For the past two weeks, students in both 7th and 8th grade classes had a lot of decisions to make as they worked through their projects. 7th grade students focused on story-telling as they worked on creating videos, video games, or comics. 8th grade students worked with form as they decided what to create with paper. You can see all of the results on our online gallery, but here is a peek into the process below:
Other students created their videos for the Meijer Great Choices Video Competition to focus on Healthy Choices, Character, or Diversity.
7th grade Greek Inspired Prints
7th grade students learned about how contemporary artists Karen Lamonte and Michael Stuts draw inspiration from ancient art from Greece and Rome. After comparing their work to the originals, students were asked to create action poses inspired by what they found in Greek Red and Black Figure Pottery. You can see the results on our online gallery and follow along in the process by watching the slideshow below:
Students also learned interesting facts like why the Parthenon no longer has a roof, that Nike is not just a great shoe company, and the ugly truth about those classical white statues everyone thinks look so elegant. We are currently in the process of working on our plaster casting of fingers based on our exploration of Pompeii and should be complete by Thanksgiving with that. Below is a little preview of where we are at so far:
8th grade Self Expression Prints
8th grade students also got in on the printmaking action this week by creating a two-color reduction print using Wondercut and Linocut tools. We looked at the work of Swoon, Kathe Kollwitz, Andy Warhol, and Banksy before editing our images in Photoshop and transferring them to our printing plates. Reduction printmaking is always a little tricky because you have to think in reverse and make sure to get your registration just right. You can see the results on our online gallery and the process below:
Students worked on their profiles again, but in a new way. Inspired by my friend (and former Countryside Art teacher), Danielle (Sanregret) Hanna, I taught my students a drawing/Photoshop project where they used line and shape to create a pattern within their hair and clothing.
We first read an article from Scholastic Art Magazine about posters created from Toulouse-Lautrec and Glaser. Then we examined a variety of posters from the 1960s before creating and editing our works in Photoshop. Check out the full gallery here.
Students really delved into the possibilities with Photoshop this last week. You can check out the full array of images on our Artsonia gallery. Below are just some of the finished examples from each grade.
8th Grade Examples
7th grade examples
Students are working on collages this week as we create both digitally and traditionally. 7th grade students are creating a Profile Collage where they embed images in their profile silhouette that express their interests. Here is a tutorial of the project that I made with Camtasia Relay (the lesson is adapted from this).
8th grade students are working on expressive Photoshop images, where they are making the unseen seen. This is always a fun project because the outcomes are so different.
Below are some more traditional collages created by Mrs. Allan's class. It was a really fun project and students did a great job working on weaving a pattern before applying their silhouette of a tree on top.
8th grade Abstractions
8th graders worked on the concept of abstraction this week through a series of activities that ranged from drawing, painting, sculpture, and digital work that explored concepts of representational abstraction (mostly with portraiture). The below are some of the results:
You can see the full array of images on our online gallery at www.artsonia.com/schools/byron1.
Students finished out their Dual Enrollment class this week with a presentation of the assignments given as they relate to the Artists we studied. Students were challenged to create a presentation with a tool of their choice (iMovie, PowerPoint, Google Presentation, Prezi, etc.) and then present their work to the class. When presenting, students explained how each image was made and the process of selecting a companion Artist's image to correlate with it. It was fun to see how the student created images related to the works we studied in class and how students presented on subject, composition, and overall mood of their works.
Typically when I teach with Photoshop, I give students a bunch of resources and tutorials and have them choose what kind of images they want to make. There is usually the parameter that it has to be some kind of self portrait and I typically get a wide array of fun and interesting things...
This time around, I decided to use a project they had just finished in History class as a way to add some more meaning to our work. In their Photoshop portraits, students were challenged to use the information they found from their Ancestry project to create their images. It was really fun to see how students overlapped various images to show their diverse backgrounds and share information learned from their History class in a visual way.
7th grade students finished up their profile collages today to show what interests them. Most students were able to finish up, but some will need a little extra time tonight and tomorrow to get it done. I am excited to put them all up on Artsonia once they are finished.
7th and 8th grade students are working with Photoshop to make the invisible, visible. 7th grade is doing that with their profile collages and 8th grade is using their Ancestry project in History to show their heritage. Photoshop is a great tool for compositing images and making something new. I look forward to tomorrow when everyone will turn in their finished products.
Teaching Visual Arts since 2004 and making images since picking up a crayon.