Last week, 8th grade students were asked to look through their portfolios and create something new from a past work. Here are some of the results:
Emily H: This is a piece that I redid from the beginning of the year, where I had drawn a realistic heart then attached to it, had a puzzle piece with triangles and the same color scheme as the triangles in this piece. I was trying to go along with the idea of identity, and how each puzzle piece in a jigsaw puzzle is different, but when they all come together, they create the entire puzzle. This can work for humans too; we are all individuals, like the individual puzzle pieces, but when we come together much like a jigsaw puzzle, we are all apart of the bigger picture: the human race. I reimagined this piece by taking actual puzzle pieces and painting a human heart on them, to better exemplify my idea and to make it more interesting.
Eleni N.: This dragon is an adaptation from my 5th grade piece, "Free Draw & Art Club." The original was an angry dragon sitting atop a hill, protecting it. Taking the idea of a dragon in an area caused me to create this. It's a dragon in its cave. I didn't copy this image over to make it look better, but instead stole the idea and created a whole new piece based off of the original one. I decided to keep it black and white due to the original piece being black and white.
Andrew V.: I reimagined a piece of art that I made at Nickels. The old project was a 2-point perspective drawing of a street corner. The way that I reimagined it was by completely changing the perspective. I took it from a 2-point to a 5-point perspective drawing. It gives the effect that the image is in a bubble or drop of water. I also changed the medium/the way that I colored it. This time instead of just using colored pencils, I used liquid spray paint for the background. Finally, I changed it from a boring street corner to a person holding the image in a bubble. The last one was a plain drawing of a street corner which was not very creative however I changed it to a city that a person is holding. The personal connection that I have with this is that I loved this project at Nickels and I am fascinated by the architecture of these giant buildings in cities like New York and Chicago. The reason that I chose to revisit this project is because it was on a topic that I love and the original piece that I did was not very creative and sort of boring. I wanted to go back and change it so it looked awesome and had my own personal flair to it. I made it more creative and unique the second time around.
Evette P.: I really enjoyed this art project, mainly because it gave me an opportunity to revisit my old art work. It also gave me a chance to see how much I have excelled in creativity and artistic talent in the passing time. I created this artwork going off of that I created last year, in 7th grade. My personal connection to my art mainly goes off of the idea of personally seeing my improvement and my usage of different techniques. One of the main reasons why I wanted to revisit this idea was because of how intriguing it looked in the first place, and due to the materials and techniques used. I have used many different materials through out the year but oil pastel had not been one of them. Revisiting a piece of work and but still being able to use new material this year expands my usage of materials and creativity. Looking back and seeing how I incorporated the usage of symmetry and oil pastel in my work gave me the overall idea to do this work of art related to something old, something new.
Teaching Visual Arts since 2004 and making images since picking up a crayon.