My AP Art Drawing students finished up these fantastic scratchboard typewriters and skulls during winter break. For many students it was their first time working with scratchboard. However, many students had fun memories of the rainbow scratchboard they used in elementary school. The toughest part of the process was getting their image onto the scratchboard without drawing too much and having visible pencil lines. After experimenting a bit they jumped right in. This was a great lesson in value and texture. Working from a black surface allows students to build up the contrast starting with the brightest highlights first and then working through the value scale. Students will be using these as part of their Breadth Section of their AP Art Studio Drawing Exam.
Happy New Year! January 1st is not just the start of a new year but can often remind us that we are almost half way through the school year. Where did the time go? As we move forward I can't help but think of all the things we still have yet to explore and all of the good things coming our way. I am a big believer in small changes can make a big impact. As we move into 2015 think about what small changes can you make to grow as an artist. Here are some to think about...
Get out and see art in person
Work in your sketchbook everyday
Learn something new
"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