In Painting class, students looked at the artwork of Jim Dine as inspiration. We learned that he used many simple symbols that reflected his life, childhood and held a sense of nostalgia for him.
Each student chose a simple symbol as the theme of their overall artwork. The students had 8-9 smaller wood pieces to show their theme in a variety of ways. Students used a wide variety of materials to create this artwork, which is an example of mixed media art.
Students in independent study art have been drawing, glazing, printing and creating portraits recently. Here are some of the finished projects. Two students drew portraits for youth in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with the Memory Project. This organization works to give hand-made portraits to children around the world who live in poverty or other challenging circumstances. These portraits will be a great gift for these two teenage boys.
We investigated art by both Elizabeth Catlett and Frida Kahlo. Both of these artists express their identity and culture in their artwork. This unit focused on expressing identity and culture as well as the art element contrast. The first print students made was representing a specific culture of their choice. These examples represent American culture.
We learned how you can make edition, or identical prints and unique prints by using different colors and papers.
After the first print, we focused on our own particular culture and identity. What symbols or images would represent our culture? Students thought about how they would express themselves through the print design. Here is one example of her French/Swiss culture and identity.
In painting class, students learned more about life and art of Gustav Klimt. Students chose symbols to represent one of his artwork themes.
We experimented with many different watercolor techniques before starting the painting. This unit focused on how artists experiment with different media and processes. Students then did a few different sketches of possible ideas that could represent life or death. The enlarged their ideas on bigger watercolor paper and added many fun and creative techniques to their design.
Here is another project by a student in independent study art.
Both students are also working on realistic portraits for the Memory Project. They are creating portraits for 2 youth from the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Africa.
Each student in painting class practiced drawing many different pieces of candy. After that, we chose one of our favorite to crop and enlarge. Students worked with a grid to enlarge it. They painted the candy with realistic colors because pop art was about everyday and popular things at the time. Aren't these paintings sweet...?
In our painting class, we first worked to mix colors to understand color theory and how to create a color wheel. Students mixed the primary colors: red, blue and yellow to make the secondary colors: orange, purple and green and then mixed the secondary colors with the primary to make the intermediate colors.
To create each color wheel, students listed things that were popular to them now. We are focusing on Pop Art, which was an art movement that focused on everyday and popular things in culture at the time. Some of the most famous pop artists in the 1950's and 60's were Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Rauschenberg. Students also did a Prezi presentation on a chosen artist to share more information about pop art and a specific artist's work. Here are the links to the Prezis:
1. Takashi Murakami
2. Andy Warhol
3. James Rosenquist
4. Jasper Johns
We are focusing on the Principles of Design in Art Foundations II. The principles of design are 'how we use or organize the elements in our artwork.' The 1st principle we have worked with is balance. We learned and practiced drawing symmetrical, asymmetrical and radial balance.
Students chose a water reflection image to enlarge into a chalk drawing. We practiced with oil pastels and chalk pastels to see what would work the best for the image.
Two seniors are taking an independent study art class this semester. They have each designed and created their 1st project. One student experimented with colored and black ink for the first time and made a wolf ink drawing/painting. Another student created an abstract mosaic design using different small pieces.
High school seniors taking Independent Study Art last semester created artistic portraits of 2 children from Colombia. The portraits were delivered in December and it was very successful! They loved the gifts and were so excited to get them. The Memory Project organization was able to donate $5,300 to support feeding programs and early education programs in Colombia. What a blessing our students can be through art!
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once you grow up.