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.
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.