Students have been busy this week! We finished the Zentagle Animal project, taught by Ms. Scheele (our student assistant from Aquinas), experimented with some plaster casting, and then started a new portrait project inspired by contemporary artists. It has been a fun week filled with discovery!
7th grade students worked with portraits today after dancing to review line vocabulary and then rotating around the room for our Portrait Party. Students drew their portraits using a blind contour method - which results in very abstract looking works.
We finished the activity by modifying one of the blind contour drawings onto a larger scale with black oil pastel. Tomorrow students will add color and value to their abstract portraits before finishing up and turning them into Moodle.
To see what a Portrait Party involves, you can check out the video below:
So, because it is the second Friday of October, today is International Bring a Scone to Art Class day. This tradition, although important, was overshadowed with MEAP testing this week and I dropped the ball on letting my kids in on it. Luckily, treats were not far away due to the delicious decisions of several students to use food in their portraits. For today, M&Ms, Skittles, and Frosted Fruit-Os are going to have to take the place of scones.
7th and 8th grade students are continuing to work with portraits this week. 8th grade students are working on their posterized portraits using materials of their choice. It is always fun to see what new material is brought into the mix. This time cereal is being used, which also provides a tasty snack as you work...
7th grade students are working on collage methods for their portraits. This is always a fun transformation to witness.
8th grade students worked on their portraits today by taking expressive images of themselves and posterizing them in Photoshop to show 5 values. Tomorrow they will begin to outline those values on transparencies before projecting them onto larger paper for their projects.
This project is one of my favorites to teach because every student gets to select the materials they use for the values. Each time I teach it, I am surprised by the choices students make on what they want to use. I am looking forward to seeing these pictures take shape as students add value to create their self-portrait.
Both 7th and 8th grade students are moving onto portraiture this week as they look at some of my favorite living artists and how they tackle the elements of the face. Chuck Close, Shepard Fairey, and Noli Novak are among the artists we look at before getting to work.
7th grade students are basing their work closely to Novak's and we share our progress with her via Twitter. She has been a great inspiration for our class and has even donated her time to talk with us via Skype last Spring.
I am really excited about the work being completed so far and look forward to sharing them through our online gallery on Artsonia!
After students were finished putting their portfolios together, we moved onto some drawing games that got us up and moving.
7th grade students had a portrait party. They used blind contour drawing methods to observe and draw their peers. The result is very abstract and fluid. The room filled with laughter as soon as they revealed their drawings to each other and themselves.
8th grade students worked on their exquisite corpse drawings again today and selected with one they are interested in modifying.
Both groups will continue to work on the drawings Monday by adding color and more lines.
Having an After School Art class allows for time to do some pretty big projects that take multiple people and weeks worth of work to complete. The image above of Mr. Dennett was inspired by Ian Sands, an Art teacher in North Carolina and a project he does with his Art I students.
This picture of Mr. Dennett is now on display in the upstairs hall next to his room. You will notice that it is made of 2x2 inch squares the students cut and pasted, working off of an image they manipulated in Photoshop to get the color and pixels into the image.
This was a fun process that the students look forward to replicating; who will be next? You will have to wait and see...
Students are back to work today as we get back into the swing of things, finishing off the final 9 weeks of school before Summer break! Some students couldn't wait to return to school after Spring Break, showing off the work they accomplished while on vacation.
The piece above, by Marcus, was made out of push pins. This piece will be among many for the Spring Art Show at the Van Singel Fine Arts Center during the month of May.
Tena finished her portrait after weeks of extra work and dedication. As you can see, it is pretty amazing! Her piece will now compete at the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards with other students from BCWMS.
Teaching Visual Arts since 2004 and making images since picking up a crayon.