In Painting class, students looked at the artwork of Jim Dine as inspiration. We learned that he used many simple symbols that reflected his life, childhood and held a sense of nostalgia for him.
Each student chose a simple symbol as the theme of their overall artwork. The students had 8-9 smaller wood pieces to show their theme in a variety of ways. Students used a wide variety of materials to create this artwork, which is an example of mixed media art.
Students in independent study art have been drawing, glazing, printing and creating portraits recently. Here are some of the finished projects. Two students drew portraits for youth in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with the Memory Project. This organization works to give hand-made portraits to children around the world who live in poverty or other challenging circumstances. These portraits will be a great gift for these two teenage boys.
We investigated art by both Elizabeth Catlett and Frida Kahlo. Both of these artists express their identity and culture in their artwork. This unit focused on expressing identity and culture as well as the art element contrast. The first print students made was representing a specific culture of their choice. These examples represent American culture.
We learned how you can make edition, or identical prints and unique prints by using different colors and papers.
After the first print, we focused on our own particular culture and identity. What symbols or images would represent our culture? Students thought about how they would express themselves through the print design. Here is one example of her French/Swiss culture and identity.
In painting class, students learned more about life and art of Gustav Klimt. Students chose symbols to represent one of his artwork themes.
We experimented with many different watercolor techniques before starting the painting. This unit focused on how artists experiment with different media and processes. Students then did a few different sketches of possible ideas that could represent life or death. The enlarged their ideas on bigger watercolor paper and added many fun and creative techniques to their design.
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once you grow up.