Hours of carving, making decisions about positive and negative space and changing the direction of cuts... all leads up this moment...the first print of a lino block. This large linoleum block, 16" x 20" was created by Katy, an independent study student. We decided to capture the slow reveal and all out awesomeness of seeing a print for the first time. I could watch this over and over again. Amazing job Katy! Now, what colors should she print?
Learning to draw what you see and not what you think is a big part of learning to draw from observation. Drawing & Painting I students are making their first attempts at drawing shoes. For many students this can be very stressful because they can tell if it doesn't look right but they don't quite know how to fix it. I demonstrated some techniques for starting their shoes and what to look for when they are drawing. We focus on the laces, interior shapes and giving parts of the shoe thickness. We looked at common mistakes student make when they first start out. We also stressed the use of contour line and line quality. Overall, it was a great first start. Next class we will transfer our line drawings to good paper and start to explore value.
Drawing & Painting II just completed their first peer to peer midway critique...a grow and glow. Students started by laying out their artwork and then switching seats. While looking at another students artwork, they left one grow comment and one glow comment. Since this was our first critique of the year, students were provided a list of project objectives and vocabulary that were essential to the success of the project to draw upon for their comments. After circulating around the room, students returned to their seats and collected their comments. Using the feedback, student made adjustments to their work and then attached their comments to a small ring to save. Throughout the year we will collect these grows and glows to mark our successes improves the feedback we give one another.
My Period 7 class is a Drawing & Painting II course with a few independent study students mixed in. The DPII students are working on the surrealism projects using markers and complementary color schemes. As students test colors and color placement, they are working to break up values to create the illusion of form. Next week we will share some progress images. The DPIS students are working on their first projects of the year. Students are making choices about media, composition and subject matter.
AP Drawing has just started one of the most impactful projects of the year...color pencil fruits. This project may just seem like an ordinary still life project but it has proven to be a game changer for students each and every year. First, students zip through the grinding of their photos. This amazes me because you can see how confident they are with their proportions when you compare to their skill set last year. Second, students have to use color pencils to match color, value and texture. Lastly, they really master the concept of overlapping with color pencils and building color rather than just applying a thick layer of a single color.
Every year I find that students' work radically improves as they move forward. They remember these concepts and apply them to new pieces. When it comes time to choose our qualities for the AP Exam everyone chooses this project.
There are many pre-college programs and Saturday schools for high school students. Many of these programs offer high school students the opportunity to explore new art areas or allow them to investigate a particular art form in depth. You can also find many portfolio classes for students looking to build up their portfolio for college interviews and admission.
Here are few programs...
University of Arts Philadelphia Saturday School
Moore College of Art & Design
Ducret School of Art
FIT High School Workshops
"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