After finishing up our unit on line, DPI students are working on a zentangle journal assignment. In between each large project students have the opportunity to apply their skills in an open ended or new way in their art journal. Students needing more practice with line and line variation can practice more. Students who have grasped the concepts can stretch their skill set by adding value or changing the size and scope of their work. Zentangles are simply doodles filled with patterns and lines. I always find that, with this assignment, students are so focused and are making split second decisions about line, line directions, thickness and overall variation without over thinking it. It's wonderful to watch....
Here are the finished 2 page journal projects we started last week! They are so fantastic! After using The Dot book as our inspiration we completed these mixed media pages using everything from metallic tempera to xerox transfer. They only requirement was that students use a positive dot and negative space dot. Everyone approached their pages differently...incorporating a variety of color schemes, techniques and themes. Truly embracing the "Just make a mark and see where is takes you..." we were able to push ourselves creatively.
Drawing & Painting I students are using their knowledge of line to create a new journal assignment. First students created shapes, either a recognizable shape or an abstract shape, and then they added lines to create patterns. This type of doodle is called a zentangle. Students are discovering that when the lines get closer together the area may appear darker, otherwise known as value! And...yes...this is our next big unit!
Drawing & Painting I students had a chance to further explore value while completing a fractured journal page. Using water soluble graphite and watercolor pencils they created a wide range of values and value changes. The black lines are sharpie and were created first to break up the white page and create a starting point.
"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