As we finished up our last project of the calendar year, I looked around the room at my students feeling very proud and thankful that I get to do what I do on a daily basis. 2014 has been an awesome year and here are some responses from my students who were simply asked to make something for their last assignment. I am particularly impressed with the level of thought and diversity in outcome as they selected the theme, material, and given only a week to complete. You can see the full gallery of work on Artsonia. Here are some highlights:
Gabe: For project five I chose to make a landscape in Photoshop. Recently Ive been studying photoshop art and design so I decided that I'd start a landscape project. For each layer of depth I used a new layer to make editing easier. The tools I used most were the brush to draw and the burn tool to add shadow and depth.
Colton: I wanted to use a lot of texture in my painting of spiderman so I layered the paint and for the background I used oil pastel. I then scraped off most of the oil pastel making the background look cool. I couldn't really come up with an idea for the this project at first but then I though of another work I made earlier in the year. That helped me come up with this Spiderman painting for the project "Make Something" and because of the theme I though it was a perfect opportunity to make this. Like I already said, I based this off one of my other works. That work that inspired me is hanging on my wall and makes me think how great of an artist I am.
Jayson: For my “Create Something” project, I decided to do a project based around music since it has been a big part of my life. Growing up, I listened to a lot of music. I have learned to play both the piano and cello. Music is something that my family, including myself, enjoys. I feel like this is something that represents me and has had a big impact on my life.
Bre: The theme of my artwork is cancer survivors. When you look at my artwork you will see a cancer ribbon with a bunch of different colors coming off of it, and words in the ribbon. In my artwork I used color as my Element of Design, because I have a lot of different vibrant colors and they are outlined in a black sharpie. I also used emphasis as my Principle Of Design, because the focal point of my artwork was the cancer ribbon. This artwork goes with the theme of using family connections, because I love my Grandma very much and she suffered from cancer, but she is now a survivor. In conclusion, this is by far my favorite project that we had to do because we didn’t have a theme and we could make anything we wanted.
Nolan: This photoshop image has many personal connections to me. The daily struggles of school often distract me from the beauty of nature. On the off chance that I get the opportunity to go up north to my cabin, I always go into the woods and admire it's beauty. I can't help but think how much more relaxing and easy it would be to be a tree. In my work I contrasted my name from the background by making the letters colorful and the background black and white. Also, the fallen down tree form in the background takes up the space around my name in an efficient way. This piece was very successful and enjoyable to make.
Lauren: I use many factors of elements and principles of design. One is I use the same over all colors for my piece. I use a grey scale. I also use form. My piece has the main focus on the people, which are in the foreground. Each person is placed in the same way and the place. This shows rhythm in the piece. This can show how people feel about each other and how they feel about themselves. These people are all around us and come in many different shapes and forms.
Teaching Visual Arts since 2004 and making images since picking up a crayon.