This semester we are creating paper foldables that represent the 7 Elements of Art: Line, Shape, Form, Value, Texture, and Space. Student's got to choose their theme that every Element section would represent. Some fun themes were: ducks, breakfast foods, and monsters!
This is Ms. Sullivan's example of her hot dog themed foldable (Ms. Sullivan is Ms. Ziegler's student teacher)
Some in progress...
Throughout the years, I have tried different ways to find what sketchbooks work the best. Definitely the cheaper sketchbooks with the glue at the top are the worst and the pages fall out sooo easily... Spiral bound are one of the best, but the spirals sometime come undone and pages come loose, or covers fall off... So, as an artist, you have to try and try again and see what works and what doesn't work. Last year I decided to try something totally different. It was also something much cheaper too, which would help for all students to easily buy their materials!
It comes down to a plain old folder. Folders with prongs or brads in them allow the students to put any type of paper in them and can take it out and put more in anytime they want! Also, having a folder that has pockets allow the student to put loose papers in them instead of everywhere else. I find it is a win, win! This is my 4th semester doing the folders and I have not had any problems!! Yay!!
So, one of the only materials students need is a folder and we spend the first two weeks decorating it!
We first decorated the name pages, which the only guidelines were to: include your name and fill the space.
After decorating the "name page", we decorated the cover of the folder/sketchbook with a collage! They could use pictures from magazines, cut out drawings, or photographs. The only requirements were that they needed to have their name and fill the whole cover. I really love how this allows me to really find out more about all my students and what they like!
Welcome Spring Semester Art students!! I am so happy you all get to be a part of my classroom! Keep checking back to the website for new posts and to see your projects!
Above: These are all sticky notes created by each art student. One sticky note is a written explanation of what art is to them and their other sticky note is a drawn example of what art is to them.
Below: here are some ones I thought were excellent!!
This is a piece created by the abstract artist, Paul Klee. It was our inspiration for our cityscapes that Visual Arts Exploratory students painted!
If you notice in the picture above, Klee used many geometric shapes and created a city that was more abstract. Students were to create a city that was made of mostly geometric shapes such as triangles, squares, circles and such. This painting was right after students learned about Color Theory and certain color schemes such as: primary, secondary, triadic, complementary, and neutral.
Each student got to chose the color scheme that they used to paint their abstract, Klee-like cityscapes.
They turned out to be SO beautiful and I love how they look all displayed together!!
Some were even displayed in the library! We got so many compliments!
Visual Arts exPLORATORY
We explore many different materials and art tools and techniques such as painting, printmaking, mixed media, clay, and drawing. Students learn the basic Elements of Art and Principles of Design and how to apply them to create their own original artwork.