Wednesday, February 26, 2014
The Terracotta warriors were created around 200 BC by Emperor Qin, the first emperor of China. He had over 7,000 warriors created out of clay to protect his tomb. Amazingly, these soldiers weren't discovered until the 1970's! Students in grades 4-6 drew and carved these soldiers into Styrofoam and then printed them with metallic paint. These were then mounted side-by-side to create our own little armies! This is a great printmaking lesson that incorporates the art principle rhythm/repetition.
Monday, February 24, 2014
Monday, February 10, 2014
Here is the latest round of Chuck Close style portraits done in oil pastel by the 7th and 8th grade International Academy students! We drew out a grid over photographs of the students and then created a larger scale grid over a 12" x 18" paper. After students transferred the information to complete a proportional drawing, we used our knowledge of value to shade with oil pastels. The backgrounds were filled in with a texture rubbing and watercolor paint in a color scheme.
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Students in PreK and Kinder created these dynamic Vincent van Gogh inspired winter trees. We began by learning about Starry Night and creating curved lines to create a moving sky. Students then mixed different shades and tints of green and used these for the trees. This project taught students about the art elements line, shape and color as well as the principal of movement.