I decided to try something new in class today as students were finalizing their sketches for upcoming projects in 7th and 8th grade art. Usually students create several options on newsprint and then apply to a final product, making decisions on their own throughout that process. Instead of working in isolation and only getting feedback half way through or at the end, students spent part of today reviewing the planning sketches of their peer and indicating their favorites with a check or a star. This gave students a chance to rethink their initial favorites and take their peers' feedback into consideration when moving onto the next stages before finishing their projects.
8th grade students created maquettes to test out their planned paper sculptures before creating them on a larger scale. Creating a smaller model of the final design allows students to find the best possible solutions in a quick amount of time without wasting many resources. It was fun to see students struggle their way to solutions as they cut, folded, scored, and glued their designs together.
Students are working on the planning process of their clay projects.
Before getting any clay, students need to jot down ideas, define some vocab, as well as sketch out some plans for this project.
8th grade students will work with slabs to create their Anthropomorphic vessels and 7th grade will use pinch pots for their clay balloon figures.
For demonstrations today I made a fish, a dinosaur/chicken (chickensaurous), and a pig for the 7th grade students.
I will be sure to post pictures of the pieces to our gallery as soon as they are finished.
Teaching Visual Arts since 2004 and making images since picking up a crayon.