Angie Duvall, ray of sunshine and Art History teacher at NBHS, came to me wanting to do this painting project with her classes. After attempting many different recipes for the paint and several trips to Lowes and other stores, we found the perfect tools for the job and tackled getting ALL of our classes together, at one point we had almost 60 students in the Art room "painting"! The students were all very pleased with their results from the process which emphasized non-traditional paint application. We looked at the work of Abstract Expressionist painter Jackson Pollock as a reference for this style.
This week and next week Art 2-4 students will be getting their hands dirty with clay! Students are either exploring humor, function, or both in their sculptures.
Art 2-4 students are exploring these themes in paintings and altered books for this unit.
All NB Seniors interested in attending art school were invited to join a presentation given in 6th period today by Benjamin Rich from Spalding University, KyCAD division. Students learned about the studio advantage, unique schedule, and exhibition opportunities particular to Ky College of Art and Design.
Some Art 3 & 4 students chose a charcoal study as the upcoming week's sketchbook assignment. Here they are posing for each other! Other students in the class chose 3-dimensional assignments.
Students in Art 2, 3, and 4 used dry-erase score boards to evaluate the effectiveness of their classmates print series. This group critique allows students to share their evaluation using relevant art vocabulary and encourages discussion among classmates.
Did you know we paint on the table in Art?! For a monoprinting series, Art 2, 3, and 4 students used the flat surface of the tables to create an image. We then created prints of the image by laying paper over the top and applying pressure to complete the transfer. This printmaking technique is unique in that it results in only one original. Students were of course taught to properly clean up, and no table was harmed during this art making process!
Today students got an exercise in describing artwork because often students like to put their opinions into descriptions and/or describe too little about a work. Students rotated between being the artist and witness. The witness described the image to the artist who had to draw only what they were being told. Without peeking! Students were all quite surprised to turn and see what they were actually drawing. This lesson winds down procedures and soon students will all be making their own art!
Field Trip to the Speed Art Museum with Art 3 & 4 - Special thanks to Anne Tilford and First Sergeant Siler for driving the vans for us and joining our tour! Students had a blast looking at the incredible collection our local Speed has to offer. I must admit though, I wonder if having Starbucks on campus was their favorite part. I'm so proud of these students, some of them are responsible for helping fund the trip by providing items for a holiday sale back in December.
Today Advanced Art had a visitor from Spalding University's KyCAD division, Ben Rich, shared information on the qualities that make KyCAD a special Art school. Ben discussed the program's curriculum, media emphasis options, costs, perks, and more. After a presentation Ben gave our young artists feedback on portfolio work they brought in.
I invite you to browse this blog often to get a taste of my favorite part of my job - the process! Here I focus on students engaging with their work. If you are looking for final products, please visit our online gallery on Artsonia.