8th grade Abstractions
8th graders worked on the concept of abstraction this week through a series of activities that ranged from drawing, painting, sculpture, and digital work that explored concepts of representational abstraction (mostly with portraiture). The below are some of the results:
You can see the full array of images on our online gallery at www.artsonia.com/schools/byron1.
Dear Parents/Friends/Students/Fellow Teachers,
I came across the above image from a post that an Art teacher friend of mine posted yesterday. I currently use a similar system, but they clog all of the time and they have a tendency to explode as a result (maybe you have seen the aftermath of this on students' clothing at some point over the last year).
Although I love putting ketchup on almost everything, there is no way I will be able to go through enough to get the bottles needed to implement this in my classroom for the Fall. If possible, please save and clean empty bottles so that I can upgrade to this system and save your children from exploding paint bottles. I would be in need of 10 bottles total. If you are able to contribute to the cause, please respond to this post. I can start accepting bottles as soon as you are ready to send them my way.
Thank you for your help and support!
BCWMS Visual Arts Teacher
Even though I was away for the past two days, students worked (as best as they could) on assignments without me. I communicated with some through email during that time and also posted videos online, but something still got lost along the way... so today was a catch-up day.
7th grade worked on painting their Celtic inspired knots and 8th grade outlined and turned in their watercolor abstractions.
7th and 8th grade students finished up their warm and cool projects today. Tomorrow all students will finish uploading their work to Moodle so I can put it on our online gallery.
It is always fun to see the creative ways students make each assignment their own and demonstrate their understanding of a topic. I find it especially helpful when they include artist statements to show me what they learned and thought along the way. Not every project is everyone's favorite, but no matter what, every student is learning something in the process.
Students in after school art are working with wood, wire, stockings, and paint to create abstract forms that express movement and balance. Thanks to the generosity of X-rite, we have more than enough colors of paint to choose from. The company donated a skid of paint last summer that students are still using for various projects.
7th and 8th grade students are working with value this week as they continue to create their portraits. 8th grade students get to select the material they work with and apply it to their value scale, whereas 7th grade students are working with pencil and shading using the pressure of the graphite on the paper to get their shifts of value. Both grade levels created 5-step value charts before applying it to their work.
7th grade students finished their Celtic inspired symmetrical knots today and turned them in using Moodle. Students explored concepts of line, pattern, color, and balance in this work. We also learned some art history and using mixed media. This was a fun project and our class gallery shows the hard work and creativity tied together in this neat little knot.
Teaching Visual Arts since 2004 and making images since picking up a crayon.