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.
Art of South B
Artwork by students at
Making Artists picks up where The Open Art Room left off, covering issues and situations choice teachers encounter as they design their program.
The Open Art Room provides a student-centered approach to art instruction that is inspirational, practical, and classroom-tested.
Click Here to read the March SchoolArts Article, Student-Directed Answers to Five Frequently Ask Questions
Click Here to Read the April SchoolArts Magazine Article Tracking Student Progress with the Burn Book!
Click Here to Read the February SchoolArts Article, Build A Dynamic Art Program with Modular Teaching!