In Drawing II, we looked at artists who use their imagination and creativity. We learned about Marc Chagall, Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte and Sandy Skoglund. Each artist has a special way to show some ordinary things in an unusual and unique style. We played some creativity games and sketched some ideas of what to draw using our own imagination. This student loves comic characters and imagined his own character design- heroes and villains.
Students in Art Foundations finished the year with a project incorporating value and space. Value is the lightness or darkness of a surface. Space is the area something takes up and is used to create the illusion of depth. Here are the fun, cartoony drawings students made! One of the goals was to make a really small object look big compared to a big object that is placed further back in space.
In 3D Art, students investigated the DADA art style. The Dada style was an art movement against art and the traditional rules of art. Artists sometimes defaced, destroyed or damaged versions of famous artworks. They were known as 'art rebels'. This style of art took place in Switzerland during the wars in Europe. Artists were shocked by what was going on in the world, so they also tried to shock and surprise you with their work. Much of it didn't make sense. Also, Marcel Duchamp, one of the first artists, said that the idea or concept was more important than how good of an artwork it was.
In Art Foundations, to work with the art element form, students designed and built their own clay monster. We sketched a few different ideas before narrowing it down to the specific monster. Students were creative with the texture and special detail in clay.
In Drawing II, we combined animals, plants or objects to create a new thing. What would you combine to make something new?
The 3D art students learned and practiced different ways to transform pages in a book. Here are the final book transformations. Some students cut into the book to create their design and others folded, cut or transformed the open book paper.
Painting 2 students investigated different artists who shared messages and meaning in their artwork. After researching artists, we brainstormed social issues or injustices in the world. Students brought up suicide, gun violence, poverty, slavery, child labor, oppression by government, bullying, social media and addiction. Each student chose a message to share in this painting. Here are the final 2 paintings sharing about suicide and social media.
We had 7 great student artists share their work at the HS Art Show on Wednesday, May 1st. If you couldn't make it, check out all the creative work they have been doing this semester from these photos.
In both Drawing 2 and Painting 2, students have been learning how art can bring awareness to social issues and injustices in the world. As an artist, we can influence and impact others with our work. Each student chose one social issue or injustice and a message to share through a drawing or painting. Here is one of the finished drawings focusing on poaching of animals.
This unit focuses on the art element color. Color is what we see when light reflects off a surface. Students also learned about the style of art, Cubism, and researched some artists like Pablo Picasso, George Braque and Juan Gris. Cubism is an art style where shapes are broken apart, there is little real perspective and there can be many different views of an object. Students brainstormed air and sea creatures for the inspiration of the painting. Then they practiced different ways of breaking up the space and creature. Can you tell what sea creatures they chose? We also practiced and used color gradations to create this painting.
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once you grow up.