Students experiment with a variety of materials and approaches to art. Emphasis is on hands-on studio work, including drawing, painting and sculpture. Working individually and in groups, students create original artwork that often corresponds to core curriculum. Narrative and imaginative approaches are emphasized. Famous artworks are discussed and reflected on in student journals, in addition to reflective, written responses to their own art.
Descriptions of slide shows below:
Students researched a silhouette of a unique shape. They then planned the letters of their names to fit their shapes, and turned the letters into bubble letters. They outlined in thin sharpie and colored carefully with colored pencils. Brainstorming, planning, coloring and lettering were practiced during this assignment. Ms Heckel stapled in sketchbook pages so now students may sketch on the go!
Students learned about Art History through viewing the work of Henri Matisse, Georges Braque and Andre Derain, and discussing what they noticed in their artworks. They reviewed the Fauvism ("Wild Beast") movement, where artists used wild colors to convey emotion instead of the actual representation of objects. Then, students learned about foreground, middle ground and background, and how to create depth in a two-dimensional drawing. Overlapping, size, and positioning on the picture plane can all be used to demonstrate space. They planned their compositions, then drew on large sheets of paper. Marker coloring techniques were introduced, with an emphasis on slow and thoughtful marks to thoroughly color the paper. Students chose colors that were not normally found on the objects in their landscapes.
Students researched a Greek god or goddess, and planned a layout in profile view that describes a story. They used orange oil pastels and black tempera paint to create their vase, and used a wooden dowel to draw their image subtractively. Students then chose either a Doric, Ionic or Corinthian column as a base for their vases.
Egyptian Books of the Dead
Students studied Ancient Egyptian culture and learned that Egyptians created art about the Afterlife, and always showed figures in profile view (from the side). They learned that the Book of the Dead depicted a journey into the Afterlife with obstacles and solutions on the way. Students developed their own stories about themselves going on a journey towards a goal, and overcoming and obstacle. Then, they planned six-page stories with a front and back cover. They glued their final pages onto colored paper.
Students researched historical Egyptian hats, headdresses and hairstyles. They learned that Egyptians created artwork in profile view, and they learned tips about drawing faces realistically and mixing skin colors using oil pastels. Students created self-portraits using colors found in nature.
Harlem Renaissance Olympic Collages
Students studied the collage work of Harlem Renaissance Romare Bearden. Then, they chose Olympic sports and developed a collage showing a foreground, middle ground, and background.
Alebrije Clay Sculptures
Students studied Alebrijes, Mexican folk art sculptures, and watched the movie Coco while taking notes about what animals, colors and patterns they noticed. Then, they planned for the sculpture by choosing an animal or combination of animals, and drawing a front, profile and back view with colors and patterns. They then learned about clay tools and techniques to sculpt a three-dimensional sculpture. Once the clay was fired students painted them with bright colors using acrylic paint.
Impressionist Spring Candle Holders
Students researched how Impressionist painters used color and mark making to show light and shadow. Then, they sketched an idea for their Spring candle holders. Students used clay to create their sculptures, first creating pinch pots, and then adding additional features. After the clay sculptures were fired students painted with acrylic paint. They first painted a base color, then added Impressionist marks to indicate light and shadow. Each student received a fake candle to put in their holders.
Students studied Persian tiles, and practiced radial symmetry by developing their own patterns and repeating them. They then transferred them and carved them into clay slabs. After the clay was fired they painted colors with acrylic paint.
Native American Poem Candle Holders
In honor of Native American Hertiage Month in November, students read a collection of Native American poems for inspiration. Then, they sketched a plan for a candle holder from both a bird’s eye view (from above), and a profile view (from the side). They learned how to sculpt a pinch pot out of clay, and how to securely add three-dimensional designs to it using the scoring and slipping technique. Finally, they chose colors to paint their candle holders after they were fired in the kiln.
Students learned the proportions of the face, and used mirrors to study their own unique looks. They then sketched their faces, outlined them in thin Sharpie and blended colored pencils to achieve accurate skin colors. Next, they developed patterns of objects that were important to them and used markers to professionally color the background.