Drawing & Painting II are moving along with their cropped drawing of flowers. After completing rough drawing and thumbnails to work out the composition, they are testing colors. Using their previous knowledge of color theory, students are matching colors and textures found in their flowers and plants.
Drawing & Painting I students started their first color theory unit. We worked with the primary colors to create a color wheel. For many students it was the first time they have ever mixed so many different hues. We started by exploring vocabulary and the science of color and optics. Many students had great questions and even followed up with new questions today. We made connections between psychology, color and science.
Such great timing! Yesterday Drawing & Painting II began their unit on Nature as Inspiration and we looked at the work of Georgia O'Keeffe and other artist using nature and the natural environment as the subject of their art work. Well today is O'Keeffe's birthday! As I was checking in on Instagram, it was so cool to see to many tributes to this highly influential and talented artist. The birthday cake is just bananas!
This weekend I attended the AENJ Fall Art Exhibit Awards ceremony at NJPAC in Newark. Two of my students had work accepted and on exhibition in the Victoria Lobby. All of the work was fantastic and ranged in age from kindergarten to Grade 12. It was wonderful to see so many families there and excited to support the visual arts. Special thanks to the members of the AENJ for making this opportunity possible by coordinating the exhibit, hanging the work and creating such a welcoming reception. Also, special thanks to my students' family, our Visual Arts Supervisor, Mrs. Sterlacci, for coming out on a weekend and sharing in this special day.
Drawing & Painting II just finished up their surrealism drawings are beginning to work on their observational drawings of skulls. It just happens to be Friday the 13th and all of the skulls add a spooky vibe to the room.
Today students will be creating thumbnail sketches to warm up with the different parts and proportions of the skull. Working in their sketchbooks using regular pencil, they will pay careful attention to the light source and values they see.
Next class period we will move on to drawing the skull on good paper and look at how value can be created in reverse.... white pencil on black paper.
AP Art Drawing students are working with color pencils. After a group demonstration of techniques using layering and basic color theory students are working to create the texture, values and depth of color found in the apples. Students should be onto the silverware today. They are layering several colors to create the look of the metal while paying attention to the sharp reflections found on each utensil.
"The arts celebrate multiple perspectives. One of their large lessons is that there are many ways to see and interpret the world."
Mrs. Dorothy Amme
Visual Arts Teacher
Piscataway High School