Learning to draw what you see and not what you think is a big part of learning to draw from observation. Drawing & Painting I students are making their first attempts at drawing shoes. For many students this can be very stressful because they can tell if it doesn't look right but they don't quite know how to fix it. I demonstrated some techniques for starting their shoes and what to look for when they are drawing. We focus on the laces, interior shapes and giving parts of the shoe thickness. We looked at common mistakes student make when they first start out. We also stressed the use of contour line and line quality. Overall, it was a great first start. Next class we will transfer our line drawings to good paper and start to explore value.
Drawing & Painting I students are working on their first journal assignment. We started by writing all of the ways we identify ourselves such as, a friend, an athlete, a student and so on. After creating our list we used paint to add our handprint. Students had the opportunity to choose the colors they used and the placement. Next we will be adding some more colors and shading to make the hand pop off of the page.
Welcome to all new and returning students! We are just one week into school but it feels like we have been so busy already. Drawing & Painting I & II students are working on their art journals and AP has started their first breadth assignment. Later this week we will start our first visual journaling projects and finish setting up our interactive student binders. Be sure to have your binder in class this week!
Drawing & Painting I students finished up their first paintings in acrylic. These monochromatic portraits emphasize the use of values to create the illusion of form. Using a single color and white students had to create 5 different values. Along the way they learned to mix enough paint (because we all know how hard it is to make the same color/vale twice), brush control, when to use a certain brush and managing paint supplies. These newly learned skills will be applied to our next project, painting candy. Students chose their color and pose to create these colorful expressions.
Drawing & Painting I students are learning about relief printmaking. The idea of carving a linoleum block and getting a print from the surface is really new to many students. Most students have finished carving and just started the printing process. Of course, printing is a whole new adventure. Getting a print that little to no snowy spots, when printing by hand, can be a workout.
Drawing & Painting I students started their first color theory unit. We worked with the primary colors to create a color wheel. For many students it was the first time they have ever mixed so many different hues. We started by exploring vocabulary and the science of color and optics. Many students had great questions and even followed up with new questions today. We made connections between psychology, color and science.
Last year during the launch of the ARTS ED NOW campaign I asked students to finish the statement "Today an art student, tomorrow...?" The responses were wonderful that I decided to take on this little project again this year. However, for students who I had last year we modified the statement a bit to include the years they have been in an art class. Some student responses are literal careers, others are in the moment and some simply describe their hopes and dreams for the future. We will create a display in the classroom with our responses to help remind us how valuable art is as part of our personal and educational foundation.
"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