Pulliam's Creative Studio
Harrison County Middle School

SNOW DAY….Big Time

     Posted on February 16th, 2015 by admin

My students & visitors, we have ourselves a snow day!!!!! I won’t be surprised if we have several this week.

Enjoy the snow & stay warm. Get out & play as who knows when you’ll see this much snow again. But, be careful of frostbite as the temps drop……burrrr!!!

Feb. 16-20

     Posted on February 13th, 2015 by admin

This Week in the art room:

**On Monday all classes will have a written assignment to help them review the art concepts we have covered so far this nine weeks. They will use the text “Exploring Art” to help them answer any questions they are unsure of. They will also have a portrait image assignment of Van Gogh’s to which they will add color. They will then write a dialog of what the image might be saying.

6th grade: Students will finish their accordion paintings and will next venture into the Art of China. Students will read about the ancient Chinese culture and then create several artworks to reflect that culture.

7th grade: Students will begin a “surreal drawing” including the concepts & skills they have been practicing in class. They will include space using linear perspective, overlapping, size variation, detail/focus, placement and color/value in the drawing. This work will be assessed for a grade.

8th grade: Students will continue and finish their Andy Warhol self portraits. They will next learn about the artist Thomas Cole & John James Audubon as they read about these artists.

You should have received a letter I sent home earlier in the week about “Artsonia”. If you didn’t receive the letter please ask your student to share that with you. Visit this website as well for more details about how we use this venue to showcase our student’s artworks. www.artsonia.com


I hope you are having a great day!!!

Mrs. Pulliam

Week of Feb. 9-13th

     Posted on February 6th, 2015 by admin


Bell Ringer Focus: Art Criticism….Who is the art critic & what does s/he do?

Bell Ringers will be collected on Friday and students will have a quiz.

6th grade: Students will continue to learn about and use color while creating a color wheel & chart. They will then apply information from this activity in their own paintings.

7th grade: Students will learn to use one point perspective in drawing.

8th grade: Students will continue their Pop Art Warhol self portraits.


George Seurat…..Using Color

     Posted on February 2nd, 2015 by admin

Seurat used a scientific method of painting called pointillism. With this method the eye mixes colors together visually. View this video to learn more about this unique process & his art.

Artist Dale Chihuly…..works in glass

     Posted on January 29th, 2015 by admin

View this video to see the awesome work of Dale Chihuly.

SNOW DAY…..lets get back on track on Tues., Jan. 27th

     Posted on January 26th, 2015 by admin



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I admit I prayed for the snow day!! I needed the extra day to catch up. You can blame me. :)

This week in the art room: All students will have a bell ringer quiz over weeks 3 & 4 bell ringers on Friday.
This week’s bell ringers will cover Subject Matter in art.
Friday we will have a modified scheudle so that we can celebrate our 2nd Reward Day. If your student earned the correct # of profiencints last nine weeks then s/he will participate.

6th: students will finsih their color zen doodle hand designs, mount and label them then critique their work. We will begin a unit on color next. Students will learn about the importance of the color wheel and will practice mixing paint color. This will lead us into working with color schemes in a couple of paintings. Students will also have a lesson this week on Subject Matter in art with a homework drawing assignment and a quiz.

7th: students will continue to work with value this week as they practice drawing 3D forms. We as well will begin working with one point perspective in drawing with a focus on the art element space.

8th: students will continue and finish their grid value drawings this week. They will also be introduced to early American Artist George Catlin. They will view a video about this artist, read a passage about him and answer context questions and also respond to a DQR question in writing usinf the ACE method of answering a question. (Answer, Cite & Explain). This written piece will be submitted to the student’s language arts teacher for their writing portfolio.

Thanks for stopping by my Blog today.

Mrs. Pulliam

Martin Luther King Day….Mon., Jan. 19th…..No School in observance

     Posted on January 19th, 2015 by admin




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There will be no school on Mon., Jan. 19th in observance of Martin Luther King Day.

***There will be a school wide dance on Friday, Jan. 23rd from 3:30-5:00pm for all students. Cost is $5.00 and concessions will be sold at the dance.


