All classes are currently studying the glass artist Dave Chihuly. We are using clear plastic cups, sharpies, and a toaster oven to simulate his style of glass sculpture. 7th graders are shown here during each stage of the process.
5th grade are hard at work creating fiber art hats to use on their Christmas ornaments.
Collaging, stamping, and drawing galore! Students are creating cards to send to our Brighton Academy students to brighten their Christmas.
Learning how to make secondary colors by mixing two primary colors is extra special when you use play dough!
All Art classes have spent the last two weeks learning how to prepare and create with clay slabs. We're working on special gifts to present on Grandparents Day.
Last week we all learned how to play an old parlor game called, "Exquisite Corpse" that inspires out-of-the-box thinking and partnering together to create new things. The name sounds creepy until you find out how it came to be. Follow this link to learn the history: http://encyclopedia.kids.net.au/page/ex/Exquisite_corpse
We ended up with some quite exquisite creations ourselves and had lots of fun in the process.
6th grade classes began their shading/value lessons, while the lower school students began projects based on the book "Beautiful Oops." This book teaches us to embrace mistakes and make the most out of them.
The week before Labor Day was filled with middle schoolers finishing up journal covers and beginning a shading lesson. Lower school students worked on literature based artwork based on the books "Go, Shape, Go" and "Perfect Square."
Last week students finished their Selfie-Portraits and began designing sketchbook covers. Lower school students used bubble wrap to create colorful prints on the cover. Later, they used positive and negative images of their first initial to personalize sketchbooks. Middle school students used a variety of painting, printing, and collage methods to create their own unique covers.
The first week of art was spent introducing ourselves, learning procedures, and beginning "Selfie" Portraits. One thing we focus on during this activity is the proper placement of facial features. When learning to create portraits, most are surprised to discover that our eyes are actually in the middle of our faces instead of closer to the top. In most cases, our features all line up with different points on our ears. Lower school students are focusing on placing each feature in the correct place, rather than drawing detailed parts. Middle school students are focusing on placement, as well as details. We will continue working on this project next week.