Despite hurricane Dorian's best efforts to put a damper, literally, on the start of our year, we were back at school this week and our TAB class is up and running. There is a lot going on.
Our Beginner Art students have completed the media fair and have started their first Nine Unit, the Object. Our other classes, went through the week using the Modular Method. This includes starting with an Artistic Behavior Unit. This week's units introduced proportion and repetition. We also opened the first Table of the year with marbling.
Above, Max is working on a suit of armor. The piece shown is part of the helmet he's working on. The images below show the process he's been working through.
AP Art is back for the third year at South Brunswick and it's our biggest class ever. 16 students are enrolled with 13 taking 2D and three students in 3D. However, its all new this year. the AP class no longer has a Breadth section and to be honest, we're glad. TAB lends itself perfectly to working a sustained investigation.
Our motto for this year: It's the Journey: Question - Experiment - Grow
Brooke is starting the year by asking how she can use her art to open a dialog about anxiety. This first piece, which is digital, is a work in progress and not finished yet. Below, you can see her process as she moves from sketch to finished product.
Natalie's investigation consists of her starting with a drawing from nature. The flower pictured here is one example, though she plans to incorporate other types of plants and trees as she works through the process. She starts with a drawing that she creates in traditional media. The drawing of the flower below on the left was created in charcoal. She then imports her traditional work into Photoshop were she creates many new designs and compositions.
Artists Consider Proportion
Meanwhile, in the other art classes, we are introducing new concepts each week. Some of these are in the form of Artistic Behavior Units such as Artists Steal and Artists Solve Problems. Other units ask the student to consider more traditional topics such as elements and principles of art. One of the units we are currently exploring is Proportion. We looked at proportion and the figure, as well as foreshortening, exaggeration and distortion. The students then have the option to create a work of art that incorporates proportion in some way.
The Nine: The Object
Meanwhile, over in Beginning Art, we have started our first of the Nine with The Object. To kick off the unit, the students were given the Tantamounter challenge. Groups of students try to recreate an object using art supplies available in the room. The replicas are created tantamount to the original though often in clever and whimsical ways.
Our Intermediate class follows a Modular system. Each day, they are introduced to a new module of a unit. These modules cover a Concept, an Artist and a Technique. There is also an optional module called the Table that is offered to students each Tuesday. The Table projects are usually hands on, craft type work that gets students out of their seats.
This week we offered our first table, marbling. We used shaving cream and watered down tempera paint to create the marble effect. After students marbled sheets of paper, they were encouraged to take the marbling to the next level. Some made cards, others found images in the marbling. One student turned his marbled paper into a walking, flying paper airplane.
The Art of South B: displaying the art from students at South Brunswick High School, NC
Art of South B
Artwork by students at
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Art Teacher : Ian Sands