Here are two examples of the figure mash-ups we created in AP. Really great attention to line quality, balance and composition.
Drawing & Painting II students have started their table top trompe l'oeils. We did a wee bit of research first and looked at the history of trompe l'oeil painting from Greek myths about painted grapes, through the Renaissance, the development of optics and Early American art. Stopping at modern day side walk chalk artists and the work of Felice Varini. We started the project with observational drawing. Since we are trying to create a table top that has been left in a creative frenzy, we included art supplies, crayons and trinkets that might be left lying around. Then we began to focus on how we compose all of the these things paying careful attention to negative space and overlapping. After learning how to stretch paper (which everyone loved) we have transferred our rough drawing to the good stretched paper. Stay tuned for updates.
After a week of drawing each other, my AP Drawing students are using their figures to create a final piece for their Breadth Section of the exam. After editing our figures down to just a handful and choosing a figure for the focal point, they are overlapping the figures to create a foreground, mid ground and background. Since we varied the size of figures we were drawing, we are creating a sense of space while paying careful attention to the negative space around the figures. Some students to fill every nook and cranny but we pulled it back a bit and started to really look at the shape of figures and how they interacted and created these pockets of space that can be highlighted later with color. And that is the next step... adjusting line quality, blocking in pops of color to bounce the eye throughout the composition and balancing the amount of black and white. Check back next week!
I was so surprised to open my email and see our class blog is a finalist in the Art of Education 2015 Blog of the Year Contest. We are a finalist in the Secondary Ed category. Thank you to all of my readers for your support,the nomination and special thanks to my students for being the super stars in this creative journey.
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So, this year I started something new in my classroom.... "What's on the Art Menu?" I turned one of the bulletin boards into a resource for students. The three classes I teach are listed on the left and below each title is the lesson they are currently working on. I also include student samples, handouts, key vocabulary, handouts, copies of powerpoints and notes. I find that students really use it a lot. They check to see what they have missed when they are absent or to see what is coming next. Perhaps the most surprising thing I noticed is how the Drawing & Painting I students look to the Drawing II class to see what they could be doing if they stick with it. It's kind of like looking at menu, the appetizer, main course and dessert.
DPI students are printing their linoleum blocks! First they must do a test print to see how the carving came out (keep carving if you don't like it). After they do the test print, they must be able to create one good black print that is neat, clean and consistent. Students are quickly realizing how difficult that can be. Once they get that print done they are on to mixing inks, experimenting with different papers, hand coloring and collage prints. This is always my favorite part of the project...watching students experiment and think about color. It is like you can see the gears turning as they mix two colors, then 3 and eventually they just go for it... usually ending in mud. But that's okay because that is part of the process. Next, they are creating an original composition for their final project: a group of 4 or more prints that is unified by a color scheme, pattern or technique.
My Ap students have been working on a series of observational figure drawings. Each day two students taook turns modeling and using various poses. Each pose lasted about 10 minutes and students were encouraged to change their angles and view to achieve a variety of different drawings. Each student has about 20 drawings and they will use them to create a final piece with an emphasis on line weight and overlapping figures while paying careful attention to negative space, shape and focal point.
Drawing & Painting I is working on their pop art prints. After taking a peek into the life and impact of artist, Andy Warhol, students are using comic inspired images to create relief prints.
"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