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While I was Away
One of the neatest things to come out of the 1:1 work with students is their ability to continue working on things when I am out of the classroom. I had the great honor and privilege to not only attend the MACUL (Michigan Association of Computer Users in Learning) at the end of this week, but I also got to be a part of three presentations while there. Even though this meant spending time away from my students to get and share insight in best educational practices, my students did not miss a beat and here are some of the pieces students submitted while I was away:
7th grade Portraits
7th grade students finished their portraits this week using Chuck Close and Noli Novak as inspiration. After drawing their faces in a neutral value scheme, they selected a material for their background and filled it with color. They then experimented with collage as they cut and pasted a portrait using their reference photo as a guide. Using Artsonia classroom mode, I was able to see these works get done in real time as students turned them in on the computer Thursday and Friday.
8th grade Portraits
In addition to studying the artists mentioned in the 7th grade unit, 8th grade students also examine the work of Shepard Fairey and Rob Kelly before making decisions on how they want their portraits to look. Students have complete control over the pose, material, and execution of these works. After completing their portraits in real space, they went digital and (with the help of Ian Sands) created the pixelated versions of themselves.
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!
ready for their close up
8th graders were ready to assume the roles of many of the artists we studied in class for their informational videos. From Andy Warhol (above) to Shepard Fairey (left), students used a variety of "costumes" to get the desired effect.
This project is outlined on this webpage and I have given presentations on this topic at the Michigan Association of Computer Users in Learning conference as well as Kendall College of Art and Design. This project was awarded a 2nd place prize in the 2011 PBS Innovation Awards and I am currently working on a video to submit in the 2012 STEMie awards. First place award includes $15000 for the winning classroom - imagine all of the cool stuff we could do with that!
working hard before the break
8th grade students are working with their posters before finishing out the week and taking a nice long break from school!
Inspired by the work of Shepard Fairey and other street artists, students are using celebrities, political figures, and characters from movies as the subjects of their work.
From paint to sequins, students are selecting materials and applying it to their work.
These colorful works will be plastered in the halls shortly after break.
Starting today, 8th grade students will be working from photographs to create a street art inspired poster. Using their own image, they will use the Stamp filter in Photoshop, a transparency, and a posterboard to create their works.
The how to guide is in the word document below.
Teaching Visual Arts since 2004 and making images since picking up a crayon.