High school painting students were inspired by the simple images from the artist Jim Dine for this unit. He painted images from his childhood and past that had special meaning to him. His artwork shows many colors or variation, but is still very simple.
Students chose a simple theme for their own artwork and used variation to show that theme in many different ways. We learned the principles of design: repetition, rhythm or movement, contrast, emphasis, balance and variety to create this artwork. Can you see the theme and variation shown in each unique mixed media work?
High school drawing students were challenged to create their own unique treehouse design. We looked at some creative designs from the Treehouse Masters show and brainstormed creative things to add to a treehouse. We worked with drawing boxes before starting the treehouse and then used 2 point perspective to make each treehouse part look realistic. Which tree house would you like to visit?
In Drawing 2, we are working with lots of different art media. For the project below, the student used chalk pastel to make an interesting look for the background or negative space. We looked at the artist Jim Dine for inspiration with his use of simple personal objects and interesting color in the negative spaces.
This next project had a focus no the contrast of celebrities and fame in modern society with medieval society. The material used is a clear scratch film. One half of the picture uses a modified image from a face card and the other half is a portrait of a modern celebrity. The student had to focus on the balance of dark and light as well as only scratching the areas that needed to be white. Can you tell which face card royalty and modern celebrity she chose?
In drawing class, students learned how to draw rounded objects using ellipses. Students put their learning into a creative drawing by making those objects come to life. We added value and some highlights of color to a few areas. Can you see the students' creativity?
In Painting 3, we looked at how artists throughout history have portrayed animals in their art. Some artists drew and painted realistically, while others painted in a more stylized or simplified way. The 2 artists we looked at were Henri Rousseau and Franz Marc.
The student chose the realistic style of painting and an owl as the animal subject matter.
Students in Painting class learned about the artist Gustav Klimt. Gustav Klimt created art in the Art Nouveau style later in his life and used lots of pattern & repetition in his paintings. He is also known for his use of gold in his work and themes of life and death. One of his most famous works is his painting titled Tree of Life.
Students experimented with different watercolor techniques before creating their final work showing the theme life, death or life & death. Can you see which theme each student chose for their painting?
One high school student is taking the Drawing 2 class. The first unit was focused on drawing objects to make them look realistic. The creative part was placing those objects in a fantasy/surrealist way in a picture. One of the challenges with this project was using 2 new materials: India ink and oil pastel. What is fantastical or surreal about this drawing?
Drawing I artists started the semester working on drawing objects to make them look real. We drew blind contour and contour line drawings of many objects. In this first artwork, students chose a theme for the objects or chose objects that were meaningful to them. Then students designed the background in a creative way.
One artist is taking Painting 3 this semester. His first painting was inspired by the artists Rob Gonsalves and Tang Yau Hoong. Each of these artists shows transformation in their work.
The high school artist created his own transformation painting inspired by these 2 artists. Can you see what is transforming?
HS painting students were inspired by the pop art style of painting, which uses popular and consumer things as the subject matter. Each student drew, cropped and enlarged a drawing of a candy piece and then painted it using realistic colors and bold outlines. Do you see your favorite candy here?
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once you grow up.