This is probably one of my most favorite lessons to teach..data inspired art. We look at the work of artists who create what appears to be seemingly abstract art but come to find out it is inspired by data. The data can be as simple as a heart rate or as complicated as the pressure readings inside of a hurricane. This data is represented visually using some art medium. In class, we worked from data we created on site using a die to roll numbers and creating marks using system/key as a guide. Then students, working in small groups, created their own systems to work from. The final project for this lesson is a collaborative data painting. Each student completed a survey about their learning preferences in regards to being right brained or left brained. We represented these answers using a color key. The visually represented data will be put together to create a large painting. Looking at the final artwork, we can investigate the data and look for trends in answers, determine who is more right or left brained and look for similar data profiles.
Working with our contour line portraits, students are adding colors and adjusting to working on top of black gesso. The first things students notice is how bright the colors can appear when white is added and when they water down the pure hue they create subtle shadows and shades. Everyone's approach is different, some more expressive with color than others. Overall, a fun project to watch develop.
Drawing & Painting II students are on to the next step in their contour line portraits. They began by using the blind contour drawing technique to draw one another. After completing a series of drawing students in class, students had the opportunity to draw friends and family outside of class to use for the project. Using either a single subject or a mash up of portraits, student worked on top of black gesso, using white lines, to create contour line portraits. Next up, adding the color and adjusting to the darker ground when painting.
Drawing & Painting II students are working on these mini close up acrylic paintings of fruit, veggies and flowers. Cropping their compositions, students are able to focus on the color and texture found in these natural objects. Using a variety of acrylic techniques and their understanding of the three properties of color students are able to create these amazing paintings.
Drawing & Painting II is working on these cool mixed media figures. This year students were able to use their own photos if they wanted. They are collaging a portion of the photo and altering the rest. Everyone has tapped into their inner fashion designer. Using a limited palette and patterns to fill the negative spacm each one has it's own feel. Some are a flash back to the 80's, while others are a bright splash of 60's color.
Welcome 2017! So December came and went so quickly. We have been up to so much and so busy that we didn't get to blogging it. Now I am catching up....
Drawing & Painting II students are working on their linoleum selfies. Working with relief printmaking offers students so many options for printing and experimenting. Students were asked to create at least three different prints; one traditional black and white, one on brayer painted paper and one that incorporates text as a visual element to add meaning. We should be done with these any day.
"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