Saturday, March 15, 2014

4th grade self portraits

We began our self portraits after viewing some Portraits of American painters. We viewed several portraits of Washington and one of Paul Revere.

Acrylic Abstract Action Painting

Clay masks in 8th grade

Clay Sea Creatures in 4th Grade

Friday, February 28, 2014

Self Portraits in Watercolor in a New Perspective

Sixth grade tried a new angle on self portraits. Each student was given a silver Christmas ball and drew their image and behind them on a circle.  This was a practice sketch.

Next  we redrew on a circle of watercolor using charcoal only. The students were instructed on the use of charcoal and how to draw very lightly.

We looked at Jan Van Eyck's painting Arnolfini's Wedding.

We talked about symbolism in his work. Students learned the various symbols and what they stood for.
Here is the same type of view as the glass ball seen in a convex mirror.

Lastly we used watercolor and learned to mix our flesh colors.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Zentangle Trees

7/8 Grade Art Elective class  used Zentangle patterns to fill in a tree shape and a study on colors as well.

We started with practicing some simple patterns together step by step.

We divided the paper into one inch squares lightly and then drew a tree shape on the paper. We used a compass to draw the circle.
Then we filled in the tree shape with different Zentangle shapes.

Colored Pencils were used to fill in the squares. Warm colors for the sun and cool colors for the background.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Treasure Island Mapmaking

A fourth Grade tradition is their Pirate Day.  In preparation , they read the story Treasure Island in class. They are also learning about maps. We made a Treasure Island map in art class.

The first step is to draw the outline of the map and to imagine their own island they want to portray.

The students add pictures of landforms, compass rose, ships, and sea faring creatures. Colored pencils are used to give some color

The treasure is marked with a red X and some places mentioned in the book such as spyglass hill.

The last step is to use liquid watercolor for the water, land, and scroll ends. When dry, the map is cut out.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Linoleum Print Carving

This is one of my sixth grade favorite projects .  The boys especially like carving with the linoleum knives.

We studied Albrecht Durer and his woodcuts and his great use of texture.
Each Student printed three times.