Northwest Coast Seven Teachings Mural finished!!

>> Sunday, August 16, 2009

I promised that I would post a pic of the completed mural. Looks a bit wonky as I had to stitch the pictures together to get the whole thing. And the one on the right looks weird because it's on an angle, compared to the rest of the wall.

I really like it. Very simple, to echo the clean lines of the design. My Grade 9 Art students helped me, and they all did a massively awesome job. It was kind of a long drawn out project, but we all perservered and finished it! Now since it's done, I have new totem cards! I posted the ones from an earlier post, now I have the remaining ones. These will be traded soon :)

Northwest Coast Seven Teachings Mural

Buffalo (Respect), Eagle (Love), Wolf (Humility), Bear (Courage), Beaver (Wisdom), Turtle (Truth), and Sabe (Honesty)
Northwest Coast Seven Teaching Mural
- designed by Melissa Muir, painted by the 2009 Grade 9 Alt. Art class of ESJH.


Turtle Totem by Melissa Muir Sabe Totem by Melissa Muir

Wolf Totem by Melissa Muir
*Wolf Totem designed with lessons from Learning by Doing Northwest Coast Native Indian Art

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Whimsy Art

>> Tuesday, August 11, 2009

In the Spring time, I talked about taking the Whimsy Art workshop that iATCs.com was hosting. Well I actually did it! Learning via online videos is an interesting experience, but I found it very relaxing. No time constraints, and you can learn at your own pace.

As I said before, Whimsy art is a kind of difficult for me. But the ladies who hosted the workshop, made it easier. I really enjoyed it, got lots of feedback too. It was for 4 weeks, each week focused on something different.

Week 1 was about Color, Stylization and developing a whimsical style. I've included some images from my Whimsy journal:

Color Explorations - inspiration image from John RomboughHair JewelsColor and related feelingsStylization

Week 2 focused on Beginner Techniques. Working with different media.

Water-soluble crayon, ink and markerColored Pencil techniquesMarker techniqueMarker Technique

Week 3, we worked on developing our People Skills :)

Expressions
Body shapes
More expressions and body shapesClothing StylesActionPutting it all together

I haven't finished Lesson 4 yet. Summer's been distracting me. But that's why I like these online classes. You can go back to them later and finish up.

If you're looking for something different to do, and would like to try your hand at some art check out the Whimsy workshop and their other workshops that are coming up really soon!

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Gifts

>> Monday, August 10, 2009

These were gifts for our Principal and Vice-Principal of the school where I work. They accepted positions elsewhere in the school division, and we're sure going to miss them. Good luck and we'll miss you!!

Diane Paisley Pendant

"Diane Paisley Pendant" by Lagaz Designs (Melissa Muir)

Sterling silver wire gently shaped into paisley form, and filled with tiny Ruby and Labradorite rondelles, seed pearls and stardust beads for extra shimmer.

(Unfortunately I don't have the actual picture of the shadowbox, I don't know where it went. Oh well. Just imagine it being there :P )

Batman by Melissa Muir Batman Collage by Jacqueline D. Bercier

"Batman Shadowbox for Darcy" - artwork by Melissa Muir, collage by Jacqueline D. Bercier.

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Flower for Tellulah :)

A Private trade for Tellulah :)

Orange Gerbera Daisy
"Orange Gerbera Daisy" ATC by Melissa Muir (Lagaz)

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Artist Trading Cards

ATCsforALL IllustratedATCs Art Trader Magazine

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