Art 1 jumped right back in when returning from our winter break. They had new media and techniques to explore and I wanted them to have a new way to explore them.
So, I lined the counters with some large sheets of paper and place a ton of items out for them to explore with: plexi, excess pieces of laminate, and plastic bags for monoprints, cardboard and styrofoam for printmaking, bubble wrap, flowers, feathers, spools, and a plethora of other items for stamping.
I gave a brief introduction outlining part 1 of our exploration activity and then let them go on their way to create some new textures and backgrounds. At first some were hesitant, but by day 2, they were comfortable and trying new ways of printing with the different methods and objects.
Once we were done exploring stamping and printmaking, we learned about collage and mixed media. Students were then challenged to take what they had made during their exploration and to use them in someway...either as the ground for a new artwork to be placed on top or as paper to be cut up and used in a collage.
Once the students finished with their exploration artwork, the students reflected on what they learned through a technique exploration blog post.
Here are some of the fabulous practice works the students created.
How do you take something that is "invisible" and make it visible? That is what the Art 1 students were challenged with as their final artwork theme for the first semester. They were asked to take the concept of "SOUND" and turn it into an artwork.
In this unit, they were introduced to a new technique--printmaking. More specifically, block prints. Block prints were added to the available media they could use when creating their artworks.
I am extremely pleased with what the students created. This was probably one of the more difficult themes they had so far this year.
Mrs. Barnett, Art Teacher Extraordinaire. But really, the students create the awesomeness on this page.
The Living Painting Experiment
The living painting is a 36"X40" canvas that the students are free to work on and add to as they have extra paint or are finished with their work. The work will continue to evolve as students add and cover.