The intermediate class has gone into full modular mode. Each week, they are introduced to four modules to help intrigue and inspire.
Module One: Each Monday, we introduce a new art Concept. This week's concept was positive and negative space. Student's interested in working with this concept were challenged with creating a tessellation.
Module Two: On Tuesdays we introduce the second module titled the Table. The Table provides an optional project for those students who might not be interested in Monday's concept. Last week's Table was pinatas!
Here are some of the pinatas created at last week's Table. This week, was tie dye and next week will be ugly dolls.
Module Three: The third module we introduce happens on Wednesdays. Each Wednesday we take a look at an Artist that is loosely associated with the Table. This week's artist is Joana Vasconcelos.
Module Four: The last module happens on Thursday. It's a look at Skills and Techniques that our artists might find helpful. If students couldn't relate to the Concept, didn't want to tie dye, and couldn't find any inspiration in the artist of the week, they certainly can find a video tutorial they want to follow.
But here is the best part. Even though all the modules are there to inform and inspire, students can still choose to design their own student-driven project. In fact, we encourage it! So here is some work that has nothing to do with the modules. Reagan created these two works. The one on the left was created on the 3D printer.
This student was exploring ways to present a cityscape, experimenting with different methods for presenting the background.
This student was interested in presenting the trees differently by angling the trunks.
"Mr Sands, I brought in a plush toy. Do you have any cement?"
This photo doesn't do justice to the color variation of the skin tones. You have to see it in real life.
Feel Good Friday
We ended the week with a Feel Good Friday. What's that you ask? Well, any students wishing to participate, placed their art on the table. All students then walked around the table, viewing the artwork and leaving comments on the Feel Good Friday comment sheets.
This particular Feel Good Friday also counted as a cross-curricular activity. That's because the Culinary Arts class was selling brownies. We bought a tray so in my book, that's cross-curricular. Also, brownies are just another great way to feel good on Feel Good Friday ;)
This week in Computer Art & Animation we took a look at Adobe Illustrator; a vector based application with a bit of a learning curve. Overall, Illustrator is a powerful design and illustration app but transitioning from raster-based apps such as Photoshop to vector-based programs takes a little getting used to.
To kick off the week, we ran a few tutorials to learn about tools this app offers and gain understanding about how they work and how the differ from Photoshop. We started with learning about shapes and gradients as can be seen in the above illustration of flowers.
Our second tutorial was perhaps the least fun but addresses the most obvious difference between raster and vector; working with the pen tool. At first, it can be a bit tricky to get the anchor points to go where you want them to go.
Building on the shape and gradient tools, our next step was to build layers. These 2D badges are composed of several layers of shapes. We also explored the type and pathfinder tools.
What comes after 2D? Going for 3D. This tutorial incorporated all the previous lessons but asked the student to apply a little creativity to create the illusion of depth.
Now that we have an understanding of the app, we will see what we can do on our own. Next week we will have some time to explore the app further on our own and use or time to create our own Adobe illustrations. Stay tuned...
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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