Monday, December 8, 2014

Wood Burning with Sculpture Class

Here is a video clip from one of my favorite artist/blogger Alisa Burke.  She does lots of things with the wood burner...spoons, blocks, rings, buttons.  Get inspired!!

Also checkout all the ideas I found on pinterest.  Click on the link.  If you find one you like print it off and use it as a reference image for your thumnail sketches!
Mrs. Hurd's Pyrography Board

Practice Worksheets & Reference.

In case you missed it in class, click on the worksheet and print.

Pen Tool Drawing in Computer Assisted Art

Reference photos from

Excellent Video Tutorial Describing the Pen Tool!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Yearbook Cover Inspiration

Rember to use Pop Art Style...Comic book-esque.
  • Bold Colors
  • Black Outlines
  • Dots
  • Block Letters with Drop Shadows
  • Word
  • Arrows, Zig Zags & Diagnol Lines

It must also say:       Adventures of...

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Computer Assited Art

Read handout, print out if you wish to have a hard copy.
Complete assignment, ask Mrs. Hurd questions anytime throughout process.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Art Club Fundraiser

Fairfield Community High School Art Club is selling Press Your Heart Out. Stop on over to their page for a peek! Look for the Art Club Fundraiser Photo Album. Great high quality, handmade items. Let me know if you might be interested in helping out the art club. Wonderful for Christmas Gifts!!

Thanks for your support!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Remind 101

Just a reminder
Click on the tab of the class you are taking and it will show you the sign up code for remind101.  If you sign up you will be up to date on all assignments, projects, and up coming art events.

Exploding Head Collage/ Self Idenity Assignment

Computer Assisted Art

Part One: Sizing, Cropping, Positioning your head for a good Composition.
Don't be afraid to crop it, rotate it, spin it, flip it, or have it go off the top, bottom, or sides of your paper.
Have fun, and don't be afraid to ask questions.

Please follow along with tutorial.

Please excuse the extra noise.  My son was watching Meet the Robinson's while I made this video.  If ya here something its probably him :)

Inspiration image....

Friday, October 17, 2014

Tshirt Designs

Tis the season of club tshirts!  Tyler, Mazie, Jason, and Jaymie all helped to come up with this unique design for the sportsman's club.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Drawing Students

Students have been studing figure proportions & observational drawing.

BBQ the Eagles FCHS Homecoming!!

Class Sponsors:  Mrs. Hurd & Mrs. Strong
Students Helpers Shania, Shelby, Amber, Harrison, Brenna, Lauren, Talor, Lydia, Jade

Crafty Kiddos!

Crafts Class @MrsHurd'sArtroom
Workding on Day of the Dead Zentangle Sugar Skulls

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Crafts Class Zentangles

Watercolor Effect in Photoshop

2 Point Perspective in Computer Assisted Art
Step 1:  Find an interesting reference photo that displays 2 point perspect.
              (Picture needs to be approved by Mrs. Hurd.)
Step 2:  Open up image in Photoshop.
Step 3:  Follow along with slide presentation to create an interesting colored pencil technique.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Vanity Liscnes Plate Tutorial

Graphic Design
Assignment: Create a vanity (personalized) licences plate that looks realistic.
You will be graded on how realistic it looks, how original your word is, and how well you followed directions.  *Reminder*use class time wisely & always stay on task.
Go to this website:
Follow the step by step instructions & Mrs. Hurd will help with any questions you may have.
Don't forget to utilize your resources.  Find a reference licence plate on the net to look at.  You may also try to search on youtube or vimeo for a video tutorial if you like those better.
Assignment is due on Monday May 5th.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Watercolor Portraits

Graphic Design:

Then check out these websites below to get even more fabulous ideas you can add to your picture!

Project Check List:
Did you overlap paper textures & change blending options?
Did you experiment and change blending options, opacity's and fills?
Did you adjust brightness/contrast or hue/saturation?
Did you try out different filters?
Did you add extra touches to your paper texture- coffee stains, rips, wrinkles, taped edges, etc....

Monday, March 31, 2014

Watercolor Portraits

Graphic Design

We will be creating watercolor effects in Photoshop.This project will focus on layers, blending options, color, contrast, filters, and you will learn how to create a MASK.

Step One:Find a reference photo.  It does not matter if its black and white or color.  However you should choose a photo with good lighting (highlights, shadows, contrast).  Save as .jpeg to your folder.

*Tip- choose subject matter with minimal to no background.

Step Two:Find interesting paper textures.  You will need to find at least 3 different types of paper.  Wrinkled, Crumpled, Lined, Notebook, Watercolor, Canvas, Stained, etc... Save files as .jpeg to your folder.

Step Three:Find 6 different Watercolor textures.  Type in watercolor droplets, watercolor textures, watercolor splatters, drips, etc...Save files as .jpeg or .png to your folder.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Introduction to Art/ Monochromatic Paintings/ Stage One

Hero Vector Portraits

Part Two of Tutorial Click Here

You will be adding a Skin layer & Line detail

Junkyard Treasures Part One

Painting students will:

1. Read Junkyard Treasures, answer questions and jot down notes, thoughts, and ideas in sketchbook.
Click here to read Junkyard Treasures Article
* Tip for easier reading <View<Page Display<Two Up

2. Find a reference image that needs to be saved and emailed to yourself.  We will be editing it and printing it out for a painting next week.

