Welcome back to school! I am excited for all the new and old faces at the middle school. We will be creating some more amazing artworks this year. You can find the art lesson plans and syllabus on the tab marked Middle School Docs. Please feel free to email me at email@example.com if you ever have any questions or concerns. Let's have a great year!
The 8th graders just got their clay mugs from the kiln this week. It's always so fun to see how the glaze turns out. Enjoy the creative work!
The 6th graders did some research to learn about the terracotta warriors and Emperor Qin of Ancient China. They each chose a warrior to create out of clay. It was fun and challenging to shape the different body parts and face. Check out the warriors below!
8th graders learned about the surrealist style of art. Surrealist work is often mysterious, strange and irrational. It shows the unconscious part of your mind by being dream-like. Students created 2 different drawings; a room and a landscape. They drew their favorite design on black paper and traced over the lines with elmer's glue. After it was dry, students added chalk pastel color. It was fun to see the creativity in this work!
6th graders learned how to draw portraits using correct proportions. We did some practice and then students drew their own self-portrait. We combined the face with a positive message students wanted to share.
8th graders are glazing their clay mugs this week. They each chose a design as inspiration in making a clay cupcake mug. We learned about the artist Wayne Thiebaud and how he uses ordinary things in his paintings. He painted a whole series of dessert paintings.
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.
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