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.
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