This semester Art 1 students have been learning watercolor paint techniques with a wide variety of watercolor media. They've been practicing these in preparation of their own watercolor paintings. Students will create two paintings in this unit: a landscape (either realistic or fantasy-based), and a "whatever" painting meaning they have choice of subject matter. Today we began their paintings!
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.
Art 1 students in 2nd period joined Allied Health & Culinary for a presentation from Southland Dairy Farmers today for a unique opportunity! My students completed an anatomical gesture drawing of the stunning model, Jet. We got to hear about her milk production and witness the extraction process. Thank you Mrs. Keehn and Allied Health for coordinating this presentation!
Art 1 students worked towards this learning target for two days: I can apply value techniques to create an observational drawing outdoors:trees & textures.(DOK4) We had nice weather to enjoy the outdoor drawing study. Fifth period students didn't have the tolerance for the heat that came later in the day so they focused on perspective and drew in the lobby.
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!
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.