The 6th grade art class learned about the country and culture of Japan. We looked at the Japanese Notan Principle, which focuses on equal parts and balance. Students cut out 2 square designs and flipped the shapes to create balance & equality. Then we put all of our artworks together to create one large artwork.
Students also worked with oil pastels and organic lines to make a colorful drawing. We focused on blending colors next to each other on the color wheel: analogous colors.
Here are the final characters and storyboards. Students drew themselves as a creative character and used an event from their life as the inspiration for their comic story. We also worked on using value to add interest and make things look 3D.
In 8th grade art we learned how to use 2 point perspective to make a street corner view with buildings. Students learned that this was different than 1 point perspective because there are 2 vanishing points, it shows the corner of a 3D form, and you start the form with a line instead of a shape.
We were inspired by some of the drawings below.
The 6th graders have discussed art and looked at some different reasons why people create art. A basic art definition is: Art is a way of creative expression. Our first unit focuses on how we can create to express who we are. Students sketched themselves as many different characters. Superheros, food, animals, toys, robots, monsters, aliens, machines, and ordinary objects were some of the interesting characters the students drew.
Students also drew a creative timeline of their life so far. Now students are making a comic story of an event from their life. Some students are drawing the original story, and others are exaggerating it and turning it into a tall tale. Here are some comic stories in progress.
The 8th graders have been learning how we can use linear perspective to make our artwork look realistic. Students learned how to start with a horizon line and one vanishing point. For one point perspective, students need to start with a shape and make the corners go back to the vanishing point.
Students chose a word to create into 3D letters. We started by drawing the word with bubble or block letters, then made it 3D using the vanishing point. Check out the creative designs.
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