After looking at the artwork of Jim Dine, students were inspired by the simple and nostalgic images. Students came up with their own simple theme and created variation by using the theme in different ways.
Students used a variety of different materials and ways of working with the theme-this is called mixed media. We used paint, paper, glitter, string, glass and marker to make the unique pieces.
Students in art foundations looked at Japanese paper collages as inspiration for their own paper collage. Students could create an abstract or representational design. Each design uses a variety of unique papers.
Students in drawing class have been learning how to draw cylinders and boxes. We started with ellipses, which are oval shapes and show the circle in perspective. Students made their ellipse objects come to life in a creative drawing.
When practicing with boxes, students first drew boxes in the classroom. Then we looked at how we could draw boxes using 2 point perspective and make them on a tree for a tree house. Students brainstormed and added other creative and fun items to their tree houses.
In art foundations, we learned about 2 artists who express their culture and identity in their artwork: Frida Kahlo and Elizabeth Catlett.
Students drew visual autobiographies of their lives and then thought of symbols that represented their life and culture. Those symbols were arranged to create a unique print. Each student made edition prints and unique prints using foam. We focused on the art principle of contrast.
Our painting class has been learning about the artist Gustav Klimt and his work with the themes or nature, life and death. We experimented with many fun and new watercolor techniques before starting this project. Each student sketched ideas that would show symbols or meaning relating to life and death. Here are the watercolor paintings!
HS artists had a 'sweet' time working with candy. We practiced drawing many different pieces of candy and then chose one to crop and enlarge. Students worked on making the candy shape and writing in the unique way that it is designed on the candy piece. We worked on covering the area evenly with color and painting neatly within the drawing.
Students in art foundations have been working with the principles of design. Our first principle was balance, which means the visual weight of objects or images looks even or equal. Students created brayer paintings with symmetrical balance first. Then we drew a large water reflection picture and colored it with chalk pastel to show balance.
HS drawings students have worked on drawing objects to make them with correct proportion using contour lines. Students focused on the important outer and inner lines to make their drawing. Then, each student chose a creative way to fill in the negative space around the objects. Can you guess their themes?
HS students each made their own creative color wheel inspired by an object from popular or consumer culture. Students learned how to mix all the primary colors to make each of the other colors.
For the final project, students chose a theme and created 6 pages showing 6 different lessons from the semester. Can you see the themes and creative ways the students illustrated each lesson!
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once you grow up.