7th grade artists are making creative tessellations. We started by learning that tessellations are made from shapes, have no overlaps or gaps, have the same vertices, and can repeat forever.
Students practice with dot paper and simple shapes to make tessellations. After that, we learned how to use paper to change squares into translation and rotation tessellations. Here are some examples.
Students were able to be creative in envisioning a new thing in their tessellation shape. Here are some works in progress and finished works.
7th grade students have been learning about the influence on pop culture on their lives. We looked at the artist, Romero Britto, and his pop artwork style inspired by Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. Students created their own pop art prints inspired by Britto's use of a simple image, pattern, and broken shapes. Here are some student edition and unique prints.
7th grade artists finished the quarter by making a creative snow globe inspired by architecture from around the world. Students created their own Google Earth project to find images of different famous structures. We also worked with both warm and cool colors when painting the background and buildings. Here is a finished example!
7th graders finished painting their canopic jars with realistic colors. We looked at the pop art sculpture by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen. These artists create large-scale sculptures of everyday objects.
Canopic jars were used to store 4 different organs in the mummification process in ancient Egypt. There were different heads on the top of the jars. Students chose something from popular or consumer culture to place on the top of their jar. What is popular to these students now?
7th graders have been learning about the color wheel and how to use color in creative ways. Students mixed colors using the primary colors and black & white to make new colors. This project had students cut and fold paper to make designs that are one color on one side, and the complementary color on the other. One color shows the positive space and the other shows the negative space; then they flip on the other side! The complementary colors are: red & green, blue & orange, yellow & purple. Some students also used black and white in a design.
7th graders have been working with shapes and patterns to make a creative tessellation. We first looked at simple tessellations made from shapes (triangles, squares and hexagons). Then students cut paper to make translation and rotation tessellations. Here is a Prezi that can help explain and describe tessellations. Tessellations are made from shapes or polygons, can repeat forever, have no gaps or overlaps and share the same vertices. Enjoy these creative tessellations inspired by M.C. Escher.
8th graders learned how real artists work by starting a project focusing on inspiration and ideas. Students sketched ideas inspired by nature, food, everyday objects, music, etc. After that, student created a plan and final sketch of their idea. They really enjoyed working with clay to create a useful object. Some students created bowls, mugs, jars, and plates. It will be fun for these students to actually use their clay piece!
8th grade artists learned about the strange and bizarre style of art called Surrealism. We watched this video to learn about Surrealism and Salvador Dali. Then students created a human collage using the idea of juxtaposition: placing things next to each other that don't belong together.
8th graders have been working on a large drawing of a city corner with buildings using 2 point perspective. They learned how to start with the corner of the building and make both sides go to the vanishing points.
8th graders did some practice drawing in their sketchbooks before enlarging the drawing. Each student chose their own inspiration for the buildings and city background.
We also tried something new by adding LED lights to the back of the artwork. Students learned how to make a simple circuit using copper tape, LED lights, electrical tape and a battery.
8th grade artists are learning how they can draw with linear perspective. Students are learning that using perspective makes things look 3D and more realistic. We started with 1 point perspective.
Students learned how to draw simple shapes and make them into 3D forms using 1 vanishing point. Then, students chose their own word to design with 3D lettering and creative color. Here are the many different words and designs in 1 point perspective.
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