Awesome Art Games to Bust the Boredom!

Quick, Draw!

‘Quick, Draw!’ is interesting as it asks the question ‘Can a neural network learn to recognize doodling?’  It asks you to add to the worlds largest doodling dataset.  You have 20 seconds to draw the items it asks for.  It’s totally fun and addicting!

Auto Draw

Once you start drawing, Auto draw tries to recognize what you are drawing.  You can then click on the picture and your drawing turns into that picture.  There is a useful tutorial if click on the menu in the top left-hand corner under ‘How to’. You can add text and shapes. 

Color Mandala

Need to destress? Color mandala is a game where you can color the mandalas online.  You can even print the mandalas to color in a more traditional way too.

Spring Break

Hello everyone!
Will are officially on Spring Recess!
I will not be posting any assignments until we return on April 13.

I will however post some drawing tutorials just for fun here if you need little art break!

Have a great break!
Stay safe and healthy!
If you need to talk with me, feel free to email me anytime. We can always set up a time in Google Hangout as well if you have any concerns about classwork or materials.

My classes are now 100% online and digital.

Attention all students and parents!
My classes are now 100% online and digital.

Assignments for the week will be posted every Monday.
Every Wednesday there will an art appreciation activity which requires a written response.

Please use the following Google Classroom Codes to access our online instruction.
Google Classroom Codes 
Period 2: r7tfioc
Period 3: yizzxdp
Period 4: ud3gm67
Period 5: tjl5szss
Period 6: il4ip4oj

Google Hangout:
If you want to speak to me in person I am available via Google Hangout Monday – Friday 11am-1pm.


Follow me on instagram @theartsidedowd to stay up to date on assignments, announcements, and notifications. You can also post questions or just say hello. Hope everyone is well!

At Home Classwork

I hope everyone is doing well and is safe. I will be updating google classroom daily. I realize we are in uncharted territory and will modify assignments and be accommodating as possible. If you are unable to do an activity, let me know and I will find you an alternate but appropriate activity.

Classroom Assignments can be found on

Not sure how to use Google Classroom? Here is a helpful Powerpoint.

Ugly Dolls- Soft Sculpture

These couldn’t have come out any cuter!

We have been working on soft sculpture. This has been an interesting unit as students have been debating whether or not this medium qualifies worthy as art. At the end of the project when we reflected on our own work, students for the most part agreed soft sculpture, like those created by Hine Mizushima, are indeed art.


In this activity students analyzed logos using Costa’s levels of thinking. Students worked in groups of 4 to analyze the logos, evaluate if the logos were appropriate for their intended audience, and if not how could they be improved. Student’s then presented their posters in small groups, came back and reworked their posters.


This year as we are working on our school wide AVID certification we have been focusing on
The Five Phases of the Focused Note-Taking Process.

We take our notes in our Journals and refer back to them often. We often add to our notes, annotate, we make connections beyond our notes, and reflect on them.

All students benefit as note-taking becomes a powerful and portable learning tool they can carry with them throughout their entire educational experience.

Phase 1. Taking Notes
Phase 2. Processing Notes
Phase 3. Connecting Thinking
Phase 4. Summarizing and Reflecting on learning
Phase 5. Applying Learning

CTE Brand Identity Collaborative Research project and Presentation,

Wow! That’s a mouthful! Just like the heading states, students worked in pairs to research the brand identities of some of the most successful companies out there. They had a worksheet to help guide them through their research. After researching and documenting their findings. Students downloaded a template for Google slide, made a copy and shared the Google Slides with their partners so that both partners could work on the slide show simultaneously.

Students then presented their presentation in small groups or presented to the whole class (extra credit.)

Scratch Board Tiki

In this activity, we focused on the principle of Variety.
First we looked at art that demonstrates good usage of variety. Then the students delved in deeper with a collaborative activity where they worked in small groups to analyze, interpret, judge, and evaluate a piece by a master artist (AVID strategy Costa’s Levels.)

Next students practiced line variety. We learned about hatching, cross hatching, stippling, using line variety (thick and thin.) We then practiced this by my making a value scale using the various line types.

Afterwards we had a gallery walk, discussed the work and wrote a refection.