For this project, students chose an animal that they felt represented their 'spirit animal'. Students learned how to use the oil pastels in different ways and how to make their animals with arbitrary colors. Arbitrary colors are colors that are 'non-realistic'. So, if you wanted to make your cat blue, make the cat blue! :) I love how these animals have so much expression through the use of color. They turned out great! Here are some that were chosen to hang in the hallway.
Peter Max poster winners!
I chose 15 of the top "Save the Earth" Poster and 15 "North Carolina" Posters to be laminated and hung up in the school! Everyone worked really hard and I am so happy with how colorful they are! They definitely brighten our school halls.
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Please let me know if you don't see yours above- I couldn't find all of them in the school! Let me know where you hung yours up, and I will take a picture of it!
Students have just recently finished their landscape paintings! They had to paint a landscape and incorporate texture by using different painting techniques. The paintings are on display in the front office, library, and the display case at the end of the art hall :) They look beautiful and once again I am one proud art teacher!
The Visual Arts Exploratory students studied how to draw faces using proportions and measurements. After practicing that in their sketchbooks, they were introduced to the expressive portrait style of Pablo Picasso. The students were able to chose whether they wanted to create a realistic portrait, or an expressive portrait inspired by Pablo Picasso. We are so impressed with how they turned out. They are now all hanging up in the Hallway outside the art room. All the bright colors look so awesome!
So far this semester we have decorated our sketchbooks with beautiful collages, designed our name pages, and learned about the Elements of Art and Principles of Design!
Students working hard collaging their sketchbook covers
Beautiful finished covers that Kara and Janae made!
Below are some outstanding projects that we just finished on the Elements and Principles!
We just wrapped up our value unit where students learned how to create different lights and darks with their pencils. Value is one of our 7 elements of art and is what you add to make a 2-dimensional drawing look 3-dimensional. We focused on optical illusions for our final project for our value unit. An optical illusion is a drawing or design that tricks your eye into seeing something that isn't really there. It also can be a design that makes it look as if it is moving, when it really isn't.
Students were to create an optical illusion design and then incorporate value into it to enhance the illusion.
We just finished our tiles! They went up in the display case and looked great!
Students painted the tiles with acrylic paint in the style of Impressionism, just like the artist, Vincent Van Gogh.
They worked hard through the whole process and it definitely shows :)
I am one proud art teacher!
Before we started the tiles we did some smaller work focused on Van Gogh paintings. These below are done with oil pastels.
This week we had to say 'see ya later' to our student teacher, Ms. Sullivan :( She taught us so many things and we are sad to see her go. She is now on her way to Scotland to do the rest of her student teaching! Best of luck!!
This semester, I had another student teacher from Appalachian State- Ms. Kathryn Sullivan!
One of her projects she did with my students was this amazing project that was inspired by the artist, Dave Chihuly. Dave Chihuly is a glass artist who creates larger than life pieces. He always incorporates bright, vivid colors and plays with how light reacts with the glass. Here are some examples of his work:
Instead of glass, we collected clear plastic water bottles and used them instead! Students painted several water bottles, cut them, and then they were attached to wire where they were all hung.
So glad that we were able to actually hang them in the skylight in our school!! It looks like an official Chihuly!! :) One classes is also hanging in my classroom bringing in some color!
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.