There was a big fight in the art room. Luckily I caught it on camera. Ok, JK. Actually, this week we took a look at Proportions with a focus on using foreshortening. There were some questions about how the arm might look if held in a certain position so we posed and took the photos for a reference.
This piece, still in the works, is another example of a student trying out foreshortening. It's a tricky concept but can really enhance the figures our students are drawing. More dynamic posses result in more dynamic works.
Along with the basics of proportion, 71\2 heads tall and foreshortening, we also took a look at the muscles. Understanding the muscle in the human body and how they work can help a student to better understand how the body moves and bends which helps the student draw better figures. Here is a sketch a student decided to draw in order to better understand the muscles.
Tuesday Table: Marbling
Meanwhile, for those not at all interested in drawing the figure, our Tuesday table was Marbling. Marbling is fun but is also sort of messy. Half the fun comes from not really knowing what your final piece will look like.
The experimentation with different colors and different methods results in different results on the paper. Once you start, its sort of addictive. Needless to say, a lot of marbling happened this week.
As always, the choice of what to accomplish is left up to the artists. So it goes without saying that there were students who wanted to go in a different direction. Like the drawing above. Its a sketch from observation of some paper clips. One of the AP students is working on it as part of her Breadth portfolio. (unfortunately, the glare from the light made for a poor photo)
He had never created a silk screen but was interested in learning how it worked.
They are working on a ginormous Tweety Bird using complimentary colors. This is actually a project they developed from last week's Concept, Appropriation.
This is funny ;)
We ended the last day of the 2018-2019 semester with a field trip to the Southport Woman's Day Art Festival. This year, due to the hurricane back in the fall, the festival just happened to fall on the last day of the semester. In fact, it wasn't even a regular school day. It was actually an exam make up day. This made everything a little tricky but we worked it out.
So what's this Woman's Day Art Festival thingy all about? Well, its kind of exciting! Students who entered work into the exhibit are invited to the Southport Community Center for a luncheon. Yum, food! After the luncheon, winners of the art contest are announced. Winning students receive a certificate, prize money, a ribbon and if they one first place in their category, their work moves on to district and then state!
This is Pasty with her first place entry for charcoal. And look, her granddad showed up to the event. And she won. And its a portrait of him. So that's pretty cool. But even better, not only did Pasty's piece win best in charcoal, it won Best in Show! Congratulations!
We managed to get a photo of all the first place winners. All of these student's work will be going on to district and hopefully, if they win at district, on to state! Good luck!
The Next Day Was Day One
The next day was the first day of the new semester. This means all new class and all new students. Since it was a Thursday, I didn't want to start with a new Module. That can wait till Monday. So I decided for my Intermediate class to offer a fun two day challenge. Create the skeletal system for a cartoon character.
This one day challenge actually will lead quiet nicely into our Monday Concept, Artists Steal. It also is a great way to introduce the Standard, I Create, along with the introducing the Learning Target, 'I combine an inspirational source with my own ideas'.
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Art of South B
This blog contains the work of Visual Artists, Computer Graphic Designers, Animators, and Street Artists from South Brunswick High School, NC