Painting II students have been learning about Impressionism and how it focuses on color, light and showing the brush strokes. Students did some practice with this style and then chose a landscape image to enlarge and paint. This painting has taken a lot of time and effort, but it has been worth it and the results are beautiful. Below are the works in progress at different times. Students will finish the paintings this week.
The painting 1 students had a 'sweet' time working with candy. We learned how pop art is about popular and consumer culture. Candy is something we enjoy and buy a lot of at different times of the year- or all the time if we are a candy-lover! Students drew different candy pieces and chose their favorite. We cropped and enlarged the drawings to paint them realistically and with bold outlines.
The Painting II class is just finishing their still-life paintings. Each student investigated still-life's and different styles throughout history. Students practiced drawing and painting in different styles. Here are the works in progress. Further below are the final paintings. I love seeing the different and unique styles!
The painting I class has designed and painted a creative color wheel. They reviewed the color basics (primary, secondary, complementary and intermediate colors). Students mixed the primary colors (red, blue & yellow) to make all the colors on the color wheel. Each student chose something from popular culture and their life as the image for the color wheel.
In Art Foundations, we are focusing on the elements of art to make all of our creative projects. We learned about photograms and created a sun photogram outside. Then students traced objects and drew a variety of lines in the negative space.
In HS drawing class, we have been looking closely at objects to draw them realistically. We had fun with some blind contour drawings first. Then we looked closely at objects to get the correct proportion and angles. Students chose a theme for the objects in the drawing. After drawing a few thumbnail sketches, Students chose the best composition and enlarged it on a bigger paper. Students added a creative background that related to the drawing theme. Enjoy these fun first drawings!
We're off to a great start and I'm so happy with the high school students taking art this year. We have a Drawing class, Art Foundations class, Painting I & II class this 1st semester. The syllabus and lesson plans are located on the High School Docs tab. Please email me if you have any questions or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to posting all the amazing learning that will happen this semester.
In art foundations, we finished the semester with 2 projects. One focused on rhythm and movement. She decided to draw dancers in 3 different poses. We worked a lot with proportion to make the body look realistic.
The final project was inspired by the art of Rene Magritte. He works with surprise and makes you question his paintings. For this unit, we looked at some big themes in our lives and the meaning of them to us and the world. This student chose to represent how the world views beauty. We discussed how our meaning of beauty can and often is different than what the media is telling us is beautiful.
For her final artwork, she chose the theme of change. She wanted to represent how she has changed in the experience of living in Iowa for this year as a foreign exchange student. She is heading home, but she is different and has grown and changed.
In high school painting, we looked at the art of Piet Mondrian and how it changed over time. He started by painting realistic places and flowers. Later, he was influenced by the Cubist artists and started breaking apart his subject matter. He finally made a very simple shapes and colors in his paintings. He is well-known for this new and unique type of abstract art.
Students created their own abstract art design on a pre-made ceramic vase. We worked on craftsmanship for this simple style of abstract art.
Students worked with space to create a colored pencil drawing. We learned how to create depth with size, value, placement and detail to help us with these drawings. Enjoy the fun, exaggerated color as well!
Students are also working with variety to create some interesting artwork. This student filled an animal drawing with a variety of patterns. We are also making record bowls with radial symmetry patterns.
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once you grow up.