8th grade students are working through their ideas today as they started to begin their final projects. It was awesome to see how some students evolved their sketches over time and improved as a result of demos and practice. I am also excited to see the level of experimentation with media as we delve into portraying the concept of "Identity" in the works. Check out some of the progress below:
Whenever I am visiting a new city, I always try and check out their art museum. I had the chance to visit the Denver Art Museum while in Colorado last week. When we first approached the building, I knew I was going to be in for a treat. The severe angles and large public art pieces made for a visually interesting piece of architecture on the outside. On the inside, the varying wall angles made for a different kind of display space. Who says walls have to be perpendicular to the floor anyway?
My favorite part of any Art Museum is the contemporary wing. This place was no different. From Jim Dine to Sandy Skoglund, it was really a treat to be in such an interesting building filled with artists I knew and some that I am interested in knowing more about.
One artist that really captured my attention was Tony Oursler. His piece Zero, shown below, was in a dark corner of the contemporary wing. It was bizarre to see this little doll in a suitcase, having a conversation with itself. It made my husband and I smile, laugh, and question. It did what art is supposed to do, change the way you look and think about things.
Have you been to any good museums this summer? What new artists have made you rethink art? Please share any interesting art experiences as we start getting geared up for another school year!
On Thursday, students read about the concept of non-visible/invisible art and debated whether or not this was truly art or simply a scam. Above is a snip-it of an interview with James Franco (who was also highlighted in the Scholastic Art Magazine Article) explaining his involvement with this highly conceptual art movement. What do you think - would you pay for an invisible piece of art?
Teaching Visual Arts since 2004 and making images since picking up a crayon.