8th grade students are starting their last project theme of the semester. As a way to wrap up the time we have shared together, students are looking through their portfolios at work on Artsonia from this year, last year, and as far back as 5th grade! After looking through their portfolios, they are to select one work they would like to reimagine either through a change of style, media, or demonstrating an improvement of their skills.
After students had some time to research and peer conference, they also looked at the work of Takashi Murakami and how he uses the concept of old and new in his work. Here is a video of him explaining his work at Versailles.
7th grade students finished their Zentangle Portraits earlier this week that were inspired by the 1960s. It was fun to see how they used text, pattern, line, color and shape to complete their works before posting it to our online gallery.
8th grade students are working on Monsters this week, inspired by Takashi Murakami. It will be fun to see these sewn creatures come to life as students finish their works tomorrow and Thursday. Students are also felting details onto their works using the Donors Choose materials we received earlier in the school year.
I think this picture sums up the last week pretty well in the Visual Arts classroom at WMS.
It has been a busy end of the term as students finished projects and reviewed for exams. I am really proud of the work students created over this semester and cannot wait to share the experiences with the new group of students next week.
As we got ready for our exam review, students watched the videos they created to explore and teach others about the projects and concepts we learned over the semester. The one below was voted as the best of class by their peers.
8th grade students are planning out their monsters today based on the work of Takashi Murakami. They are learning about the Japanese pop artist who invented the term "superflat" to describe his artwork.
Students will learn more about the artist tomorrow, before making their plush monsters.
Teaching Visual Arts since 2004 and making images since picking up a crayon.