My name is Barbara Hallman and my students call me Mrs. Hallman. I teach VA 7th Grade 3-D Design and Mixed Media/ Printmaking for 10th,11th and 12th grade students.
I'm from Colorado and shortly after finishing college in Denver, I joined the Peace Corps and served in Guatemala, Central America. It was there that I decided I wanted to go into teaching and also where I met my husband. I earned my Single-Subject Teaching credential in Art at California State University, Fullerton; had two daughters, and began teaching at OCSA in 2011. Somewhere along the way I became interested in GOURDS and now sell my mixed-media pieces at local shows in Southern California and Arizona.

Barbara Hallman

Can you share some of your favorite class projects for the Fall 2020 semester?

In 7th 3D Design class: I enjoyed the results from the Personal Structure project where students took inspiration from famous structures and channeled their own inner architect. I admired the way they creatively used cardboard and other recyclable materials to build their spaces, but I really enjoyed getting a glimpse into their personalities and interests which can be difficult in remote learning.
In Mixed-Media and Printmaking class: I was pleasantly surprised by the Paper Bag Challenge and amazed at the sophistication of their projects.
I also enjoy seeing the mixed-media pieces derived from their linoleum prints. Students incorporated sewing, digital media, painting, and 3D forms to elevate their linocut prints into more interesting pieces.