6th graders focused on Japan for 2 projects. We looked at some cultural information and could see how both traditional and modern things exist together in Japan. Students looked specifically at the Japanese Notan principle which has to do with balance and equal parts. We looked at the yin-yang symbol as an example of balance, equality and also opposites.
Students created a collaborative paper-cut artwork cutting a variety of shapes into small colored square papers. We also discussed how many Asian cultures are more group-oriented and think first of the whole before the individuals.
Students also made a simple artwork with organic lines and circles. We practiced blending oil pastels and using colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. These colors are analogous colors.
The 8th graders practiced with 2 point perspective to figure out how to make a street corner scene with creative buildings. Each student chose their own theme or inspiration for the design of the space.
6th graders had fun drawing themselves as many different cartoon characters. Students chose one that represents themselves well to use in their comic story taken from a real life event. Can you guess who is who?
Students chose an event from their life to make into a comic story. We looked at the artist Kyo Machiko and how she uses ordinary events and a creative layout for her comics. We also added value to make the drawing more interesting and to add depth and 3D qualities to our work.
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