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Series Information

Clay Figures

Regional Artist Joseph Bluesky and Donna Webb, Akron
Museum Akron Art Museum
Featured Artwork Howling Figures, Antoine Bourdelle
Featured Teacher Karl Martin, Kent City
Synopsis Joseph Bluesky collaborates with his wife, Donna Webb, to create sculptures of human forms holding pots. He "collaborates with the clay" and incorporates happy accidents while creating his figures from clay. He works with suggestive rather than definitive shapes and textures. The school project shows students creating similar clay figures.

Watercolor Techniques

Regional Artist Mary Kay D'Isa, Youngstown
Museum Canton Museum of Art
Featured Artwork Boy Fishing, Thomas Hart Benton
Featured Teacher Nancy Hulea, Canfield Local
Synopsis Mary Kay D'Isa does a tour de force of the techniques and tools used in this approach to painting landscapes. Her tools are a fan brush, palette knife, sponge, plastic wrap, rigger brush, and salt. Her techniques include wet-n-wet, color wash, splatter, scratching, sponging, and bleeding. For ease of instruction, the school project demonstrates many of the same techniques at a slower pace.

Found Object Sculpture

Regional Artist Mark Soppeland, Akron
Museum Butler Institute of American Art
Featured Artwork Ven Daval Baricua, Rafael Ferrer
Featured Teacher Russ Bailey, Campbell City
Synopsis Mark Soppeland shows an eccentric love for transforming found objects into sculpture, particularly 3-dimensional masks. He discusses the need to visualize the possibilities in objects, symmetrical and asymmetrical designs, and how he uses his skills as a craftsman, designer, and conceptualist to create works that portray contemporary culture and historical issues. The school project uses papier-mâché, masking tape, cardboard, foil, and other objects to make masks.

Pop Art

Regional Artist Chris Yambar, Youngstown
Museum Canton Museum of Art
Featured Artwork Liz, Andy Warhol
Featured Teacher Sue Griffin, Southington Local
Synopsis Chris Yambar uses photographs, copy machines, transparencies, glass, acrylic paints, and spray paints for his tools. He uses reverse painting, blotting and scratching techniques to produce his art. The school project uses the computer lab and similar techniques to make student portraits.

Mixed Media

Regional Artist Laurel Winters, Akron
Museum Canton Museum of Art
Featured Artwork T. S. Elliot, John Sokol
Featured Teacher Matt Beresh, Mogadore Local
Synopsis Laurel Winters creates collages with quotes. She uses computer printing, acrylic paints, stamping, oil pastels and symbols from different cultures in her work. The school project follows her lead in using quotes to suggest themes for student collages.

Slab Pottery

Regional Artist George Sacco, Kent
Museum Canton Museum of Art
Featured Artwork Platter, Don Reitz
Featured Teacher Jennifer Guest, Fairless Local
Synopsis George Sacco creates giant decorative bowls using a slab pottery technique. Slabs of clay are placed on a form with breakfast cereal and the unfinished seams between slabs creating textures. Each piece is individually fired in a low temperature outdoor brick enclosure creating different color patterns. The school project shows students creating slab bowls and adding glazes.


Regional Artist Rhonda Mitchell, Ravenna
Museum Canton Museum of Art
Featured Artwork Mr. Bug Goes to Town, Max Fleischer Studios
Featured Teacher Debbie Gottas, Woodridge Local
Synopsis Rhonda Mitchell does a wonderful job of demonstrating sketching techniques. Each sketch is traced and then transferred to canvas for the application of oil paints. She shows how a dummy book is set up to give the artist an idea of the space available for each illustration. The school project shows students sketching out ideas and then painting the final products using acrylics and watercolor paints.

Ceramic Tiles

Regional Artist Bob Yost, Akron
Museum Butler Institute of American Art
Featured Artwork Raku Platter, Susan and Steve Kemenyffy
Featured Teacher Laura Donnelly, North Canton City
Synopsis Bob Yost explains how he does research to find the patterns his customers want on handmade tiles. He demonstrates how he determines the design, traces it, and makes a plaster mold. The mold is then used to create multiple tiles that are then fired to create glazed ceramic tiles. The school project uses student-created cardboard patterns to create glazed ceramic tiles.

