After working with ellipses and round forms, we moved on to 3D boxes. Students practiced looking at boxes to draw correct angles. Then we did a drawing of boxes stacked on top of each other. This was quite challenging for students.
To continue with our boxes in a more creative way, we are drawing tree-houses. Students started with a tree reference image and drew the tree. Then we made a horizon line and 2 vanishing points to help us draw the tree-house boxes with linear perspective so they will look realistic. Students are adding color using colored pencils.
Here is a fun video we watched to give us some inspiration for fun things to add to our tree-houses.
In drawing class, we have been working with perspective- making 3D forms on 2D paper. We started with cylinder forms and practiced drawing many ellipses. Then we set up a vase still-life and colored our drawings with chalk pastel. Students looked closely to get the shape of each vase correct and to make ellipses for the top and bottom of each vase.
Students have been working with the 2 types of texture, real or actual and implied texture. We started by making a poster with examples of real and implied texture.
Then we looked at example of mosaics and students chose pieces to arrange to create an abstract mosaic. Mosaics are small pieces of material that are arranged in a picture or pattern. Each student chose pieces with different textures to make their mosaic. We spray painted and cut wood to create the backing and frame as well.
For the element of art, SHAPE, students worked with words and letters. Each student got to choose a meaningful word and then drew and decorated it in a creative way using shapes for the letters.
Painting II students have been learning about Impressionism and how it focuses on color, light and showing the brush strokes. Students did some practice with this style and then chose a landscape image to enlarge and paint. This painting has taken a lot of time and effort, but it has been worth it and the results are beautiful. Below are the works in progress at different times. Students will finish the paintings this week.
The painting 1 students had a 'sweet' time working with candy. We learned how pop art is about popular and consumer culture. Candy is something we enjoy and buy a lot of at different times of the year- or all the time if we are a candy-lover! Students drew different candy pieces and chose their favorite. We cropped and enlarged the drawings to paint them realistically and with bold outlines.
The Painting II class is just finishing their still-life paintings. Each student investigated still-life's and different styles throughout history. Students practiced drawing and painting in different styles. Here are the works in progress. Further below are the final paintings. I love seeing the different and unique styles!
The painting I class has designed and painted a creative color wheel. They reviewed the color basics (primary, secondary, complementary and intermediate colors). Students mixed the primary colors (red, blue & yellow) to make all the colors on the color wheel. Each student chose something from popular culture and their life as the image for the color wheel.
In Art Foundations, we are focusing on the elements of art to make all of our creative projects. We learned about photograms and created a sun photogram outside. Then students traced objects and drew a variety of lines in the negative space.
In HS drawing class, we have been looking closely at objects to draw them realistically. We had fun with some blind contour drawings first. Then we looked closely at objects to get the correct proportion and angles. Students chose a theme for the objects in the drawing. After drawing a few thumbnail sketches, Students chose the best composition and enlarged it on a bigger paper. Students added a creative background that related to the drawing theme. Enjoy these fun first drawings!
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once you grow up.