I am excited to announce that my 7th grade class will have a project displayed in the Logan Library for the entire month of November! The students worked SO hard on these masks, they turned out absolutely beautiful! My favorite part is the artist statement that accompanies each piece. The students had to type up a few paragraphs that discussed why they chose specific elements for their masks. Some students grasped the concept quickly, and others struggled to explain their work. Eventually each student ended up with a thoughtful statement to be displayed with their mask. The students are so excited to see the project displayed, if you have time this month make sure to stop by!
The 6th grade classes finished up a fun silhouette project in which we got to see into their "heads". It was so fun to see what each student included in their portrait. We started by taking a photo of each student in profile and printing them out. Then we carefully cut around the edges and traced the shape onto nice drawing paper. The students then filled the silhouettes with things they think about, enjoy or are interested in. I loved the result!
The 6th graders also recently finished up a fun printmaking project using gum erasers and washable markers. They were able to create larger, complex designs using just a simple square with carvings.
The fifth graders spent a day learning about observational drawing. We practiced drawing shoes, once from memory and once using direct observation. The students were amazed at the difference!
The 7th grade class is currently working on large scale grid drawings, I am so excited to see how they turn out! Last week they jumped into a clay whistle project and created their own musical sculpture.
The younger grades completed a fun one day fall project. They chalked a background and then used black paint to create their own fall scene. The third graders did a smaller version with a moon and tree while the fourth graders did a larger scene.
"In My Hands" is one of my favorite projects we do all year. I ask the students to bring in personal objects that are precious of meaningful to them. They place the item in their hand and then do an observational drawing, really trying to pay attention to small details and shapes. Drawing hands cane be challenging for anyone, but these 7th graders really stepped up to the plate and did a great job!
3rd & 4th
The third and fourth graders finished up their symmetrical insects! They carefully cut along the lines and glued to a colorful background. I loved seeing the variety in designs and creatures. We then use colored pencil to finish up!
The ceramics class finally got their glazed mugs back! They did beautiful work and so many of the colors turned out amazing. They were all excited to get them home and drink! They also worked on a coil building project designing a vessel. The technique proved quite challenging for most the class, but coils really appealed to a few students and there were some impressive vases turned in.
The 6th graders finished up a printmaking project using rubber erasers and washable markers. We first looked at Islamic pattern-work for inspiration, then designed our own stamps to create radial patterns.
Art Teacher (3-9) at Thomas Edison Charter School