Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Southwestern Landscapes

Middle School students painted these southwestern landscapes to learn the art principle of space. We learned about aerial perspective; that when you go back farther in space objects become duller in color and smaller. Students then designed their own original landscape and painted to show depth in space. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Summer Landscapes

The 4-6 classes ended the year with a project exploring brightly colored summer landscapes. We began by looking at some paintings of flowers, suns and oceans. Students then worked on sketches that needed to include an enlarged subject that went off at least one edge of the page. I also gave the students the choice to include some elements similar to Japanese prints, such as enormous waves or stylized sun rays. After drawing on the large paper, we covered the lines with a black glue. This gives the lines a dynamic and fluid look. We then filled the rest in with vibrant liquid watercolors. The finished paintings were a great representation of summer!

Friday, May 18, 2018

Printmaking Flowers

Students in middle school created these flowers to learn about the art of printmaking. We began with a line drawing of a flower and used that to create the "block" out of styrofoam. Next, students colored the block with markers and pulled prints by lightly dampening a paper and pressing the block. Students created multiple prints and were able to experiment with color blending and different color combinations. We then chose the best prints and incorporated them into a uniquely designed drawing. I had the students do the drawing in black sharpie so the flowers would contrast and stand out as the emphasis of the piece. I love how each student interpreted the directions differently and used the flowers in a different and unique way!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Giraffe Paintings

Giraffes are my absolute favorite animal, so every year I have to pull in at least one giraffe project. This was inspired by a photograph I came across recently of the front view of a giraffe. I began with a step-by-step drawing of the giraffe starting with the nose. Once the drawing was complete, students outlined everything with either a black or brown crayon. We later used watercolor paint and attached some leaves for a border frame. This was definitely a standout project that was a success for every student!

Woven Snakes

PreK and Kinder created these woven snakes to learn about pattern, weaving and color contrast. We began by creating a painting by blending yellow and green together. During the next class, students cut out and added patterns to snakes in red and orange. We then cut the green/yellow painting to create a loom and wove the snakes in and out. The final step was to glue down the snakes once they are in place and add little tongues and eyes. 

Monday, April 9, 2018

Beyond the Border

This beyond the border art project is meant to explore the design principles of emphasis and contrast. Students illustrate some type of animal or insect and some nature in the composition with a square in the middle. Everything in the middle square should be in bright color and everything outside the square should be in different values of black and white. The entire animal or insect should be in color to create the illusion that it is breaking out "beyond the border." Students should use the rule of thirds to create an interesting composition while also exploring different colored pencil techniques.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Skeleton Drawings

These skeletons started as a practice in drawing positive and negative space. Students had to carefully examine the spaces in between (the negative space) as well as the bones (the positive space). After two classes, students began to add detail and value to the bones. To fill in the background space, I demonstrated how to use watercolor paints for a crayon resist. I let the artists decide how they wanted to paint the background. This is a great drawing project to teach the principles of positive and negative space as well as value and color contrast.