And these days, a compass with a point is a no no. The old fashioned compasses that we used when I was in school, are now considered dangerous. But this technique eliminates the need for a compass. 

Hope this helps in the classroom!

How to Draw a Perfect Circle
by DaveHax on Youtube

Mrs. Macre♥Art 

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

End of First Semester...

Mixed Styles
Beth S. Macre©2012 a Retired Art Teacher!  Although I am retired, I am still very active with my art. I am also teaching private lessons to a friend.  That has kept me busy and I have been very happy with my decision so far.  I don't have those constant student samples to share anymore, so for now, I will not continue to add to this blog.  I will leave it up for the samples that I have already shared though.  If I decide to start teaching again, or start giving more art lessons to younger students, I will add to the blog.  It was fun to write on the blog while I could.  I wish I had started years ago.  For now, enjoy my blog and enjoy your own classrooms!

Mrs. Macre♥Art 

Saturday, August 11, 2012

School will be starting soon...

Plaster Masks
with Acrylic and Miscellaneous found objects

...without me.  It is a very strange feeling, not thinking about lesson plans and purchasing art supplies and all of the other preparations.  But its okay. I can still share some of the projects that I have done with my students in the past.  I still find myself pinning great ideas on pinterest! Boy do I wish I had Pinterest when I started teaching!  But looking at all of the great ideas art teachers have gives me inspiration for my own artwork! 

Just thought I would share some photos from projects done in my class in the past. Hope some of you will get some ideas from my assignments and make them work for you!

Have a wonderful year to all of the teachers, but especially the art teachers!

Mrs. Macre♥Art

Friday, June 22, 2012

The End of School

Art 3 & 4 Last Lunch Birthday Party
Senior Going Away Party Celebration
It's been awhile since I posted last! The end of the school year is always busy, but this year was especially busy! After the District Art School, there were papers to send home, Seniors to get wrapped up (they finish a couple of weeks earlier than the rest of the 'underclassmen').  So, the usual end of school activities is very hectic...but a week before school was out, I made the decision to retire from teaching!  So 'The End of School' really means the end of school for me.  I had a lot of packing and cleaning out to do...especially after 25 years in the same room!  I feel like I was moving out of my home away from home, but that I was finally graduating to the next part of my career.  I taught Art for 29 years and it was time for me to retire.  I have been thinking about it all year, but I was afraid to make that change!  But because of a lot of changes going on around me at school, I just decided that it was time for me to move on too.  I am excited about the future.  I plan to be the full time artist that I have been trying to be while teaching, but that just doesn't work very well.  So, although this is a new path for me, it is an exciting one.  I am already busy at work creating new art and learning about the business side of art.

In this photo that I chose for this post, are the students that I had in Art 3 and 4 this year.  This was a great group of students to work with! All girls except for one boy!   Javon enjoyed being the only boy in a class room full of girls, but he did get kidded a lot and had to listen to some really 'interesting' conversations! But he was a very good sport about it all!   All but 2 of the students in this group graduated this year and I will miss seeing the other two in class next year. I loved this class because they were all eager to come in and create every day! They loved being in the Art room!  We also enjoyed the birthday parties. Periodically we would celebrate the birthdays and bring food items for lunch to the art room and celebrate the birthdays!  This photo was from our last party of the year.  I think they had a great time!

As for this blog, I will post more project ideas from this year and some from in the past.  In the future, I may be teaching some other art classes privately, so I plan to use this blog for that. So this blog is not going to go away.  I may eventually change directions, but for now, I hope to continue to get and to give advice and ideas to/from other art teachers.

Mrs. Macre♥Art