In Drawing 2, we compared modern celebrities with those from medieval times. We looked at images from medieval times and from modern celebrities. Our project was to combine a contemporary celebrity with a face card person- king, queen or jack. We worked with balance and contrast to create the drawing on the scratch board.
In 3D art class, students are working with clay to create for a purpose. Our first big project has been clay lanterns. Students worked with slabs and carving to create the unique lanterns. We learned that leather hard clay is best to carve and use when working with larger slabs. We will start using the wheel next week to create bowls, mugs, vases and cylinders. After the lantern is fired in the kiln, students will glaze it with color.
Painting II students finished their Impressionism paintings. They learned that Impressionism artists usually painted outdoors, showed the light and color from that specific time of day, and showed their brush strokes on the paper or canvas. Each student chose their own landscape image to paint as an Impressionism painting.
In Art Foundations, the next element of art we have focused on is texture. Students created posters describing what texture is and how we see it as real or implied texture.
Our first project with texture was a mosaic using real texture. Students found lots of different small pieces to create a picture. We discussed the different between representational and abstract art. Students chose to create a representational or abstract mosaic. Both chose an abstract design for this project.
In Drawing 2, we learned about the artist Jim Dine and his work drawing and painting meaningful objects. We brainstormed special objects from the past and present. Here is the object that one student chose and his interpretation using Jim Dine's style of activating the negative space.
3D art students have been working on their own creative plaster mask for the past few weeks. We started by investigating masks from different cultures. Then students drew some different ideas of what they wanted to create. We used plaster strips on the face to make the mask in the shape and size of each students' face. After that, students added ears, horns or other detail that is 3D from the surface or edges of the mask. Students painted some color and design on the masks and also attached some other 3D objects. Each mask is unique and creative! Which is your favorite?
In Art Foundations, students were recently working with shapes, more specifically letters. We investigated artists who use letters in their artwork: Robert Indiana, Barbara Kruger, Jenny Holzer and Mel Bochner.
Students first created an object filled with words. Then they used their own name and interests to create a name design. We practiced with many different materials and used at least 5 different materials to make this artwork mixed media.
The fantasy drawing combined ordinary objects in creative and unique ways. This student chose to make the objects into 2 large robots standing and battling over the city. The final step was adding color using oil pastels. What ordinary objects do you see in the robots?
Painting 2 students finished their still-life paintings using an art history movement as the style inspiration. One student chose Pop Art and the other chose Surrealism for the still-life.
In Painting 2 students are learning about the art of the still-life. Still-life's are inanimate objects- objects that do not move. We learned about still-life art throughout history and how artists followed or broke from tradition in making their own still-life. Below are some examples of still-life paintings throughout history.
Each student brought in their own objects to set up a still-life. We practiced drawing it from different views and in different art styles.
Here is one example of student work in progress.
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once you grow up.