7th graders learned about the Chinese tradition of paper-cut art. They saw that most of the paper is red and cut with very intricate detail. Women do most of the paper cut work and are considered more intelligent if they are a good paper cut artist.
Students chose an animal as inspiration and then made a layered paper cut artwork of that animal using contrasting colors.
7th graders finished building and painting their canopic clay jar. We learned about Pop Art and how that style of art focused on popular and consumer culture. Students also learned about canopic jars from Egypt and how they were used to hold organs during the mummification process. Each jar had a special lid and head on the top. Students chose an idea from popular culture or an everyday item that was popular to them now. Can you tell what is popular to this 7th grade class?
7th graders have been inspired by pop art, a style of art created around the 1950's which focused on popular and consumer culture. Students learned about Roy Lichtenstein's paintings which are inspired by comics, use the primary colors and dots. Each student did a special pose and transferred their portrait using carbon paper. We painted with the primary colors and used wood dowels or Q-tips to make the dots. Can you recognize these 7th grade students?
6th graders were learning how history and tradition can be connected to their own creativity. We looked at the history of quilts and how they influenced the barn quilts we see today.
Students created their own quilt block design to be painted on a wood piece. The wood pieces were donated to us from the Lake Park Lumber Yard. Students used tape to help them create clean lines and shapes.
6th grade artists finished a unit learning how art is a way of creative expression. Students were inspired by comic characters and stories. Each artist created a character based on their interests and personality. They students uses a real-life event as inspiration for their comic story. The creative part was the students exaggerating a part of the story to make it similar to a tall tale. I hope you enjoy their creations!
7th grade artists learning what a tessellation is and created their own unique tessellation shape and design. A tessellation is a design that is made of shapes or polygons, can be repeated in all directions, has no gaps or overlaps and has common vertices. M. C. Escher is well-known for creating interesting and complex tessellations.
Each student created their own unique tessellation shape, repeated and colored it with contrasting colors.
This should be a great semester with the 6th and 7th grade artists. You can check out the syllabus and unit outlines for each class on the Middle School Docs page. We will be making lots of exciting artwork this fall!
8th graders enjoyed working with clay to create their own creative mug. Students were inspired by the art of Wayne Thiebaud. He is best known for his dessert paintings. He also painted landscapes and people.
Students brainstormed ordinary things that they love as ideas for their mug design. Here are some of the finished mugs.
8th graders have been working with the style of art: surrealism. Students learned how surrealism often places images together that don't normally go together (juxtaposition). Surrealism also focuses on the unconscious mind and dreams. Enjoy these strange people collages!
Here is a video telling more about the style of surrealism!
8th graders learned how to draw buildings using 2 point perspective. Each student chose their own theme and inspiration for the city. We worked on drawing the buildings realistically with windows and doors as well.
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