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!
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.
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!
For the rest of the school year, students in all Art classes are working on animations. Students developed concepts for animations within two big ideas: life and death, and visual culture. We discussed multiple facets of both the topics then groups were off to brainstorm together. Many groups are building elaborate props, others are creating their own drawings to animate with paper or dry-erase markers. We are fighting through the testing chaos and making some really exciting work!
You may watch this year's animations here.
I am so excited to have this visitor in Art this week! Students have the privilege of experiencing debate with a National award-winning debate competitor who was the first competitor sent to Nationals for my alma mater, Murray State University. He is also my "little" brother! Cody Wall has introduced key characteristics of debate and its structure then judged our students who had speaking parts. Everyone did an excellent job providing evidence and presenting their arguments for the following art-related topics:
This house believes Art should be a career pathway, This house believes in Donald Trump's proposed budget cut for the NEA, Abstract Expressionism is a valid form of art.
Also this week, Art History class performed their melodramas! This slide show is the second one below.
While watching Netflix original series, Abstract: The Art of Design, students sketched ideas for innovative designs. Each class produced a wide variety of designs for illustration, shoes, architecture, and more.
We have cardboard chaos in 6th period and I am loving it! Everyone is having fun experimenting with structural problem-solving and some really nice sculptures are coming together. We looked at the Cubist works of Pablo Picasso to draw inspiration for geometrical forms that have an emotion as subject matter. After completing their structures, students are using paint to help convey the emotion through color.
To kick off this semester, students in all classes were sent on a journey to create forced perspective photos! I took some interesting photos of the process and you can find the students' results here on Artsonia.
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.