Now its time to watch the power point for further instructions.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Super Hero Vector Portraits

Graphic Design's Vector Portrait Assignment:
Part ONE

Mrs.Hurd's youtube tutorial Part One

Here is my vector portrait that I created last year.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Animal Mash-up Practice

Graphic Design Students

Right Click and save one frog image, and the red lip image.
(you may also choose to find your own frog or lip pic)
Open Images in Photo Shop
Create a new document <8x10 inches<200 ppi
Crop the background away from the frog picture.
I will be demonstrating how to use the clone tool in Photoshop

You will be graded on how well you can transition your textures and patterns- they should be seamless! This assignment focuses on the clone tool, the free transform tool, magic wand.

Monday, January 27, 2014

POP ART Portraits

Alright graphic design, this is what you should have done so far..... I took a screenshot of my example.

                               *Vocab Defined and turned in
                     *Notes on Tutorial
                     *Reference Photo
                     *NEW DOCUMENT: 8x10 (200ppi)
                      Adjust Levels on Face Layer
                      Adjust Levels on Hair Layer
                      Foreground Colored- I provided the 
                      color swatches from the video below.

Thursday, January 23, 2014


Pop Art Power Point pdf

Lesson  Assignments:

1.Re-read Lesson 1 Material
2.Fill out worksheet  & Vocab (Turn into folder).
3.Find Reference photo and watch Video 1- WRITE DOWN STEPS (Turn into folder)
4.Do  Assignment:  “Portrait in the Warhol Style” & Watch Video 2 to complete
5.Save file to folder and email to
6.Print 8x10 image (Turn in to folder).

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Radial Designs in Photoshop

Hey guys, I just finished my project example and wanted to show you!  Here is an animated gif of the process and the final completion.
When you complete your assignment save it as a .jpeg to google drives and post the link here.

Radial Designs in Photoshop


Radial Design PDF Instructions

Monday, January 13, 2014

Graphic Design/Color Psych

Introduction to Color Psychology
Graphic Design Printable Worksheet 

Like death and taxes, there is no escaping color. It is ubiquitous. Yet what does it all mean? Why are people more relaxed in green rooms? Why do weightlifters do their best in blue gyms?
Colors often have different meanings in various cultures. And even in Western societies, the meanings of various colors have changed over the years. But today in the U.S., researchers have generally found the following to be accurate.


Black is the color of authority and power. It is popular in fashion because it makes people appear thinner. It is also stylish and timeless. Black also implies submission. Priests wear black to signify submission to God. Some fashion experts say a woman wearing black implies submission to men. Black outfits can also be overpowering, or make the wearer seem aloof or evil. Villains, such as Dracula, often wear black.


Brides wear white to symbolize innocence and purity. White reflects light and is considered a summer color. White is popular in decorating and in fashion because it is light, neutral, and goes with everything. However, white shows dirt and is therefore more difficult to keep clean than other colors. Doctors and nurses wear white to imply sterility.


The most emotionally intense color, red stimulates a faster heartbeat and breathing. It is also the color of love. Red clothing gets noticed and makes the wearer appear heavier. Since it is an extreme color, red clothing might not help people in negotiations or confrontations. Red cars are popular targets for thieves. In decorating, red is usually used as an accent. Decorators say that red furniture should be perfect since it will attract attention.
The most romantic color, pink, is more tranquilizing. Sports teams sometimes paint the locker rooms used by opposing teams bright pink so their opponents will lose energy.


The color of the sky and the ocean, blue is one of the most popular colors. It causes the opposite reaction as red. Peaceful, tranquil blue causes the body to produce calming chemicals, so it is often used in bedrooms. Blue can also be cold and depressing. Fashion consultants recommend wearing blue to job interviews because it symbolizes loyalty. People are more productive in blue rooms. Studies show weightlifters are able to handle heavier weights in blue gyms.


Currently the most popular decorating color, green symbolizes nature. It is the easiest color on the eye and can improve vision. It is a calming, refreshing color. People waiting to appear on TV sit in "green rooms" to relax. Hospitals often use green because it relaxes patients. Brides in the Middle Ages wore green to symbolize fertility. Dark green is masculine, conservative, and implies wealth. However, seamstresses often refuse to use green thread on the eve of a fashion show for fear it will bring bad luck.


Cheerful sunny yellow is an attention getter. While it is considered an optimistic color, people lose their tempers more often in yellow rooms, and babies will cry more. It is the most difficult color for the eye to take in, so it can be overpowering if overused. Yellow enhances concentration, hence its use for legal pads. It also speeds metabolism.


The color of royalty, purple connotes luxury, wealth, and sophistication. It is also feminine and romantic. However, because it is rare in nature, purple can appear artificial.


Solid, reliable brown is the color of earth and is abundant in nature. Light brown implies genuineness while dark brown is similar to wood or leather. Brown can also be sad and wistful. Men are more apt to say brown is one of their favorite colors.

Colors of the Flag

In the U.S. Flag, white stands for purity and innocence. Red represents valor and hardiness, while blue signifies justice, perseverance, and vigilance. The stars represent the heavens and all the good that people strive for, while the stripes emulate the sun's rays.

Food for Thought

While blue is one of the most popular colors it is one of the least appetizing. Blue food is rare in nature. Food researchers say that when humans searched for food, they learned to avoid toxic or spoiled objects, which were often blue, black, or purple. When food dyed blue is served to study subjects, they lose appetite.
Green, brown, and red are the most popular food colors. Red is often used in restaurant decorating schemes because it is an appetite stimulant.