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A Week Full of Printmaking
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:
hands and faces, oh my!
Are after school art students preparing to be mummies for Halloween? No, they are just creating plaster casts and molds of their hands and faces!
This is one of my FAVORITE activities and I am so glad to be able to bring it to my students!
I am also excited to see what students do with their face molds once we get the clay impressions going... STAY TUNED!
moodle and more
On Friday, students used Moodle to show me what they know about Art by taking a Visual Arts pre-test. This is being graded on participation only and the data will be used as a driving force behind instruction. Basic Art concepts dealing with Elements and Principles of Design were covered as well as understanding of how various Art materials function.
It was very informative for me to see where the kids are at and what I need to do to get them to where they need to be. I look forward to using this test again at the end of the term and comparing the results!
In addition, students also used this website to do their social contracts and artist statements. If you notice a missing grade for either of those projects in PowerSchool, then go to Moodle to get the work done.
7th grade students also finished their Modified Blind Contour Drawings and I took their pictures for an upcoming PhotoShop project.
In After School Art, students finished their Artist Trading Cards to be swapped with a school in Canada and are now preparing plaster strips for mold making next week!
Students also have the option of attending the ArtPrize field trip on the 23rd. More information can be found on my website.
It was a very fun, exciting, and full week of activities - and it's only the first week of school! Can't wait to see what happens next week and each week after as we get into full swing!
Teaching Visual Arts since 2004 and making images since picking up a crayon.