Most of the art class here at South B follow along with a unit plan, even is ever so loosely. We look at how artists think and work and use those artistic behaviors if for nothing else than a guideline when creating.
Above: Junk taped together to create the form of a woman as part of an exercise in exploring value.
Above: 10 minute warm up exercise. Paper curl drawings showing value.
Monday's sometimes start slowly. Students are always excited about diving back into a project after being off for the weekend. Sometimes is fun to start the week with something completely different. That's what we did today.
Since we have been exploring value and learning about various shading techniques, I thought it might be fun to see how shadows can be used to create art. We set up lights and taped paper to the back of chairs. Teams formed and were given junk they could use in order to create images in the shadow. It's trickier than it sounds. The objects need to be the right distance from the paper in order to get the desired results. The direction of the light can also change the outcome. Here are some of the results.
Value is an important element when creating art. rich, dark shades and bright highlights bring a work of art to life. To emphasize the importance, we completed a mini lesson on value. The objective, don't be afraid of the dark!
Having a range of pencil types doesn't hurt. We talked about the difference between H and B pencils and experimented with b, 2B, 4B and even 6B to see how rich and dark we could get. I think they got this down.
Last September, Melissa Purtee (co-author of the book, The Open Art Room) and I were fortunate enough to be offered a monthly column in SchoolArts Magazine. Each issue of SchoolArts is dedicated to delivering outstanding content to art teachers, internationally.
Our monthly column, also titled The Open Art Room, addresses the concerns of with working in a choice-based classroom at the high school level.
The February issue (pictured above) offers suggestions on helping students move beyond good work and move towards great work. Below are the other articles I've written since last September. Click here to read the February column.
January 2017: Seeking Authentic Growth
November 2016: Caught in the Middle
September 2016: What to Expect When You Change to Choice
March 2017: Let the Student Be the Artist
I was offered the opportunity to write for Arts & Activities Magazine, Choice Based Art column
AP Art? What's that? Well, I'm glad you asked. AP Studio Art 2D Design, which will be offered next year for the first time in Brunswick County is just what it sounds like. It's a college level course which presents students with the opportunity to receive AP credit in art.
Instead of a written text, AP Art requires students submit a portfolio of 24 pieces. That might sound like a lot (cause it its!) but students who select to take AP art will have a year to complete their portfolio. Some will have even a little longer as we have already started by getting a jump on the year ahead.
Students enrolled in this semester's Proficient/Advanced class are given the option of either working on Artistic Behavior assignments or developing alternative projects that align with the Breadth section of the AP portfolio. Breadth pieces should demonstrate a mastery of varied media, techniques and subject matter.
For these works, we are trying to steer clear of Internet images and instead relying on our on photography or better yet, drawing from observation. If an internet image is used, we are learning how to move beyond duplication to illustrate an original idea.
Students interested in AP Studio Art 2D Design should sign up for Advanced Art Fall 2017 and AP Studio Art 2D Design Spring 2018. Here we go!
As part of our Artists Observe unit, we spent a day drawing objects from nature. There were three centers; the deer table, the shell table and the squirrel tail table. Each student had 15 minutes to spend at each table before rotating to the next.
Along with the different nature object, there was also a selection of media including different types of pencils, colored pencils, and charcoal pencils. Here's a look -->
Today, we took a bus into the big city of Southport for the annual Woman's Club Art Show. 36 students attended the luncheon we even more participating in the juried exhibit.
After checking out the show and seeing who won, we sat down for lunch provided by the Club. Yum! Afterwards, they announced the winners and distributed certificates, ribbons and cash prizes. Hey kids, don't forget to tip your art teacher! ... (just kidding ;)
Here's a look at some photos from the event.
There's a new skeleton in town... her name is Chick and as part of our first unit on observation, we are drawing her twice.
We drew her day one, in fact, it was the first thing we did. The rest of the week, we are drawing a bone or two each day as a warm up. At the end of the week, we will draw her again and I'm pretty sure the results will be remarkable... but more on that later.
Meanwhile, as a mini-lesson, each student drew a cartoon character of their choice. They didn't know that today I would ask them to draw that character again but this time creating a skeleton for it. A little imagination mixed in with a little observation and here are the results in progress...
In general, I like to organize blog posts by units of study the artists at South B are entertaining. However, by this time of year there are so many different things happening that it’s easier to just write about all the stuff that's happening. So here is a post dedicated to stuff and things... but mostly stuff.
Above: A pet portrait of her dog.
Working on their first ever stop motion animation
We introduced figure drawing and proportion.
She is doing a reverse drawing in color pencil. A photo is taken and a reverse filter is applied to display realistic colors.
One of the hand turkeys from our Hand turkey Tuesday contest. This one took longer than Tuesday to complete.
Working in series, this student decided to explore apples in pastel.
"I don't know what to do."
"Go make a giant hamburger."
Portrait in coffee. Smells good too.
"I want to do a screen print"
"We don't have any screen printing stuff"
(Whines) "But I want to doo a screeeeen printttt."
Students actually whines screen printing into existence
Portait work in marker
For this unit we took a look at how artists often create work in a series. Examples included Monet and the haystack, Kehinde Wiley and his portraits, and Tara Donovan and the plastic cup. Artists create these series by either using a common medium, a common theme, style or even a common pallete.
The artists at South b were asked to create (at least) three works of art to create a series. Here are a few of the works in progress.
Art of South B
This blog contains the work of Visual Artists, Computer Graphic Designers, Animators, and Street Artists from South Brunswick HS, NC