Drawing & Painting I students just finished up their second acrylic painting project. They worked on mixed media paper and gridded their reference photo to enlarge the image first. Then using a variety of acrylic techniques, students worked to create a wide range of values and textures while focusing on the subtle changes in highlights and shadows.
Drawing & Painting I students are working on a their POP Art linoleum project. For some students this is their first time ever carving a linoleum block or trying any type of printmaking. It is always fun to watch as a student creates their first print and they realize they can make as many as they want. This is so different from creating a single pencil drawing and hoping it works out. For the project students are asked to create one good black and white print with excellent craftsmanship and a group of prints using a concept or idea. Students are using a planning sheet to work out the overall composition, color scheme and materials.
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!
Here is the video we watched in class today about Keith Haring. Isn't it amazing how quickly he draws his figures? Have you updated your iPhone and found those new Haring stickers? We are spending just a few more days on our projects but you get never get enough Haring.
It been just 3 days but we have already created paste paper using a variety of techniques and are well on our way to constructing our journals. We will be using our journals throughout the year for a variety of assignments that give each student the opportunity to explore,expand and experiment with newly learned materials and techniques.
Drawing & Painting I are working on OP Art! Using contrasting colors and patterns they had a choice of 3 different styles of OP Art to pick from. However, each project reinforces the use of value, contrast and color theory. They also could chose their medium and approach to completing the project. They should be done in a couple more periods.
"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