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.
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.
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.
Second period Art 1 and 2, and 3rd period Art 2 are in the middle of a painting workshop to develop skills for an upcoming portrait unit called Back in the Good Old Days. Students will ask for stories from a member of the elderly community and incorporate symbolism from the narratives into a portrait for them. We are using a still life painting of oranges to guide our learning of painting techniques so students can combine these skills with proportions and likeness in portrait painting.
This week all Art classes have in the process of creating contest posters for our Community/Positive Behaviors Unit. This unit began last week with discussion about examples of community and how artists create objects that shape lives and communities. We are focusing on building a positive community in and outside our classroom by participating in Red Ribbon Week, SafeSchools Week, and the Adopt-a-Highway contest to raise awareness about the harmful effects of drug use, bullying, and littering with our artworks. Posters will be submitted Friday!
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.