AP Art Studio Drawing students finished their colored pencil drawings of apples and pears. Students focused their attention on the details, colors and textures found in their still life. Using a wide variety of colored pencil techniques, they were able to recreate the textures on their objects. Many students tackled their fears of drawing objects that are transparent and reflective. The fabric proved to be a challenge for many but with a bit of practice everyone got it! Great work! These pieces will be added to their Breadth section of their AP Art Exam. Click on the AP Studio Art: Drawing tab above to see all of them.
Okay Drawing & Painting I's....We just learned all about the basics of color theory. I know you were really shocked about how much "color theory" was actually in your lives already. From the choices in your food to your clothing, you have been impacted by color. Take a minute to share a way in which color has influenced a choice you have made when purchasing something, or how painting a room has changed the way you feel in a space? or share a way in which color plays a part in your everyday? Do you like bold, bright colors? Why? How does the color of a car impact its style? Do you choose certain colors to wear depending on how you feel? Do certain colors remind you of a time in your life or an experience you had?
Last week Drawing & Painting I students completed their unit on value and shading. Each student brought in a special pair of shoes to work from. While drawing from observation, students paid careful attention to the details in the shoes,like the textures, creases and overlapping shapes. After transferring their rough drawing to good paper, everyone used a wide variety of drawing pencils to create all of the different values in their shoes. Check out the galleries above to see the rest of them.
Hello Trompe L'oeil! Side walk street art is a great example of modern day Trompe L'oeil painting. Sometimes it is painted and other times it is completed in chalk. The success of the Trompe L'oeil is dependent on perspective and angle, just like the Renaissance paintings we looked at in class today.
In between all of our large projects we stop and take an "art stretch" in our journals. Using a fortune cookie as our inspiration, Drawing & Painting II students worked from observation to complete these small sketches. They used water soluble graphite pencils to create the values and textures. When they were done drawing everyone eagerly cracked open their cookie to discover their fortune and shared it with the class. Using their drawings, the fortune and patterned papers, they created an homage to their fortune in their journals.
Drawing & Painting II students just completed their Surrealism Projects. They juxtaposed hands and bugs in very uncomfortable ways. Using complementary colors they used several values in a monochromatic color scheme to add to the shocking effect. While drawing the bugs crawling and creeping across our hands, we often found ourselves feeling itching and on edge. Great job everyone!
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All day today my students asked me why I was out at the end of last week. I was happy to share that I was attending and presenting at the Art Educator's of New Jersey Annual Conference. It was great to be surrounded by art teachers from all around New Jersey and hear about the wonderful things they were doing in their classrooms. I was able to listen to fantastic speakers and take part in exciting workshops. It was fun to be a student again. On Friday, I presented a hands-on workshop with another PHS art teacher about Visual Journaling. We shared some of our journal projects with other art teachers and they had the opportunity to create a journal to take home.
"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