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.
On November 20, 2015, THS Ceramics Club and the Culinary Students had an event to help our local food bank, Shepherd's Heart. Our event was called Empty Bowls. All of my art 1 and ceramics students, along with the students and teachers from Mrs. Keith's lifeskills class, created handmade ceramic bowls. They formed the bowls themselves and then glazed them all with various colors. The results were fabulous. Some bowls were able to be used for food, while a few were for decoration only.
For our event, we sold tickets for $10, with all the money raised going to Shepherd's Heart. The recipient of the ticket was able to get a simple meal of a fabulous tasting soup, cornbread, and a cookie. The culinary students outdid themselves and created three soups--broccoli cheddar, beef vegetable, and creamy potato. Ticket holders also got to choose a bowl from the selection and were able to keep it and take it home.
I am so proud of all the students and faculty involved in our event. It is heartwarming that students and faculty gave their time and talent for such a wonderful cause. I can't wait to give the check for $850 to Shepherd's Heart. I am sure it will come in handy this holiday season.
Here is the final post about Art 2 and their theme of Observation. As a class we talked about different ways of observing to create art. The obvious is to set up a still life. We also talked about observing the world around us and observing human action. We watched 2 videos (here and here) that dealt with this type of observation. One student created his work based on his observations of what he saw in the night sky every night for a week at midnight. Most other students did set up a still life. If you didn't catch part 1 or part 2 of this observation artwork blog posts, check them out...there are some other cool works done by my Art 2 students.
I wanted to share another observation artwork series created by Sara F. She wanted to use photography as her medium, so she was asked to take several shots. She took some great photos of nature around where she lives.
My art classes and my teaching pedagogy (Teaching for Artistic Behavior [TAB]) were featured in Sunday's Taylor Daily Press. I am honored that Tim Crow took the time to come out and interview me and my students.
Our most recent theme in Art 2 was Observation. Students were asked to observe something, anything, and create an artwork. Most students created still life drawings. One student, Cody R, watched many Parkour videos and created one of his own. Take a look:
Out second theme in Art 1 was "Space and Place". In hind sight, I should have named the theme "Where", as in where is your subject matter. A few too many took the theme title a bit too literally. I wanted my young artists to focus on putting their subject matter some place. I wanted them to think about their background and the environment they were creating in their artworks.
We added to the available materials for art making by exploring new drawing media: colored pencils, chalk pastels, watercolor pencils, and oil pastels. Each student reflected on the mediums, writing about the characteristics of the mediums and explaining which they like the most and which they liked the least.
They did well with their artworks. Students showed excellent increase in skill and great exploration of materials. I am proud as always of the artistic growth of my artists and the work they produce.
As I was scrolling through my FaceBook feed last night, I came upon a "This Is Colossal" blurb. I thought it went so well with our current theme of "Man/Machine". Art 1, please take a look at the following link and for an extra point added to your overall grade, comment on this blog post about the artwork in the piece. Saying that you liked it won't get you the point. You must tell me more than that. Make connections. Tell me why. Be detailed.
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.