Abstract Watercolor

Regional Artist Bette Elliot, North Canton
Museum Butler Institute of American Art
Featured Artwork Phenomena Heat of High, Paul Jenkins
Featured Teacher John Hoyt, Canton City
Synopsis Bette Elliot pours and squirts primary colors then tips the paper, brushes, blots and uses her fingers to manipulate the paint. She hopes for happy accidents that inspire her to create a finished work. The school project follows students as they experiment with several watercolor techniques.


Regional Artist William Burgess, Warren
Museum Butler Institute of American Art
Featured Artwork The Late George Apley, Al Hirshfeld
Featured Teacher William Burgess, Youngstown Diocese
Synopsis Bill Burgess demonstrates drawing eyes, noses, the mouth, hair, and bodies. The caricature style of using the minimum of strokes to accomplish the art is apparent in this style. The school project follows students as they draw faces, bodies, and then add color to their caricatures.

Final Five Programs

The final five programs in this series contain two artists explaining their work, but no classroom projects. Lesson plans have not been created for these videos; instead, they are intended to give students ideas on how their creativity may be utilized in other art forms. 

Clay Sculpture and Pottery

Regional Artist Brinsley Tyrell, Ravenna
Synopsis Brinsley Tyrell sculpts a female face from scratch. He starts by creating a wire armature on which he puts his clay. He uses the additive process to complete his sculpture and then discusses how plaster molds are then used to create the final product — a painted plaster bust.
Regional Artist Donna Webb, Akron
Synopsis Donna Webb collaborates with her husband Joseph Bluesky to create representational human figures that hold clay pots. Donna creates the pots and applies glazes to the figures. She demonstrates the wedging of clay, centering the clay on the pottery wheel, and the throwing off the hump technique of making pots. This video can be used in conjunction with the clay figures video featured earlier in this series.

Wood Sculpture

Regional Artist Sam Clow, Coshocton
Synopsis Sam Clow creates painted wood carvings of birds. He is shown creating a bird from scratch by studying pictures, making a pattern, then using a band saw to cut the rough shape. He uses small handheld grinders to carve the feathers, other features, and to add texture. Once the carving is completed, he uses acrylic paints to complete the birds.
Regional Artist Bob Alexander, Akron
Synopsis Bob Alexander uses wood to create all kinds of art objects. He demonstrates the steps in making an outdoor wooden weather vane. He starts with sketches and then makes full-size plans. The wood pieces are cut out, glued together, textured using wood gouges, and painted.

Electrostatic Art and Weaving

Regional Artist Miller Horns, Akron
Synopsis Miller Horns uses the technology of a copy machine to create his art. He copies images from real life and then creates line drawings from the images. He works with bold colors and patterns to create a dynamic landscape that is then enlarged.
Regional Artist Logan Fry, Richfield
Synopsis Logan Fry is a weaver that draws his visual inspiration from technology. His designs look like printed circuit boards and binary code. He explains how his art takes a lot of planning because of the intricacy of the weaving process. He uses his loom to weave modern-looking tapestries.


Regional Artist Margot Eiseman, Tallmadge
Synopsis Margot Eiseman creates gorgeous painted silk scarves suitable for framing. She demonstrates the technique of applying a kelp-based resist and then uses dyes to fill in the colors she needs to create a beautiful still life.
Regional Artist Clare Murray, Canton
Synopsis After a brief explanation of art quilts, Clare Murray constructs a memory box that represents four generations of her family. She uses a wooden box with Plexiglas windows and places layers of broken crockery from her great grandmother, quilting materials from her grandmother, buttons from her mother and some of her own quilt batting to visualize her family history. The box is topped off with a piece of her own quilting.

Metal Sculpture and Wood Turning

Regional Artist Ron Simon, Cuyahoga Falls
Synopsis Ron Simon creates welded steel sculpture. He discusses how steel materials require a lot of planning. All of his work is done from sketches. He uses an acetylene torch to cut, weld and add texture to his steel sculptures. The three elements of art, design, design, and design, are encouraged in this video.
Regional Artist Gary Lansinger, Barberton
Synopsis Gary Lansinger creates wooden objects of art using workshop tools. He demonstrates the wood turning process by using a lathe to create a wooden egg. The texture, growth rings, and imperfections are all incorporated into beautiful decorative and functional pieces.