The 7th grade classes "Abstract Organic Sculptures" this week. Boy were these fun! The students first made an abstract shape out of wire, then I stapled it to a small piece of wood. The students then covered their framework with a knee high nylon and secured the open end to the bottom. A few layers of gesso were added to solidify the form, then paint was added. I thought these turned out awesome, especially for a venture into abstract art. The students enjoyed the process and the whole experience was just plain fun.
The 6th grade class worked on wire sculptures this week. The wire posed a lot of challenges for the students, it was fun to see how they navigated the obstacles to finish their projects.
The ceramics class finished getting their final projects glazed and complete this week! I am excited to finally fire them. Our kiln needed to have a part replaced, so it should finally be up and running again later this week :)
This group started another really fun watercolor project! We started class by learning about landscapes and light sources. I demonstrated the different effect of light on a few wooden shapes and we talked about the importance of shadows. The students then started making their own birch tree landscape using a tape resist process. I can't wait to see how these turn out next week!
The fifth graders are jumping into a oil pastel project. We spent the first part of class looking at images of Banyan trees and discussing physical characteristics. I then showed the students how to draw their own tree and fill it in to make a detailed silhouette. Next week we will be adding oil pastels to these beautiful pieces, it is going to be fun!