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.
In Drawing 2, we started by drawing ordinary objects. The focus was on drawing them with correct proportion using contour lines. We drew 15-20 objects and then cut and arranged them to make a fantasy picture. The objects were traced and a creative background was added. A new drawing technique for this project is working with ink and ink pens to make the lines. After the ink dried, students will add oil pastel for color.
Students in Art Foundations are creating art specific to all the elements of art. The elements of art are: line, shape, texture, color, value, form and space. Our first project focused on the use of a variety of different lines. We practiced making many different lines and then incorporated those lines into our final artwork. The final drawing was inspired by photogram design in which the objects are white and the negative space is black. Students filled in the negative space with the creative lines.
The 3D art class has started off with some fun new experiences. Students had a marshmallow tower challenge. Each student used spaghetti and marshmallows to build a structure that was both tall and creative using design elements.
Students have done some research on masks and are creating their own unique mask using plaster strips. We made the mask using each student's face. They are now adding 3D parts that stick off the mask.
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?
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once you grow up.