My Photography class worked on a fun alphabet project where they had to find letters in the world around them. Some of these turned out great! I am very pleased with the creativity they showed! I have chosen a few top words, but also wanted to select some of the most creative letters.
The 6th graders learned about street art and had a discussion about the effect that venue has on perceived value. It is always fun to hear the kid's thoughts on this subject! We then studied the difference between graffiti art and vandalism, and also looked at artists that toe the line between the two. Each student then created their own street art style name and we ended off by doing an image sorting activity. Each group was given as stack of images and asked to select the ones that best represented the kind of art they like. It was fun to see how the definition of "good art" varied by person.
The 7th graders are off to a running start on their inner me/outer me masks. They focused on building the base and the basic design this week. I also have photos of the finished treehouse project.
The fourth graders started creating backgrounds using tints and shades of a single color. They are looking great so far!
My photography class finished up a value portrait project. We learned about different ways photographers use dramatic lighting to create emotion in a portrait and then tried it out in class! We had a few students volunteer to model while the others handled the lighting lamps and everyone else took pictures. I am so pleased with the strong composition the photos had as well as dramatic black and white shadows. The students did wonderfully on this project!
The third graders have spent two classes working on little pinch pot monsters. The students could not be more thrilled to be working with such a fun and messy medium! They are all done sculpting so they will need to wait patiently for the monsters to dry and be fired. After that we will have a fun day painting!
The 7th Grade class finished up their 2 Point Perspective Tree House design project. It is always SO fun to see the creative ideas the students come up with for this assignment. We began by learning how to draw using two point perspective, which proves challenging for a lot of the students. But with a little practice, the students are able to take those skills and design their own amazing home!
The ceramics class began their slab mug project. I showed the students how to roll even slabs and then we built the mugs around cylinders.
3rd: The third grade classes learned how to mix tints and shades, then used that knowledge to create 4 unique "flavors" of ice cream. After they painted in their scoops and scoops, we played a little guessing game dealing with color mixing. Next week the students will put their artwork together and add details!
4th: The fourth graders also learned about tints and shades, but they are using their paint to create seascape backgrounds! Next week they will add animals to complete the project.
5th: The fifth graders put together the color wheels they painted last week, we then used the movable wheels to play a fun color scheme matching game. These classes also got to finish their sketchbooks and create a cover page.
The 5th graders finished up their beautiful watercolor cacti still life paintings. They had a TON of fun with these and it felt good to do a shorter project with them to take a break from our extended projects. I showed them a ton of images of cacti of different varieties and then showed them how to set up a still life using overlapping objects to create depth.
3rd & 4th Grade Art
Here are some photos of a few finished monsters! The kids loved this project SO much, they were estatic to finally be able to take their creations home.
The photography kids learned about David Hockney's unique take on portraits and proceeded to create their own collage mimicking the style. Some of these actually turned out really nice! They are very abstract and interesting to look at.
6th Art Foundations
The 6th graders are working on a project dealing with dragons....more on that next week!
7th Art Foundations
The older students finished up their clay whistle project. It was quite difficult to get each whistle to work, but overall I think the students are happy with their work and excited to finish them up after firing.
We had an amazing guest speaker come in on Monday. The head photojournalist from the local newspaper (The Herald Journal) was able to come give a presentation about his work. It was great for the students to see how the material we are learning about in class can directly apply to a career. For the rest of the week we talked about lighting and then did a little workshop using lamps and lights. We got some GREAT portraits back from this assignment, a few students struggled at first but then pulled through for some great shots. All the ones that I found most successful happened to be in black and white, I think the high contrast pops when there is no color involved.
This group just finished up their crazy "Selfie Color Collages" and boy are they fun! I LOVE how the line work plays with the intricate backgrounds. I had to feature a bunch of these simply because they are so fun to look at! I am really pleased with how they turned out.
7th Art Foundations
This week the 7th grade class finished their 2-point perspective tree house designs. We first learned all about 2 point perspective and practiced as a class, watching videos and completing a worksheet. They then applied that skill to design their own unique tree house in their sketchbook. The students transferred their design to art paper and then added color with the painting techniques learned last week. Everything came together so nicely for the final project, many students showed mastery of the tricky perspective and made amazing designs!
Art Teacher (3-9) at Thomas Edison Charter School