Painting II students just finished their amazing painted portraits! The students in Haiti will love these beautiful portraits.
In drawing class we have been working with perspective to make places look realistic. Students did a practice drawing of a room first. Then we went into the hallway and drew the school hallway with lines going back to the vanishing point.
Then students added surrealist items to their room to make it strange and creative. Students are finishing up by adding pencil value.
Painting II students are creating portraits for students in Haiti. I worked with the Memory Project last year and decided to do portraits for each of the students at an elementary school in Musac, Haiti. I taught art at the school from 2012-2014 and am still involved with helping the school. This project is so great because it gives students a special gift and piece of personal history. Here are the portraits in progress!
In Painting I class, we were inspired by the artist Gustav Klimt. He used lots of patterns and repetition in his artwork. He also showed the themes of life and death in his work. Students created a watercolor painting after practicing many different techniques. Each painting shows the theme of life & death in a different way.
After working with ellipses and round forms, we moved on to 3D boxes. Students practiced looking at boxes to draw correct angles. Then we did a drawing of boxes stacked on top of each other. This was quite challenging for students.
To continue with our boxes in a more creative way, we are drawing tree-houses. Students started with a tree reference image and drew the tree. Then we made a horizon line and 2 vanishing points to help us draw the tree-house boxes with linear perspective so they will look realistic. Students are adding color using colored pencils.
Here is a fun video we watched to give us some inspiration for fun things to add to our tree-houses.
In drawing class, we have been working with perspective- making 3D forms on 2D paper. We started with cylinder forms and practiced drawing many ellipses. Then we set up a vase still-life and colored our drawings with chalk pastel. Students looked closely to get the shape of each vase correct and to make ellipses for the top and bottom of each vase.
Students have been working with the 2 types of texture, real or actual and implied texture. We started by making a poster with examples of real and implied texture.
Then we looked at example of mosaics and students chose pieces to arrange to create an abstract mosaic. Mosaics are small pieces of material that are arranged in a picture or pattern. Each student chose pieces with different textures to make their mosaic. We spray painted and cut wood to create the backing and frame as well.
For the element of art, SHAPE, students worked with words and letters. Each student got to choose a meaningful word and then drew and decorated it in a creative way using shapes for the letters.
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once you grow up.