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.
Each year in Drawing & Painting I we start with line. After identifying types of lines and they way they vary we launch into the work of Keith Haring. His use of line and universal appeal makes it a great introduction to the beginner students. As we explore his work from the 1980's I always do a quick google search to show students how his work and influence are still felt today. We found his work being exhibited in galleries, murals being restored and his inspiring fashion trends. We discuss why his work is so appealing and influential even today.
*Photo credits:Images are screenshots from websites.
It is just day 2 of the new school year and we well on our way to a great school year. Just take a look at what we have been up to. Drawing & Painting I students painted today to create paste paper to use for their visual arts journals they will be making next week. For many students this was the first time they have painted in a really long time and they did a great job. Everyone experimented with different color combinations, different ways to create implied textures using tools and even tried a variety of paper surfaces to experiment with the physical properties of the paint.
Drawing & Painting II students had a second go around with paste paper. But this time, they had clear ideas about how they wanted to make their paper. Using their knowledge of color theory they overlapped to build up colors. Having already worked with paint they were able to adjust the consistency of the paint to build up layers add a wax resist using crayons. Can't wait to see what they look like in the morning when they are dry.
AP Drawing students brought in their summer assignments and started off the school year with a fantastic critique. Everyone was so brave and shared their worked. Students worked in small groups to explore how they used value, color, texture and proportion in their work. We found that we spent a good amount of time evaluating compositions. It was great to see how many students were able to use their knowledge of composition from DPII to create successful compositions. I was so proud of how everyone shared their successes and challenges while truly appreciating each other. Great job!
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.
"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