Obfuscated Ursidae

Art Education, illustration, inspiration, and Nintendo.



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Went to GameStop today and preordered:

  • Smash for the 3DS
  • Hyrule Warriors
  • FANTASY LIFE!!
  • (and tried to preorder Captain Toad but it’s not available yet.)

Wahoo! I love handing my money over to Nintendo! I still need to order Smash for the WiiU, though. Maybe later. And I am super excited about Fantasy Life— so I’ve spent most of the day watching Lin&Ko’s videos of its Japanese release.

Boone is in boxes right now! (Saturday, September 20th at 7:55pm!) I need to adopt him out ASAP. I won’t be online much longer.

Boone is in boxes right now! (Saturday, September 20th at 7:55pm!) I need to adopt him out ASAP. I won’t be online much longer.

Anonymous said: Hello from your Tumblr teaching buddy! Hope you are having an awesome weekend and aren't too swamped with work yet. Make sure to take time to do stuff you want to do this weekend-- grab a drink, make art, read a good book, meet up with friends, cook your favorite food. I am busy lesson planning today at my favorite cafe. At least I can sip on a nice latte while I work :)

This is just the sweetest note! Lattes definitely make lesson planning more relaxing. I’m still waiting with baited breath for my teaching buddy package— I can’t wait to see what’s in it! Now that I’ve gotten paid again I’ll have to put together a package for my own teaching buddy. So so fun.

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thisartadventure:

I’ve done this project the last few years but I finally feel like I’ve perfected it. I like to do this in the beginning of the year to loosen up kiddos who may lack some drawing confidence. The idea is to start out drawing from a distance and move closer and closer, gaining a bit more control each time. Before this exercise we do some blind and modified contour drawing so they know what to look for. 

I start by taping sharpies to dowel rods and then marking the dowels at every 6 inches. I set up flowers and have the kids tape tracing paper to drawing boards that are set on easels.

For the first drawing they hold the end of the dowel and extend their arms- they have to stand a few feet back from the easel. The first one is really pretty hard- I always do an example first so the kids aren’t too freaked out by how rough their drawing is. 

I usually set a time limit of about 5 minutes and then they switch to new paper and hold the dowel at the first 6” mark. With each drawing they move closer and closer to the paper. 

I love these drawings by themselves but decide to do a more finished product this year. I had them choose one or two of their favorites to add color to- either sharpie, watercolor, or both. Then they layered 2-3 drawings and Yes glue on a piece of bristol board. I think they ended up looking really beautiful. Some of them chose to put another layer of glue on top of everything which led to a gorgeous, waxy, almost encaustic effect. We decided to display them with their left over drawings so you could really see the progress from drawing one to drawing six. 

Working on Hermione!

Working on Hermione!

January’s town tree is so big now! I think this is the last size… does that mean I have to start over now?

January’s town tree is so big now! I think this is the last size… does that mean I have to start over now?

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deenen:

New Leaf-style bats masterpost~!  I thought I’d put together my bats from last year in one big post for easier reference.  I definitely want to draw more of these awesome little guys for the upcoming holidays!  I keep getting new ideas from the designs and concepts I see floating around, h`oh man.

These little guys should be part of the game!

Whoops. Started drawing Luna, but her hair took over and now I guess I’m drawing Hermione.

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pottersir:

“The key to Luna is that she has that unbelievably rare quality of actually not giving a damn what anyone else thinks of her.” - J.K. Rowling

Guess who I got for my next Harry Potter challenge!

(Source: pottersir, via edukaition)

Anonymous said: Hello! I am your anonymous tumblr teacher buddy. I just wanted to say that I got your info today and I sent you something that I think you'll like in the mail. You should be getting it within the next two weeks. I just wanted to tell you that so when you get something in the mail that you weren't expecting, it is because your anonymous teacher buddy was thinking of you! :)

Oh, I’m so excited! I was just assigned my teacher buddy tonight so I have no idea how my lovely buddy is already sending me something!

Harry Potter challenge day two! Lovely and haughty Helena Ravenclaw— the gray lady. Here is day one: Myrtle.
I’m so excited about my blind choices so far! The next one is gonna be someone terrible, I just know it. Sorry I don’t own a scanner anymore. I’ve really got to invest in one. The quality of this is super terrible, guys. 

Harry Potter challenge day two! Lovely and haughty Helena Ravenclaw— the gray lady. Here is day one: Myrtle.

I’m so excited about my blind choices so far! The next one is gonna be someone terrible, I just know it. Sorry I don’t own a scanner anymore. I’ve really got to invest in one. The quality of this is super terrible, guys. 

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mpinaire:

I taught my first ever Pre-K class today!  It was supposed to be our Pre-K ESE class and then the VPK class, but today they were combined because of a program they were doing after.  I wasn’t prepared for that, but I could quickly make up more trays.  All 24 students got messy and had a great time.  I love having all of their teachers in the room to help and I’m excited to do this every Friday :)  We are the only school in the county to have Pre-K visit every special area class every week!

Today, we made lots and lots of circles with the primary colors!  Look at all of that fantastic exploration!  

Adorable! Did paints with the second graders this Friday afternoon too. Fun last class before the relaxing weekend.

Finished Miss Myrtle for my first day of the Harry Potter challenge! I decided to go with watercolors.

Finished Miss Myrtle for my first day of the Harry Potter challenge! I decided to go with watercolors.

I promise I’ve been working on my Harry Potter images! But my first blind pick was Moaning Myrtle… and I kinda ran with it. Didn’t I warn you it probably wouldn’t be a character a day? She was killed in 1943, so I thought the cat-eye glasses would work for her era. Can’t wait to color her! Maybe watercolor or colored pencils…

I promise I’ve been working on my Harry Potter images! But my first blind pick was Moaning Myrtle… and I kinda ran with it. Didn’t I warn you it probably wouldn’t be a character a day? She was killed in 1943, so I thought the cat-eye glasses would work for her era. Can’t wait to color her! Maybe watercolor or colored pencils…

I have officially decided I’m going to be joining in with Phoebe Wahl and Janna Morton on drawing a character from Harry Potter a day. But maybe I’ll upload them all at once on the weekend— I still have some thinking about the details. 

Anyways, in honor of my decision, here are some tiny 3 year old Harry Potter drawings from a poster I made for my classroom