6th grade will continue to work with zen doodle line in other design projects as they apply using elements of art & principles of design.

7th grade will continue to use the art element value as they learn to create contrast in their abstract drawing of theur traced hands.

8th grade will continue to use value in a grid drawing as they strive to match proportions to make their drawing reflect their source image. **8th grade students will also be treated to the musical arts as they experience musical selections by the HCHS choir students on Friday during their visual arts class. They will be introduced to the choir through the performance as a choice class offereing for high school.

**ART CLUB WILL MEET THIS THURSDAY, JAN. 22ND from 3:30 – 4:30pm….club members please remind your ride to be at the front of the school, on time, to pick you up.

****Starry Night an Arts Experience will be held on Saturday, April 25th this year. This is a free event open to the public and showcases the excellence of district wide students in the arts. Students are being selected from each school based on their excellence & skill in their particular field of the arts (dance, drama, visual & music). Mark your calendar now and plan to attend this event in late April at the Harrison County High School auditorium.

Have a great week,

Mrs. Deborah N. Pulliam :)


Jan. 12-16th, 2015

     Posted on January 12th, 2015 by admin

Week Two is in Progress:

**Bell Ringers will be collected on Friday and we will have a five question quiz.

6th Grade:  Students are using the art element Line to create zen-doodle pattern designs this week. They will be able to use this type of pattern in a variety of ways in the future.

7th Grade: Students are learning about the artist Leonardo da Vinci and his famous Mona Lisa portrait. Students are using a grid to redraw the Mona Lisa image in proportion. The use of a grid originated in ancient Egypt, but was later used by artist of the Renaissance period.

8th Grade: Students are learning about two artists this week, both from the US but from different time periods in history. Both were involved with manipulating photographic images. The first is Matthew Brady famous for his images during the Civil War and of portraits of Abraham Lincoln. The other artist is 21st century Chuck Close. He uses a grid to recreate photographs of his family and friends in abstract paintings. Students will also learn to use a grid this week to draw first very simple images and later more complex ones.

Have a great week and please contact me if needed.

Mrs. Pulliam :)



     Posted on January 2nd, 2015 by admin

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Wow!!!! It is a new year……………….2015!!!

I will welcome new classes on Monday, January 5th.

I hope everyone had a relaxed, restful and peacful Christmas Break with their families and friends. We will resume classes on Monday and I look forward to meeting my 6th graders for the first time this year and reuniting with the 7th & 8th graders who have been in my art classes previously.

Please come to class on Monday with a pencil or pen to write with along with your school agenda. I will distibute a pocket folder to you along with some information about my class. This nine weeks will review content for 7th and 8th graders with some fun art projects to help you apply that content. 6th graders may find most of the content to be new to them. Don’t worry we review often and make application of what we are learning with fun art projects.

***** Reminder to the Art Club: we will meet on Thursday, January 8th……plan to be there!!!!

Sleep in for a couple more days…..but be ready to wake early on Monday morning to head off to another great nine weeks at HCMS!!!!!

Until then, take care.

Mrs.  Deborah N. Pulliam :)

Final Week of 9 weeks

     Posted on December 14th, 2014 by admin
I hope your holidays will be filled with precious gifts big and small.

I hope your holidays will be filled with precious gifts big and small.

This week marks the final week of the 9 weeks.

A reminder, Friday is a 1/2 day…..before the Christmas break.

6th grade will finish their paper marbling project this week.  They will create an accordion folded book from their paper. Students will also learn how to create art from origami. Finally, students will finish their pinch pots this week by adding color with paint. Students will take their art works home on Thursday.

7th grade students will learn how to draw a city block using 2 point perspective. They will also bring their projects home on Thursday.

8th grade, Advanced Art, will make preparations for their Art Exhibit which will take place on Tues. from 4-6pm. They will showcase their fabulous works from the 9 weeks. I hope all our parents will plan to stop by to see their students works.

This has been a great 9 weeks  with your students. I hope they have gained new skills and insight into the world of art.

Have a very Merry Christmas!!!!!

Mrs. Pulliam