IN THE STUDIO - Art 1

By Mrs. Carlo

April 8, 2019

Week 30-32 - One Point Perspective

Using Van Gogh's "Bedroom in Arles" our art students will be learning about one-point perspective and create an illustration of their own bedroom or a fantasy bedroom. We have practiced and measured, and students are in the process of now creating their layouts. Can't wait to see how they turn out!

By Mrs. Carlo April 4, 2018

Week 30 - Spring Show!

McNair Junior High hosted this year's annual Spring Art show, including all junior high work from around Alvin ISD. My student Althea N. took home the gold medal for her koi fish alebreijes sculpture! Yeah!


Gold medal winner Althea N. mugging with me for the camera. She is VERY happy despite her expression!

By Mrs. Carlo

March 20, 2019

Week 27-28 - Drypoint Intaglio Printmaking

We finally get to use the printing press that was donated through Donors Choose!!! We have collaborated with S.A.V.E Animal Coalition in order to create artworks to raise money for homeless pets. Students can volunteer at the Paws in the Park event in order to sell their artwork and raise money for such a wonderful cause. This was by far the most fun project we have done this year!

By Mrs. Carlo

January 8, 2019

Week 23-26

Students are working on ceramic food sculptures! Using low fire clay, students create plates or bowls using slump mold techniques. They will also create a realistic food sculpture to go inside their plates or bowls, using Claes Oldenburg as inspiration.

By Mrs. Carlo

January 8, 2019

Week 21-22

Back to school!! Art 1 students are learning about color theory this week. We are using tempera paint to create primary, secondary and tertiary colors. Students will then create their own color wheels by cutting out complex shapes and mounting them on paper.

By Mrs. Carlo December 13, 2018

Week 19

We're in full Final Exam mode here! Happy Holidays and we will see you in January!


By Mrs. Carlo December 7, 2018

Week 16-18

Our classes are participating in Final Exams projects this month! Students are researching art careers! Looking forward to seeing presentations.


By Mrs. Carlo November 17, 2018

Week 15 - Via Colori

Enjoyed the Thanksgiving break with students at Via Colori in downtown Houston. Nolan Ryan students from High School Art 1, Art 2 and Art 1 joined teams to create this amusing take on Salvador Dali's "Persistence of Memory".


By Mrs. Carlo November 13, 2018

Week 13 - 14- Toner Transfers

We are experimenting with toner transfers for the next couple of weeks. Starting with a background using monoprinting techniques, students then seal their paper and transfer their black and white photographs to their monoprints.


By Mrs. Carlo November 1, 2018

Week 12- 13 Rodeo Deadline Approaching!

Students that are participating in Rodeo Art this year are finalizing their projects. We can't let you see them yet but we will after the Rodeo Art Show in January!

By Mrs. Carlo October 29, 2018

Week 11 - Rodeo Burn Out! Kusama Pumpkins

We are all SUPER excited for Halloween at NRJH! My students are starting to approach what I liked to call, "Rodeo Burn Out". They've been working for several weeks on their rodeo grid drawing and desperately need a break to keep them from rushing through their projects. I decided to celebrate this week with Yayoi Kusama!

We're using oil pastel on colored paper. We talked about high contrast colors, use of complimentary and split-complimentary color schemes and picking colors schemes that look good and create contrast. They're having fun and I think they're enjoying the diversion.

By Mrs. Carlo October 22, 2018

Week 9&10 - Rodeo Art

It's that time of year! Rodeo art is here! Students will be working on grid drawing for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Art Competition. Since we can't show you their progress until the very end, I will update on our "Rodeo Burn Out" lessons!

By Mrs. Carlo October 8, 2018

Week 7 & 8 - Mixed Media Still Life

Students are completing their mixed media this week. Most have used a variety of random still life I've acquired this year, but some did use their shoes! My example is on the right, using pencil, pen and Prismacolor.

By Mrs. Carlo September 24, 2018

Week 5 & 6 - Mixed Media Still Life

Drawing Labs went well with some great results. This week we start on making a mixed media collage. Students are using different types of papers and creating an abstract collage. We are then white-washing their paper with tempera to create a more unified surface to draw on. Students will be drawing still life from observation and incorporating written elements to their drawings. Many steps but I think they will like the end result.

By Mrs. Carlo September 17, 2018

Week 4 - Contour Line Drawing

Now that sculpture is winding down and most students have uploaded their final projects into Google Classroom, we are moving on to drawing from observation. This week we introduce "Drawing Labs" and have begin exploring blind contour and contour line drawing. I'm taking a new approach to this lesson and allowed the kids to use dry erase markers to "trace their face" on the double-sided mirrors. I'm trying to get students to draw what they see, by literally tracing their faces before we begin working on paper. For whatever reason, this is a brain buster for kids. They are so used to drawing from imagination that I really have to force them to start drawing the actual shapes, curves and lines they see in front of them. It's really hard for some but even my most stubborn students are finally understanding this! Once they figure it out, they start on paper.

By Mrs. Carlo September 10, 2018

Week 3 - Pop Art Sculptures

What an incredible two weeks! Art 1 students have done an AMAZING job on their Pop Art sculptures! Our sculptures were ready for Open House last week and they've been on display in my room. I don't want them to go home yet! Check them out!

By Mrs. Carlo August 27, 2018

Week 2 - Pop Art Sculptures

I can't believe it's the third week of school already! Students this week are finishing up their portfolio covers and will begin learning about the Pop Art movement. We will be creating our own papier-mâché Pop Art sculptures based on the artwork of Claes Oldenberg.

Claes Oldenburg, French Fries and Ketchup, 1963

Students from 3rd Period are doing AWESOME! Paper Mache begins on Tuesday!

By Mrs. Carlo August 20, 2018

Week 1 - Zentangle Portfolio Covers

Keeping our studio organized is CRITICAL. Students will be making their own portfolios this year using Zentangle name design, to keep their finished products organized.

By Mrs. Carlo August 16, 2018

Welcome Back!

We had an AWESOME first day back to school. Students will be coming home with a syllabus, tool permission and safety contract as well as a contact information sheet. Please fill these out and return them by August 24th for a grade.


Art 1 Syllabus

Fees and Supply List

Tool Permission and Safety Contract