In art foundations, we finished the semester with 2 projects. One focused on rhythm and movement. She decided to draw dancers in 3 different poses. We worked a lot with proportion to make the body look realistic.
The final project was inspired by the art of Rene Magritte. He works with surprise and makes you question his paintings. For this unit, we looked at some big themes in our lives and the meaning of them to us and the world. This student chose to represent how the world views beauty. We discussed how our meaning of beauty can and often is different than what the media is telling us is beautiful.
For her final artwork, she chose the theme of change. She wanted to represent how she has changed in the experience of living in Iowa for this year as a foreign exchange student. She is heading home, but she is different and has grown and changed.
In high school painting, we looked at the art of Piet Mondrian and how it changed over time. He started by painting realistic places and flowers. Later, he was influenced by the Cubist artists and started breaking apart his subject matter. He finally made a very simple shapes and colors in his paintings. He is well-known for this new and unique type of abstract art.
Students created their own abstract art design on a pre-made ceramic vase. We worked on craftsmanship for this simple style of abstract art.
Students worked with space to create a colored pencil drawing. We learned how to create depth with size, value, placement and detail to help us with these drawings. Enjoy the fun, exaggerated color as well!
Students are also working with variety to create some interesting artwork. This student filled an animal drawing with a variety of patterns. We are also making record bowls with radial symmetry patterns.
For this special painting, students took photos of special places where they live and chose one to create as a painting. Our goal was to represent the world around us. We visited the artist Danielle Clouse Gast as inspiration. She paints many places in this area around the lakes and in the countryside. We also learned more about landscapes and art by Grant Wood, another Iowan artist.
In Art Foundations II, we are working on the Principle of Design, Emphasis. With emphasis, you have something that stands out in your work. You can use placement, size and color to help show emphasis. For this project, we are partnering with New Life Primary School in Musac, Haiti to make portraits for students at the school. Here is a creative painted portrait using expressive color and emphasizing the face.
In painting class, we looked at some beautiful places that we would love to visit someday. Students found images of these inspiring places and turned one image into a painting.
We also investigated the art and life of Friedrich Hundertwasser. He was an Austrian artist who created abstracted paintings with lots of repetition. Students used his style with layers of color, simplified forms and repetition when painting their inspiring places.
We had a great visit with the artist, Danielle Clouse-Gast today. She showed us many of her paintings and studio. We even got to see her start a painting! Check out her work using the link above or visit her in Spirit Lake. She is one of the artists that will inspire our next painting!
In painting class, we practiced working with our portrait to express who we are. Students did some work drawing and enlarging a unique photo of themselves. Then we looked at the Fauve artists and how they expressed emotion with color. They didn't use realistic colors. Students applied this expressive color use to their self portraits. Enjoy these creative paintings!
In Art Foundations, we looked at Japanese paper art and how this art has lots of variety in papers used.
We chose different handmade and colored papers to create our own paper artworks. Here is one student example using a variety of papers and expressing something meaningful about her life & experience traveling and meeting lots of new people.
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once you grow up.