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:
We had a great first week in the art room. We worked with clay, got to go outside, did some dancing, and even played a few games - it was a very eventful and fun way to start out the school year.
Students also created their social contract to help set the rules for the class and took their pre-test and survey to help me get a better sense of what they know and why they signed up for the class.
Some feedback I got from students in the Art Survey included the following comments along with what they want to learn in the class:
I like this class a lot. I didn't think I would because I signed up for it only to take STEM, and I have never liked art before. This class has been very fun for me.
I am interested in what students are making over the summer and would like to challenge parents and students to post works to their Artsonia accounts before August 22nd (both Jitter's Day and Parent Orientation meetings).
If you are having a hard time knowing how to get started, check out this awesome video on creating creatures from Heather Weideman :
If you are unsure of your child's username or account password, please email me and I will help you get logged in to post the artwork.
Winners will receive Artsonia gift store merchandise of the work uploaded to the site before August
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!
Students involved with the After School Art Program have been working with a variety of materials this year so far. Since this class allows students to select their materials and subjects in their pursuit of making art, students are given the freedom to pursue their interests and express themselves creatively.
From participating in the National STEM Video Game Design Competition to create prints and portraits in clay, students have worked on creating many art objects during their time after school daily.
Teaching Visual Arts since 2004 and making images since picking up a crayon.