When I see stuff like this happening in the art room I get so absolutely.... curious.
I wonder where my students are going with it. Sure, it looks like someone took a hammer to an old VHS video. That's because that's what they did. But then we have to wonder... where are we going with this?
Some might see this as a waste of paint. It's is a lot of paint which seems to be slapped around rather randomly without purpose or direction. But maybe not.
Where are we going with this? She saw something in the way the layers of color formed depth. She create a few more "paintings" till she had a collection of small abstract pieces.
She focused in on one abstract work and used it as a preliminary sketch to create this larger WIP on canvas.
The bulletin board also started as an experiment. The student was playing with oil pastels and created several small stylized seascape compositions. She used these as a starting point to develop this work in progress.
The idea for this piece went through several transition before it was finalized. All she knew was that she wanted a fish. From watercolor to wood burning to acrylic on board to this version with the board shaped to match the fish. Where was it going? She wasn't sure at first but now she knows that after shes done sanding and painting, it will probably get a coat of clear enamel and then be given to her dad as a present ;)
One origami heart.
24 origami hearts. Where are we going with this? Stay tuned.
Perhaps more important than where are we going with this is understanding where it came from. She has been working on figures and color this semester and I think she has really arrived. She has tighten up her color scheme and is starting to develop a strong style with her figures. Wherever this is going, keep going there.
So when I see something like this in my class I get curious. Where are we going with this?
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.
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