Here's a look at some of the happenings in Art Three right before we left for spring break. I'm impressed by the qualities these students have as they persist in their desire to create.
Above, Katie has been capturing a series of portraits in watercolor. She has been conscious and particular about developing her style. Excited to watch her growth.
Parker took a big step and slipped out of his sketchbook (AKA comfort zone) and worked on this larger image on illustration board. This image is still a work in progress and taken before he added color. However, he since slipped back into his sketchbook. When we get back....
Kamryn is determined to get her artwork to the point where she is satisfied. In order to do this, she has no problem drawing and redrawing an image. This is a great quality to have. In this image she is having some fun with her practice by repeating the image Andy Warhol style.
Malcolm is always open to trying new ideas even when they are out of his comfort zone. In the beginning stages of this WIP, he is creating a self portrait using newspaper clippings to create value. He took on this challenge even though he wasn't sure how to start.
She hates her painting! The thing is, it's really good! But she isn't happy with it at all. However, Madison has no problem wiping out the entire painting (often to my dismay) and starting again. I've seen her do it several times to this painting already. It takes courage to wipe out a good painting because you desire a great painting.
She wasn't sure how the ink was going to work on top of the watercolor. She decided to go for it and I think it's coming along swimmingly. Taking risks is an important quality to have as an artist.
The Art One class has been set loose to explore art as they see fit. We still complete a warm up each day to learn a new technique or find out about a new artists. We still learn about a new Artistic Behavior each week as well. next week we will look into how Artists Find Inspiration Objects. However, it is up to the student to decide how to take what they are studying and use it in their art. After all, they are the artists. So here is a look at some of the ways they are choosing to do so this week...
Above, she found the plaster gauze and has made several masks.
Last week, we took a look at how Artists Solve Problems. Part of solving problems is dealing with limitations. For example, what if you had to create art using only clothespins? Behold the barn.
Not sure what this is or what his inspiration was but its fantastic. He did tell me that art is the only reason he likes to come to school. I'm glad he does.
She works hard developing her drawing and painting abilities by recreating her favorite characters. I know she has a few original characters but she hasn't shared then with me just yet. Should i not let her copy? Artists Steal! :)
Not every student likes to draw but some students really like to draw. This week's warm ups have focused on drawing facial features. Later in the week will will talk about facial proportions but this guy didn't want to wait. Here he is continuing to develop what he learned during the warm ups.
She wanted to incorporate a map into her painting so I was like, "Do you know how to photo transfer?" And she was like, "No." And I said, "Well, I could show you." And she said, "Sounds good." So I did and she liked that idea. So what you see is a work in progress but the bottom layer is a photo transfer of a map.
Oh no, don't paint in the book!! Oh, wait. it's cool. that's an old book, set aside for journaling. Students can claim a book and keep it in their cubby but we also have several community books that we leave in the center of the table. Anyone can journal in those books.
Today, all classes at South B are full TAB (Teaching for Artistic Behavior). What's that mean, you ask? Am I throwing everything out the window? No, don't be silly! Good question though and when I figure it out, I'll let you know. But in essence, here's the plan...
1. We'll keep the warm ups coming as short, separate things. We can learn perspective, color theory and proportion without turning them into projects.
2. We'll keep the lessons coming. We will still learn how artists steal, solve problems and observe so feel free to utilize this info in your projects. Plus we'll bump up Weird Wednesday. For example, have you seen the exploding paint fireworks thingy Color Like No Other? Click here or stop by during 3rd block today.
3. Other than that, student directed projects. You pick the media, subject and style.
OK that's it. Get to work.
This is Ohio. She doesn't looked pleased, does she? That's because she hates her art. She doesn't think it's coming out well. The thing is, she's never likes her art work, even though she is constantly improving.
She continues to work on it which is a good thing. Never give up.
This is Parker's, He lives in his sketchbook. He makes amazing illustrations but I think it would be cool if he would get out of his sketchbook once in a while. Maybe turn one of these amazing sketches into a finished illustration? I'll give you some illustration board...
Danielle is fearless. She worked on this fox painting and it was pretty much done. However, the background was painted a flat color. Danielle said she wanted to paint something in the background because people would look at the painting and say, 'oh its a fox' and that would be it. So, even though it was technically done, she decided to paint feathers in the background.
Here is the fox with feathers ... still in the works.
Nyssa made this etching. Then she made one print and that was it. Nyssa, the point of an etching is that you can make multiple copies. But Nyssa is drawing hands.. I mean working on body proportions... i mean finishing her elephant design.. I mean working on a stippling project.. I mean....
Tiffany is painting a dreamscape. She second guesses herself sometimes.... always. There is no need. She makes great decisions. Move forward boldly Tiffany. You got this.
Olivia had been working on this elephant painting since 1974. Just saying.
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 -->
Art of South B
This blog contains the work of Visual Artists, Computer Graphic Designers, Animators, and Street Artists from South Brunswick HS, NC