#HandTurkeyTuesday, that most special time right before Thanksgiving break. There is a buzz in the air, not because we are about to have a few days off to spend with our relatives while eating turkey and watching football... No! It's because everyone wants to draw a hand turkey.
Have you never participated in #HandTurkeyTuesday? Well, then you might consider it for next year. We even put together a complete presentation that goes into depth about what #HandTurkeyTuesday is all about. Or, at least, it has some examples of hand turkeys. But you don't need to go to the presentation to see the best examples of hand turkeys. We have them right here! I present to you the 2018 #HandTurkeyTuesday hand turkeys!!!!
Often, when we think of an artist, we think of their style. We think of how their work often appears to fit together because they use a similar color palette, brush stroke or line quality. This ability to develop a style might begin when the artist latches onto to something in their work and then explores that idea deeper.
This desire to explore the idea is something that seems to come quit naturally to the artist. As art teachers, we can help cultivate this concept by providing our artists the time and materials needed in which to dig deeper.
Here is a look at some of the South B artists who are exploring the idea. Above, Maxwell, who often works on an iPad is developing a distinct style through his use of line quality and color choices.
Joshlyne started by creating zentangle designs on paper. Later she extended her designs by creating several lino cut prints.
Trey has been working in graphite developing his style by incorporating a high level of contrast.
While not a series, this collaborative piece, spearheaded by Jeana, began with the artists experimenting with paper straws. It later grew into a gruesome yet whimsical interpretation of the story of the Three Little Pigs.
This series, designed by Naomi, began with the artists creating a two point linear perspective drawing. The drawing was imported into Photoshop where the artist further explored various color mode variations.
Zoe is continuously developing her style. She renders her figures in pencil and has been exploring various media in which to complete each piece. she is also exploring different ways to treat the backgrounds.
Computer Art & animation is moving right along. We've been digging deeper into Photoshop including a look at brushes, text, layers and masks. Take a look....
Just about wrapping up our last Artistic Behavior Unit, Artists Collect & Synthesize. We took a look at a few artists that collect stuff and synthesize it together including Tara Donovan, Mae Chevrette, Andy Goldsworthy and the Washed Ashore Project.
We considered things that people collect and things that are collected sometimes not even on purpose. For example, we collect a spork every time we eat lunch in the cafeteria and we collect a receipt every time we shop at the Food Lion. What could we do with these collections if we didn't throw them away?
We also talked about how things can be synthesize. What is Synthesizing? What are methods for Synthesizing? How can artists synthesize their collections? We did a little brainstorming and then the students got to work. Most choose to collaborate with others to create a work of art.
The collections could be anything. Some students choose to use found objects and trash while others, like this group, decided on natural objects, at least as a starting point.
Bottle caps, pencils, and scrap fabric were all in the mix. Below, students at various stages in their artistic process.
A link to the Google Slide unit plan for Artists Collect & Synthesize.
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This week's Table complimented the Artistic Behavior Unit we we exploring this week, Artists Collect and Synthesize. If you're not familiar with the concept of the Table, you can check it our here. We took a look at the work of Environmental Artist Bryant Holsenbeck. She creates creatures out of trash and recycled materials. It wasn't to hard to load up the Table with this type of material.
Students who selected to work at the Table began by creating wire frameworks which they wrapped in grocery store plastic bags. Once the basic form was in place, the students had a selection of yearn, string and fabric to add to their creations.
We opened the tool box to make sure we had the right tools for the job.
For the finishing touches, we dove into the junk draw where we found googly eyes, feathers and other types of cool stuff. Below are a few of the results.
For next week's Table, we will be taking a look at altered books!
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