8th grade students started out the term with collaborative painting. Students worked collaboratively to create circles on paper and canvases that will eventually end up as the sign for our hallway. Students will continue to fill the space tomorrow as well as get started on the lettering for their portfolios.
7th grade students worked on bowls for Empty Bowls. It was a great way to celebrating doing something for others and it is always fun to work with clay on the first day of art class!
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.
Dear Parents/Friends/Students/Fellow Teachers,
I came across the above image from a post that an Art teacher friend of mine posted yesterday. I currently use a similar system, but they clog all of the time and they have a tendency to explode as a result (maybe you have seen the aftermath of this on students' clothing at some point over the last year).
Although I love putting ketchup on almost everything, there is no way I will be able to go through enough to get the bottles needed to implement this in my classroom for the Fall. If possible, please save and clean empty bottles so that I can upgrade to this system and save your children from exploding paint bottles. I would be in need of 10 bottles total. If you are able to contribute to the cause, please respond to this post. I can start accepting bottles as soon as you are ready to send them my way.
Thank you for your help and support!
BCWMS Visual Arts Teacher
Even though I was away for the past two days, students worked (as best as they could) on assignments without me. I communicated with some through email during that time and also posted videos online, but something still got lost along the way... so today was a catch-up day.
7th grade worked on painting their Celtic inspired knots and 8th grade outlined and turned in their watercolor abstractions.
Today was the last day of the Dual Enrollment Color class I teach for Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University. I am very proud of the work students made this semester and look forward to teaching another KCAD class next year. For now you can see these and other projects students created at our upcoming display for the student show in the Van Singel Fine Arts Center starting next week!
This painting was waiting for me today as a gift from Compass Church. Compass Church uses our building on Sunday's and an artist from their congregation painted and donated this work for display in our classroom.
Students entering the classroom were excited to see this new work and asked all kinds of questions about how it was painted and who painted it. I am curious, too... I should be getting more information about this work and the story behind it soon.
BCWMS students are gearing up for the Winter Holidays in their latest creations (to be finished up next week).
The works will be on Artsonia for parents and friends to purchase greeting cards, mugs, or ornaments featuring the work.
The work will be donated to Railside Assisted Living Center to decorate the rooms of the residents. This is a tradition we have participated in for the past four years.
Whether it is paint, oil pastel, crayon, or anything else you could think of (yarn, paper, sequins...), 8th grade students are showing what they know about value through the process of making portraits.
This project always makes me nervous. Time and again, as we work I look at the beginning moments and think to myself - "How is this going to turn out?!?"
Without a doubt, each time students tackle this challenge, they always surprise me with their inventiveness of ideas and choice of materials. From the pose, to the editing, to the positioning on the page, to the material to finish it, students have had the lead on what and how they wanted to compose this portrait.
The results, as you can see, are taking form as being very interesting and expressive portraits using all kinds of materials.
8th grade students finished their projects and turned them in using Moodle today.
Students worked on two different projects that both used ordinary objects as inspiration.
First students worked on the abstract contour line drawings in glue shown below. They used warm or cool watercolor paint to create an abstract wash over the glue and then outlined the changes in value with sharpie.
Students then used Jim Dine as inspiration to create the tool drawings featured on the left. We used our erasers as a drawing tool as well as chalk pastels to activate the negative spaces around the object. You can see both projects on our class gallery.
7th grade students applied their knowlege of color by choosing between warm and cool colors to contrast their knot and background. They also mixed media by using colored pencil for the knot and watercolor for the background. I first saw this lesson in an issue of Arts and Activities Magazine for High School - but as you can see, my 7th graders are definitely rockin' the knot!
Teaching Visual Arts since 2004 and making images since picking up a crayon.